How is the project operated? For-profit, nonprofit, artist-run, etc.
The Suburban is an artist-run project space.
How long has it been in existence?
What was your motivation?
To bring artists and their ideas to Chicago and its suburb, Oak Park where we live, work, and raise a family.
Number of organizers/responsible persons of the project.
Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam
How are programs funded? (membership fees, public funding, sponsors, etc.)
Out of our general household economy.
Who is responsible for the programming? (Curators, Directors, etc.)
Michelle and Brad.
Number and average duration of exhibitions/events per year.
16-18 artist projects a year.
What kind of events are usually organized?
Artist’s projects in the two small spaces that we own next to our house.
How is your programming determined?
Very informally: “Hey, would you like to do a project at the Suburban some time?”
Do you accept proposals/submissions?
What is your artistic/curatorial approach?
Michelle and Brad’s curiousness.
What’s working? What’s not working?
The artists are terrific and dedicated but we wish we could provide them with a travel budget.
What kind of role do you hope to play in your local art scene or community?
We think in terms of artists and good ideas, and don’t worry about outreach, audience or community.
What idea are you most excited about for the future?
We are in the beginning stages of developing The Suburban’s rural cousin. We purchased a 19 century Poor Farm in Northeastern Wisconsin. It is a contrast and a compliment to The Suburban in several ways. Exhibitions are annual, the Poor Farm has endless amount of space, and it is a true not-for-profit. Yet our attitude toward artists and their ideas remains fundamental to the Poor Farm. This coming August we kick off our 3rd annual Great Poor Farm Experiment.
Images courtesy of The Suburban.
Sarrita Hunn is the managing editor and co-founder of Temporary Art Review. Over the last decade, she has worked with many artist-run and alternative spaces and projects across the globe including recently at Koh-i-noor (Copenhagen, Denmark) with sponsorship from the Danish Arts Council. www.sarritahunn.com