Grant Recipients 2007, Round I

Below is a list of the grantees from Alternative Exposure 2007, Round I.

Through solo and group exhibitions, Oakland based Blankspace encourages the further creative development of artists and curators who wish to investigate and experiment with new ideas without the commercial pressures of having to sell artwork. Blankspace provides many artists with their first solo exhibition, which often leads to future exhibition opportunities with local and national galleries. With this grant, Blankspace will continue exhibition programming through September of 2008.

Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP)
Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) is a self-sufficient, volunteer operated organization dedicated to the mural art of Clarion Alley located in the Mission neighborhood.  CAMP will produce, curate, and oversee an new set of approximately 10 murals in Clarion Alley in conjunction with the annual block party in October.  CAMP will provide a stipend for each mural.

Dirty Drawers
Dirty Drawers is an East Bay-based collective of cartoonists who meet monthly for “drawing jams.”  Their project focuses on fostering a sense of pride and community amongst public transportation users by illustrating stories into the comic book format. The zines produced will be distributed for free directly to BART, Muni and AC Transit riders.

Ethsix* is an intensive interdisciplinary project between local social workers, journalists, and artists addressing the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities surrounding issues that often go unseen.  This project collaborates with CELLspace and The Beat Within to bring together youth artists and 14 San Francisco artists who address social issues in their work.  The project will be realized through web, art exhibitions, symposiums, and readings, and will culminate in the third publication of Ethsix* magazine.

Collaborators, Lu Fang, Jon Phillips, Zhu Jianhui and Keldamuzik will be producing four new episodes of the DivaTV late night talk show, “Show Some Color!” - a television show focused on individuals in San Francisco and how they define themselves ethnically. It will also engage the public where everyday individuals will host short segments on the subject of their ethnicity. This project will be shown as a series airing in Access SF as well as 20 other public access stations in the Bay Area.

Fecal Face Dot Com
Fecal Face Dot Com provides online calendar of events and resources for the greater Bay Area arts community and provides opportunities for emerging artists to showcase their work.  They will continue to improve their website with added features and content.  Fecal Face will also provide continued financial support to its ongoing operations.

Femina Potens
Femina Potens is a non-profit arts gallery and performance space dedicated to the advancement of women and transgender artists.  Femina Potens will present 10 curated exhibitions and 10 public arts projects during its first year of visual arts programming at their new location on Market Street in the Castro.

Mildred Howard
East Bay resident and San Francisco native, Mildred Howard, is an installation and mixed-media artist, teacher, and educator.  Howard will provide stipends to five emerging artists that will culminate in an exhibition and published catalog. This project asks invited artists to address issues concerning the local eco system as it relates to birds and issues of homelessness specific to Bay Area communities through art making.

Neighborhood Sign Club
The Neighborhood Sign Club is a loose assembly of San Francisco artists looking to promote social interaction among strangers while revealing the diversity of character and people in local neighborhoods.  Neighborhood Portraits Project will be an ongoing series of one-day sign making opportunities on selected neighborhood sidewalks culminating in public sign installations for that neighborhood.  The project will also be documented and exhibited online.

Antonio Roman-Alcalá
San Francisco native, Antonio Roman-Alcalá and elementary school arts teacher Daniel Doherty will edit and publish an arts magazine that examines the contributions of San Francisco artists in the field of social justice.  This project will contain approximately 50 pages of interviews, artist profiles, comics, photojournalist essays, and historical articles focusing on public art and social change.

[2nd floor projects]
[2nd floor projects] is a San Francisco based, non-commercial alternative art venue located in artist, Margaret Tedesco’s apartment. Located in the Mission / Noe Valley neighborhood, [2nd floor projects] will provide a year’s worth of programming that presents solo and group exhibitions of emerging, under-recognized, and mid-career artists. [2nd floor projects] will also create a video archive, limited readings, and screenings.

Shotgun Review
Shotgun Review is a web publication focusing on Bay Area arts writing, exhibitions, and events.  Shotgun Review is a self-archiving searchable website, the byproduct of which is a collectively produced archive of visual art within the Bay Area.  In order to improve its services to the community, Shotgun Review will provide a stipend for a monthly paid feature review, print-on-demand publications, as well as provide funding for general operating expenses.

667Shotwell is a non-commercial arts space located in the home of Chris Sollars and dedicated to promoting experimental work by local, national, and international artists.  Now in its sixth year, 667 Shotwell will produce a new series of artist discussions and curated exhibitions, as well as increase access to artists’ work through downloadable media available through the website.

Stretcher is an artist collective dedicated to creating dialogue of visual arts and culture in the San Francisco Bay Area through its online publication,  Stretcher will rebuild its website, update the design and layout, and create a more manageable and audience accessible site content.

31 Rausch Street
31 Rausch Street is a San Francisco art exhibition space run by Bay Area native, Chris McCaw that gives opportunities for local artists in all media to experiment in an intimate setting of the local arts community and beyond. It also creates opportunity outside the gallery system for artists and viewers to begin collecting art at an accessible price. In the next year, Chris McCaw will install a track lighting system, produce a website for 31 Rausch as well as support exhibitions for the coming year.