From the archives
April 20, 2009, 9:05 PM
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drawn by Roman sometime in early 2007


Sunday Soup Houston
April 13, 2009, 10:40 AM
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InCUBATE went to Houston the first weekend of April at the invitation of Randall Szott and Nancy Zastudil to do Sunday Soup at SKYDIVE, an artist-run exhibition venue directed by Ariane Roesch and Sasha Dela.  SKYDIVE has an interesting way of organizing:

“SKYDIVE utilizes an open and collaborative model for producing its programming. A group of artists, curators, and other professionals function as Advisors to help create shows, invite artists, and collaborate in the mission and programming of the space.”

Randall Szott prepared a vegetarian miso soup. During Soup, Diane Barber of DiverseWorks gave a talk about Houston’s IDEA fund.

The $160 grant that Sunday Soup at SKYDIVE raised was awarded to Mindy Fisher’s proposal for Houston Outdoor Learning Academy (HOLA).  The proposal is below.

Thanks to Nancy and Randall for all their help making it happen.  Thanks also to Sasha and Ariane for hosting Sunday Soup at SKYDIVE.

You can find more pictures of InCUBATE’s time in Houston here.

The Winning Proposal – Houston Outdoor Learning Academy

Houston painter Mindy Kober is the artist mentor for the Houston Outdoor Learning Academy, located in the Heights.  The Houston Outdoor Learning Academy, HOLA, is a non-profit 501(c)(3), full-time non-traditional school for students in grades six through twelve (ages 11-18) who wish to combine their inquisitive nature and enthusiasm for the outdoors and environmental topics with personal academic growth in an educational setting that uses a hands-on approach to enhance self-esteem, multiple intelligences, academic knowledge, social skills, and personal development. Inspired by Los Angeles artist Fritz Haeg, and his Edible Estates project to replace grass lawns with productive edible landscapes, Mindy Kober plans to revamp HOLA’s campus, which is a lawn the size of a double residential lot, into an interactive garden full of Texas native plants and vegetables.  Students will tend the garden, learn about environmental and community issues, and will harvest their own lunches.

Introducing April/May resident Michael Coolidge
April 9, 2009, 8:44 PM
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Our latest resident Michael Coolidge arrived this week from Montreal!  We’re excited to start beginning dialogue around this project.  Please feel free to start getting in touch.  Details below.


Free Bowl Excursions on the City of Chicago
(Or, a socio-recreational approach to the art of land use interpretation)

Small groups are loosely organized to approach the urban landscape with leisurely intent.  Matches of Bowls are played in a variety of settings (this may lead to other tangential events such as promenades, gallery visits, lunch, etc).  Accounts of these experiences are then collected.  Land/Site data is studied.  Some observations are made and fragments are re-presented.  This leads to future excursions.

Participants are invited to join Michael in one or a series of such outings.  He may be contacted by email at, or by visiting InCUBATE at the Orientation Center (contact Michael to work out a time).

InCUBATE at the Orientation Center
2129 N Rockwell St
Chicago, IL 60647

Michael Coolidge
Michael is a visual artist whose practice draws upon various conditions of space and perception.  His work has been presented in both gallery exhibitions and public spaces, in the form of photography, installation, sculpture, and community-based activities.