Patrick May
Since 2002
Works in NY, New York United States of America

Patrick May is a programmer and painter. He founded the artist collective Open Ground and was the Director of Technology at from 2006-2008.

May received a BS in Studio Art from New York University in 1999. His work has been exhibited in New York, Miami, and Berlin, including Maiden Brooklyn, ZONE: Chelsea Center for the Arts, and the Galerie Scherer 8. He currently works in Brooklyn, NY creating intimate portraits of his friends and family.

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Artists Wanted – an open call for submissions.

The current Art World is rife with uninspired work. Too often artists are elevated based on who they know instead of the quality of their work. Our goal is to up-end that process.

Artists Wanted is a new and ongoing program designed to promote the great undiscovered artists of our time. Those selected will receive $2007 cash, an inclusion in our annual publication, and a solo show at the 3rd Ward gallery in Brooklyn. Runners-up will be listed and linked on the website and have the possibility of being featured in our publication. Submission deadline: Sept. 21st. Submission fee: $25 for 3 images. No previous exposure necessary. We want the best, most talented, undiscovered artists. We want you.

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Re: techy probs with Rhizome (still lingering?)


We have seen lingering problems with the commissions. I just checked
out the commissions, I believe that submission process is now in
order. Give it a try and let me know if there are any more problems.



Patrick May
Director of Technology
phone: (212) 219-1288 x202
AIM: cyclochew
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On Mar 30, 2006, at 11:58 AM, Pall Thayer wrote:

> Attempting to submit a commission proposal produced the following:
> Internal Server Error
> The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and
> was unable to complete your request.
> Please contact the server administrator, and
> inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might
> have done that may have caused the error.
> More information about this error may be available in the server
> error log.
> Apache/2.0.55 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.0.55 OpenSSL/0.9.7a DAV/2 PHP/4.4.2
> mod_ruby/1.2.5 Ruby/1.8.4(2005-12-24) Server at Port 80
> --
> Pall Thayer
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> -> post:
> -> questions:
> -> subscribe/unsubscribe:
> subscribe.rhiz
> -> give:
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> Subscribers to Rhizome are subject to the terms set out in the
> Membership Agreement available online at
> 29.php


Director of Technology's report, March 2006

Hello everybody!

This is Patrick May, the new Director of Technology at Rhizome.
During the month of February, Francis trained me on everything Re:
Rhizome. He's done a great job with the site, and his truly
professional handling of the transition process has allowed me to hit
the ground running.

Over the last month and a half, I updated these areas of Rhizome:

== ArtBase Submission and Approval
The ArtBase submission and approval process is almost entirely
managed through email. The notification system that updated both
Marisa and the artists was disrupted by the redesign process.

Email can be an unreliable medium, and I'd like to make sure the
submission process isn't disrupted by any future problems with email
notifications. I developed internal web-based tools to help us keep
track of ArtBase submissions. I am developing a web-based tool so
everyone can track and manage their own ArtBase entries.

When this is released, I hope that the ArtBase submission process
will become more transparent and easier to navigate.

== User profiles
There was some confusion as to whether one had to be a member, or a
user, to update one's bio, resume, and thumbnails. Since this
information is accessible for users (via Artbase or RAW posts), we
removed all restrictions on editing this information.

== Payment Process
We re-arranged the payment process to only require a billing address
if one is paying by credit card on the Rhizome site. Additionally,
there were "Internal Server Errors" from the credit card processing
form that have been corrected. If you experience any problems with
registration, please don't hesitate to email us:

== Organizational Subscriptions
I worked on our internal tools for tracking and delivering
organizational subscriptions. This should lead to more reliable
service to these organizations.

Well, that's it for now. I hope to report on some exciting projects
soon, I'll keep in touch :-)



Patrick May
Director of Technology
phone: (212) 219-1288 x202
AIM: cyclochew
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Re: Membership fee?

I generally lurk on this list, but this issue hits a bit close to home. I
am a partner in running a non-profit gallery in NYC called Open Ground
(, and am sensitive to the financial needs of

The proposed $11 / year is an absurdly low amount of money. Let me put it
another way: Rhizome is asking for each of us to contribute the equivalent
of 1 to 2 six packs of beer (1), one affordable CD, one movie ticket, or 2
cups of coffee from Starbucks. If people have a problem with that, either:

* they hail from an economy with a very different cost of living.
* they don't care about rhizome's financial health.

I think users from the first category should be accommodated. I have a
real problem with anyone from the United States complaining about paying
such a trivially low fee. The word "freeloader" comes to mind.

One should recognize that changing the *economy* of art is more
ground-breaking than any particular aesthetic. By and large, art is
supported by catering to a very small audience of extremely wealthy patrons.

Here on-line, we have an opportunity to fund our art collectively. In
return for small individual contributions spread across the community,
Rhizome can cater to our needs and our desires. Such funding base allows
Rhizome to do programming (2) for us, not for Grant A, Foundation B,
Corporation C, or Rich Dude D.

I hope the community is as revolutionary as RAW can sometimes
appear. After consideration of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, we should
conclude that cheap membership is the best way to support the organization
for the community.

~ Patrick May

1.) depending on your taste in beers
2.) programming in both technical and curatorial dimensions