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Nelligan Hall Art Studios the LAVA House archive Aron Conaway Hallie Jones shoot the messenger studios home about project about this building our journey location about alt.spaces sustainable vision louisville artcontact

 
the Mammoth Courier Journal Photo

The seed for this project began in 2005 as a search for a perfect space to bring artists together in. Inspired by our successes and frustration at the LAVA House, we set out to purchase a building of our own, so we could steer our own fate. We met with barriers, and dealt with failures, but kept trying... and trying harder.
In order to obtain the building, Hallie and I completed 5 years of ongoing rennovations to our house in Germantown. After making it beautiful, we finally put it up on the market, and quickly unloaded it to purchase the MAMMOTH. In March 2012, we showed up to 13th St. and started to work. With a vision of bringing artists and musicians and friends into the mix, we planned, learned, moved old storage, cleaned, fixed, and built simple structures. We started to share the building with other artists, activists, gardeners, musicians, and other creators who came to join us in the experience. Unfortunately the city does not both share the same vision for our plan and offer attainable or truly helpful resources to help us succeed. Throughout our first year we had numerous obstacles and still have a big leap to make to be legal with the city. Once we have cleared these hurdles, we will be expanding in whatever directions present themselves.

In short, we've passionately done this warehouse art studio and creative space thing for about thirteen years now, and have learned a lot along the way. We get it and don't like just talking about doing cool things... we want to work, build, have fun and see amazing things happen!!! Hopefully you do too. If you're a positive, healthy, and stable person, you can be a part of the Mammoth too. Get in touch...


Bios/Websites/LAVAHouseTour:
  • Aron Conaway, M.A. is an interdisciplinary artist and curator born, raised and living in Louisville. He has a BFA in photography and a Masters Degree in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of Louisville. Aron was the manager of the Open Doors community outreach program at the Louisville Visual Art Association for 3 years, freelances as an artist and occasionally conducts community art projects and workshops through the Speed Art Museum, KY Center for the Arts and the Nothing Collective. His work has been exhibited at the Speed Art Museum and various galleries in Louisville and New York, and has been acquired by several private art collections, including the Deutsche Bank and Maker’s Mark. Aron is represented by Swanson-Reed Contemporary Gallery on East Market Street in Louisville.

    Aron co-founded the Louisville Assembly of Vanguard Art (LAVA House) in 2001, and served on the boards of WXBH and the Brick House in 2006-07. He is one of several founding artists serving on the board of directors for Ohio Valley Creative Energy, a non-profit with a mission to build a fire-arts (glass, metal, ceramics) studio next to a Southern Indiana landfill in order to utilize excess methane for creative means. Aron served as director/ head of the Communications Committee on the Green Convene of Louisville's board of directors throughout 2009.

    With Hallie Jones, he owns North End Investments LLC and Nelligan Hall, a 4,000 sf historic social club in the Portland Neighborhood, which the couple have converted to an art studio complex. They are currently working on this MAMMOTH project, to build a multi-use, sustainable community of art studios and living spaces in a 150 year old, 90,000 sf warehouse. Aron believes whole-heartedly in the power of the arts and positive media to transform our community. It takes individual participation, collective experience and education to take us forward.

  • Hallie Jones, M.A. – Hallie is a PhD student at Indiana University, Bloomington in Art Education and Curriculum Studies, she is the former PAINT Program Manager. She has been with Center for Neighborhoods since 2004. As Director of Marketing & Communications, she designs new programs and initiatives, works on fundraising and development, developed and maintains CFN’s website, e-newsletter, databases, and the video/photo archives. Hallie develops and designs all marketing, print, public relations, and promotional materials. She serves as a Program Assistant for the Neighborhood Institute and the Brownfield Institute’s Public Art Committee. Hallie provides technical assistance to neighborhood associations, and organizes events and public meetings for Center For Neighborhoods. Hallie is also an artist who is actively involved in Louisville’s vibrant art community.

    She was a member of the former LAVA House (Louisville Assembly of Vanguard Art) for 6 years and is a recipient of a Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant. Her work has been exhibited at the Speed Art Museum and various galleries in Louisville and New York, and has been acquired by several private art collections, including the Deutsche Bank and Maker’s Mark. Hallie is represented by Swanson-Reed Contemporary Gallery on East Market Street in Louisville.

    She and Aron are the owners of Nelligan Hall in the Portland neighborhood, an old Democratic social hall they have converted into an artist collective studio and gallery space. She is currently attending post graduate school ar Indiana Universityin Bloomington as a Doctoral candidate in Art Education. She is working hard on a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction.

  • the LAVA House - 927 Shelby Pkwy Louisville KY
    Nelligan Hall - 2010 Portland Ave. Louisville KY
    Shoot the Messenger Art Aron Conaway Art Hallie Jones Art

    aron@themammoth.org
    758.8338

    Video Tour of the LAVA House Alt.Space Oct. 2007 (6 videos)