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Chicago-based sculptor Betsy Odom will be exhibiting her work at DEMO Project in September to launch the space.
More about DEMO Project: An artist-run gallery emphasizing current and experimental trends in contemporary art will open to the Springfield community on September 13, 2013. DEMO Project is committed to bringing new — and perhaps unusual — art to the community. The gallery aims to exhibit high-caliber artists from the Central Illinois region and beyond that give informed insights to the Springfield community as to what is happening in contemporary art today.
DEMO Project is located in the main living space of a pre-1920’s house located on the Springfield Art Association (SAA) campus. The gallery is founded and directed by Springfield-based contemporary artists, all of whom have an affiliation to the UIS Visual Arts program. “Like many alternative galleries, the space is raw and deviates from the crisp and clean traditional gallery,” says Jeff Robinson, who co-directs the space. “We have worked together to transform the space to a point, but really embrace all of the potential that comes with such a raw, non-traditional and flexible environment.” Exhibitions in this space will range from the traditional exhibition format of two-dimensional works on the wall to large-scale, whole environment installation projects. “As far as what an artist can do in the space, the parameters are vastly open, and risk-taking and ambition are encouraged,” adds Jeff.
The SAA has offered the space, rent free, for this experimental gallery. Formerly known as the Craft House, DEMO Project resides in a house that was once occupied by caretakers of historic Edwards Place. The SAA, with a capital campaign underway, plans to demolish the DEMO Project house in the future to accommodate a new ceramics and glass blowing facility. While the house sits empty and awaits demolition, the SAA has extended it as a resource to a team of artists eager to bring contemporary art to the community. “There is a growing community of contemporary artists in the region,” says Allison Lacher, who also co-directs the space. “Surrounding communities, like Peoria and Bloomington, offer similar alternative spaces. Not only do they function to offer contemporary art to the community, but they also draw together a community of artists from the area. We want to contribute to the growing contemporary art culture in the region and bring respected and exciting artists to Springfield.”