Unfaithful Landscapes of the Here and Now,
Lindsay Anna Jones and Noel Morical, 2018
plug, formerly known as Plug Projects, is a curatorial collaboration by five Kansas City artists: Ariana Chaivaranon, CJ Charbonneau, Mary Clara Hutchison, Melanie Johnson, and Marco Rosichelli, who share the mission of bringing fresh perspectives and conversation to the local cultural community. Our goal is to engage artists and the public at large by exhibiting challenging new work, initiating critical dialogue, and expanding connections of artists in Kansas City as part of a wider, national network of artists.
Since 2011, plug's collaborative organizational model has enabled the responsibilities of the project to be shouldered by an accomplished team, making for a richer experience and also a more feasible workload. This allows for each artist to continue their studio practice while participating in plug. plug recently transitioned to a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which allows for more financial freedom and flexibility. plug maintains its curatorial and collaborative spirit, now with each collaborator occupying a position on plug's Board of Directors, and looks forward to a future that will build on plug's illustrious past.
Artist-run and DIY collectives are rapidly disappearing from the Kansas City region. Because of this, opportunities for artists to exhibit their work outside of restrictive commercial gallery venues are becoming increasingly scarce. By providing access to exhibition space, collaborative possibilities, and innovative programming for creatives, free of charge and independent of commercial considerations, plug seeks to contribute to the reinvigoration of the arts ecosystem both locally and regionally.