“SOIL SERIES: A Social Drawing – A Year in Appalachia” at Open Engagement 2018
Sunday May 13, 2018 3:30 - 3:35 PM                                                                                          Main Atrium, First Floor, Queens Museum
SOIL SERIES: A Social Drawing is an ongoing collaboration between artists Francesca Fiore and Hillary Wagner and the rural Appalachian community of Bethel, Ohio. Since the 2016 presidential election, Appalachia has come to the fore in American political discourse. Currently one year into their project, the artists will reflect on the new forms socially engaged praxis can and must take when carried out in the context of rural America.
Open Engagement (OE) is an annual artist-led conference dedicated to expanding the dialogue around and creating a site of care for the field of socially engaged art. The conference highlights the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations working within the complex social issues and struggles of our time.
Open Engagement 2018 will take place May 11 – 13, 2018 at the Queens Museum and a constellation of sites throughout New York City. In addition to exploring the intersections of art and activism, this year’s conference will explore the expansive theme of SUSTAINABILITY and will feature presenters Lucy Lippard and Mel Chin.

Published at projectanywhere.net
Francesca Fiore and HIllary Wagner are thrilled to announce SOIL SERIES: A Social Drawing‘s participation in Project Anywhere’s 2018 Global Exhibition Program. Project Anywhere is a global blind peer reviewed exhibition program dedicated to promoting artistic research at the outermost limits of location-specificity. Since its inception in 2012, it has hosted between 4 and 9 projects annually. Although descriptions and images of hosted projects are featured on a dedicated website, it is important to stress that Project Anywhere is neither an online gallery nor a journal. It is instead a vehicle for illuminating artistic projects located anywhere and elsewhere in space and time. It is perhaps best imagined as an exhibition space comprising the entire globe in which the role of curator is replaced with a peer evaluation system.
We are also happy to announce that we will be presenting at Project Anywhere‘s third biennial conference, which will be held on November 15-16 2018 at Parsons School of Design in New York City. More details will be announced soon.

“Social Drawing as a Model for Community-First Engagement” was published as a part of ArtsEverywhere’s Global Roundtable, Artist (Residency) and the City in collaboration with Residency Unlimited. The roundtable was inspired by a day-long symposium organized by Residency Unlimited entitled Embedded, Embedding: Artist Residencies, Urban Placemaking and Social Practice. Ten international artists were asked to respond to the question (introduced by symposium curator Livia Alexander): “What role can urban planning and cultural policies play in navigating the slippery boundaries between nurturing artistic agency and social engagement, and advancing broader policy initiatives of urban economic growth? Does the artist residency model offer the appropriate conceptual setting for effective implementation?”

Thursday November 16, 2017 7:00 PM                                                                              MVNU Hunter Hall (Room 111) 221 S. Main St, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
You are invited by the Mount Vernon Nazarene University art and design department and artists Francesca Fiore and Hillary Wagner (MVNU Alumnus ’14) for an evening of thoughtful discussion around the topic of socially engaged art. Francesca and Hillary will retrace the paths that led them to their current collaborative project, SOIL SERIES: A Social Drawing, and to the contemporary field of art known as social practice.
The artists met in the MFA program at Parsons School of Design in New York City, and shortly after graduation, they moved to the rural village of Bethel in Appalachian Ohio. SOIL SERIES: A Social Drawing aims to reestablish networks of nourishment in Bethel, a village struggling with high unemployment, rising poverty levels, and a staggering opioid epidemic. Together with a local non-profit, Empower Youth, Francesca and Hillary are transforming a 15-acre farm into a site for expanded access to nutritious food, cultural programming, and mentorship at the intersection of art and agriculture.

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2017
October 27, 2017  3:30 - 8:00 PM                                                                                          The EY Ranch, 2800 State Route 125, Bethel, OH 45106
Curated by: Chelsea Haines                                                                                                  April 21 - April 29, 2017, Reception April 20 6:00 - 8:00 PM                                                Westbeth Gallery 55 Bethune Street, New York, NY 10014 Gallery Hours: 12pm – 6pm
February 10, 2017                                                                                                                Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall                                                  The New School/Parsons, New York, NY 10003

2016
Exhibition: Un-Object <Post-Objective Perspective>
December 5-16, 2016, Reception: December 5 6:00 - 8:00 PM                                                25 East Gallery, Parsons School of Design                                                                              25 East 13th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003
November 17, 2016 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM                                                                          Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College                                                                                        65 West 11th Street Room B500, New York, NY 10003
Exhibition/Open Studios: Tell Me When You Are Ready, Parsons MFA Fine Arts Open Studios
November 3, 2016 6:00 - 9:00 PM                                                                                            25 East Gallery and MFA Studios, Parsons School of Design                                                      25 East 13th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003
Co-curator: Two by Two: Art in Conversation
September 12-23, 2016, Reception: September 22 6:30 PM                                                  25 East Gallery, Parsons School of Design                                                                              25 East 13th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003
Exhibition/Co-curator: PUNCTURE
April 11-15, 2016, Reception and talks: April 11 6:00 PM                                                              25 East Gallery, Parsons School of Design                                                                              25 East 13th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003
Exhibition/Open Studios: Falling to Earth
March 17, 2016 6:00 - 9:00 PM                                                                                                25 East Gallery and MFA Studios, Parsons School of Design                                                      25 East 13th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003

2015
Exhibition/Co-curator: Sister Outsider
November 30 - December 14, 2015, Reception: November 30 6:00 - 8:00 PM                        25 East Gallery, Parsons School of Design                                                                              25 East 13th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003
Exhibition/Open Studios: I know you are but what am I
October 29, 2015 6:00 - 9:00 PM                                                                                        25 East Gallery and MFA Studios, Parsons School of Design                                                      25 East 13th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003