Thursday, March 17, 2011

Medalta International Artists in Residence Program in Medicine Hat, Alberta

Aaron Nelson, the Artistic Director of the Medalta International Artists in Residence (MIAIR) Program in Medicine Hat, Alberta will be visiting Lillstreet on Monday, April 4th. He will present part artist talk, part history lesson and all about the exciting possibilities that exist for artists at Medalta.

The MIAIR Program is designed to serve artists at all stages of their career. Artists are able to pursue their investigations together in spacious semi-private studios. The residency experience is one of cooperation and creativity. This collaborative spirit extends beyond the studio and spills over into the community in the form public events, sales, classes, and special events. Artists also bring their diverse cultural experiences, specialized technical abilities, educational backgrounds, and most importantly an endless variety of definitions of what a ceramic art practice can be. MIAIR is housed in the new Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics , part of the 150 acre Historc Clay District which includes a museum, a brick plant, a china factory, and a clay manufacturer.

More info about MIAIR can be found at Keep an eye out for flyers in the studio with more details!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

2nd Tuesday: Artist in Residence Lecture Series

Tonight, Tuesday March 8, from 7-8pm

Please join us in the Kids Classrooms for image presentations from three Lillstreet Artists-In-Residence. Learn more about these incredible artists, the work they make, and what inspires them.

Ashley Gilreath - Metalsmithing
Gabriella D'Italia - Textiles
Jess Riva Cooper - Ceramics

On April 12 come meet and see the work of

Sunday, March 6, 2011


Lillstreet Art Center is happy to be hosting Empty Bowls again this year on March 25th, 2011.With the generous support of community members like you over $18,000 was raised to fight hunger through this event last year.

The premise for Empty Bowls is simple: Potters, educators and other craftspeople create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a communal meal of soup and bread. In exchange for $25 donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. In addition to the meal, a silent action will be held. All funds raised are donated to First Slice, a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization working to end hunger and food insecurity in Chicago.

First Slice recently partnered with the Night Ministry to open a new winter youth shelter, the Crib, located at 835 W. Addison. Through this initiative First Slice provides hot breakfast, bagged lunch, and hot dinners Monday through Friday to over 800 youth per week.

The largest hunger-relief organization in the United States, Feeding America, reports that the nation’s food banks could soon be overwhelmed by demand. Statistics show that 1 out of 8 Americans struggle with food insecurity every day. Millions of people have lost their jobs during the recession and the number of food stamp recipients has increased dramatically. Your help is needed now more than ever.

Please consider supporting this grassroots hunger fighting event through donating bowls through March 24. There is a designated cart for bowl donations in the hallway between hand B and the Metals classrooms in the Ceramics department.

Items for the silent auction are also welcome by March 18th. Please direct silent auction items or questions to:

Alexandra Jamroz

Lillstreet Studio Artist