Updates + News at The Luminary

Posted by Anne McCullough on December 13, 2016 | Comments Off on Updates + News at The Luminary

NEA Award +
To Make a Public Book Release +

The Luminary Receives NEA Award for our International Residency Program

2016 Residencies

The Luminary is proud to announce that we have been awarded a highly competitive Art Works grant of $25,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to support our international residency program and related exhibitions.

The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. “The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as The Luminary, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu.

As co-founder James McAnally stated, “The award comes at a pivotal time in our history as we work to sustain a place for independent spaces and equitable initiatives in St. Louis’s art ecosystem, bringing in leading artists, critics and curators from around the world, supporting area artists to participate in international opportunities, and considering our role as a gathering space in our city for diverse publics. In this time of our nation’s divisive political landscape, receiving the support and commission of the National Endowment for the Arts is particularly poignant and we look forward to the next year with renewed energy.”

As essential as this funding is to our programs, we still need your support to sustain this work. In the United States, grants only account for a small percentage of operations- it is the support of individuals and small businesses that account for 71% of all nonprofit budgets nationwide.

<< Help us match these funds by becoming a member or making a tax-deductible donation now >>

Tomorrow Night: To Make a Public Book Release 

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Celebrate the release of The Luminary and Temporary Art Review’s first book, To Make a Public. The book comprises an anthology of Temporary Art Review’s first five years, documenting the return of the alternative space movement alongside social and political upheavals through commissioned essays, interviews and first-person accounts from a range of artists, curators, spaces, and numerous others.

The book release is being celebrated with a series of launches in the US and Europe, including a roundtable at The Luminary on Wednesday, December 14th from 6 to 8pm with Buzz Spector, Bret Schneider, Sarah Hermes Griesbach, Amy Reidel, and Cole Lu alongside Temporary editors Sarrita Hunn and James McAnally. Other events are planned this month at ACRE in Chicago and Woodland Pattern/The Suburban in Milwaukee, with more planned for 2017 at Motto (Berlin), INCA (Seattle), Slobodne veze (Zagreb), Louise Dany (Oslo), and more

If you are unable to make one of the events, pre-orders for the book are now available here.


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Join us on January 14th for the return of our musician-led series, LAB, featuring performances by ICE, BLOOM, Eric Donte, Jvckss, and Zado as well as lifesize 3D digital architectural dreamscapes. More information available here.

Save the Date: Off Modern opens 1/20/17

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Save the date on January 20th, 2017 for the opening of our first exhibition of the season, Off Modern: In What Time Do We Live?, starting off a new series of interconnected exhibitions over the next six months. The exhibition will feature work from Bruce Burton, Laura Ann Davis, Assaf Evron, Tatiana Istomina, Nicolas Mangan, David Whelan, Steph Zimmerman and more.

About The Luminary
The Luminary is a 501(c)(3) incubator for new ideas in the arts, founded in 2007 as a forum for artistic research, production and presentation, conceived in response to both our immediate and international community, alongside our audiences, and in dialogue with artists.

The Luminary is supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, the Sustainable Arts Foundation and our members.



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