All over the country, Community Supported Art programs (CSAs) are popping up as a creative way to connect artists with collectors. Inspired by agricultural share programs (also called CSAs – Community Supported Agriculture), where shares of a local farm are purchased in exchange for regular deliveries of produce, the art version also offers deliveries of bounty to shareholders.
For the Crusade CSA, fifty shares are made available to the public for $400 per share. Six totally amazing photographers are commissioned to create an image for shareholders in an edition of 50. Every other month, shareholders receive two original, signed photographs in the mail, totaling six images over the course of half a year.
Strengthening the photography community, supporting the careers of emerging artists, and cultivating collectors - that's what Crusade for Art is all about.
SHARES FOR ROUND 4 WILL GO ON SALE SUMMER 2016
CSA Photographers - Round 3
This CSA round is sold out - Make sure to sign up for our mailing list to be the first to find out about our next CSA round.
For our third CSA round, the six photographers below (Aaron Blum, Amelia Morris, Dorothy O'Connor, Kris Sanford, Brandon Thibodeax and Mike Tittel) were commissioned to create an original photograph in an edition of 50.
The images you see below are not the photographs you will receive as a CSA shareholder - they are just examples of the types of work these photographers create and are representative of what shareholders can expect.
Each piece is no smaller than 8x10 and no larger than 11x14*. Every photograph is signed and editioned by the photographer.
Shareholders can expect to receive two photographs in the mail every other month for six months. You can also expect to be blown away.
Aaron Blum is an eighth-generation Scots-Irish Appalachian from the hills of Appalachia; which is the center of his artistic work. After graduating with degrees in photography from West Virginia University and Syracuse University, Aaron immediately began receiving recognition for his photographs including the Juror’s Choice Award at Center: Santa Fe, Critical Mass top 50, Magenta Flash Forward, and FOAM talent. His work has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally as well as featured by the likes of Fraction Magazine, CNN and BBC. His work has been included in the permanent collections of the Haggerty Museum of Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Art and Duke Documentary Studies.
Dorothy O'Connor graduated with degrees in Literature and Studio Arts. Her photographs and installations feature thoughtfully composed and hand-crafted scenes which combine elements of still-life, portraiture, landscape and performance to produce unique and evocative works of art. She has received grants from Possible Futures, FLUX and the Forward Arts Foundation to present her installations as public art. The lasting element of her installations, her photographs, have been exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S. In 2013, she was artist in residence at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville where she built and presented her latest installation, "Shelter." Her most recent project was an interactive sculptural piece for Art on the Beltline 2015. Ms. O'Connor'swork is part of the permanent collections at MOCA GA, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, the Center for Fine Art Photography and is included in many private collections.
Brandon Thibodeaux (b. 1981) was raised in Beaumont, Texas. His photography career began at a small daily newspaper in southeast Texas while studying photography at Lamar University. He now resides in Dallas, where he freelances for clients like, the FT Weekend Magazine, Monocle, The New York Times, Shell Oil and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He is a member of the photography collective MJR, based in New York City. His work in the Mississippi Delta has been recognized by American Photo Magazine, PDN, and the Oxford American lists him as one of their 100 Under 100, New Superstars of Southern Art 2012. He received the Critical Mass Top 50 Solo Show Award. He is the 2014 recipient of the Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography Grant and a Lens Culture Exposure Award 2014 Finalist.
Amelia Morris is a photographer and mixed media artist working with themes relating to identity. Her imagery's autobiographical content is expressed through both literal and symbolic self-portraiture and what Amelia lovingly calls "low-grade performance art." Amelia graduated magna cum laude from Ball State University in 2008. Her photographs are included in collections at Ball State University and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. She is an active member of the Postcard Collective, an international artist postcard exchange group. Amelia was a 2013 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellow through the Arts Council of Indianapolis. She won a "golden ticket" scholarship to attend the Photolucida portfolio review festival in 2013 and was a 2014 Critical Mass finalist.
Kris Sanford grew up in southeast Michigan and received a BFA in photography from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She received her MFA in photography from Arizona State University, where she served as art editor for Hayden's Ferry Review. She is currently an assistant professor at Central Michigan University.
Kris has exhibited her work nationally, including group exhibitions in Chicago, New York, and Portland. In 2010 she was awarded a Contemporary Forum Artist Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum and exhibited her work at the museum in May 2011. Her work was selected by the Phoenix Public Art Program for the 2011 installment of the 7th Avenue Streetscape Panels. She is represented by Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Her art explores intimate relationships, specifically queer desire, through the use of appropriated images and text.
Michael Tittel earned a BFA in Photography from Ohio University in 1992. Mike’s work relies on consistency and honesty to tell personal, humanly relevant stories. Themes of disconnectedness, self-awareness and human relationships are the themes his work explores.
His work has been published by Ain’t Bad, Lenscratch, aCurator, Urbanautica and is held in the permanent collection of Ohio University in Athens Ohio.
He is currently working on a book of personal narratives that will be accompanied by music, set to be published in 2016.
*Brandon Thibodeaux's image will be a 7.5" square on 8x8 paper.
CSA Photographers - Round 2
This CSA round is sold out - Make sure to sign up for our mailing list to be the first to find out about our next CSA round.
For our second CSA round, the following six photographers will be commissioned to create an original photograph or other photography-based art piece in an edition of 50. The images you see below are not the photographs you will receive as a CSA shareholder - they are just examples of the types of work these photographers create and are representative of what shareholders can expect.
Each piece is an 8x10 size or larger, except where noted.
Angela Bacon-Kidwell is an award-winning photographer and visual artist who lives and works in Texas. Angela has a BFA from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, with specialization in painting and photography. Her photographic work has received numerous awards and honors and has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally. Recent awards and recognitions include: 2014 Critical Mass Top 50 Finalist, nomination for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography in 2011, Finalist for the John Clarence Laughlin Award, First place in the Palm Springs Photo Festival, First Place in the Texas Photographic Society International Competition and 2012 lecture at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. She is currently represented by Afterimage Gallery, Dallas, Texas, Wallspace Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA and Galerie BMG, Woodstock, NY.
Amy Friend received a BFA Honours degree and BEd degree from York University, Toronto and an MFA from the University of Windsor. Currently she teaches Fine Arts at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. Friend has exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Galerie Riviere/Faiveley, Houston Center for Photography, The Center for Fine Arts Photography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, among others.
John Brinton Hogan's work investigates matters concerning land use, the commodification of "wilderness," and the temporal character of human civilization.
His photographic and mixed-media pieces have been displayed in numerous institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Center for Land Use Interpretation, and the Museum of Photographic Arts, and are held by individual and corporate collections worldwide.
He lives and works in the western United States.
Ben Huff currently lives in Juneau where he teaches at the University of Alaska Southeast and works on personal long-term projects. His work has been featured in national and international publications and has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Alaska State Museum and Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon. His first monograph, The Last Road North, was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2014.
Kurt Simonson is an artist/educator whose work explores the longings and tensions that surround our ideas of home, community and identity. Kurt's work is regularly exhibited throughout the country and internationally, including a solo exhibition at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon, and exhibits at the San Diego Museum of Art, the Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, Colorado), RayKo Photo Center (San Francisco, California), and the Foto8 Gallery in London, England. Kurt teaches at Biola University in La Mirada, California, where he is an Associate Professor of Photography in the Art Department.
S. Gayle Stevens received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999 and has worked in antiquarian photographic processes for over fifteen years. Her work was included in the book Inventing Reality, New Orleans Visionary Photography, North Light Press published a book of Stevens’ work, Calligraphy, and Christopher James will feature her work in the third edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes. Stevens’ work is part of the permanent collections of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Rockford Museum of Art, Center for Fine Art Photography, University of New Mexico Art Museum, and New Orleans Museum of Art, among others. Stevens is represented by Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ , Catherine Couturier Gallery in Houston,TX, and Gallery Kayafas in Boston, MA.
S. Gayle Stevens will be creating original 3" x 3" tintype photograms for CSA shareholders. View more of her work here.
CSA Photographers - Round 1
For our first CSA round, the following six photographers were commissioned to create an original photograph, artist book, or other photography-based art piece in an edition of 50. The images you see below are not the photographs CSA shareholders received - they are just examples of the types of work these photographers create and are representative of what shareholders can expect.
Each piece is an 8x10 size or larger.
Jennifer Greenburg is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Indiana University Northwest. She holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from The University of Chicago. Her work is part of the permanent collection of The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Light Work, The Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Ontario. A full-length monograph, The Rockabillies, 2009, by Jennifer Greenburg was published by the Center for American Places.
Kerry Mansfield graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in photography. Shortly thereafter Kerry returned to CCA (California College of the Arts) to refine her sensibilities for space and volume by studying architecture. Exhibitions of Kerry’s photographs have been mounted in galleries throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Her work has garnered several national and international awards.
Thomas Jackson spent much of his career in New York as an editor and book reviewer for magazines. His work has been shown at The Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, IN, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY and the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO. Jackson was named one of the Critical Mass Top 50 in 2012, won the “installation/still-life” category of PDN’s The Curator award in 2013, and earned second place in CENTER's Curator's Choice Award in 2014. He lives in San Francisco.
Joshua Meier is an award-winning artist and educator whose images have been shown nationally in both solo and group exhibitions, including shows at The Center for Fine Art Photography, The Missoula Art Museum, Newspace Center for Photography, The Kiernan Gallery, and Flatbed Press in Austin. Joshua attended and taught for Rocky Mountain School of Photography before going on to receive his MFA from the University of Tulsa. He currently resides in Middletown, Delaware where he is Head of Photography at St. Andrew's School.
Shane Lavalette is an American photographer, the founding Publisher/Editor of Lavalette, and the Director of Light Work. He holds a BFA from Tufts University in partnership with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Lavalette’s photographs have been shown widely, including exhibitions at the High Museum of Art, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Aperture Gallery, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Musée de l’Elysée, among others. Lavalette is currently based in Upstate New York.
Heather Evans Smith is an award winning fine art and conceptual portrait photographer based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her work captures both the everyday and the whimsical, telling stories of women and struggle, reality and the surreal.
Smith’s work has been featured in solo and joint exhibitions, magazines, literary journals and online publications. She conducts creativity workshops around the country. Recently, she was chosen as winner of Ron Howard’s Project Imagination. In the fall of 2013 her winning image was brought to life in a short film directed by Jamie Foxx.