Inside an art exhibit with paintings and sculptures.

MATERIALIZE is a new program that supports artists in expanding their practices to include large, temporary, installation-based work, beginning with an exhibition at MadArt Studio.

This program continues MadArt’s mission of encouraging artists to create new and compelling works, with an added intention of expanding access. Through MATERIALIZE, artists are provided with a holistic system of support that includes project funding, educational courses related to their developing work, and the guidance of MadArt staff and other arts professionals throughout the exhibition process. Eligible artists display a commitment to their professional art practices through residencies, education, and work samples, and most importantly, they have not yet had the opportunity to explore large-scale, site-specific installations. For the program’s inaugural year, we received 16 artist nominations from a wide range of regional arts professionals, and 12 artists submitted proposals for their prospective MadArt Studio exhibition. Proposals were reviewed by a three-person panel with consideration of the eligibility requirements and selection criteria listed below. In alignment with our intent to expand access, priority in selection was given to artists from communities that have historically been underrepresented in the arts, including Black, Indigenous, artists of color, women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.