"Social Drawing: Theory and Praxis in Appalachia" at The Anywhere & Elsewhere Biennial Conference (2018)
Parsons School of Design, The Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, Room A 106
Thursday November 15th, 10am (conference is November 15th and 16th, 9:30am - 6pm)       Register here       
The Anywhere & Elsewhere Biennial Conference is a free two-day conference on November 15th and 16th at Parsons School of Design, proudly supported as part of a partnership between Parsons Fine Arts (Parsons School of Design, The New School) and the Centre of Visual Art (University of Melbourne).
Curated by Simone Douglas & Sean Lowry, this event features presentations from artists that have successfully navigated blind peer evaluation as part of Project Anywhere's Global Exhibition Program (2017-2018), together with a series of invited presentations from established artists, designers, scholars, curators and writers actively engaged with practices outside traditional circuits. 

Bird Closet
Schnormeier Gallery, Mount Vernon Nazarene University                                                August 27th – September 28th, 2018                                                                                Gallery Talk: September 7th, 5 – 6pm / Reception: September 7th, 6 – 9pm
Bird Closet is a collective of young people that developed organically from the relationships established as part of SOIL SERIES: A Social Drawing, an ongoing socially engaged art work in Bethel, OH. In Bird Closet, teens who have played integral roles in the evolution of SOIL SERIES become artists in their own right, working in horizontal collaboration with one another and with SOIL SERIES’s founding artists to create works that excavate Bethel’s past and use this history as material for the creation of a new future. Bird Closet is distinguished by its playful, prankish nature, with output ranging from collages and billboards to bird masks, alter egos, and a rich self-mythology. By conjuring an alternative universe, Bird Closet creates a parallel space in which the artists are free to pursue creative and social projects that may seem otherwise untenable in the world as it exists. Far from escapist, the works of Bird Closet are meant to intervene on material reality and inspire similar explorations by other residents of the area and beyond.
Episode 639: Art and Ecology                                                                                              download
Bad at Sports was founded in 2005 by Duncan MacKenzie, Richard Holland, and Amanda Browder. It now features over 20 principal collaborators and is a weekly podcast, a series of objects, events, and a daily blog produced in Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit and New York City that features artists and art worlders talking about art and the community that makes, reviews and participates in it.
Episode 639: Art and Ecology “features a soil + social practice mega-interview conducted live at Open Engagement 2018. The conversation includes Francesca Fiore and Hillary Wagner explaining what their collaborative effort SOIL SERIES is, and how the project fits into the context of its rural Appalachian setting. Margaretha Haughwout discusses her project for the conference (Trees of Tomorrow) as well as her work with Guerilla Grafters. And Sarah Nelson Wright describes the various iterations of the group effort Chance Ecologies. The imaginative and practical potential of soil + social practice connects all these practices and provides the framework for the dialogue.

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