The Courtroom Artist Residency has continued throughout the Summer and earlier this month I produced the third collection of reports.
For this residency program, artists and creative workers are invited to observe approximately three hours of court proceedings with me at Cook County Criminal Court on 2650 S. California in Chicago. Following court, I treat the resident to a meal at Taqueria El Milagro on 3050 West 26th street in Little Village, where we talk about our observations over lunch. Each residency lasts approximately six hours including transportation within Chicago, to and from court. Each residency is also accompanied by a $20.00 donation to the Chicago Community Bond Fund (the approximate value of two meals at Taqueria El Milagro).
Featured in this new booklet are discussions with Dana Sperry, Bea Malsky, Eric Von Haynes and Melinda Fries. During these four residencies we observed well over a hundred defendants who saw numerous judges for all manner of issues, including one situation where a lawyer wanted to be found in contempt so that he could be given a new judge for his trial. We observed a skunk try to cross from the jail to the court by way of the parking lot, and we watched over two hours of juror questioning in a gun case—learning the hobbies of nearly three dozen Chicago citizens as well as the various crimes they've been the victims of. We also heard a lot about electronic monitoring and challenges posed by evidence that depends on technology. We also watched the watchers when Dana Sperry and I sat behind a victims advocacy group who were waiting for one defendant's hearing.
The Courtroom Artist Residency Report was recently the subject of a thoughtful article by Jason Foumberg for The Art Newspaper that you can read here. Earlier this month I was invited to be a visiting artist at the residency ACRE in Steuben, Wisconsin where I gave my first full-length lecture specifically devoted to the Courtroom Artist Residency. If you'd like to have me visit your class or wish to host a talk about this project, please get in touch.