How Does Sparkplug Work?

DCAC . . .

  • Provides an advisor who will coordinate monthly meetings and facilitate the planning process for Sparkplug exhibitions and events;
  • Provides administrative support to Sparkplug—maintaining a roster of collective members, scheduling activities, developing and maintaining Sparkplug’s presence on the DCAC website and in the newsletter;
  • Provides opportunities for artists to publically present their work and helps artists hone their presentation skills;
  • Organizes a “Blitz Crit” event for Sparkplug members, bringing together a group of local curators for an evening of critiques;
  • Makes the gallery or theater available for monthly discussions and critiques;
  • Works with Sparkplug artists to identify essential outside expertise (legal, technical, curatorial, etc.) and brings knowledgeable professionals to share information at meetings;
  • Provides a section of the website for information about Sparkplug members and their work, including links to members’ websites and a section about alumni members;
  • Hosts two group shows of Sparkplug artists at DCAC and finds curators to work with the artists for those exhibitions.

Artists

  • Meet monthly to discuss their own and others’ work, plan exhibitions, and discuss topics related to professional practice;
  • Identify training and resources that will assist in their artistic development;
  • Maintain DCAC membership at the $60 membership level or above while in Sparkplug (membership includes 20% off all DCAC tickets and events; 15% off first five purchases at Utrecht Art Supplies; bimonthly calendar of events; FREE 2'x2' square at 1460 Wall Mountables; invitations to member meetings and events );
  • Create new works during their two-year membership in Sparkplug;
  • Provide work for Sparkplug shows and related projects as requested;
  • Abide by the exhibition contracts for Sparkplug shows at DCAC;
  • Represent Sparkplug at DCAC events;
  • List their participation in Sparkplug in their professional materials (bio, website, blog, etc.) and provide a link to DCAC’s website, www.dcartscenter.org, on their own websites.
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