upcoming grant deadline: 08/01/2018

upcoming grant deadline: 08/01/2018

Rain Harris

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1999 Leeway Award for Achievement

My art concerns contradictions. When presented with the option of creating functional or non-functional art, I find myself drawn to produce intentionally useless yet ostensibly utilitarian objects. I enjoy creating tension by juxtaposing the natural world with the manmade one, but instead of studying nature itself, I examine man's interpretations of nature. Looking to sources such as the decorative arts and old botanical drawings, I focus on creating forms which, while naturalistic, do not strive to become trompe l'oeil.

I find intrigue in the elegant yet tasteless object and, as a result, strive to create "cultured" work that contains "lowbrow" elements. I carefully incorporate things such as rhinestones and metallic surfaces into a piece so that the viewer is not immediately aware of their presence. Only on closer inspection does one notice that such gaudy materials have been used in the work.


Leeway grant?

Leeway Transformation Award

The Transformation Award provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women and trans* artists and cultural producers living in Greater Philadelphia who create art for social change and have done so for the past five years or more, demonstrating a long-term commitment to social change work. [read more]

deadline 05/15
Upcoming events
07/241:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Facebook LIVE Info Session

Are you thinking about applying for the Art and Change Grant or the Leeway Transformation Award but not sure of how to go about it? Join us on Facebook LIVE and get your questions answered.​

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08/087:00 pm - 8:30 pm

12x12: LaTreice Branson

High-functioning fatigue. Pride in overworking and extending yourself. Getting the job done at all costs. It's the "exhaustion complex" in full force. Join artist and educator LaTreice Branson in this vivacious and personal exploration of the challenges of being an exhausted woman. Follow LaTreice's musical journey from exhaustion to relaxation and self-love, and then join in, re-setting your heart, mind, and body, with a joy-filled, interactive drumming finale.

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