IPaintMyMind is big fans of Sonnenzimmer, and have been for years now. They’re printmaking is trailblazing and their commitment to their values is inspiring. IPMM connected with them a while back, and then purchased a bundle of prints for The IPMM Collection, and we’re also happy to say that we recently acquired another set of prints from them to display in local schools!
But onto the real info and news here…
Chicago collaborative art duo Sonnenzimmer is made up of artists Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. Their art spans a variety of mediums including printmaking, sculpture, and writing! Sonnenzimmer is an experimental studio that’s been around since 2006, and in that time, Nick and Nadine have been focusing on the expansive possibilities of graphic expression. Sonnenzimmer has been working on several community-focused art initiatives in the last two years, including Ideas Beyond Formats.
Ideas Beyond Formats is a program designed to aid BIPOC+ artists in developing, promoting, and publishing a significant work in their creative career. The chosen artist will receive a $2,000 honorarium and a $2,000 production budget for use as they see fit. Nick and Nadine also aid in the conceptual development process and promote the artwork via Sonnenzimmer’s social media channels. The idea is to allow artists to take a leap in the kind of work that they are able to afford to do, allowing them to tackle complex projects or ideas that will be catalytic in their personal creative development.
As mentioned, we always love to add their surreal, colorful and graphic prints to our collection, however, we’ve recently taken our partnership to a new level.
This year, we were able to fund 20% of Sonnenzimmer’s 2022 operating costs for the Ideas Beyond Formats program!!
The operating budget goes towards the monetary awards for the chosen artist, as well as retaining three Reviewers to go through applications, 25 small Honorariums for every applicant as a token of gratitude for their applications, taxes, meeting expenses and more. We’re super thrilled to be able to support such an innovative program that supports emerging artists!
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