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Startup and creative fellowship accelerator gener8tor will host a virtual showcase for the 2020 Fellowship.art recipients on Friday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m. CT. The four artists who just completed this year’s program will each present their work and talk about how the Fellowship.art accelerator program impacted their artistic practice.
The 2020 Fellowship.art cohort includes: Tyanna Buie (Milwaukee, WI and Detroit, MI); Le’Andra LeSeur (Jersey City, NJ); Dakota Mace (Madison, WI); and Open Kitchen (Milwaukee, WI). The virtual showcase is free and open to the public, and registration is available here.
Tyanna Buie uses printmaking, sculpture and installations as a form of both narrative and non-narrative storytelling as Buie examines her personal and family histories. Through family memorabilia and documents sourced from family members, Buie revisits and revives previous impressions from past events.
Le’Andra LeSeur’s work explores how black, female identity is informed by the effects of regulated systems of oppression. Through visual media, installations and performances, LeSeur reclaims and dismantles stereotypes surrounding black identity.
Dakota Mace takes a contemporary approach to Diné (Navajo) weaving and beadwork. Mace’s work focuses on re-interpreting the symbolic abstractions of Diné creation stories, cosmologies and social structures, using a combination of traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques.
Open Kitchen is a Milwaukee-based art collective founded by Rudy Medina and Alyx Christensen, in partnership with Jean Yoon and Alan Medina. Open Kitchen stages events, installations, and a residency program that engages the public in critical cross-cultural conversations on food, identity and ecology.
“Art is an incredible form of expression and each of the artists in the present cohort represent diverse forms of artistic voice,” said Nyra Jordan, social impact investment director at the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact. “The Institute is proud to support Fellowship.art and its commitment to empowering artists as they build long-lasting careers.”
Fellowship.art is a 12-week accelerator program for visual artists. Fellowship.art helps artists achieve greater success by providing the support and mentorship needed to maintain a sustainable practice and navigate the industry.
gener8tor’s turnkey platform for the creative economy connects startup founders, musicians, artists, investors, universities and corporations. The gener8tor platform includes pre-accelerators, accelerators, corporate programming, conferences and fellowships.
About American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact
The American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact is a venture capital firm and partner of choice for exceptional entrepreneurs who are building scalable, sustainable businesses in a long-term effort to close equity gaps in America.
The Institute invests in companies working to provide economic opportunity for all, to build resilient communities, to create healthy youth development and to increase learning and academic achievement. It is based in Madison, Wisconsin and can be found on social media @AmFamInstitute.