Survey: Contemporary Art Workshop

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$50,001 - $100,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Exhibition Space
Part 2.
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
The Contemporary Art Workshop (CAW) is an independent project space, dedicated to promoting artists with proven skill and drive in their field. Since 1949, we have exhibited and supported studio space for photographers, sculptors, fiber artists, installation artists, video artists, painters, and printmakers, each of whom shares bold ideas and a commitment to artistic excellence. CAW has given exhibition opportunities to hundreds of now-successful artists at the beginning stages of their careers, including Ellen Lanyon, Jim Lutes, Seymour Rosofsky, Jin Soo Kim, Didier Nolet, Doug Jeck, Joe Seigenthaler, Cat Chow, Tim Lowly, Anna Kunz, Danielle Tegeder, Frank Trankina, Su En Wong and Robert McCauley. Another artist, Jim Lutes, to whom Contemporary Art Workshop gave his first exhibition opportunity upon leaving school in 1979, has gone on to become the Dean of the Painting Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has repeatedly testified to the value of the Contemporary Art Workshop over the years, and we are fortunate to find ourselves, 57 years old as an organization, continuing to support successive generations of artists. The majority of our artists are graduates of local institutions including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, and UIU-C. However, a degree from a prestigious school it is not a requirement. CAW’s focus is on discovering and presenting quality work by dedicated, under-represented artists, regardless of their background. A unique aspect of the submission process for artists applying to the Gallery Program is that we will seriously consider any and all work submitted. CAW’s staff evaluates hundreds of proposals, slides, images, and artworks every year. Upon reviewing each proposal the Director and Assistant Director conduct interviews with the candidates for solo shows in our Gallery Program, who are then chosen based on the quality of their work. We are dedicated to connecting community artists with community audiences.
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
Based in a former dairy, Contemporary Art Workshop’s facility houses 2 separate galleries. Each space features a solo exhibition by artists who have applied to our Gallery Program*. Exhibitions typically run for 4 to 5 weeks. Viewers from the community and across the region are invited to experience the work Mondays through Fridays, from 12:30 to 5:30 PM, and on Saturdays from 12:00 to 5:00 PM. Each year we feature 7 solo exhibitions in each gallery and 2 summer group shows, for a total of 16 exhibitions featuring at least 35 artists. Multiplied over the course of 57 years, we have exposed the citizens of the region to some thousands of artists who have made the culture of the Chicagoland area and the Midwest the rich mosaic that it is today.
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
John Kearney
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Lynn Kearney
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Collective / Unincorporated Association
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
Fiscal endangerment of organization
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Clarification of 6b: While most funding sources are secure & reliable, we do face dramatic cost increases in operational expenses. Additionally, in 2006 we will see a new 3-year property tax assessment that may dramatically increase our tax burden.
Part 7.
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
1. Very Important
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Technical Support / Expertise
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
8a. Location: 
IF YES to 8: University (Name)
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
Where are these locations? [I.E. Home / Office of Private Individual(s) (i.e. Former Board, Staff, Funders, etc)]
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10b.
10b. Are there conditions of access for scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Artist Files
Financial Records
Legal Documents
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Artists' Publications
Checklists / Performance Programs / Price Lists
Programs of Events
Publication or Merchandise Catalogues
Other Printed Publications
11e. Other: 
Layouts / Sketches / Instructions for Installations
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Banker Boxes
Other Boxes
Three-Ring Binders
Other - Please describe below.
Please describe: 
pasted into archival books
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
51 - 60
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
1 - 10
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
I can’t access the material to determine this
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
16b. Paper-based:: 
Written or Typewritten Inventories
Other Paper-Based Cataloguing Records
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Word Processing Document [i.e. Word]
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
We do not have any electronic files
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
General Staff
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
No System
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
None or Limited
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
Systematize archiving process
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
Move them to a safe location on the premises
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
Lack of knowledge for resources
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$1,001 - $2,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
Contemporary Art Workshop
Who executed this survey.: 
Brandon Larson, Assistant Director
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: