Join us on Saturday, November 3rd, 12:00 - 4:00 pm at the Hamiltonian Gallery for our next Professional Development Speaker Series (PDSS) program: Building Steam with a Grain of Salt

A short lecture on contemporary DIY strategies that artists have employed in the pursuit of ad-hoc institution building, from collectively running galleries and project spaces, to establishing artist-led educational contexts, to various approaches of fundraising in a precarious economy.

Following the lecture, will be a workshop that involves a variety of group activities, including inventorying of the "surplus values" we might not be paying attention to, identifying the unique advantages that our particular lived geographies provide for us, and ideating systems of mutual accountability. By the end of the activities, each participant will have developed a plan of action sketch that proposes actionable solutions to a challenge in their own art world. 

Sean J Patrick Carney is an artist and writer in Austin, TX. He is a frequent contributor to Art in America and the host of Humor and the Abject, a weekly podcast on contemporary art and comedy. Previously, Carney was part of the Bruce High Quality Foundation University, an artist-led, tuition-free school in New York City. His performances and studio art have been exhibited at venues including MOCA Los Angeles, CA; MoMA PS1, Queens, NY; Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL; amongst others. He has taught courses at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; New York University, New York, NY; Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; and Dia:Beacon, Beacon, NY.