ArtFest Midwest 2017 – Call For Artists


ArtFest Midwest 2017 – Call For Artists

State Public Policy Group (SPPG) announces a call for artists for ArtFest Midwest 2017, Iowa’s largest fine art show. It is an indoor event (with a few outdoor spaces) held in the rain-free, air-conditioned Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, Iowa.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 24 Mar 2017

This will be the 15th year for Artfest Midwest. The show was started as a venue for primarily Iowa and Midwest artists to show and sell their work. Approximately 250 artists will be participating in this event. It is an affordable alternative to the downtown Des Moines show, held on the same weekend.  ArtFest Midwest 2017 will offer free shuttle bus service to downtown. Parking and admission to the show are free for the estimated 30,000 patrons.

Application fee is $30. Booth fee is $340-$600.

Event promotion is under new management with new faces and innovative ideas to ensure a successful event. There will be cash prizes for the best art in each category and an overall Best in Show award. In addition to radio, television, newspaper, and digital advertising, Artfest Midwest will be promoted through a robust social media network on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About State Public Policy Group

State Public Policy Group‘s (SPPG) roots are in their longstanding focus: working hard on a practical level to manage change and promote public policy serving the interests in the well-being of the people. They are an issue-based consulting company, which means they take a non-partisan approach to solutions which understands politics.

SPPG believes people affected by public policy should be actively engaged in shaping those laws and rules all along the way. They get people involved. The public policy, the organizational, topic, or client does not matter. SPPG’s staff has figured out issues from homelessness to homeland security.

SPPG helps each of our clients set their own goals. They craft a path forward and provide the services necessary to get there. They conduct community engagement, manage public policy development, and create a new initiatives. It can be a years-long process to implement a new issue-based initiative or it can be an evening’s Board retreat session. Like all organizations, SPPG has grown and evolved with changing times.  Based in Iowa, advantages are found in Iowa’s diverse economy and political spotlight.

For more information, contact artfestmidwest@sppg.com.

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2017 Graffiti Abatement Mural Program – Call For Artists


2017 Graffiti Abatement Mural Program – Call For Artists

The 2017 Graffiti Abatement Mural Program at Fort McMurray is requesting proposals for this year’s mural at Timberlea Community Park.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 27 Apr 2017

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) intends to commission an artist/artist team to design and install murals on four storage sheds in Timberlea Community Park. The murals will cover the entire exterior of each shed.

The artwork must adhere to the following design parameters:

  • Installation process does not pose a risk of injury to the public
  • Finished with a graffiti resistant coating (provided by the artist/artist team)
  • Appeal to a wide, culturally diverse audience and be suitable for all ages
  • Located in the public realm, therefore subject matter must be considered

As part of an ongoing effort to promote and cultivate local art and artists, the artist/artist team commissioned to install the Timberlea Community Park murals will be expected to host two community workshops during the installation process. The parameters of the workshops include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Provide a hands-on, on-site workshop specifically for local teens
  • Host an on-site hands-on workshop for the general public
  • Cost to facilitate the the workshops (plus any promotion) will be covered by the RMWB

2017 Graffiti Abatement Mural Program artist benefits

The budget for the project is $30,000.00 CAD, all inclusive. The budget includes all costs associated with the project including, but not limited to, artist design fee, travel/accommodations, meals for the artist/artist team, materials, equipment costs, transportation, and installation.

2017 Graffiti Abatement Mural Program artists/artist teams will also have the opportunity to work with (and mentor) local youth while creating a significant contribution to the local art collection within the region. If so inclined, artists may establish relationships with other artists and arts organization in Fort McMurray. Fort McMurray is a close-knit community with a small-town feel.

About the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Wood Buffalo is a large, scenic region in Northeast Alberta. The region stretches from north central Alberta east to the borders of Saskatchewan and up north to the border of the Northwest Territories. It covers 10% of the province, spanning almost 70,000 square kilometers. It has extensive natural resources and is filled with natural beauty including beautiful clear waters and expansive forests.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is one of Canada’s youngest and most dynamic communities. It is one of the largest municipalities in North America. Fort McMurray is the urban service center for the area. Smaller communities within the region include Anzac, Conklin, Draper, Fort Chipewyan, Fort Fitzgerald, Fort Mackay, Gregoire Lake Estates, Janvier, and Saprae Creek.

Approximately 5,000 years ago, the region was inhabited by two distinct First Nation people including the Chipewyan and the Cree. In 1778, a fur trader named Peter Pond traveled to the region and it became known for its abundance of good quality furs. This led to other explorers visiting the region and to the discovery of bitumen, a natural resource that, when refined, can be converted into petrol. The discovery of these large deposits of bitumen, commonly known as the oil sands, led to rapid growth and development. In the last century, the population has grown from a sparsely populated area to over one hundred thousand people.

Wood Buffalo boasts a rich and diverse culture. It is home to a population with a variety of ethnic backgrounds and cultural beliefs. The arts and culture scene, including live theatre, historical centres, cultural societies, and visual arts, continues to grow within the region. Outdoor festivals and local art shows are commonplace year-round. In support of the increasing interest in Wood Buffalo’s arts scene, the Municipality recently approved a Public Art Policy.

For more information, contact tenders@rmwb.ca.

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2017 Downtown Mural Project – Call For Artists


2017 Downtown Mural Project – Call For Artists

The Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency (URA), in cooperation with several private property owners, are seeking artists to participate in the 2017 downtown mural project.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 31 Mar 2017

The Downtown Mural Project committee has identified two locations for murals this summer:

  • West side of the Graffiti Records building (403 N Front Street, Elk Street side), and
  • Anderson Warehouse located at the intersection of 2nd and F Streets, across from Broadway Burger Station.

The process for application this year includes a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from interested artists. From the submitted 2017 Downtown Mural Project RFQs, the committee will select three artists for each project site to develop proposals. Artists will be compensated $150 each for concept development. The committee will select one artists (or team) for each project site from the concepts presented.

A stipend of $7,000 is available for the Anderson warehouse. An additional $2,500 is available if the west end of the building is incorporated. A stipend of $2,500 is available for the Graffiti building.

About Rock Springs Main Street

Rock Springs Main Street is responsible for Downtown redevelopment. Part of which is the addition of public art in the downtown area. Last fall, a Kickstarter program was utilized to raise funds for murals. It surpassed the goal of $7,500 by raising nearly $20,000. The community support for more art and murals in our community has been overwhelming. There is a huge sense of excitement about the program within our community.

The Rock Springs Main Street/URA is charged with the redevelopment of Downtown Rock Springs. As part of their mission, there are four standing committees – Economic Restructuring, Organization, Promotions, and Design.

For more information, contact info@downtownrs.com.

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Arts In Ada Festival 2017 – Call For Artists


Arts In Ada Festival 2017 – Call For Artists

The 23rd Annual Arts in Ada Festival 2017 is now accepting applications for this year’s juried art exhibition. The festival is on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 1 May 2017

Over 90 artists and artisans will display and sell their fine art and crafts on the beautiful tree-lined Bronson Street in Ada, MI. All visual art mediums will be considered, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, mosaics, mixed media, and fine crafts. Pamela Alderman, artist and storyteller, will join members from the Ada Arts Council as a special guest Juror. Together they will award the top three fine art artists and the top craftsperson during the Arts in Ada Festival 2017 celebration.

$1,200 in cash prizes:

  • 1st place fine art: $500
  • 2nd place fine art: $300
  • 3rd place fine art: $150
  • Best in show, fine craft: $250

About the Ada Arts Council

The Ada Arts Council was established in 1992 by an enlightened group of thirteen members of the Ada community. They included artists, business owners, and public officials who shared a common interest, “to encourage participation in and the appreciation of the arts by the residents of Ada, Michigan and its environs.”

To that end, the Council has engaged in a number of activities over the years. The most visible of these is the annual Arts in Ada Festival, held annually in May in Ada Village on Bronson St. Over 50 artists display and sell their work in a wide variety of media. An outdoor stage features live music and dance performances.

For more information, contact info@adaarts.org.

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Big Four Bridge Arts Festival 2017 – Call For Artists


Big Four Bridge Arts Festival 2017 – Call For Artists

Big Four Bridge Arts Festival 2017 announces a call for 100 juried artists in Louisville, KY at Waterfront Park.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 1 May 2017

The Big Four Bridge Lawn was built for special events. It features four acres of tree lined walks on the Ohio River within walking distance to hotels, restaurants, NuLu, shopping, 4th Street Live, and a family friendly atmosphere. Over two million visitors come to Waterfront Park annually and more than 25,000 walk the bridge every weekend. With three years of preparation, a strong patron base has been developed.

Big Four Bridge Arts Festival 2017 artist benefits

  • Promotions will include advertisements in regional newspapers, radio, magazines, billboard, flyers, j-peg postcards, posters, billboard, along with a social media blitz.
  • The Premiere Gala will be held on Friday the 8th of September. It will include 450 known collectors and supporters of the arts and a Meet and Greet evening on the river. The Gala is optional after set-up on Friday.
  • There is a minimum of $2,500 in cash awards.
  • Light buffet on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Great rates at participating hotels.
  • Trolley pick-up in the morning and delivery in the evening.
  • All of this year’s participating artists will by-pass the jury selection next year and booth fees will be frozen.

About the Big Four Bridge Arts Festival

This festival is supported by the State and City Tourism Boards, non-profits, artisan guilds, and artists. The Waterfront Park in Louisville, Kentucky on the Ohio River is 40 acres of lawn and tree lined walks. All for the purpose of special events and festivals. The City of Louisville is very supportive and assist groups that stage these events. This opens up the opportunity for advertising that reaches out to large volumes of people.

For more information, contact b4b@twc.com.

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Paperworks 2017 Juried Competition – Call For Artists


Paperworks 2017 Juried Competition – Call For Artists

b.j. spoke gallery announces a call for artists for the Paperworks 2017 Juried Competition. Artists in the United States who use paper as their primary medium, substrate, or subject of a video may apply.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 30 Apr 2017

Entry fee: $35

Accepted media: Works made of, on, or about paper including cut paper, folded paper, woven paper, glued paper, drawings, paintings, pastels, prints, photography, paper sculpture, 3D, bound books, collage, mixed media, video, and installation.

Juror: Akili Tommasino, Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Modern Art, NY. An advocate of emerging artists and scholar of the twentieth-century avant-garde, Tommasino has organized and collaborated on numerous exhibition projects at institutions including the Centre Pompidou – Musée national d’art moderne, Paris and National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. He is the curator of 2017 MoMA exhibition Projects 107: Lone Wolf Recital Corps.

Paperworks 2017 Juried Competition artists will receive a one-month exhibition of selected works in August 2017 at b.j. spoke gallery, Huntington, NY. Artists can enter up to six works. All of which could be selected for exhibit by the juror. The gallery provides an opening reception and publicity for the show.

About b.j. spoke gallery

b.j. spoke gallery is a member-owned and run cooperative art gallery and 501(c)(3). They exhibit many of the finest artists on Long Island and provide art and opportunity to the community at large. Artists showing at the gallery are well-represented in numerous public and private collections.  b.j. spoke gallery was founded over 40 years ago with the belief that a partnership between artists and the public is an essential relationship. The gallery provides opportunities for artists to experience responses to their work and for the public to increase its aesthetic awareness in deciphering of the artist’s intent through contemplation and dialogue.

For more information, contact manager@bjspokegallery.com.

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St James Court Art Show 2017 – Call For Artists


St James Court Art Show 2017 – Call For Artists

St James Court Art Show 2017 announces a call for more than 700 fine artists and craftspeople from throughout North America.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 31 Mar 2017

The St James Court Art Show 2017 will be held the first full weekend in October from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. It is ranked in the top ten fine art and craft shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine. This autumn tradition draws over 100,000 visitors every year who come to purchase unique handcrafted items.

The show is held in the heart of historic Old Louisville which boasts the largest collection of Victorian homes in the country. Old Louisville is an elegant backdrop for this display of fine arts and crafts which will be exhibited and sold along Saint James Court, Belgravia Court, Magnolia Avenue, and the adjacent blocks of Third and Fourth Streets.

Event organizers work diligently to cater to all artistic preferences and budgets. The result is a tasteful selection of high-quality original works. They include paintings, sculpture, pottery, leather and woodcrafts, photography, textiles, and glass art. Proceeds from the show fund various community charities, art scholarships, and neighborhood maintenance and restoration. Admission is free and the event is held rain or shine. No pets please.

Artist amenities include artist’s breakfast, lunches, after-party, monetary award prizes, social media marketing, regional print ads, and scheduled television interviews before the show opening on Friday.

About the St James Court Art Show

The St James Court Art Show is in its 61st year. The show was created by Old Louisville residents to fund their deteriorating neighborhood in the late 50’s. All monies raised by the art show go right back into the neighborhood preservation. Gaslights, the St James Court fountain, park benches, and flower urns are maintained using art show funds. $28,000 in college scholarships are given away yearly to high school seniors pursuing art in college. This yearly event has become on of Louisville’s most anticipated events of the year. There is a very loyal patron base. Many patrons use it as a Girl’s Weekend or Family Reunion time resulting in a high sales volume show. The neighborhood residents embrace the artists and offer southern hospitality. Lodging is easy to find either Downtown or at the airport. Either is just 2-3 miles away.

For more information, contact mesrock@stjamescourtartshow.com.

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Fluevog Edmonton Artist Grant – Call For Artists


Fluevog Edmonton Artist Grant – Call For Artists

John Fluevog Shoes is putting out an open call for artists for the Fluevog Edmonton Artist Grant. Send in design ideas for a wall installation to be displayed in their new Edmonton store, opening on Whyte Avenue in late March.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 13 Mar 2017

Opening in a refreshed heritage building with brick walls from the 1920’s, Fluevog Edmonton will have a historic vibe to it with:

  • Reclaimed wood furnishings in various tones and textures
  • Grey floral and burgundy crocodile leather furnishings
  • Touches of brass
  • Wood floors
  • A large mirrored back wall

The available wall space for this art installation spans 68′ long and 6′ high with a backdrop of historic brick.

Fluevog Edmonton Artist Grant benefits

The chosen artist’s work will be a prominent fixture of our newest location in Edmonton, helping to shape the overall feel of the shop. The work will be shared through our social media channels. It will be seen by visitors to the store and Fluevogers worldwide. Our hope is for the artwork to be a long-term installation that ties the store to the local arts community in Edmonton. With $10,000 to cover the cost of installation and the artwork, this is a rare opportunity to design something original and creative that will reach a large and diverse audience of customers.

About John Fluevog Shoes

John Fluevog is an independent designer and retailer of forward-­thinking footwear and accessories. Since 1970, he has been steadfast in creating ‘unique soles for unique souls’ that have been seen everywhere from the feet of Madonna and Jack White to the runways of high fashion. John has used his belief in creative expression and ingenuity to turn his vision into a successful enterprise currently celebrating its 45th year in business. Traditionally made in old world factories; Fluevog shoes are produced in small runs; are fully repairable; and, with their look of quality and timeless luxury, always stand out in a crowd. John Fluevog Shoes uses eco­‐friendly, vegetable tanned leathers and water based glues wherever possible. In keeping with John’s motto: good soles leave small prints (no matter what your shoe size).

For more information, contact proposals@fluevog.com.

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Fine Tuned @ British Style Collective – Call For Artists


Fine Tuned @ British Style Collective – Call For Artists

Deco Publique announces a call for artists for Fine Tuned @ British Style Collective featuring fiercely independent designer makers, street food vendors, vintage traders, and performers.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 13 May 2017

British Style Collective, presented by Clothes Show, is set to draw over 50,000 people to the city. It is set across five of Liverpool’s most iconic locations and will to take-over the city from the 7 – 9 July 2017 for the fashion and beauty event of the year.

Fine Tuned @ British Style Collective will be the free fringe event to the British Style Collective ticketed weekend experience. Festival goers and shoppers will be directed to the Albert Dock through way finding, city maps, and marketing promotions as part of the larger Style Collective weekend.

The event is targeting a young audience who are interested in cool and contemporary shopping experiences.

There will be an outside makers market with contemporary makers selling their handmade goods – printed, painted, stitched, knitted, soldered or moulded. Deco Publique is interested in all mediums that present the best of modern craftmanship and style.

Fine Tuned @ British Style Collective designers:

  • Sell products alongside cool and contemporary designers.
  • Get involved in the British Style collective event that will gain national media attention.
  • Network with other creatives.

Deco Publique is an organisation creatively producing highly aesthetic and quality cultural festivals across the North West such as Vintage by the Sea and The National Festival of Making. They work alongside leading design figures such as Wayne Hemingway and Patrick Grant. They garner significant media involvement with the BBC and leading news sources. Events focus on promoting creativity and encouraging those who do not feel creative to get involved with the arts. Other projects are artistic commissions in regeneration areas, workshops, and activities that develop community spirit.

For more information, contact alex.decopublique@gmail.com.

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2017 FAAM Support Program – Call For Artists


2017 FAAM Support Program – Call For Artists

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (FAAM) is now accepting applications from Asian artists and researchers/curators of Asian art. The 2017 FAAM Support Program is a non-funded residency program. It provides working space and professional support for art-making and research in Fukuoka.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 15 Apr 2017

Residency Period and Duration

  • June to July 2017 (30-60 days)
  • September to November 2017 (30-90 days)
  • Mid-January to March 2018 (30-70 days)

One or two artists and/or researchers/curators per available 2017 FAAM Support Program residency slot.

  • Artist must be based in and holds a nationality of designated Asian countries or regions.
  • Researcher / curator must research modern and contemporary Asian art. Open to all nationalities.
  • Applicant must have sufficient proficiency in Japanese or English to communicate with the people and to carry out their proposed project.
  • Applicant must be in good health and should not require any special medical attention.

*FAAM does not cover any expenses for the residency in Fukuoka (e.g. travel, accommodation, food, or art/research materials)

Chosen 2017 FAAM Support Program artists and researchers/curators will be benefit by receiving the following:

  • Studio/research space: Open studio (223 sq.) and research office (33 sq.)
  • Guidance on art-making and research activities
  • Referral to a collaborator, assistant, interpreter, and attendant
  • Access to the FAAM collection, related materials, and publications
  • Guidance on research trip
  • Accommodation arrangement
  • Guidance on living in Fukuoka
  • Support for presenting the result of the residency
  • Display of the artworks created during the residency
  • Presentation of research results

About Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

Due to its geographical and historical characteristics, Fukuoka City has served as a gateway to continental Asian culture since ancient times. Today it has assumed a new role, that of a key interactive city for Asia. Fukuoka Asian Art Museum opened in 1999 as a part of the city’s progressive strategy for interaction with different Asian cultures.

The Fukuoka Asian Art Museum is the only museum in the world that systematically collects and exhibits Asian modern and contemporary art. The works in the collection of the museum are not imitation of Western art or repetitions of traditional works. Instead, they seek to overcome the existing framework of art, being made by artists living in contemporary Asia. These artists attempt to acutely express their message in and about this changing world of Asia. FAAM’s exhibitions of Asian modern and contemporary art are rich in depth and quality and wide in scope. They present the originality and charm of Asian art in a way that cannot be experienced in any other museum in the world.

The museum has also been functioning as a place for people to become familiar with Asian arts and culture through the artistic creations and researches of the invitees of the Residence Program. It is an interactive museum – the place of meeting, understanding each other, and creating together.

For more information, contact faam_e@faam.ajibi.jp.

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