For Freedoms. *Make America Great Again.* 2016. Billboard. Photo: Wyatt Gallery

Art and Practice is a series of discussion-based seminars in which emerging and experienced artists can discuss challenges and possibilities in the field. Following each session, refreshments will be served from 8:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Artist Eric Gottesman and art historian Michelle Woo, both members of the artist-run initiative For Freedoms, will host an open discussion about art as a tool for influencing culture and stimulating political engagement. Together, we will rethink what political action can mean, how creativity produces and sustains change, and how (or whether) we as artists and citizens can question and challenge existing systems and structures.

In this murky territory, we will ask participants to envision the impact they want their current projects to have in shaping society. We hope to spark an open dialogue about the necessity for art in the political landscape, and about how we can better equip artists to build networks of action.

This program is free but requires the submission of a response form (above). For more information, please contact


For Freedoms is a platform for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action for artists in the US. Founded in January 2016, For Freedoms aims to model how art and discourse can urge communities into greater action and participation.

Eric Gottesman was awarded a 2017 ICP Infinity Award and a 2015 Creative Capital Artist Fellowship, and has previously won a Fulbright Fellowship, an Artadia Award, a Light Work Residency, the Aaron Siskind Foundation Artist Fellowship, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Fellowship, and other grants and awards. His work is included in various collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His first book, Sudden Flowers, was published in 2014. He is the cofounder of For Freedoms, the first artist-run super PAC, and is currently a visiting associate professor in film, photography, and video at Hampshire College, a visiting professor at Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts, and a mentor in the Arab Documentary Photography Project.

Michelle Woo is an art producer, art historian, and arts business consultant based in New York City and Los Angeles. She was awarded a 2017 ICP Infinity Award. Her diverse roles include project management of large-scale public art and exhibitions, curatorial advisement, and strategic planning for artists. She received her BFA in painting from Pratt Institute and is currently an MA candidate in art history at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She previously worked at Pace/MacGill Gallery and Phillips de Pury and Company in New York City.