On July 21st, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund held an opening reception for its current office gallery exhibit AIM: 35 Years curated by the Bronx Museum. The exhibit brings together a selection of artworks by AIM alums. The Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program, now in its 35th year, provides professional development opportunities to emerging artists residing in the New York metropolitan area. The program consists of a 13-week seminar that addresses practical concerns, and cultivates networking opportunities. Every two years, AIM introduces the work of 72 artists to a greater audience via exhibition and catalogue. Participating artists are encouraged to build their networks through the program’s collaborative structure.
At the opening, Holly Block, Executive Director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts spoke of the museum’s mission to reflect the borough’s dynamic communities, and provide a crossroad where artists, local residents, national and international visitors meet. Many of the AIM alums were in attendance among them was Thomas Bangsted. An AIM alum featured in the exhibit, he shared that the AIM program was a pivotal experience in his career and provided him with vital tools and knowledge.
In conjunction with AIM: 35 Years the Bronx Museum is exhibiting at its location, Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial. It is curated by Bronx-based artists Hatuey Ramos-Fermín and Laura Napier, Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial features the work of seventy-two emerging artists engaged in the AIM Program (classes of 2014 and 2015). This exhibit will be at the Bronx Museum until September 20, 2015.