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50th Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood – Call For Artists

50th Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood – Call For Artists

Octagon Center for the Arts calls artists for the 50th Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood, an annual, national all-media juried exhibit. Artists must be 18 years or older to apply and may reside anywhere in the United States.

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Deadline: 3 Dec 2017

2018 marks the 50th annual all-media juried exhibit at the Octagon Center for the Arts. The first Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood opened in 1968, two years after the organization’s founding in 1966. The annual exhibit is Octagon’s most prestigious and well-known exhibit which has gained its reputation through consistently high standards.

Juror: Peter Pinnell’s first professional position was as Artist in Residence at the Octagon Art Center in Ames, Iowa. A position he held from 1984 to 1987. “I loved the Octagon, and my wife and I loved living in Ames. It was the perfect place for me at that point in my career.” After leaving Ames, Pinnell spent eight years in Kansas City. He worked as a studio potter and taught part-time at the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1995, Pinnell was offered a faculty position at the University of Nebraska, where he is now Professor of Art.

Chosen 50th Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood artists have the opportunity to receive $2,000 in cash awards. The artists retain 60 percent of the commission on artwork sales.

About Octagon Center For The Arts

The Octagon Center for the Arts is a non-profit community art organization located in downtown Ames Main Street Cultural District. The Octagon has been a cornerstone of the cultural scene in Ames since 1966. It was founded out of the community’s desire to provide exciting art experiences for the public and professional opportunities for artists. The Octagon serves more than 30,000 people annually through education classes and outreach programs, rotating exhibits, retail gallery shop, and special events such as the annual Octagon Art Festival. The Octagon Center for the Arts is a prestigious, high quality center for arts-related activity in the area. The Center:

  • Anchors the arts district of Ames;
  • Adds substantially to the appeal of visiting or living in Ames and the region;
  • Fosters new initiatives by providing a locale and structure where arts- based activities can flourish;
  • Serves as a center for art experiences to engage people of all ages through classes, workshops, performances, and exhibits;
  • Encourages beginning, intermediate and advanced students of the arts to develop their skills through classes and workshops; and
  • Provides local/regional artists with opportunities to teach their areas of expertise, enter their work into shows, and sell through the Octagon Gallery shop.

For more information, contact exhibits@octagonarts.org.

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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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Art on the River Public Art Sculpture – Call for Artists

The City of Dubuque, Iowa, is soliciting applications from qualified artists over the age of 18 for the 2016-2017 Art on the River public art sculpture exhibit in its eleventh year.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 27 Mar 2016

Previous experience in outdoor installation of public work is preferred but not necessary. Each year, 10-12 sculptures are chosen to be placed at highly visible locations along the picturesque Mississippi RiverWalk at the Port of Dubuque.

Artists receive $1,500 for loaning the work for a year. A $1,000 cash award for Best of Show is given to one artist and at the end of each term of residency one artist is chosen by the residents and visitors as the People’s choice (cash prize pending City council approval).

Dubuque is one of the most vital, creative, and attractive places to live and work in the area. This program had given many emerging artists the opportunity to exhibit alongside experienced professional artists. This is a growing program that garners more and more interest and exposure each year.

For more information, contact dalleyne@cityofdubuque.org.

Art on the River Public Art Sculpture

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Viaduct Gallery – Call for Artists

Viaduct Gallery and the Des Moines Social Club invite you to submit an application to participate in our March 2016 Gallery Exhibit.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 16 Feb 2016

In conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament rounds being held in Des Moines in the same month, the theme of the show is “The Big Dance.” This is a nickname that is often given to the tournaments. Artists are encouraged to submit work fitting any and all interpretations of the theme.

Artists are given the opportunity to have their work displayed (and potentially sold) in an exhibit alongside other artists from all over the world. This is a chance for artists to have their work shown publicly, and free of charge.

The Des Moines Social Club is an innovative arts and entertainment venue located in a renovated, historic, art deco Firehouse in downtown Des Moines. The non-profit provides a home for local artists, offers unique programming spanning all arts disciplines, and brings people of every age and background together under one roof — all for the purpose to use the arts as a catalyst to create unprecedented community engagement.

Viaduct Gallery is located within the Des Moines Social Club. Committed to supporting artists and creating opportunities to enhance the art scene in Des Moines, the Viaduct Gallery connects the community with progressive and dynamic art of all mediums.

For more information, contact gallery@desmoinessocialclub.org.

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Waukee Arts Festival – Call for Artists

The Waukee Area Arts Council is pleased to present the very first Waukee Arts Festival on Sunday, July 19, 2015 from noon until 8 pm in Centennial Park in conjunction with our Jazz in July program co-sponsored by the Metro Arts Alliance.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 11 Jul 2015

The event will consist of artists, food and beverage vendors, and music and dance performers throughout, followed by the headlining band, the John Morgan Big Band.

This is not a juried show, however, as an arts council we are looking to promote area artists and provide a venue for them to interact with and get their works of art to the public. As such, we are not accepting applications from people selling commercially made products.

Artists are expected to bring their own tent/tables/display items for their space. The standard space will be a 10 x 10 ft. space and may be on grass.

Waukee is a fast growing suburban community with the highest average income in the state of Iowa. Artists will gain exposure in an artist-friendly, vibrant audience. The event will feature live music acts all day and is supported by a social media campaign and two talk show appearances.

The Waukee Area Arts Council is dedicated to enriching the life of our community through the arts.

For more information, contact blackcapphotography@gmail.com.

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Valley Junction Art Market – Call for Artists

The Historic Valley Junction Spring Art Market will be held Sunday, May 17. The Fall Art & Upcycle Market will be held Sunday, September 20.

Call for artists application.

Deadline: 12 Jul 2015.

The Historic Valley Junction Fall Art Market was initiated in 1971 as a one day, outdoor celebration of the arts and in 1989, the Spring Art Market was created.

The primary focus is the juried exhibition of fine arts and crafts, giving the public the opportunity to meet, interact with and purchase original work by artists. The Art Markets also have performing artists and hands-on art activities for children. Food vendors are stationed throughout the three-block long events. Attendance for these events is estimated at between 3,000-5,000 people each.

Historic Valley Junction is six square blocks of specialty stores, art galleries, antique shops, fashion boutiques, hair salons, service businesses, and restaurants. Many of these businesses will be open to the public during the Art Markets.

For more information, contact events@valleyjunction.com.

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