Survey: Light Work Visual Studies

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Working facility for photography, plus exhibitions and publications.
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$500,001 - $750,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Light Work’s mission is to provide direct support through exhibitions, artists’ residencies, projects, and publications to emerging and underrecognized visual artists working in photography and related digital and electronic media.
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
Light Work was founded in 1973 by a group of artists who came together to create a facility to provide community access to photographic lab equipment, and to expand the national dialogue about photography as an art, science, and medium of social change. The combination of the need for access to equipment, education, and dialogue resulted in the formation of Light Work. Light Work’s core facility is its community access photography and computer lab. Through the operation of this facility, Light Work grew into a program that supports artists in the production of new work and disseminates the work of these artists through its exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. Light Work has always been run by artists, and has adopted a management philosophy based on team work, which has allowed it to maintain a small staff while concentrating the majority of its resources on programming. Since 1973, the budget of the organization has increased six-fold, yet only four full-time employees have been added to the staff. During this time Light Work has increased the number of artists who participate in its programs and the number of programs that bring artists’ work to the public. The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program is Light Work’s most important contribution to the field of photography. Formally introduced in 1976, the AIR program has provided working facilities to artists for twenty-nine years. Artists selected to participate in the program receive a stipend, an apartment, and unlimited access to our photography and computer lab. In selecting artists to participate in the program, we embrace a wide range of artistic practice and actively seek to include women and artists from diverse cultural backgrounds in the program. The AIR program has supported over 300 artists at the beginning stages of their careers including Zeke Berman (1980), Cindy Sherman (1981), James Casebere (1982), Dawoud Bey (1985), Barbara Ess (1985), Marilyn Nance (1987), Carrie Mae Weems (1988), Pat Ward Williams (1989), Maria Martinez-Canas (1990), Yong Soon Min (1992), Fazal Sheikh (1994), Martina Lopez (1995), Renee Cox (1996), Robert Flynt (1997), Elijah Gowin (1998), Ernesto Pujol (1999), Yu Hirai (1999), Clarissa Sligh (1989 and 2000), Dinh Q. Lê (2000), Zoë Sheehan Saldaña (2001), Alessandra Sanguinetti (2002), Sunil Gupta (2003), Alex Harsley (2004), and Ben Guest (2005).