After exactly 4 years of existence, we have officially closed The Artifex Guild.
Over the course of its life, The Artifex Guild hosted 70 concerts, art exhibits, video screenings, parties, and other experiential events that celebrated the artistic community of Bloomington and the many creative individuals who pass through here. Although our focus leaned heavily on the experimental side, we saw everything from nearly silent acoustic performances to power-violence pumped through a literal wall of amps performed in our hallowed halls. Admittedly, the space was tiny, and sometimes so were the crowds, but our determination to support the artistic community in a tangible way forced us to persevere.
In addition to public events, The Artifex Guild served as a private creative space for a dozen local members, each of which employed unique artistic mediums ranging from music and painting, to photography and more. Over 100 band practices were conducted here. Countless recording sessions were captured, mixed, and mastered here. Music videos were filmed here. Photography sessions for a pinup mag were shot here. Musical gear was built and fixed here. Multiple paintings were conceived and laid to canvas here. Releases for Auris Apothecary were constructed here. The list goes on and on…
We’d like to thank Jarod of In Case of Emergency Press, who has served as the Godfather of The Artifex Guild since day one, and without whom none of this would be possible. We’d also like to thank the countless masses of people who have visited and supported The Artifex Guild since its inception, as well as the multitude of incredibly talented artists, bands, and musicians that have performed their craft here. It’s been an honor hosting you all.
Forever onward and upward!
- Auris Apothecary