noun: forum; plural noun: forums; plural noun: fora
1. a place, meeting, or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged.
A free, nine month long, mentoring program for those that wish to build a career in the contemporary visual arts but lack a prolonged experience with professional art world activities. This empowering program is designed as a practical guide to navigating the art world via Q&A sessions with successful professionals (artists, curators, critics and gallerists), culminating with an exhibition, in Gallery Two of the Torrance Art Museum, with the program’s participants. The artists will show their work, the curators will select which works, the writers will write essays for the catalog and gallerists will run the opening and PR for it.
The goal of FORUM is for the cohort to form a peer bond which we hope will lead to future collaborations and opportunities as well as networked connections with the visiting professionals
A pecha kucha style introduction, on any non-art subject or hobby, by all participants followed by a Q&A session about the course. Please bring a pot luck item.
The Artists in the group present their practice. Visiting guest to provide personal story of their career and answer Q&A.
The Curators/Gallerists in the group present their practice. Visiting guest to provide personal story of their career and answer Q&A.
Camping field trip to Joshua Tree. Overnight stay. Will invite JT artist community to visit campsite. Bonding exercise. Participants will recount their journey into an interest in art so far.
The Critics / Theorists in the group present their practice. Visiting guest to provide personal story of their career and answer Q&A.
A planning session for the December event with allocated roles and responsibilities.
Building investment – swapping skills (artwork for writing, etc). How to be pro-active (pop-ups, etc), running a collective and other advice.
Gallery/museum visit followed by lunch and exhibition critique.
The ‘graduation’ event, an exhibition organized by all participants, in Gallery Two of TAM to open on Saturday December 1, 6-9pm. This will run thru December 14.
The application period has closed.
Please check back next year and thank you for your interest in TAM.