MAP at Pro Arts on Friday March 1st!

Thanks to everyone that stopped by Pro Arts on Friday MArch 1st and participated in our “Free Music Project” installation set up in front of the gallery. The evening was a huge success and we got to hear many anecdotes and stories about mixed tapes, cassette culture and memories of musics past! Keep posted later on this summer and we will be adding a “Free Music Project” page to our blog that will contain crowd sourced responses to this project!
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PRO ARTS     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 7, 2013

The Free Gallery
By Free Utopian Projects  |  Exhibition Call Selection 2013 
Exhibition Dates: February 26 – March 29, 2013
Preview: Tuesday, February 26 – Friday, March 1
Artists’ Reception and Free Art Launch: First Friday, March 1, 6-8pmOakland, CA:Pro Arts is pleased to presentThe Free Gallery by Free Utopian Projects, a new exhibition presenting free artwork, found objects and art ephemera to the public.The Free Gallery is both an interactive experience of an alternative art economy, as well as a study of art as a consumer product. Who makes art? Who exhibits art? Who buys art? The Free Gallery explores the collapse of these distinctions by offering a subverted gallery experience where not only admission is free, the art is too.Participating artists donate work to the exhibition to be presented salon-style in a continually evolving cycle of giving and taking art. A ‘Preview’ will be held from Tuesday, February 26 to Friday, March 1 to allow viewers an exclusive preview of items that will be available free to the public from the Artists’ Reception onwards. A practice of taking one work per person will be encouraged. The project proprietor Jocelyn Meggait will be onsite most gallery hours to discuss the project with visitors, coordinate artwork, and document the selection experience.The Free Gallery brings a distinctly Bay Area tradition of a free community happening – from The Digger’s Free Shops in the 1960′s to thriving First Friday’s in Oakland – to an exhibition experience. By embracing the potential for visual chaos and participatory mayhem, The Free Gallery seeks to highlight alternative routes for accessing, valuing and experiencing art.Participating Artists: Gwynessa Balvanz, Evan Barbour, Jennifer Brandon, Kenna Kristen Cabral, Sohyung Choi, Susanna Corcoran, Madelyn Covey, Alix Critchley, Veva Edelson, Peter Foucault, Hilary Galian, Matthew Gottschalk, Michael Hall, Dana Hemenway, Sarah Herniesen, Amy M. Ho, Becky Johnson, Samuel Levi Jones, Michael Koehle, Matthew Kowalski, Barbara Laukat, Hung Liu, Keegan Luttrell, Lauren McDougald, Kath Irwin McGaughey, Michael Mersereau, Nadja Eulee Miller, Doug Millison (Little Free Art Gallery), Seth Minor, Camilla Newhagen, Sheri Leigh O’Connor, Tressa Pack, Meri Page, Chelsea Pegram, Simon Pyle, Kate Rhoades, Alex Rubio, Kent Rodriguez Segura, Jenny Sharaf, Sofia Sharpe, Kate Short, Kelsey Thorne, Chris Treggiari, Marilyn Treon, Katy Warner, MAP (Mobile Arts Platform)

         …more artists to be announced soon!

The Free Gallery is the 2013 Exhibition Call Selection. The Artists’ Reception and Free Art Launch, featuring Mobile Arts Platform, will be held on First Friday, March 1, 6-8pm. Exhibition and events are, of course, free.

About Free Utopian Projects:
Free Utopian Projects is an ongoing alternative art project exploring Utopian economic systems by creating free, socially active installations. Curator/proprietor/artist Jocelyn Meggait has installed Free Projects at Kala Art Institute, Mills College Art Museum, and most recently at the alternative art space A Temporary Offering in the Renoir Hotel, San Francisco.

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