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This Is America – Call For Artists

This Is America – Call For Artists

Gallery Underground in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia, invites artists working in all media to submit artwork to This Is America, a national juried exhibition. What is America to you? A beautiful, colorful landscape? Sweeping vista? Small town life? Or perhaps an artistic statement on the political or cultural climate?

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Deadline: 20 Oct 2017

Submit works depicting what you love – or don’t love – about America today. Works should be a reflection upon or expression about some aspect of America and how you see it. $35 for up to two works, submitted online, open to artists living/working in the United States. Cash awards. The show is juried by Marsha Staiger, artist and Golden instructor with 30 years teaching experience. Her works are in private and corporate collections worldwide. Show runs November 27-December 29, 2017. Opening Reception Friday, December 1, 2017.

This Is America Artist Benefits

Chosen artists will be eligible for $500 in cash awards. The show will be promoted to extensive marketing and press contacts as well as on social media. A postcard promoting the show will be distributed locally and made available to all accepted artists. Opening reception will be at a First Friday event. First Friday openings at Gallery Underground feature food, drink, and music. They attract over 100 people every month. Sales of art will be promoted, with 70% of purchase price paid to artist.

About Gallery Underground

Gallery Underground in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia, is the premier art exhibition space for Arlington Artists Alliance members who are accepted into the gallery by jury. The artwork shown at Gallery Underground changes each month. An opening reception is held on the first Friday of every month. The gallery features juried solo and group shows in the Focus Gallery and members’ work in the Main Gallery. Media includes paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, drawings, sculpture, photography, glass, ceramics, and jewelry.

The Arlington Artists Alliance is a vital, energetic, creative force for visual art in Arlington County, VA, a creative collaborative of 140 artists working in Arlington. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) arts organization, established in 2000 to serve and support visual arts in Arlington County. It provides professional development activities for local artists and serves the community through exhibits, instruction, mentoring, and outreach projects. Gallery Underground was voted “Best Art Gallery” in 2015 by the readers of Arlington Magazine.

For more information, contact art@galleryunderground.org.

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Figureworks 2017- Call For Artists

Figureworks 2017- Call For Artists

Figureworks is calling artists to participate in our 8th annual Figureworks 2017 figurative juried award show, an annual juried art prize and celebration of the art of the human form held in Canada’s capital, Ottawa.

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Deadline: 8 Oct 2017

Figureworks 2017 is open to artists whose artwork represents the human form or parts thereof. Figureworks believes in being inclusive. The 2017 jury includes photographer Johnathan Hobin, visual artist Elaine Despins, and curator Rose Ekins. The exhibit will be held at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, a historic church transformed into a beautiful exhibition space right in the heart of Ottawa’s beautiful Byward Market.

Figureworks believes strongly in providing artists an excellent opportunity to exhibit their work.  They are committed to do their best to increase the prize money available to artists every year. They are volunteer based. All entry fees and sponsorships go to basic operational costs and prize money. Figureworks does not take any commissions on sales at the exhibition. All the money goes directly to the artists.

Figureworks is more than an annual competition, it is a community of artists whom are passionate about the human figure. At the Figureworks competition, artists have their work reviewed by a professional jury and the opportunity to win cash prizes ($3600 was awarded last year). Those in the show will have their work display in Ottawa, Canada’s Capital for two weeks and be published on the Figureworks web site. Artists have the opportunity to sell their art works.

About Figureworks

Figureworks has been running consecutively for seven years. It is now entering it’s 8th season. In 2016, they had over 200 submissions from over 100 artists across the world and awarded $3600 in prizes.

Every year, Figureworks strives to have the best possible jury – one that is balanced in their views and experience, varied in their media, masters of their craft, and great storytellers.

For more information, contact submissions@figureworks.org.

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Expo 37- Call For Artists

Expo 37- Call For Artists

b.j. spoke gallery announces a call for artists for Expo 37, a fine arts competition and exhibit in Huntington, NY. This is the 37th in a long tradition of Expo shows.

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Deadline: 11 Nov 2017

Expo 37 will be judged by Cara Manas, Assistant Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Artists from anywhere in the United States may submit up to six images and/or two videos to apply. All fine arts media acceptable, no craft. Several works by each of the winning artists will be shown.

Selected artists will be included in a one month show at b.j. spoke gallery in March 2018. Expo 37 is different from other competitions. Artists have a showing of multiple works, depending on size and the juror’s selections. Showing several works enables gallery visitors to better appreciate what the artist is about. Submitting a small body of work has greater impact and meaning for the juror as well. The show will be publicized in local and social media. The gallery is open to visitors six days per week.

About b.j. spoke gallery

b.j. spoke gallery is a small cooperative in Huntington, NY. It has been in existence since 1975. The gallery is a not for profit organization. The mission is focused on the artistic community and outreach. The gallery offers a monthly poetry group, bimonthly artist circle, an opportunity for local artists to hang work side by side with members in our annual “Harvest of Artist” shows, and fundraisers for worthy causes. In addition, community outreach includes shows in which contemporary artists from across the country are brought to our neighborhood’s doorstep.

For more information, contact liz.ehrlichman@bjspokegallrey.com.

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Indian Wells Arts Festival 2018 – Call For Artists

Indian Wells Arts Festival 2018 – Call For Artists

Dianne Funk Productions announces a call for artists for the Indian Wells Arts Festival 2018 (IWAF). More than 10,000 art enthusiasts, collectors, and serious buyers will be in attendance on March 30, 31 and April 1, 2018.

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Deadline: 20 Oct 2017

Event to be held in the Palm Springs Desert Resorts area, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home to the BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament. Celebrating its 16th year of success, artists travel from across the nation and from as far as Japan, Africa, Central and South America, the United Kingdom, and Europe each year to showcase their contemporary and traditional fine art and high quality craft. A total of 200 artists are selected to participate by jury, with the 2018 Indian Wells Arts Festival’s Primary Jury deadline set for October 20, 2017. Additionally, 60 places are held for the Secondary Jury deadline of January 8, 2018.

Fifteen Indian Wells Arts Festival 2018 mediums and categories are judged for awards in painting, drawing, 2D and 3D mixed-media, printmaking, photography, other 2-dimensional, sculpture, jewelry, hand-woven textile or fiber, non-functional, utilitarian, wearable-art, and found art.

“Auditors agreed the quality and balance of work was present at the show, and gave a score of 9.4 to each, while the prestige of show was ranked a nice 9.6. 100% of Sunshine Artist auditors recommend coming back to the Indian Wells Arts Festival.” -Sunshine Artist Magazine

The Indian Wells Arts Festival is ranked as an AFSB Blue Chip 100 Fine Art Events in 2017

Indian Wells Arts Festival 2018

  • #3 So-Cal Getaway by The Examiner ‘Best of the Best’ by Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • Booth fees affordably range from $300 for a 10′ x 10′ single space and $600 for a 10′ x 20′ double space, with electricity optional at an additional $200 fee
  • Reported sales of $765,000 in 2016 are fostered by the Festival’s established reputation for fine and high-quality art
  • Ranked consistently as one of the 100 Best Fine Art Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine
  • Privately gated venue with 24-hour security and unparalleled state-of-the-art facilities which include on-call booth sitters, free Wi-Fi internet access, and luxury on-site restrooms
  • Artists are required to be in attendance daily

What to expect in 2018

  • On-going artist promotion opportunities through artist spotlights across all IWAF social media and in video podcasts; and IWAF blog features at no additional cost to the artists
  • Public relations and media coverage including local and select major-market editorials and press releases
  • Easy artist check-in and express check-out
  • Real-time show updates and communications via text message
  • Complimentary artist hospitality with fresh snacks and beverages
  • Live jazz and entertainment ambiance designed to indulge and motivate buyers
  • Guests are greeted as VIPs with free and valet parking available, event programs, and free ‘be-back’ passes
  • Interactive activities and artist demonstrations
  • Children’s activities along with special exhibits
  • Gourmet specialties at the Gourmet MarketPlace lining the festival entryway
  • Local charities incorporated as Festival Partners, with donations towards their art scholarship funds
  • Saturday & Sunday “Eggs + Champagne in the Garden” brunch menu till noon
  • Champagne Circle Bar and RumChata Bar service, and full-menu restaurants in the shaded courtyard pavilion

Chosen Indian Wells Arts Festival 2018 artists will participate in a wonderful, highly recognized, and accredited fine arts festival. Experience the beauty of the venue and relax while enjoying the live music and performances. Artists receive media/social media publicity opportunities on all of the Indian Wells Arts Festival social media platforms and other news outlets leading up to and throughout the festival. They will be able to connect with other artists, vendors, staff, volunteers and festival goers/buyers. Artists receive 15% commission on all sales.

About Dianne Funk Enterprises

The Indian Wells Arts Festival is founded upon a commitment to promoting the crucial role art plays in a thriving society, whether it be in education, business, or quality of life. The architect of that vision is Dianne Funk Enterprises, Inc. led by its namesake.

Dianne Funk began producing art festivals in the Coachella Valley in 1986, with Faire a La Quinta, followed by Southwest Arts Festival in Indio in 1989, which has since grown into an acclaimed regional attraction. Building upon that success, Dianne Funk created the Indian Wells Arts Festival in 2002. It has since developed into the headlining event of the Coachella Valley’s arts festival season. The event has achieved an international scope with artists from more than 30 countries participating.

For more information, contact dianne@indianwellsartsfestival.com.

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The really Affordable Art $how – Call For Artists

The really Affordable Art $how – Call For Artists

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) is excited to announce the third annual really Affordable Art $how, a national juried show opening September 23, 2017. The exhibit runs September 23 – October 15, 2017.

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Deadline: 6 Aug 2017

The really Affordable Art $how is a selling show with art priced for anyone and everyone. Thousands of New York art lovers and collectors will see your work. Expand your collector base in New York City. To make it easy for new collectors, all work submitted must be for sale at $499 or less. You will get 75% of the selling price.

Juror: Laura Phipps, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC. Over 100 pieces will be selected and bonus pieces selected by the artists. BWAC will be using 8,000 square feet for this show. They look forward to exhibiting artists’ work from all over the USA.

BWAC looks for skill in the use of a variety of materials, how well the medium relates to the concept or movement, and how fully the artist’s intention or concept is presented and realized. The juror’s awards will reflect that artistic judgment.

The really Affordable Art $how $2050 in cash awards and purchase prizes include:

  • Best of Show Gold: $1000 Purchase Prize The work selected as ‘Best of Show’ will be purchased by BWAC for $1000 and added to Laura Phipps’ personal collection.
  • Best of Show Silver: $250
  • Certificates of Recognition: $800 ($100 each for eight winners.)

All prize selections will be made by Laura Phipps at the gallery and announced at the opening reception at 3 PM.

About The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition

BWAC is a truly unique gallery. It is a 25,000 square foot gallery in a Civil War-era warehouse on the Red Hook waterfront in Brooklyn, NY. The vista of New York Harbor, spanning the Statue of Liberty to the Verrazano Bridge is one of the best in the city. It sees over 18,000 visitors each season.

For more information, contact help@affordableartshow.info.

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Momentum Juried Competition – Call For Artists

Momentum Juried Competition – Call For Artists

The Arts Commission announces a call for artists working in glass, glass related materials, or materials referencing glass. Submit work for a the Momentum juried competition, taking place in downtown Toledo, Ohio.

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Deadline: 17 Jul 2017

With a deep background in commercial production and the birthplace of the studio glass movement, Toledo has served as a nexus between art, industry, and innovation through its historical connection to the material of glass. Momentum seeks work that celebrates this unique narrative and evolves from it.

The competition is presented by The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo in conjunction with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, ProMedica Health System, and Toledo’s philanthropic community. It is part of Momentum, a three-day festival of music and art in the city’s downtown with a focus on the revitalizing waterfront. The goal of the event is to celebrate Toledo’s rich artistic history, its promising and evolving forward trajectory, and to draw thousands to the city.

The Momentum juried competition gathers original creations in glass from the Toledo area and the nation. It will take place September 8 – October 14, 2017, with an opening reception. Up to $10,000 in prizes will be awarded on September 16, 2017. The jurors are Michael Killoren, CEO of Morean Arts Center; Jennifer-Navva Milliken, New York based independent curator and writer; and Raul Paredes, Director of New Product Development and Design at Owens-Illinois.

Momentum Juried Competition jurors will be selecting entries that exemplify

  • Experimental or interdisciplinary works using glass as a material in the spirit of the innovative technological developments in Toledo’s glass industry.
  • Artworks utilizing glass that connects to industrial glass processes or utilizes industrially produced glass materials.
  • Artworks informed by one’s personal affiliation or history with the Toledo area.

In keeping with The Arts Commission’s mission to support artists, those who participate are eligible for prizes up to $10,000.

About The Arts Commission

Since 1959, The Arts Commission has provided quality arts programming and services to the metropolitan Toledo area. The Arts Commission is the longest-standing arts commission in the state of Ohio. Since 1977, The Arts Commission has managed the City of Toledo’s 1% for Art ordinance. The ordinance is first public art program of its kind in Ohio and the inspiration for the state’s own program. The Arts Commission works to build a creative and cultural community in Toledo, inspire vibrancy in our neighborhoods, and to celebrate life through art.

The Arts Commission supports, promotes, and connects visual, performing, and literary artists, as well as arts organizations and businesses. Through innovative programming, public art, artist services, inclusive youth programs, and community events, they aim to inspire a vibrant community in Toledo.

For more information, contact cphelps@theartscommission.org.

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Art Of Protest – Call For Artists

Art Of Protest – Call For Artists

IMAGO Foundation for the Arts (IFA) seeks artwork that address ideas regarding protest. Art of Protest is IFA’s 12th annual open juried exhibit.

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Deadline: 3 Sept 2017

Style and materials can range from conventional to cutting-edge, limited only by the artist’s creativity. IFA is not accepting video art or time-based works for this juried exhibit. The entry fee is $50 for up to three (3) images. Each additional image is $10 per image. All entry fees are non-refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline. Acceptance is not guaranteed.

2017 Juror: Stephen Fisher

On view: November 2 – December 3, 2017

Artist Reception on November 3rd, 2017,6:00-8:00 pm

Art of Protest Artist Benefits

  • Cash Awards, $1000 for Best in Show
  • Acceptance to the exhibit allows artists to exhibit artwork that was created for protest in one way or another
  • It is a juried exhibit not a vanity exhibit
  • The juror is a respected and well known practicing artist
  • Possible PR reviews in regional publications
  • The reception is open and free to the viewing public

About IMAGO Foundation for the Arts

Imago Foundation for the Arts is a non profit organization, 501 (c) 3. The Foundation supports community involvement in a wide range of cultural activities related to the arts. IFA provides space for artists and those interested in the arts to gather, explore, and celebrate creativity.

For more information, contact imagogallery@gmail.com.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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