The Bridge Club is artists Annie Strader, Christine Owen, Emily Bivens, and Julie Wills, working as a collaborative since 2004. The group began working together during their MFA studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and over the past 15+ years has regularly exhibited and performed throughout the U.S. The Bridge Club’s interdisciplinary works incorporate performance, video, sound and new media, installation, photography and sculptural objects.
The Bridge Club’s work has received support from the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Arts Commission via an Artistic Innovations Award; and from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts through The Idea Fund, a regional re-granting initiative. Performances have been commissioned by the Visual Artists Network/National Performance Network; the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara; Ohio University; Wichita State University; Contemporary Arts Center in Troy, NY; and Flux Projects in Atlanta, GA. Solo exhibits, featuring installation and live performance in the gallery setting, have been presented at Lawndale Art Center, Art Palace and Box13 Art Space in Houston; 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA; and 621 in Tallahassee, FL. Performance and new genres festivals include Prospect 3+ in New Orleans; Currents International New Media Festival in Santa Fe, NM; New Genre Arts Festival XXI in Tulsa, OK; The Texas Biennial; the Wassaic Project’s Summer Festival in NY; Off the Strip New Genres Festival in Las Vegas; Low Lives 3 Video Streaming Festival; the River City Biennial in Wichita, KS; and 1440 Minutes: An Evening of Performance and Installation in Colorado Springs, CO, among numerous other events and group exhibits. Further works have been presented in a range of nontraditional contexts, including a hotel room, a laundromat, an above-ground swimming pool, and a city bus.
The Bridge Club’s photographic work is represented by Deasil (formerly Art Palace Gallery) in Houston, TX.