Public Collectors - September 2018 Newsletter. The Courtroom Artist Residency | The Meal-Based Artist Residency Program
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This is the first of the two newsletters I'll be sending this month. First, I'd like to announce a major new project and publication. The next September newsletter will announce two other new publications. But more on that later!

— Marc Fischer / Public Collectors

The Courtroom Artist Residency

I’d like to announce that I am accepting applications for the Public Collectors Courtroom Artist Residency

For this new meal-based residency program, artists and creative workers are invited to observe between two and three hours of court proceedings with me at Cook County Criminal Court on 2600 S. California in Chicago. Following court, I will treat the resident to a meal at Taqueria El Milagro on 3050 West 26th street in Little Village. We will talk about what we observed over lunch or an early dinner.

Each residency will last approximately five or six hours including transportation within Chicago, to and from court. I will try to accommodate twelve residents a year, or about one per month. I will also contribute $20.00 to the Chicago Community Bond Fund for each residency–the approximate value of two meals at Taqueria El Milagro.

Additionally, Public Collectors will make a publication series titled The Courtroom Artist Residency Report. These booklets will provide a space for residents and myself to talk about their experience and share reflections, notes, drawings, or other content related to their residency. I hope to print these collected reports twice a year.

To apply for a Courtroom Artist Residency, please contact me through and tell me anything you think I should know about you and your work. Website URLs are always appreciated. Please note that residencies will need to happen on weekdays, typically starting just before 9:00 AM when court begins. Residents are subject to the rules and regulations of the court, which include passing through a metal detector and leaving cell phones in a small lock box for phones at the court, or in my car. Cameras, laptops, and recording devices are not permitted in the court, though they can be used either before we enter, or after we leave the court building.

The Courtroom Artist Residency extends from the Public Collectors Joong Boo Residency Program. From 2016-18, that residency provided Korean lunch to 38 artist residents at Joong Boo Market in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. That project is detailed in the publication The Meal-Based Artist Residency Program, published by Public Collectors in August, 2018.

If you are interested in being a Courtroom Artist Resident, note that September, October, and November 2018 are already filled but feel free to suggest later months that you might be available. I will create a waiting list if necessary. Please feel free to share this announcement or write with any questions.

Photo of Cook County Criminal Court by Ann Fisher, taken June 24, 2011. Shared under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The Meal-Based Artist Residency Program
New booklet available now!

If you've been following Public Collectors' work for the last couple years, you've probably heard about the Joong Boo Residency Program. For that project Public Collectors invited out of town artists to apply for a residency that consisted of me taking the artist resident to eat Korean food at Joong Boo Market in Chicago's Avondale neighborhood, at no cost to the resident. After 38 of these residencies, the project has ended, but not before inspiring several similar residencies in other cities. This booklet describes the ideas and intentions behind the project, includes sample full-length reports on three of the residencies, and reflections from 20 of the residents who detail their experience. From the back cover:

We can create informal structures that will enable the positive experiences we want to have in our cities. They don’t have to cost a lot of money and the scale can be whatever we want it to be. To this end, in August 2016 I launched a meal-based artist residency program under the authorship and administration of my project Public Collectors. The Public Collectors Joong Boo Residency Program consisted of me buying Korean lunch for the resident at Joong Boo Market on 3333 N. Kimball Avenue in Chicago. I hosted 38 residents in just under two years before ending the project in July 2018.

This booklet shares the history and outcomes of my meal-based artist residency program. I’ve also provided background information and suggestions for others who are interested in adopting this model for their own projects. There is a handy list of factors to consider when starting a meal-based residency. I have also given the residents space to share what their Joong Boo residency meant to them.

This booklet also serves as a launch vehicle for my next residency: the Public Collectors Courtroom Artist Residency, which will bring artists to Criminal Court in Chicago to witness its operations, followed by a meal where we can discuss what we have observed.

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Thank you for reading to the end and following these projects and publications. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you ever have questions about this work or just want to say hello. Wishing you good health, safety, and peace.
— Marc / Public Collectors

Public Collectors organizes exhibitions and events, participates in exhibitions organized by others, creates exhibition opportunities for collectors, teaches, lectures, responds to research inquiries, and makes its own publications. The administrator of Public Collectors is Marc Fischer. He is based in Chicago, Illinois.

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