Sight Specific (formerly known as the Bloomington-Normal Arts Collective) is an online platform that documents and supports contemporary art programming in Central Illinois. In the spirit of collaboration and grassroots/DIY organization, Sight Specific acts as a springboard for creative endeavors among students, local and visiting artists, and the public. We feature the work of contributing writers and curators as they develop and promote creative projects, with an emphasis on alternative spaces and exhibitions, one-time shows or performances, and experimental happenings.
Our website acts as a central hub for announcements of upcoming events, as well as an archive of show reviews, artist interviews, and studio visits.
For more information, or to get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sight Specific welcomes writers to contribute to our site in both traditional and experimental forms. We publish writing related to Central Illinois arts in the following formats:
- Reviews and experimental or poetic responses related to exhibitions, performances, happenings, and other arts events
- Interviews with artists and creators (written, audio, or video formats)
- Studio visits with artists and creators
Writing is published on an ongoing basis and writers are paid ($25-50) based on the type of piece contributed, and our current funding status.
To learn more, or to submit a pitch, contact
Jason Judd · Co-Founder
Jason Judd is a Curator at University Galleries of Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Previously he was Art Editor for Bite Magazine (online, non-profit project) and Co-Director of Make-Space (a Chicago based artist-run organization) from 2010 to 2015. He has also served as Registrar at the Rockford Art Museum, Exhibitions Assistant at Chicago Artists Coalition, and Curatorial Intern at Gallery 400, University of Illinois Chicago.
Samantha Comerford · Co-Founder
Samantha Comerford is the assistant curator of decorative arts at the Illinois State Museum. She recently graduated with an art history degree from Illinois State University where she helped to co-found the Bloomington-Normal Arts Collective (now Sight Specific), and ran extra\ordinary/space, an alternative art space, out of her apartment. She has had experience at the Frye Art Museum, James Harris Gallery, and MOHAI in Seattle as well as University Galleries and cometogetherspace in Bloomington-Normal.
Maggie Kunze · Director & Editor
Maggie Kunze is an artist, writer, and poet, who earned her BFA in Painting from Illinois State University in 2016. Kunze currently lives and works in Normal, IL. Her writings have been published by Sixty Inches From Center and Catfish Creek.
Sheldon Gooch · Writing & Curatorial Coordinator
Sheldon Gooch is a junior art history undergraduate at Illinois State University with a special interest in contemporary art since the 80s. Sheldon is currently an intern with Jan Brandt Gallery and is employed at University Galleries. Recently, he curated an apartment show entitled Distressed, Grotestque, & Well Expressed featuring the work of Lucas Stiegman and Marisa Boyd. Sheldon plans to continue curating shows in alternative spaces while growing as a writer and lover of art.