Yi-li Chin Ward  Art Blog

This is an exhibition we put on for 57 Underground of specifically the figure drawings that came of of Mike Dommermuth's studio.  All the artists who have studios at the Santa Fe Art Colony where he lives and works are threatened with eviction.  The original public monies that helped build the complex out specified a 30 year (I think) lifespan for  leases to artists selected by the buildings' membership.  After that, the property reverted to the factory owner's estate.  Just before Covid, the new owner of the building doubled or tripled rents and threatened evictions.  A lawsuit by the artist/tenants were going throught the courts, but because of Covid, renters all over the city were suddenly given immunity from evictions.  Now, nobody knows what will happen.