Locally Sourced

January 24, 2015 - March 15, 2015


Locally Sourced Gallery Talk
Thursday, February 19, 6:30–8PM
Locally Sourced Gallery Talk in the AU Museum with Transformer’s Artistic Director Victoria Reis and Exhibition Coordinator Julia Young, with artists from Transformer’s FlatFile program.

Tuesday, March 3, 6–8PM
FRAMEWORK Panel Discussion in the AU Katzen Art Center Auditorium with directors of the six contributing organizations in Locally Sourced. Produced in collaboration with Transformer’s FRAMEWORK Panel series: www.transformerdc.org/programs/framework

Locally Sourced (January 24 – March 15, 2015), the first exhibition in the Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? series, provides an in-depth look at the extensive collections of six regionally focused CSA (Community Supported Art) and Flat File programs that seek to grow recognition and support for artists in their communities. Locally Sourced features over 200 small works and multiples in a variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, hand silk-screens, digital prints, photography, collage, sculpture, video, and more. 

Much like Community Supported Agriculture, in which shareholders invest in a local farm and receive a monthly payout of fruits and vegetables, the CSA programs in Locally Sourced support artists in their communities by connecting shareholders directly to the artists. The featured Flat File programs in Locally Sourced also seek audiences to invest directly in the arts community with a 'buy local' mentality, developing evolving collections of prints and other works on paper that highlight artists in their regions.
Locally Sourced features over 200 works and multiples in a variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, hand silk-screens, digital prints, photography, collage, sculpture, video, and more. Locally Sourced highlights works from: Artist Curated Projects (Los Angeles, CA), Brooklyn Community Supported Art + Design (Brooklyn, NY), Cannonball (Miami, FL), Pelican Bomb (New Orleans), Threewalls (Chicago), and Transformer (DC). 

Locally Sourced is the first of four exhibitions in the Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? series. Presented over two years at the American University Museum and the Rotunda of the Katzen Arts Center, Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? highlights various contemporary platforms artists and arts organizations have initiated to develop, create, and present art.
Comprehensively showcasing artists and organizations that incorporate a range of visual art practices including performative, experiential, social, pedagogical, Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? investigates current and future models of art organizing. This exhibition series was inspired by the launch of Common Field, a new network of artist projects and spaces of which Transformer is a Founding Member. 

Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? is curated by Victoria Reis, Executive & Artistic Director of Transformer, in collaboration with Tim Doud, Associate Professor of Art and coordinator of the Visiting Artist Program at American University.