Call for Participants: Your Own Grad School (Year 3)

From August 22 to October 3 2015, Modern Fuel will be hosting the third iteration of Your Own Grad School. We are currently seeking local artists and members of Modern Fuel who would like to become involved in this year's activities: reading groups, public critiques and presentations.  Your Own Grad School will be held in the State of Flux Gallery. For more information contact Artistic Director Kevin Rodgers.

A short background to Your Own Grad School:

In the spring of 2013, Modern Fuel hosted a project initiated by artists Cliff Eyland and Dr. Jeanne Randolph called Your Own Grad School. For six weeks—the duration of an exhibition—the gallery was given over to nine local artists who used the space as a studio. Their evolving work was open to the public during gallery hours, and during the concluding week Eyland and Randolph came to Kingston to conduct ‘grad school’ sessions. These participant/public sessions were held in the evening and open for all to attend. A “graduation ceremony” was held on the last day.

Despite initial hesitations—there were no instructions to follow at the beginning—the participants found their own direction. Many discussions were had, and ideas were shared. This self-motivation was a key component, and after ‘school’ was over, many of the participating artists decided to keep working together: they formed the collective Agitated Plovers Salon.

The exchanges shared around Your Own Grad School—from discussing amateurism to art as the “life and death hobby”—brought a vitality to the gallery and art community in Kingston. From the many questions emerged something that continued on its own momentum, which was part of the impetus of the original proposal. As Eyland and Randolph wrote, this was “a call to artists to take control of their lives, to take risks on their own, and to take charge of their art.”

In 2014, as the fall semester returned and University and College students settled in, Modern Fuel introduced a follow-up to Your Own Grad School. Less a reprise but an extension of the spirit that surrounded the original project, 2014’s Your Own Grad School featured a new group of local artists, active reading groups and public presentations. Guests were brought in, including the Agitated Plovers Salon and collaborative duo Soft Turns. 

Artists who have been involved in the first two iterations include: Michèle LaRose, Julia Krolik, Fraser Radford, Sunny Kerr, Harry Symons, Chantal Rousseau, Erin Milliken, Claire Grady-Smith and Milosh Rodic (2013); Peggy Fussell, Jean Jamieson-Hanes, Sandra Jass, Katharine Vingoe-Cram, Patricia Van Asperen, Kaethe Yanovsky and Emily Zielke (2014).