We are excited to announce that Tiger Strikes Asteroid has officially become a 501©(3) non-profit organization!
Since its founding in 2009, Tiger Strikes Asteroid has been run by artists who volunteer their time and money to help keep our spaces going. What started as a small group of artists with a tiny space in Philadelphia has now grown into a network of four spaces with over forty artists involved as members. We have been able to produce incredible exhibitions and projects on shoestring budgets: showing over five hundred artists, many of whom are underrepresented in the art world, in over one hundred fifty exhibitions and projects. Our network brings artists, collectors, and viewers together, in person and online, to create an egalitarian conversation about art that shatters walls between our distinct locations. We do this through artist-initiated exhibitions, artist talks and panel discussions, and open forums that directly engage with the diverse communities where we work.
TSA is proud to be a part of the global resurgence of artist-run exhibition spaces. These spaces, run by artists who sacrifice their studio time and finances in order to provide opportunities for other artists and to create communities, are integral to broadening the critical dialog in the art world. We have worked to become a leader in promoting artist-run initiatives, including organizing an art fair specifically for artist-run organizations during Art Basel Miami Beach. This effort allowed many groups to reach an influential audience that they wouldn’t normally have access to, and gain press recognition from sources that were previously unfamiliar with many of the artist-run spaces involved.
It is both our structure and our reach to the broader community which is truly unique and sets us apart. Because of TSA’s coast-to-coast reach, we are able to provide a structure for elevating new and underrepresented voices in a way that creates a true national network. Our work is vital, and becoming more so every day as artists are being called upon more and more to create their own discourse. That’s why we are asking for your help so that Tiger Strikes Asteroid can continue acting as a non-commercial, alternate model to the conventions of the current art market.
We are excited to see Tiger Strikes Asteroid move from a collection of artist-run spaces to becoming a true artist-run institution. We hope that you will join us in making this happen.
Your tax-deductible gift will help fund:
- Exhibition support, helping to underwrite shipping, installation, materials/supplies, educational materials.
- General operating support, helping to support the network of locations that build community through unique and meaningful interactions with artists, students and the public.
- Artist Support Fund. One of our future goals is to help artists produce work with small grants and residencies.