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’Art In General’: A Working Artist’s Potential BFF

Originally Posted: July 10, 2010

New York City - Founded in 1981, Art in General is a non-profit organization located in Lower Manhattan that assists artists with the production and presentation of new work. The organization changes in response to the needs of artists and informs and engages the public about their work.

Art in General was founded by artists Martin Weinstein and Teresa Liszka in the General Hardware building, hence the name "Art in General." Weinstein and Liszka founded the organization to create a space where artists could exhibit unconventional work and exchange ideas with their peers. More than 28 years later, Art in General maintains its position as an important resource for emerging artists and those interested in new ways of thinking about contemporary art - all the while presenting ground-breaking exhibitions of new work in all media. In 2005 a new program was instituted to assist artists in a more in-depth way, moving the programmatic focus from large group exhibitions to commissions by individual artists. Today, Art in General is recognized as a leading non-profit arts organization in New York and a magnet and a resource for diverse audiences who want to experience contemporary art.

Each year Art in General supports five to seven artists through new commissions; two to four artist residencies; and four to six audio/video installations accompanied by publications and public programs to compliment the works, including artist talks, literary readings, video screenings, and panel discussions with renowned critics and curators. Currently, more than 5,000 artists have exhibited their work at Art in General in a wide range of media - painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, site-specific installations, audio, video, performance and new media.

Annually, 4,000 visitors attend Art in General's exhibitions and public programs and over 50,000 benefit from the organization's publications and website, which contains an online archive of all projects presented at Art in General. Art in General's audience is wide-ranging and consists of artists, arts professionals, academics, teachers, students, art enthusiasts, tourists and the general public. Art in General's public and educational programs are directed towards diverse audiences, many with limited access to the arts, and provide free opportunities to engage with contemporary art and artists.

For more information go to www.artingeneral.org.

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