Eat for art: SPREAD to nour­ish a stu­dio artist

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“Small grants for big ideas” is SITE Santa Fe’s slo­gan for SPREAD, an event launched in 2011 to fund artists’ projects and cre­ative ini­tia­tives. The fifth in­stall­ment is Fri­day, Oct. 24, at the Santa Fe Farm­ers Mar­ket, 1607 Paseo de Per­alta. SPREAD 5.0 par­tic­i­pants pay $15 to $50 for din­ner and a bal­lot. Dur­ing din­ner, eight artists make short pre­sen­ta­tions about their work, and the din­ers then vote for their fa­vorite. At the end of din­ner, the artist whose pro­posal re­ceives the most votes re­ceives all funds col­lected at the door to sup­port his or her work.

The 5.0 project was ini­ti­ated with a re­quest for pro­pos­als by SITE. Artis­tic merit and in­no­va­tion were em­pha­sized; com­pared with past SPREAD events, there is less of a so­cial or com­mu­nity as­pect this year. “We shifted the fo­cus this time to re­ally en­cour­age stu­dio-based artists,” said SITE Santa Fe di­rec­tor and chief cu­ra­tor Irene Hof­mann. “We had many ap­pli­cants, and the eight fi­nal­ists are in dif­fer­ent stages of their ca­reers but all com­mit­ted stu­dio-based artists. So it will be a dif­fer­ent kind of pre­sen­ta­tion as we hear artists talk­ing about their work and what in­spires them rather than pitch­ing par­tic­u­lar projects.”

A wide range of me­dia is rep­re­sented in the artis­tic en­deav­ors of fi­nal­ists Janet Abrams, Chris Collins, Can­nupa Han­ska Luger, Jane Lackey, Mindy McGovern, Tom Miller, Willy Bo Richard­son, and Lu­cre­cia Tron­coso. “Peo­ple who are cu­ri­ous about the art be­ing made in Santa Fe that doesn’t al­ways have a venue will be re­ally ex­cited to see the kind of high-qual­ity work that goes on,” Hof­mann said. The win­ning artist can use the SPREAD grant to sup­port on­go­ing work, in­clud­ing ma­te­ri­als and sup­plies, stu­dio rent, fram­ing costs, and other pro­fes­sional fees.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Ticket sales be­gan on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 22; any tick­ets re­main­ing on Fri­day, Oct. 24, can be pur­chased by call­ing SITE at 505-989-1199. — Paul Wei­de­man

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