upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2019

upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2019

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?

Art and Change Grant

The Art and Change Grant (ACG) provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans* artists and cultural producers in greater Philadelphia to fund art for social change projects. [read more]

deadline 03/01
Upcoming events
03/2712:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Understanding Taxes for Artists

Leeway is partnering with CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia and Vision Driven Artists for three sessions designed to help artists understand tax season!

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03/276:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Infosession at Taller Puertorriqueño

Learn more about our grant programs and application process at this information session!

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