ABOUT EYE LOUNGE
eye lounge is a collective, artist-run, contemporary art space committed to fostering emerging and established visual artists in downtown Phoenix. The collective was founded in 2000 and first hosted group exhibitions at various locations in and around Phoenix and moved to its permanent location at 419 E. Roosevelt St. in December, 2001. The collective is a founding member of Roosevelt Row.
eye lounge has been featured in local and national press including Sunset Magazine, Art In America, ArtNews, Phoenix New Times, Shade Magazine, Java and others. Along with other neighboring galleries, eye lounge has been listed as part of the “Best Underground Art Scene” by The Arizona Republic.
Two new exhibitions by Arizona artists open every month.
First Friday: Since its opening, eye lounge has supported and participated in the monthly First Friday ArtWalk organized by Artlink, Inc. and is listed as a shuttle stop for the walk. The event has grown over the years from drawing just a few dozen participants to attracting thousands of regular attendees from Arizona and visitors throughout the United States.
Third Friday: A Collectors Night is held every Third Friday downtown and eye lounge participates in the event. Exhibiting artists welcome visitors by hosting intimate receptions. Folks will enjoy a relaxed casual environment, light refreshments and conversations with the artists, other friends and art lovers.
eye lounge gallery hours:
Fri: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sat: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Or enter through Made Art boutique on the east side of the building.
BECOMING A MEMBER
eye lounge is an artist-run collective. Together, artists have built eye lounge into a vital part of the growing Phoenix art scene. We have been fortunate to receive attention from both local and national press, as well as gallery directors and museum curators. Because the space is paid for through dues, each artist has the complete freedom to exhibit what and how they want (within public safety parameters) during their solo exhibitions. Exhibiting artists may also schedule extra activities during their show run to bring more people into the gallery. Attendance is strong throughout the year, making, even the summer, a good time to show.
Up to 12 members make up the collective on a continuing basis. Member Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
.paying monthly dues
•managing the space during their individual exhibitions (including returning space to its original condition at their show’s end),
•helping with the annual group show
•serving on gallery committees
•attending monthly meetings
•sharing in hosting duties for a fellow artist’s reception if needed
•assisting with gallery publicity
•assisting with gallery maintenance as needed
Members sign and commit to a one (1) year contract at a minimum and may extend their membership for up to a three (3) year term. A membership contract entitles each artist to one annual solo in the East Gallery and a spot in the annual March group show (held during Artlink’s Art Detour weekend). Artists are responsible for all the aspects of their solo exhibition during the month they exhibit. This will include mailing any announcements and/or press releases, attending and hosting on First Friday and Third Friday, “sitting” the regular gallery hours, installing and de-installing, and cleaning of the space as needed. Members should expect to bring their own tools/supplies.
Members handle any sales of their work (checks are made payable to eye lounge art space with an 8.1% sales tax included). The sales tax percentage is paid to the City of Phoenix by the treasurer. Members agree to pay a 15% commission back to the gallery. The exhibition calendar is made on a seniority basis with third year members having first choice on the month they want to exhibit. First year members should assume they will have a summer show.
Members may also have the opportunity to rent the Project Room Space ($100 for both members/non-members).
The monthly meeting is held on the last Sunday of the month beginning at 5 pm.
If you are looking for relationships, connections, and a way of building yourself professionally in the arts and downtown community, eye lounge may be a good fit for you. If you are simply looking for a good place to show your work, an artist-run space may not fit your needs. For instance, attending the meetings should be something you look forward to and service on a gallery committee is essential to running the collective.
To be considered: Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org a packet including:
• Artist Statement (including your interest in the collective)
• 10-15 digital images no more than 1000 pixels in the long direction
• Image List
You will be contacted to first schedule a studio visit with two or more members of the collective. Following that visit, a 15 minute interview may be scheduled with the entire group at eye lounge, during a regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Once the group has reviewed your materials and the interview has taken place, you will hear back from our membership committee member regarding results.
Thank you for considering membership in eye lounge.
Group Shot outside of eye lounge and MADE – celebrating 15 Years and 10 Years on Roosevelt Row! Left to Right: Abbey Messmer, Cindy Dach, Keith Laber, Mimi Jardine, Lee Davis, Kate Timmerman, David L. Bradley, Greg Esser, Joe Willie Smith, Turner Davis, Constance McBride, Cherie Buck-Hutchison, Christopher Jagmin.
Fun shot at our Show at Vision Gallery in Chandler; Retrospective; 15 Years of eye lounge. Left to Right standing: Cherie Buck-Hutchison, Joe Willie Smith, David L Bradley, Lee Davis, Nic Wiesinger, Daniel Funkhouser, John Randall Nelson (hat), Lara Plecas, Christopher Jagmin, Thomas Stritch, Emily Matyas, Mimi Jardine, Mary Meyer. Left to Rigth sitting/kneeling: Christina You-sun Park, Keith Laber, Constance McBride, Rebecca Ross, Dain Quentin Gore.
419 East Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ