HungryMan Gallery

485 14th St., San Francisco, CA and 2135 N. Rockwell, Chicago, IL

Robin Juan-
Kirsten Harkonen-
Pari Karim-


Open Hours:
San Francisco: Saturdays and Sundays 12-5p
Chicago: Sundays 12-5p

How is the project operated? For-profit, nonprofit, artist-run, etc.
HungryMan Gallery is incorporated in the state of Illinois as an L3C. We are an artist run, for profit space.

How long has it been in existence?

HungryMan Gallery was formed in Chicago in May of 2008 as an alternative space. In 2010, we opened a second location in the Mission District of San Francisco.

What was your motivation?
We are motivated by emerging contemporary artists and sharing artists from different cities. We aim to bring a variety of disciplines to the local art communities of Chicago and San Francisco.

Number of organizers/responsible persons of the project.
There are three main organizers and a small group of supporting members in each location.

How are programs funded? (membership fees, public funding, sponsors, etc.)
Day jobs and sales of works.

Who is responsible for the programming? (Curators, Directors, etc.)
Curator: Robin Juan (SF and Chicago)
Directors: Kirsten Harkonen (SF) and Pari Karim (Chicago)
While we all have specific titles and specialties, HungryMan as a whole is a pretty collaborative project between the three of us.

Number and average duration of exhibitions/events per year.
We average about six shows a year that run 5-6 weeks in each space.

What kind of events are usually organized?
We do shows that range from solo exhibitions to group shows of about 3-5 people.

How is your programming determined?
Our program is based around two person shows- one artist from the local art community and another from outside. We select artists based on their work and also who they could pair well with. If we cannot find a group to easily pair, we will do solo or group showings.

Do you accept proposals/submissions?
Yes. Anyone interested can send their proposals via e-mail.

What is your artistic/curatorial approach?
We seek artists who are early in their careers and are making work that is both conceptually and aesthetically progressive and challenging. Our focus has always been young emerging artists, but recently we have been focusing on bringing artists from different cities together in order to create a dialogue between them and their works. It gives the space and the artists context in which to grow.

What’s working? What’s not working?
We’ve had great reception to our San Francisco space and a lot of interest from artists outside of Chicago and San Francisco to show in both spaces.

What kind of role do you hope to play in your local art scene or community?
In Chicago we are an established space that is looked to for fostering young artists from the community. With the expansion to the San Francisco location, we are increasing our scope. We hope to help the arts communities in both cities grow to new potentials.

What idea are you most excited about for the future?
In the future, our involvement in art fairs will  expand our audience even more which will be great exposure  for our artists. In Chicago, we are celebrating our 5th season of programming, which is a pretty impressive milestone for us!

Images courtesy of HungryMan Gallery.

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