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Archive for May, 2011
ProyectArte completed its annual call for submissions for their Scholarship Program by distributing one thousand posters, eight thousand flyers, and four thousand stickers to public high schools, public Cultural Centers, community clubs, local libraries, social organizations, and public transportation. The program is aimed at young people between the ages of 15 and 18 who are interested in receving free and formalized training in the visual arts with distinguished Argentine artists.
For those who receive scholarships, the free program will last 18 months and will be taught by Karina Peisajovich and Ernesto Ballesteros, among others. The call for submissions ends May 14th of this year. To be considered, applicants should complete the application form with their information and attach 5 to 10 pieces that they believe are representative of their work. A selection committee consisting of a panel of artists and prominent contemporary Argentine art professionals will complete the preselection process during May, and in June, the staff will conduct individual interviews with the preselected students and their parents. In July, the names of the finalists will be posted on ProyectArte’s website.
Since 2003, 97 young people have received scholarships through ProyectArte’s Scholarship Program. For the 2011-2012 cycle, the Scholarship Program is supported by the generosity of Fundación YPF, Itau Cultural, and the sponsorship of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires.
Our approach is based on unifying groups of young people by a shared responsibility for their work and environment, and on the unique experience of studying, creating, and displaying art together, in an exchange with artists of extensive domestic and international careers. More information, terms and conditions can be found at www.proyectarte.org.
To challenge yourself. To manage yourself. To achieve inclusion by creating a work from the heart, giving your all. To show yourself as you truly are. With hard work, dedication, and courage, some of our graduates have truly succeeded in completing these goals. Lucila Mur was a member of the first graduating class of ProyectArte’s Scholarship Program, and after completing training with leading Argentine artists, she has decided to continue her studies in art by enrolling in the Visual Arts program at IUNA (Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte). She now has her own art studio where, as she tells us, students not only learn drawing and painting techniques but where there is a space for developing expression, style and subjectivity.
“Like each freelance project, it takes time and dedication. You have to be sure that this is what you want, and above all, accept that you can live with a job that also gives people happiness,” explains Lucila, who was the star of both group and individual exhibits in Centro Cultural Recoleta, Centro Cultural Borges, Galeria PRIMA and Espacio Aguirre.
Clara Desimone, a member of the second cycle of ProyectArte’s Scholarship Program, had the opportunity to work as an assistant in the art workshops of Silvia Brewda and Mariela Serulnicoff. “It’s great to work here because the ongoing contact with students isn’t just about working with art, but about helping these young students along their path to make their mark. It’s about encouraging them to fully express themselves,” she says. In addition to collaborating with Silvia Brewda’s classes, Clara also was involved in Silvia’s artistic production: “I have learned so much from Silvia, from how to process and treat a lithograph to how to deal with certain sectors of the artistic world…the importance of the bureaucratic aspect and how to manage a workshop where so many activities are happening simultaneously.”
Mercedes Peñalva graduated from ProyectArte in 2008 and currently teaches design classes at the Instituto Superior Esteban Adrogué, where she received training in Fashion Design. In addition, she is releasing her own clothing line, Amame Barroca, where her passions for art and fashion will mix, she tells us. “My works are highly influenced by the clothing industry; the materials, the concepts, the shapes,” she says. “I could never part with my visual arts background while designing, I’m always thinking about colors, the composition, the textures.”
Our congratulations and appreciation for the enterprise and dedication of each of our graduates!
Two new exhibits undertake the challenge of expanding the gallery’s scope and work.
This year, Galería PRIMA aims to redefine and refresh itself with a new perspective by not just looking inwards but by opening its doors outwards as well. The two new expositions presented by Galería PRIMA both artists from ProyectArte as well as invited artists. Vero Albrecht, Iván Enquin, Gonzalo Maciel, Mercedes Peñalva, and Meche Vilela are the creators and artists of “Enhebrados” (“Threaded”), the latest exhibit to open to the public, in Galería PRIMA’s classic space (Castillo 540, Villa Crespo). The exhibit is a unique exposition of necklaces made from unconventional materials that interact with supporting artwork in the gallery made by graduates of ProyectArte. “Enhebrados” can be visited until May 10th, Mondays-Fridays from 2-8 PM and Saturdays from 2-6 PM. Meanwhile, on April 28th, Galería PRIMA and Gustavo Mosteiro will be working together to provide a space for three groups of artists, making a journey from the figurative to the abstract. It is a variety of works that connects various rooms in a house to be part of the same frame. Working on the project will be Mariano Benedetti, Cristina Cama Guerreros, Iván Enquin, Mariano García, Florentina González, Lucila Mur, Mercedes Peñalva, Matías Presta y Jessica Tortul, all of whom are participants in ProyectArte’s Graduate Program.
Invited by the U.S. Embassy, ProyectArte participated in the Third NGO Fair alongside 42 other institutions.
ProyectArte was one of the 42 Argentine institutions selected to present and showcase their work during the third NGO Fair at the Hilton Hotel, sponsored by the United States Embassy, HelpArgentina, and the Argentine American Chamber of Commerce.
Thanks to this opportunity, ProyectArte was able to distribute information about its programs to the two hundred people in attendance, including the representatives of other civil society organizations, embassies, international cooperation networks, and corporate foundations.
ProyectArte distinguished itself from the group by being the only civil organization to have a scholarship program that both offers high-quality arts education and is directed at young people of school age. This captured the interest of many in attendence, who sought out information about the different ways to participate.
We believe that participating in these types of exchanges will help to create new opportunities for us, making us more sustainable and strengthening our institutional outreach.
As part of a new initiative, ProyectArte invites all interested artists to give their own workshops, courses, and seminars at our location in Villa Crespo, in a space that is well-equipped, accessible, and strongly connected with training and artistic production. These lessons should be aimed at people 18 years and older, and they will be paid positions. During 2010, the drawer and lithographer Jorge González inaugurated this offer with a 3-month long seminar for young people and adults. Thanks to his success, we are excited to extend the call for submissions and add artists who will develop professionally while collaborating with ProyectArte Asociación Civil and atrengthening our programs for young people and teens.
For more information, call 4899-0444 or through our contact form on our website, www.proyectarte.org.
ProyectArte’s Graduate Program has opened new spaces open for the discovery of original creative processes
Last Wednesday, March 23rd, ProyectArte’s Graduate Program began at the newly opened Space for Developing Projects, coordinated by reknowned artist, Leonel Luna. As part of the space’s inauguration, we organized an event with Miguel González, an Austrian artist and a resident artist at La Paternal Espacio Proyecto. González came to ProyectArte to present some of his own works. Some of the themes in his work include the presence of common people acting as storytellers and as bearers of doubt and shadows. González also spoke about the demystifing of symbols in his art.
These forums for discussion between young people and other artists and arts institutions aim to create ties with the artistic world, that will in turn allow for the discovery of new creative processes which are applicable to the personal projects of the students of ProyectArte’s Graduate Program.