Memphis Based Art Fair Announces +20 Emerging Artists For 2018 Fair

Memphis Based Art Fair Announces +20 Emerging Artists For 2018 Fair

Young Collectors Contemporary, presented by Young Arts Patrons, has confirmed over 20 artists for the 2018 fair, running March 22-25, 2018 at Crosstown Arts. Young Collectors Contemporary is produced by Young Arts Patrons to serve as a hub for artists and contemporary art enthusiasts to exchange ideas and collect works from emerging contemporary artists. Part exhibition, part party, and part contemporary arts conference the event is for emerging artists, collectors, and the arts community.

The 2018 fair has demonstrated continued growth since its 2016 debut. Applications were received from around the world, and will present a national array of artists in a wide variety of categories including painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, glass, film, and photography.

Artists were selected by the Art Fair Advisory Committee, a group that supports the development of the art fair and help select local, regional, and national artists for participation. The 2018 Art Fair Advisory Committee includes: Elliott Perry (retired NBA/ Perry Art Collection), Jose Carlos Diaz (Chief Curator at The Andy Warhol Museum and 2018 Fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL)), Marina Pacini (Chief Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Brooks Museum of Art), and Donna Woodley (Artist). It also has support from the Chris Miner (Co-founder & Artist, Crosstown Arts) and the Crosstown Arts team.

Selected artists include Kid Bazzle (Kingston, Jamaica), Jarvis Boyland (Memphis, TN), Elliot Jerome Brown, Zhiwan Cheung (Hanover, NH), Sean G. Clark (New Orleans, LA), Jennifer Crescuillo (Silver Point, TN), Joseph Love III (Nashville, TN), Meredith Edmondson (Nashville,TN), Jodi Hays (Nashville, TN), Leanna Hicks (Memphis, TN), Desmond Lewis (Memphis, TN), Tiff Massey (Detroit, MI), Emilie Stark-Menneg, Lena Murrell (Birmingham, AL), Dawn Okoro (Austin, TX), Daniel Peterson (Irvine, CA), Diedria Pigues (Memphis, TN), Kristen Rambo (Memphis, TN), Nate Renner (Memphis, TN), Robert Schoolfield (Chattanooga, TN), Anna Wehrwein (Columbia, MO), Christina Wiggins (Nashville, TN)

Rog and Bee Walker (New York City, NY) are the 2018 Young Collectors Contemporary Emerging Curators. This designation recognizes curatorial excellence for curators at the early stage of their career. Rog and Bee Walker will be in conversation with Darren Isom (Executive Director, Memphis Music Initiative) during Conversations on Saturday, March 24th.

The third edition of Young Collectors Contemporary will debut a new series of special activities, performances, and workshops to engage the attendees with latest research, inspiration, and pop culture. Two event tracks were created to allow attendees to customize their experience: Artist Track and Art Lovers Track. The Artist Track focuses on creative entrepreneurship and artist practice development workshops facilitated on Friday, March 23 by national leaders in the creative space, Creative Many (Detroit) and BLDG Memphis.

The Art Lovers Track focuses on immersion of art enthusiasts with artists and collecting. The Art Tour will highlight Memphis's vibrancy as an art and culture hub by privately touring different locations around Memphis including a gallery, studio space, community focused public art installation, and a private collection. The Art Tour is only available in the limited number of Art Lover Track or VIP Experience

Friday night, March 23rd, will also feature the annual The Opening Night Party happening at Crosstown Arts. This will provide the opportunity to meet with artists, collectors, and fellow art enthusiasts. Host Committee members include Ebony Archie, Jasmine Boyd, Erica Evans, Kayla Graff, Timothy Green Jr, Ian Nunley, Delaini Moreau, Leslie Smith, and Amelia Thompson.

Saturday, March 24th, onsite at the fair, The Ornamental Metal Museum will host a blacksmithing and casting demonstration through their M4 (Mini Mobile Metal Museum) pop-up on the Crosstown Concourse Mall. Young Collectors Contemporary continues Conversations with a Saturday-long program of talks and panels by artists, curators, thought leaders, and creative entrepreneurs from around the nation covering art practice, culture, collecting, and curiosity.

Young Collectors Contemporary will also debut OPEN: a public art engagement project that activates Memphis's numerous creative spaces for public community access.

Young Arts Patron's official financial partner for the 2018 art fair is ArtMoney. Whitney Hardy, Founder, said " I knew it was important to find a way to make it easier to buy art and support the art ecosystem. So, I've worked for two years to successfully secure ArtMoney for the fair. ArtMoney makes owning art easy and affordable. Payments are spread over 10 monthly installments with no interest. This is a game changer for anyone interested in buying art. We want to continue to make it easier."

Young Collectors Contemporary was founded with a mission to economically support the contemporary visual arts by providing a curated arts marketplace for selling artworks to individuals, companies, and institutions. Through speakers and other events, the art fair offers business, professional, and entrepreneurial development for visual artists. By developing the art collecting economy, we hope to create financial independence for artists as creatives and entrepreneurs.

Young Collectors Contemporary was founded in 2016 as part of the annual arts programming for Young Arts Patrons.The philanthropic organization organizes, curates, facilitates, and produces events with creatives, arts institutions, and arts organizations including The Brooks Museum, Ballet Memphis, The Metal Museum, IRIS Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and more.

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