This installation at the IU Libraries features works by 10 artists from both the USA and Russia. This includes surrogates of each artist's work, as well as their artist's philosophy and background. Special to this Scholars' Commons exhibition is one original piece by artist Larissa Danielle.
ProfessionART is a collaboration between the Russian Studies Workshop at Indiana University, the Free Culture Society, and the Museum of Nonconformist Art in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The project was designed for artists with disabilities in both the US and Russia to improve their professionalization opportunities through an eight-month multiformat educational program. The ten artists from Russia and the US attended individual curatorial consultations as well as group workshops with field professionals that addressed such topics as “Concept development and artistic research, “Applying for projects and fundraising”, “Networking and communicating with institutions”, “Selling art”, “Self-promotion and marketing”, and “Writing about your art”.
The project culminated in an international group exhibition at the Pushkinskaya-10 Art Center in Saint Petersburg and a documentary film about the participating artists. ProfessionART has provided an avenue for dialogue and collaboration between Russian and US-based art professionals, fostering a sense of community and a shared love of art.