Eat for art: SPREAD to nourish a studio artist
“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