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Material Matters – Call For Artists

Material Matters – Call For Artists

The Brooklyn Artists Waterfront Coalition (BWAC) announces a call for artists for Material Matters, Innovations in Clay, Glass, Wood, and Metal.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 9 Jul 2017

What is art and what is design? Where is the line? Is there a line? When did the concept of functionality become antithetical to fine art? What is the role of design in art and art in design? Must we still refer back to Plato, who identifies only music and poetry as fine arts, relegating the work of the hand as lowly materiality? Surely, nearly a quarter into the 21st century, we must re-assess our thoughts about where boundaries exist now. While we create new definitions for community, and new paradigms for communication, where do the visual arts fit in? We are surely bound by our materiality. Ours are the “too, too solid flesh” of the arts — actual, not virtual, art in three dimensions. We may be the last bastion of brilliance in designing the material world. Isn’t this the right time to celebrate that?

This year’s national juried exhibition, Material Matters, seeks work that explores ideas about form over function in work using clay, glass, wood, or metal alone or in combination. If your work inhabits these boundaries, BWAC is looking for you.

The juror, Lilian Tone, Assistant Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA, will be looking for artists’ work that illuminates their vision and scope. This presents the possibility of selected artists having more than one artwork juried into the show.

This is a national juried exhibition for artists 18 years of age or older. All artwork must be original in concept, design, and execution. All work must be handcrafted by the artist. Mass production work and commercially manufactured pieces will not be accepted.

Material Matters Cash Awards

  • Gold — $500
  • Silver — $250
  • Bronze — $100
  • Five (5) Certificates of Merit will also be awarded.

Material Matters will be on view during BWAC’s Fall Shows, which see a large portion of the over 18,000 annual visitors. All award selections will be made by the juror. Awards will be presented at the Opening Reception, Saturday, September 23rd, 2017. BWAC will retain a 25% commission on all exhibition sales.

About Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition

Exhibit your work in BWAC’s 25,000 square foot gallery, a Civil War-era warehouse on the Red Hook waterfront. The spaciousness of the gallery means large works are welcome. The vista of New York Harbor, spanning the Statue of Liberty to the Verrazano Bridge is one of the best in the city. The gallery sees over 18,000 annual visitors.

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition is a 501.c.3 non-profit corporation. Organized in 1978 by 16 artists looking for a place to exhibit, BWAC has grown to become Brooklyn’s largest artist-run organization with over 400 members. The artist/members are the management, leadership, board and staff.

There are two synergistic missions: 1) to assist emerging artists in advancing their artistic careers; and 2) to present the art-of-today in an easily accessible format.

For more information, contact bwacmm@gmail.com.


Kingston Festival 2017 – Call for Artists

Kingston Festival 2017 – Call for Artists

Kitsap Arts and Crafts (KA&C) announces a call for artists for the 58th Annual Kingston Juried Fine Art Show and Kingston Festival 2017.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 24 Jun 2017

All artists over 18 years of age and residing in the US and western Canada are eligible. All work must be original, two years old or less, and produced without the supervision of an instructor. The show is held for three days in the Village Green Community Center. Significant prizes in all categories for the Kingston Festival 2017 include $1,000 for best of show.

There is a $40.00 entry fee for the first three images and $5.00 for each additional image up to six total. All artwork must be for sale and KA&C deducts a 30% commission for the scholarship program. All 2D art must be framed and wired and 3D needs to be stable please. The width of 2D and photo art cannot exceed 48″.

The three jurors (one for each medium) include the curator of the Bainbridge Island Art Museum, Greg Robinson; Steve Parmelee, a local celebrated assemblage artist; and Harry Longstreet, award winning photographer.

An opening reception occurs on the Thursday before the festival starts, July 27 at 7pm. It includes live music, an auction, food, and the awards will be announced and presented at that time.

About Kitsap Arts and Crafts

Kitsap Arts and Crafts are a 58 year old organization dedicated to promoting the arts in their community. It is a 501 (c)3 run entirely by volunteers with the prime purpose being to fund college art scholarships. They produce and encourage the student art show and give the students awards. Since 1975, Kitsap Arts and Crafts has given out over 195 renewable college art scholarships, most in the amount of $2,000. each. They have a permanent home at Village Green community center and feel the future is secure to grow into.

For more information, contact evyhh@comcast.net.


Art Fair 2017- Call For Artists

Art Fair 2017- Call For Artists

Art & contemporary craft fair seeks artists to take part in Art Fair 2017, a three day show in York, Yorkshire, UK, 27th – 29th.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 30 Sept 2017

Art & is looking for artists with unique, excellent quality, original artwork to apply to take part in the Art & Art Fair 2017. Selected artists will be at the show each day exhibiting and selling their own work, taking commissions, and meeting the visitors and collectors. There will be live music, workshops, interactive areas, demonstrations, installations, artist talks, cafe, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere in this lovely out of town venue.

Join 120 artists showcasing their own work and selling direct to the public. £360 upwards for three days. High quality stands are included in the price. 0% commission.

Artists have the opportunity of being promoted through the Art & social media, mailing list, and website on the run up to the show. Art & employs a professional PR company to gain press and publicity before and after the show. Artists have the chance to be featured.

About Art &

Art & is run by a small team of creatives – Victoria Robinson, Emily Stubbs, and Brendan Hesmondhalgh. They work from Sculpture Lounge Studio’s in Holmbridge, West Yorkshire where they are surrounded by practicing artists, painters, sculptors, installation artists, and ceramicists.

Art & has grown out of The Art Market which began as a way of showcasing art and contemporary craft in their local, Yorkshire town of Holmfirth. The vision with The Art Market was to create the kind of show for which they wanted to take part. They wanted to attract artists from around the country and showcase quality, original artworks in Yorkshire.

The Art & RAW Talent Award, run with the support of Arts Council England, is a mentoring programme which nurtures emerging artists by offering support in business development through expert mentoring, group workshops, financial support, and a free space at the show.

For more information, contact info@artand.co.uk.


Renaissance Photography Prize 2017 – Call For Artists

Renaissance Photography Prize 2017 – Call For Artists

Renaissance Photography Prize 2017 is an international award in its 10th year. It is open to all photographers and intent on discovering the best of contemporary photography.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 26 Jun 2017

The annual prize discovers talent and celebrates the best in photography. It gives image makers access to new opportunities and a world-wide audience for their work.

Single image categories include Life, Identity, and Border. Series categories are open/no theme.

Entering gives photographers the chance to have their work seen by a panel of some of the industry’s most influential photography critics.

Renaissance Photography Prize 2017 Judges 2017

  • Melissa DeWitt – Editor-in-Chief, HOTSHOE
  • Gem Fletcher – Senior Art Director, Getty Images
  • Clare Grafik – Head of Exhibitions, The Photographers’ Gallery
  • Marloes Krijnen – Founder and Director, FOAM, Amsterdam
  • Dewi Lewis – Founder, Dewi Lewis Publishing
  • Fiona Rogers – Global Business Development Manager, Magnum Photos International
  • Simon Roberts – Photographer
  • Fiona Shields – Picture Editor, The Guardian and Head of Photography, Guardian News & Media

The award offers over £5,000 in prizes plus valuable professional support and mentoring. Sixty selected finalists will be exhibited in a leading Central London gallery.

All profit from entry fees is donated to The Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care, UK, a charity that supports younger women affected by the disease. Currently, one third of the Lavender Trust’s annual funding comes from the Renaissance Photography Prize.

About Renaissance Photography Prize

Renaissance Photography Prize is an international award that showcases outstanding photography from emerging and established photographers while raising funds to support young women with breast cancer. It was founded in 2007 by Fiona Gifford following her diagnosis with breast cancer at the age of 34. Since then it has raised over £250,000 for the Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care.

For more information, contact info@renaissancephotography.org.


New Directions 2017 – Call For Artists

New Directions 2017 – Call For Artists

The Dutchess County Art Association announces a call for artists for New Directions 2017, a premier national exhibition of contemporary art. The exhibition showcases the current work of artists from across the United States.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 24 Jul 2017

Now in its 33rd year, New Directions brings contemporary art to an atypical venue – the intimate galleries of Barrett Art Center’s 1840s Greek Revival townhouse. Former domestic spaces remodeled as galleries create a visually-compelling setting for contemporary and cutting-edge work.

Juror Ruth Erickson is Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. She co-curated the major exhibition “Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957” with Helen Molesworth. She has organized exhibitions of the work of artists Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh and Ethan Murrow at the ICA/Boston. Erickson is currently at work on the first U.S. survey of Mark Dion’s work to open in 2017. She received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 and has published and presented her writing widely. She serves as a visiting critic at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

New Directions 2017 Awards

  • $1,000 Juror’s Prize
  • $250 Second Prize
  • $175 Third Prize

A gallery of all selected works with links to artists’ websites will be posted on the Barrett Art Center website after the opening. Each selected artist who attends the opening reception will be given a brief opportunity to talk about his or her work. In addition to our website, the New Directions 2017 exhibition is publicized via the Barrett Art Center eNewsletter, in regional press releases, and social media.

The exhibition is visited by art enthusiasts and collectors from the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas. This includes New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania. and the New England states. Commission on art sales is 20% for members, 30% non-members.

About the Dutchess County Art Association

Exhibitions have been at the core of the Dutchess County Art Association (DCAA) mission since its inception 82 years ago. The DCAA is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for residents of the Hudson Valley through the visual arts. It fosters important and relevant visual expression. The annual schedule of exhibitions is a core component in their effort to champion artists and to introduce contemporary work to the community.

For more information, contact info@barrettartcenter.org.


Fall 2017 Sponsored Artists Program – Call For Artists

Fall 2017 Sponsored Artists Program – Call For Artists

Applications are now open for High Concept Labs’ (HCL) Fall 2017 Sponsored Artists Program, which will run from August 15 through December 15, 2017.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 15 Jun 2017

Projects are chosen twice a year and last for a period of four months. Each season is curated to represent emerging and established artists from a range of artistic disciplines. HCL sponsors three paths of development based on different intentions for the end-result of the project.

Successful applicants to the Fall 2017 Sponsored Artists Program are artists or collectives with a history of successful work and clear goals for their residency. Accepted artists are chosen to represent an array of artistic practices by members of HCL’s staff and Artistic Advisory Council.

Sponsored Artists do not receive direct financial support. If you intend to participate in the program but do not live in Chicago, then you will be responsible for your housing and travel arrangements.

HCL’s Fall 2017 Sponsored Artists Program customizable, no-cost support services include:

  • Rehearsal, workshop, and performance space
  • Administrative and production assistance
  • Communications and design support
  • Audience development and media outreach
  • Artistic consultation
  • Photo and video documentation
  • Strategic networking for partnerships, funding, and creative collaborators
  • Teaching and workshop opportunities
  • Participation in HCL Artist Critique sessions
  • Field-based or cross-disciplinary mentorship

About High Concept Labs

High Concept Labs is an arts service organization based in Mana Contemporary Chicago. HCL supports artists and facilitates dialogue between artists, audiences, and staff. This increases access and transparency to the artistic process and fosters transformational experiences in an environment of experimentation and discovery.

Since its foundation in 2009, HCL has been providing Chicago artists with flexible, affordable space in which to develop projects and new works. HCL began by sharing the only thing it had to offer – space – specifically, a warehouse located in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. Artists could use the space to develop their projects. Over the course of its first year, HCL evolved into a full-fledged arts service organization, assisting artists with administration, publicity, and production. From inception, HCL’s goal was simple: to grow art.

High Concept Labs has two main programs for working artists: the Sponsored Artist Program (a four-month residency) and an Institutional Incubation Program (a year-long residency). The goal of both programs is simple: to facilitate dialogue between HCL’s artists, audience, and staff through a diverse range of programs each season. Programs include artist talks, works-in-progress showings, workshops, performances, and critique sessions. Through conversation, artists have the opportunity to solicit feedback from participants and audience members. This provides them with valuable insight as a work progresses.

Additionally, HCL hosts two major events each season: an Open House and a Send-Off. The Open House takes place halfway through each season. Historically, these events have brought in 200-300 attendees and feature installations and performances by past and current Sponsored Artists. The Send-Off takes place near the end of each season. It is the last opportunity for the Sponsored Artists of each season to showcase their art in a more intimate environment.

For more information, contact info@highconceptlabs.org.


Uncommon Threads – Call For Artists

Uncommon Threads – Call For Artists

Salem Arts Association announces a call for artists for Uncommon Threads, an exhibition that redefines the use of fibers in art. This exhibit goes way beyond the quilting of old.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 25 Jun 2017

In this exhibition, Salem Arts challenge artists to discover new inspirations using fibers, fabrics, textiles, and inventive weaving.

Fiber art refers to fine art material which consists of natural or synthetic fiber such as fabric, plastics, wire, thread, or yarn as well as other less likely components. It focuses on the use of materials and the artist’s skill and labor as part of the works’ significance. Priority of aesthetic is valued over utility. Salem Arts welcomes artistic interpretation of the theme from assemblages to installations, wall hangings, and wearable art.

Submission Fees: Salem Arts members fee is $5.00 per artwork. Non-members fee is $10.00 per submission. Artists may submit up to three artworks.

Uncommon Threads Artist Benefits

The Salem Arts Galleries are the newest and most diverse art exhibition space in Salem. The galleries and shop enjoy high exposure in the location in a landmark former church at The Bridge At 211 center.

Our guest judge is Michele Fandel Bonner, a renowned fiber artist. Bonner will select submissions for awards.

  • 1st Prize: $100
  • 2nd Prize: $75
  • 3rd Prize: $50
  • Plus Honorable Mentions

Participating artists will only pay 20% to 40% commissions on sales. Non-member artists are not required to volunteer. They are subject to a 40% sales commission. Member artist sales commission is 20%.

About Salem Arts Association

In 2017, Salem Arts Association found a new home at The Bridge at 211 in Salem, MA. This facility provides Salem Arts with excellent gallery exhibition space, a gallery shop, workshop area, event facilities as well as unprecedented exhibition and learning opportunities. The new home allows Salem Arts to take advantage of performance and event space available at The Bridge and better deliver their mission, “To bring art, in all its forms, to the community and bring the community, in all its diversity, to the arts in Salem, Massachusetts.”

For more information, contact gallery@salemarts.org.


Indie Market On Laurel – Call For Artists

Indie Market On Laurel – Call For Artists

CREATE! Conway announces a call for artists for Indie Market On Laurel. The event features bands and music all day plus art and local goods for sale.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 28 Jul 2017

When: Sunday, August 6th, Noon – 6 pm.

Where: 104 Laurel Street in the historic Riverfront District in Conway.

Indie Market On Laurel best artisan booth display will receive $100 and three hours of marketing consultation from our marketing team.

Our experienced marketing team will advertise the Indie Market on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and various websites including the Myrtle Beach Visitors web page and Myrtle Beach billboards.

Conway is located fifteen miles from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the #1 beach vacation destination on the East Coast. Conway is located on the Waccamaw River. The location for this year’s Indie Market is right at the entrance to the Riverwalk and the Marina.

About CREATE! Conway

CREATE! Conway’s mission is to build an artistically vibrant community by supporting regional artists and promoting public participation in the arts. It is a membership organization and serves all of Horry County. They equip and empower artist members with tools and opportunities that support their artistic career. In addition, they promote public engagement in the arts through outreach to forge meaningful partnerships and implement innovative strategies.

CREATE! Conway’s arts initiatives:

  • Improve the quality of life in Horry County
  • Help to make communities more livable
  • Improve student academic performance
  • Strengthen the cultural vitality and vibrancy of the region
  • Offer educational programs that benefit the entire county

CREATE! Conway is generously supported in part by the SC Arts Commission, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Waccamaw Community Foundation, memberships, the City of Conway, and donations.

For more information, contact createconway@gmail.com.


Abstract – Call For Artists

Abstract – Call For Artists

ArtAscent announces a call for artists for Abstract. Abstractions are all around us. Ideas can be abstract. They exist as an idea, feeling, or quality but not having a tangible existence.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 30 Jun 2017

Some conversations can be vague, theoretical, and not based on particular examples or facts. Of course, there is abstract art which evokes feelings without trying to realistically represent the appearance of people or things. Art, like poetry, offers a fragment of a mysteriously familiar narrative without directly revealing it in a realistic way. There are words, stories, poems. So many ideas can be conjured in writing. What does abstract mean to you? Reveal your most abstract thoughts and creative explorations.

Artist Benefits: Abstract

Up to forty applicants will be selected for the Abstract call. All selected artists and writers are showcased in the magazine and juried online exhibition. Additionally, if you are chosen as one of the top four applicants, then you will be highlighted in a feature section with a profile written about you and your work. Writers will profile you in a multi-page article.

Here is what P.M. Wrighter says about the benefit of this opportunity: “ArtAscent is a profound exhibition of international art and literature. ArtAscent’s welcoming of the abstract, obscure and atypical could not be more organized and comforting. Far too often, creativity is stifled by unimaginative editors or conventional beliefs. ArtAscent is holding true to the values of artists by allowing their creativity to be exposed uninhibited internationally.”

About ArtAscent

The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by calls for artists and writers, artist profiling, art magazine publication, and artist and writer online showcasing. Each call is theme based, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media. This marketing tool is created by artists and writers for artists and writers. ArtAscent provides opportunity for the voice of writers and vision of artists to shared in a professional and accessible platform. We are a bright community of creatives and art lovers.

For more information, contact info@artascent.com.


American Craft Shows 2018 – Call for Artists

American Craft Shows 2018 – Call for Artists

The American Craft Council (ACC) announces a call for artists for the American Craft Shows 2018. The juried marketplace features extraordinary work by more than 1,500 of the country’s most talented craft artists.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 11 Aug 2017

Original work in the following categories are considered: basketry, ceramics, clothing and accessories, decorative fiber, furniture and lighting, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone, toys and puzzles, and wood. The ACC encourages new artists to apply. These exhibitors, if accepted, receive special signage and are promoted through marketing efforts as new.

American Craft Shows 2018 artist benefits

Each year, more than 45,000 people attend the shows in Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Paul, and San Francisco. These marketplaces provide an essential platform for professional artists to connect with the public. Admission is free for ACC members. The ACC promotes its shows with the help of highly skilled public relations firms that have a pulse on the local marketplace in each of the show cities. They work with media buyers that track the latest trends for reaching diverse audiences. In 2017, the focus will be on national, regional, and local media prior to each show and throughout the year. Artists’ work is featured on the ACC website, in digital and print ads, via social media, in special show preview sections of American Craft magazine, and onsite via comprehensive show programs and colorful navigational signage.

About the American Craft Council

For more than 75 years, the American Craft Council has championed craft. Aileen Osborn Webb, Founder, recognized the significant impact craft has on individuals and communities. She established a nonprofit to preserve, cultivate, and celebrate this communal heritage. Today, efforts span the nation. The ACC supports professional makers through unique nonprofit shows. They offer educational resources including a one-of-a-kind library, conferences, public lectures, and student programs. National awards spotlight emerging artists and honor masters. They promote the handmade through a resource-rich website and award-winning magazine, American Craft.

For more information, contact shows@craftcouncil.org.


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