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The Chicago Artists Coalition and OtherPeoplesPixels are pleased to announce the awardees of the 2013 Maker Grant, which supports contemporary Chicago artists who demonstrate a commitment to a sustainable artistic practice and career development. 

Mary Patten
2013 Maker Grant Awardee
$3,000 unrestricted funding
Mary Patten_Panel
Mary Patten is a visual artist, video-maker, writer, educator, occasional curator, and political activist. Her work crosses and combines video installation, digital media, drawing, photography, small sculptures, artists' books, and public, collaborative projects. The frailties of memory, speculative fiction, and the "archive of the everyday" are evident in her "singular" work, where she claims authorship, fully aware that there are no wholly "original" ideas, that we are all shifting composites of one another. "Sometimes working collaboratively means that one's singular hand slips under the radar, but that is a risk worth taking."


David Leggett
2013 Maker Grant Runner-Up
$600 unrestricted funding
David Leggett
David Leggett is a visual artist whose work explores hip-hop, art history, popular culture, sexuality, the racial divide, and self. Craft materials and humor are tools he uses to engage the viewer. "My work deals with many contradictions, just as life does. I want to bring these contradictions together as a whole. The artwork I make is about the experience of being present in the world. I want us all to be more aware of one another and the lives that we lead."

Both awardees will receive a 1-year free membership to the Chicago Artists Coalition and a free OtherPeoplesPixels artist website. 

We wish to acknowledge the participation of our distinguished jury this year: 

Candida Alvarezartist and professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Michael DarlingJames W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Claire Pentecost, artist and professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The inaugural 2013 Maker Grant received 229 applications from artists across the Chicago region. The jury and organizers were impressed by the breadth of exceptional talent and promise among Chicago artists. In recognition of this, CAC and OPP were proud to create the Runner-Up award as a permanent component of this grant opportunity.  
The Maker grant is funded in part by a portion of proceeds from the Chicago Artists Coalition's annual Starving Artist fundraiser and a matching contribution from OtherPeoplesPixels. The Maker Grant recognizes both CAC's and OPP's mutual commitments to supporting local artists' practices and professional development.
Save the Date for the next Starving Artist benefit, which will take place on Saturday, June 29 from 7pm to Midnight at the Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter Street, in the West Loop. A portion of proceeds from the event, along with a continuing commitment from OtherPeoplesPixels, will fund a second year of the Maker Grant in 2014. Applications for that opportunity will be announced in early 2014.  Click here for more information


The mission of the Chicago Artists Coalition is to build a sustainable marketplace for entrepreneurial artists and creatives. As pioneers in advocacy and professional development, we capitalize on the intersection of art and enterprise by activating collaborative partnerships and developing innovative resources. The Chicago Artists Coalition is committed to cultivating groundbreaking exhibitions and educational opportunities, and to building a diverse community of artistic leaders that defines the place of art and artists in our culture and economy.



OtherPeoplesPixels is a portfolio website service designed by artists for artists, dedicated to helping artists and other cultural makers share their creative work with the world. Founded in 2005, OPP has remained an independently run, triple bottom line company and continues to support many arts, environmental & social justice initiatives through The OtherPeoplesPixels Fund.   



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