High Concept Labs names Fall 2016 artists

Mana Contemporary ChicagoHigh Concept Labs (HCL) recently announced the Fall 2016 lineup of its flagship Sponsored Artist Program. Ten artists and collaboratives will develop, rehearse and present new work for Chicago audiences this season. In conjunction with rehearsal and performance space, HCL provides Sponsored Artists with administrative, marketing, production and development assistance. 2016 marks the sixth year of the Sponsored Artist Program.


For two seasons each year, artists are selected by HCL’s staff and Artistic Advisory Council to incubate, workshop, perform or exhibit new work.


“By focusing on the needs of each project at its given point of production, the Sponsored Artists’ work matures in powerful and unpredictable ways,” says HCL Artist Planning Associate Billie Howard. “It is a privilege to support and to watch each new piece born to the world.”


This season’s Sponsored Artists are a diverse group of emerging and established artists working across a range of disciplines, from film and theater to music and sensory illusion. As part of their Sponsorship, artists will participate in Artist Critiques, and present Works-In-Progress showings, Workshops and other public offerings for Chicago audiences.


Of the Fall 2016 lineup, there are four projects that fall into the dance category. These include Lisa Gonzales and Tom Lee with PLACE (No Place); Groundhog with Rebirth & Regeneration; Carole McCurdy with The (((waver)) project; and Sadie Woods with A Study in Rhyme and Song.


In its sixth year of existence, the Sponsored Artist Program has supported more than 220 artists and collectives with over 22,000 hours of donated space and professional support, resulting in a total economic impact exceeding $400,000.


Stay tuned at High Concept Labs’ website at http://highconceptlabs.org for additional information on Sponsored Artists’ public programs.