(MADISON, WI) Arts + Literature Laboratory is pleased to announce the ten featured artists for the inaugural season of CSArt Madison—southern Wisconsin’s first Community Supported Art program—and will begin selling member shares to this innovative program on May 1, 2017.

The 2017 CSArt Madison artists are: Faisal Abdu’Allah, Katharine DeLamater, John Hitchcock, Helen Lee, J. Myszka Lewis, Dakota Mace, Jason Ruhl, Chelsea Thompto, Bernadette Witzack, and Ariel Wood.

Much like Community Supported Agriculture programs, in which shareholders invest in a local farm and receive shares of fruits and vegetables, CSArt Madison asks shareholders to invest directly in the arts community with a ‘buy local’ mentality. Participating artists—selected by the ALL Curatorial Board through an open call process—will each receive a stipend to create 60 “shares” for the program (50 for shareholders, 9 for the other participating artists, and 1 for ALL’s permanent collection). Interested collectors or “shareholders” purchase a share, and in return, receive one piece of locally-produced artwork from each of the ten featured artists.

Shares cost $300 and can be purchased by contacting Arts + Literature Laboratory. Sales of CSArt shares begin on May 1, 2017 and will sell out fast. On July 22, 2017 shares will be distributed at a pick-up event and exhibition reception providing opportunities for artists and patrons to further connect. ALL will also organize studio visits to take place during May and June for artists to receive feedback and support from the Curatorial Board, and for buyers to preview CSArt works-in-progress.

The goals of CSArt Madison are to support artists and to create an engaged community of local arts supporters. CSArt supports artists: in the creation of new work, to establish relationships with local collectors and patrons, and to participate in the launch of an exciting new model of art support and distribution. CSArt shareholder benefits include multiple works of art from local emerging and mid-career artists at a fantastic value. Additionally, CSArt shareholders have the opportunity to develop relationships with the local artists and art community, discover new artists, explore a variety of disciplines and support artists’ careers and a vibrant community.

CSArt Madison is based on a national model of art support and distribution developed by Springboard for the Arts, which has been successfully implemented in over 40 cities across the country. ALL’s unique addition to the model includes an exhibition, where participating artists are given the opportunity to display 1-3 larger-scale works (different from works in the CSArt shares) at ALL during a month-long exhibition. The culminating pick-up event will coincide with a closing reception for the exhibition, providing an opportunity for the general public to view the work and meet the participating artists.

Important Dates

  • Shares available for purchase beginning May 1, 2017
    • Full shares: $300 (10 works)
    • Half shares: $150 (5 works)
    • Purchase online (artlitlab.org) or in person (2021 Winnebago St.)
  • Studio Visits: May – June 2017 (TBA)
  • Exhibition on view: June 30 – July 22, 2017
  • Artwork pick-up event and reception: July 22, 2017, 5-9pm
  • Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-3pm or by appointment

CSArt Madison is organized by the Arts + Literature Laboratory Curatorial Board. The project is supported in part by funds from Dane Arts with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation.

Arts + Literature Laboratory (ALL) is a community art space for visual, literary and performing artists to share their work and create new connections.