How is the project operated?
Volunteer-driven non profit organization
How long has it been in existence?
9 years 2 months
What was your motivation?
To bring museum quality exhibitions to Lawrenceville through the work of emerging and established artists.
Number of organizers/responsible persons of the project.
8 board members
Who is responsible for the programming?
An exhibition committee decides programming, which is voted on by the board
Number and average duration of exhibitions/events per year.
6 shows, one and a half month duration, and typically 4-5 more events on top of that, ranging from one day to two weeks.
What kind of events are usually organized?
Besides the art shows, Fe has had electronic, hip hop, jazz and rock and roll events, pop-up boutiques, dance, theater, performance art, poetry, classes, speed dating and more!
How is your programming determined?
Programming is determined by the exhibitions committee and voted on by the board. The exhibition committee draws from proposals, relevance of a show to events, people and the community, and other determining factors like retrospectives and anniversaries.
Do you accept proposals/submissions?
While Fe does accept proposals, as an organization that holds dedication to the community as tantamount
with its highest goals we are most receptive to people that not only support our events, but the many goings ons of the East End as well.
What is your artistic/curatorial approach?
Artistically, we are focused on bringing museum quality events to Lawrenceville, keeping our reputation intact in the local, national and international media, and supporting emerging artists. Our curators are chosen to reflect this idea.
What’s working? What’s not working?
Our openings and events are working as we consistently have 100-300 people come out them. There is nothing that is “not working” per say, however, the largest growing pains in the transition from being an owner run organization to an entirely volunteer board driven one are communication, dedication and involvement.
What idea are you most excited about for the future?
Our ten year anniversary is coming up in August of 2013! Also, Fe founder Jill Larson is returning to curate a show in April in memorial of Jacqueline Ruyak, who was an international writer for several art magazines.
Images courtesy of Fe Gallery.
James McAnally is the executive editor and co-founder of Temporary Art Review. A graduate of Washington University, James McAnally is a founder, Co-Director, and Curator of The Luminary Center for the Arts, a nonprofit artist resourcing organization based in St. Louis. In his personal practice, he works as part of the artistic collaborative US English.