Survey: InLiquid

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Web-based visual arts organization, offering online resources as well as venue-based events & shows.
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$100,001 - $250,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: is a nonprofit artist membership organization dedicated to expanding opportunities and exposure for visual artists and designers while serving as a free public hub for arts information. By providing the public with immediate access to view the works of over 200 artists via the world wide web, through "real world" activities and exhibitions, and through an extensive online body of timely art information -- including gallery listings, articles, reviews, artist resources, links, and discussions -- InLiquid hopes to bring to light the richness of our region’s art activity and broaden audiences for all forms of visual art. More than just an online presence, InLiquid also nurtures our creative community through a continuing series of "non-virtual" art exhibitions and events with partner organizations.
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
InLiquid was founded in 1999 by local artist Rachel Zimmerman under the observation that the Philadelphia region boasted a huge number of talented visual artists, yet only a small fraction were seen by the public, and the artists themselves were not actively engaged in dialogue and cooperation. Begun informally as a nonprofit online exhibition venue, meeting place, and information resource for artists, the organization quickly expanded its role with an increased number of members, expanded site content, and a regular series of public programs and "real world" exhibitions. Unlike commercial art sites, InLiquid has never existed as an agent for art sales, rather it serves as a free educational resource and conduit for interaction between artists, curators, patrons, and the public. Through regular partnerships with other cultural organizations, including the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and the Painted Bride Art Center, InLiquid has brought considerable local exhibition opportunities to our membership base; through such events as "Artists Outside the Box," a public discussion on nontraditional artist-curators, we have stimulated interaction and dialogue among separate artist groups. Our annual Silent Auction event has supported organizations that encourage creativity in urban youth: City of Philadelphia Arts Summer Camp Program; Taller Puertorriqueno Children’s Art Programs; and in 2002, the Village of Arts and Humanities. These beneficiary partnerships have supported very worthy organizations that nurture visual art activities in areas outside of the professional art fold, raising awareness for their work among new audiences via prominent features on the InLiquid web site. At the same time, these partnerships have introduced our artist community to the work of these organizations, encouraging them to become tangibly active in, and exchange inspiration and knowledge with, a world outside of their immediate cultural milieu. In the fall of 2002 InLiquid was granted nonprofit status under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
The artists on the InLiquid web site represent a wide range of styles and approaches. InLiquid requires prospective artist members to present work for screening by our membership panel. The main purpose of this screening is to ensure that the reproductions are adaptable to web presentation, in order to accurately reflect each artist’s work at its best. Artist membership is extended to artists who are fully committed to their work, regardless of experience, reputation, or genre. In this way InLiquid provides an opportunity for artists to gain an audience for their work that bypasses the political, social, or commercial barriers that often play a role in face-to-face or market-based exhibition activity. Among InLiquid’s many ongoing public services and events are a weekly newsletter, sent to over 2,000 subscribers; the "InLiquid at the Bride" exhibition series in the Painted Bride Art Center Café Gallery; web-based features on individual artist projects and noteworthy organizational events (e.g., Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Philadelphia Print Collaborative, Candy Coated Magazine, and MYX/Multicultural Youth eXchange); and "Art for the Cash Poor," an annual event that offers a means for artists to sell and show small works in an informal setting while providing the public with the opportunity to purchase works priced at $150 and under.