September 09, 2021

Elbow Room

Elbow Room // Hoffman Gallery Residency

September 6 - December 5, 2021

Elbow Room is a community-based progressive art studio program serving artists who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in December 2020 as a series of accessible virtual art classes during extended shelter-in-place conditions, Elbow Room has expanded and partnered with a Medicaid licensed provider organization, Lifesource Group, and is now offering both virtual and community-based art programming 30 hours/week to a community of 19 artists. Our mission is to keep our community connected and engaged with their creative practice to foster a sense of independent creative potential, and to access integrated opportunities to excel as contemporary artists.

As the Artists in Residence, Elbow Room is activating the Hoffman Gallery for weekly studio practice and to host 2 exhibitions. On Mondays and Tuesdays, Elbow Room meets for studio art programming inside the gallery from 10am-2pm, where a team of 2 staff support 8-10 artists/participants to work on their creative practice. Artists are working across disciplines, from 2-D (painting and drawing) to ceramics, textiles, and digital media. This residency is also an activating opportunity for Elbow Room to establish its archive, and a team of archivists are documenting, digitizing, and organizing recent work by Elbow Room artists. Exhibitions will take place in the Hoffman Gallery in October and November (dates and exhibition info coming soon).