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For more information on the Front Porch Project, call 673-3014 or e-mail CUE@ci.minneapolis.mn.us. Neighborhood groups, nonprofit organizations and individuals are encouraged to apply.

Uptown art fair economic impact

The International Festivals & Events Association honored Metris Uptown Art Fair with several 2002 IFEA Pinnacle Awards in November. The honors included third place in IFEA’s most prestigious award, and a bevy of first and second place awards for creative promotions.

The 40-year-old Uptown Art Fair generated almost $5 million in 2001 revenue, and despite mid-event thunderstorms, this year’s artists averaged $5-7,000 in individual sales.

A clowder of curators

Minnesota Center for Photography’s latest event shows both photography and the subtler art of curating an exhibition. Project organizer Mark Wojahn said, "One thing I’ve long wanted to emphasize is that curating is itself an art form, an artistic act. …"

Wojahn chose eight local curators, who then each selected the work of two photographers to curate. The show "8 x 2" features six Southwest residents: Neil Mattiessen of CIDNA, Kirk MacCall of Lyndale, Gene Pitman of East Isles, Lisa Stanley of Lowry Hill East, Bernadette Tomko of Tangletown and Angela Vogt of East Isles.

The exhibit runs at the 711 W. Lake St. gallery (formerly pARTS Gallery) through Jan. 19. A round table discussion with the curators is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m.

–Compiled by Caitlin Pine