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Public Sculpture Exhibition 2020 (Penticton, BC) – Call For Artists

Public Sculpture Exhibition 2020 (Penticton, BC) – Call For Artists

Penticton’s Public Sculpture Exhibition 2020 is now accepting applications from sculptors to take part in the 2020 exhibition, which opens May 2020. Created in 2016, Penticton’s Public Sculpture Exhibition (PPSE) is a year-long outdoor exhibit of original sculptures. The sculptures are owned by the artists and leased by the City of Penticton, BC. The city is looking for up to five (5) sculptures ($2600/lease/yr) to be located along the Okanagan Lake waterfront or downtown and one (1) larger feature sculpture ($6500/lease/yr) for the Front Street roundabout.

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Deadline: 13 Dec 2019

The Pentiction Public Sculpture Exhibition 2020 is committed to serving the public by providing access to various mediums of public sculpture. It is well noted that public art slows down the pedestrian traffic, providing a positive impact on the enjoyment and mood of the general public. It influences how people see and connect within their communities and provides an opportunity for dialogue between friends and strangers alike. Through an annual revolving collection of sculptures, the City of Pentiction hopes to provide a freshness to public art that engages, connects, and provides its community with a sense of image and identity, as well as include artists as contributors to this cultural fabric.

Timeline

  • January 25th, 2020: Notification of selection committee results
  • May 7-8th, 2020: Sculpture delivery and placement (late installations will not be accepted)
  • May 9th, 2020: Unveiling Event
  • April 6-10th, 2021: Sculptures are removed

General Information

  • PPSE is open to professional sculptors of all backgrounds.
  • Completed sculptures or proposed designs can be submitted. For proposed designs, examples of previous work must be included, as well as detailed drawings of the proposed sculpture.
  • Artists will be paid a set lease price of $2,600 for the waterfront/downtown sculptures.
  • Sculptures are required to remain on site for the duration of the project (May 2020 – April 2021).
  • Artists will be responsible for transportation of their sculpture to and from site. Pedestals / pads will be provided by the PPSE.
  • Artists will retain the ownership of their sculpture and will be responsible for carrying comprehensive insurance to cover it in the event of theft or vandalism and public liability or will sign an indemnification in favour of the City of Penticton for any liability claims against the City as a result of the existence or location of the sculpture within the City during the exhibition. The risk of loss or damage to the sculpture will always be borne by the artist, and the artist will be responsible to repair and or replace all or part of the sculpture in the event of loss or damage thereto during the exhibition.
  • The City will enter into a lease agreement with the Artist for the duration of the exhibition and the Artist is responsible to uphold all terms and conditions of the agreement as set out by the City.
  • City staff will assist with installation to ensure that the work is done in accordance with City standards and optimizes viewing of the sculpture.
  • Up to $300 per sculpture will be allocated for signage that the City will create and install in consultation with the artist.
  • At the end of the lease any sales/leases of sculptures will be conducted solely by the artist or their agent and will not involve the City.
  • The City will be responsible for media relations and publicity for the sculpture exhibition.
  • The artist will retain copyright for their sculpture and grant the City a license to take and distribute images of the sculptures. Any other likeness or models of the sculpture will not be created without the explicit permission of the artist.
  • Sculptures will be placed in predetermined locations at the discretion of the PPSE committee and City.
  • Artists are encouraged to be present for the installation of their sculpture(s) on May 7-8th 2020 and removal April 6-10th 2020. In the event the artist cannot be present, they are required to provide in writing a representative to conduct this work on their behalf.
  • For international entries, artists must cover their own shipping costs up front and will need to pay for any import fees and customer broker fees.

Sculpture Requirements

  • A stainless steel base plate or stainless steel strips should be securely attached to the bottom of each piece(s) so they can be welded to the pedestal or fastened with inserts to a concrete pad (this installation method requires ½’ bolt holes to be bored through plate or strips).
  • All sculptures need to be made of a durable material for the yearlong outdoor setting and constructed with safety in mind for display in a public setting. Metal sculptures should be sealed/powder-coated to avoid rust bleeding onto pedestal or pad.
  • Sculptures being proposed for the waterfront/downtown must be a minimum of 3’ high.

Judging Criteria

  • Entries will be judged on artistic merit, creativity, public safety, and durability in an outdoor setting.
  • The jury will review and approve the submissions with decisions being made on a consensus or majority vote.
  • The jury, with input from City staff, will consider the proposal’s materials, construction, durability, maintenance, public access, and safety.
  • The jury may opt to not accept any of the submissions, in which case the selection process may be re-opened.

Public Sculpture Exhibition 2020 Artist Benefits

With Pentiction being a year-round tourist destination in British Columbia’s heart of the Okanagan, chosen artists will benefit by receiving access to the general public for a period of one full year for the waterfront or downtown sites, and a possible two year period for the Front Street roundabout site.

Throughout the lease period, artists gain access to further leasing or sales opportunities that may conclude at the end of the lease period. These further opportunities will be conducted solely by the artist and outside of the involvement of the City.

About The City Of Penticton

The City of Penticton is a vibrant, innovative, adventurous waterfront city focused on sustainability, community, and economic opportunity. Penticton is located in the south central region of British Columbia in an area known collectively as the Okanagan Valley. With over 2100 hours of sunshine and only 15 inches of rain annually, the area has a comfortable climate year round.

Penticton is one of two cities in the world situated between two lakes. Beaches and water fun are part of the Summer culture – dive in like a local and get wet. Okanagan and Skaha Beaches feature nearly 15 acres of premium, sandy beach and swimming areas. Along with all of the year-round recreational activities available, agriculture has been an important contributor to Penticton’s livelihood. There are over 80 wineries in the Penticton metropolitan area, 5 craft breweries, and 3 distilleries all within easy distance of the downtown core.

For more information, contact ckyeske@me.com.

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July – December 2020 Exhibits (Newton, MA) – Call For Artists

July – December 2020 Exhibits (Newton, MA) – Call For Artists

Applications are now being accepted by the Newton Free Library for the July – December 2020 exhibits.  Applicants must be from the New England region (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island). All work presented must be original and produced within the last three years. Giclée reproductions of original work will not be accepted. Giclée printed photographs are accepted.

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Deadline: 6 Dec 2019 at 11:59 pm

The Walker System is used for January – June 2020 Exhibits. Therefore, artwork must have a wire across the back to accommodate this system. Free-standing sculptural pieces are not shown. Artists are responsible for hanging their work using the Walker Rods. Please refrain from submitting material that is obscene, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate for the library environment. One packet per artist. If you are applying for a group show, submit one combined packet. If you have shown at the library before, then you are welcome to apply again in two years.

You must be available to show for at least four out of the six months in the current round. If accepted, the library will determine when your show will take place and in which space. The assignments are fixed and cannot be changed. The jury’s selections will be posted on the Newton Free Library’s website by Friday, February 7, 2020. If selected the library will mail you a packet with further instructions.

July – December 2020 Exhibits Artist Benefits

No commission for work sold. The library does extensive amount of outreach to help promote artists’ work. Media coverage attracts attention to our galleries. There is a robust presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The library has ongoing listings in Art New England and other area publications including the local press. Art shows are featured on they library’s homepage. Price lists are made available to library patrons in the exhibit spaces.

About the Newton Free Library

The Newton Free Library mounts twenty-three exhibits per year in two exhibit spaces (Gallery and Main Hall). As one of the busiest public library buildings in Massachusetts, they are a state-of-the-art facility with over 45,000 visitors each month. The library is a community center at the heart of cultural activity in Newton, MA. In addition to art gallery openings, an extremely active programming calendar includes a wide variety of events for all ages. They have a highly-regarded concert series which often attracts a standing room only audience (150+) on Sundays that takes place in a room adjacent to the galleries.

Newton, MA is a city south west of Boston with a population of approximately 90K. Many of our residents are highly educated and include more than one Nobel Prize winner. Most are very tuned into the shows in our gallery shows and eagerly await them each month.

For more information, contact emeyers@minlib.net.

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Iliff Station Roundabout Sculpture (Aurora, CO) – Call For Artists

Iliff Station Roundabout Sculpture (Aurora, CO) – Call For Artists

The City of Aurora Art In Public Places Program selection panel is seeking to commission an artist for the Iliff Station Roundabout Sculpture. Create a sculptural environment composed of multiple components within this roundabout which is about 70’ in diameter. There is no public access to the roundabout, so the artwork should be designed to be viewed by car or from the various streets surrounding the site. Benches, interactive art, or highly detailed artwork would not be appropriate for this project.

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Deadline: 21 Oct 2019

The artwork should have physical presence and be scaled appropriately for this site. Due to the size of the roundabout, multiple elements working together to create a singular composition would be ideal. It must be designed to be appreciated from all sides. The artwork could be colorful and kinetic. The artwork should not be too shiny or reflective, or in any way create a distraction for drivers.

The elements can be large and massive enough to block direct views across the roundabout. This enables drivers to focus on what is ahead of them, not across or through the roundabout. Thematically, the artwork could embrace a transportation related theme, such as people using various transportation modes literally or abstractly. Transportation modes might represent the diversity of abilities. It could include elements such as walkers, wheelchairs, strollers, canes, bicycles, cars, trains, feet, scooters, motorcycles, skis, sleds, canoes, kayaks, rafts, and airplanes as well as innovative and futuristic options.

The artwork must be constructed from materials that are sufficiently durable to withstand the Colorado climate and altitude. These conditions include extreme temperature changes (over 40 degrees) in just a few hours and subzero temperatures as well as temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, high winds, intense sun, low humidity, and precipitation in the form of rain, hail, sleet, and snow.

Budget: $215,158 (There is a separate budget that the city will use for site preparation and minimal landscaping appropriate to the nature of the sculpture.)

About the City of Aurora

The Iliff Station Roundabout Sculpture will be located in Aurora, CO. Aurora is Colorado’s third largest city, and the safest large city in Colorado, spanning three counties in the eastern Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area. The city embraces a highly diverse population of over 350,000 residents who enjoy access to quality education, Colorado’s natural beauty and active lifestyle, and an array of cultural amenities within the context of a vibrant and growing community. Aurora is home to top national employers in aerospace and defense, bioscience, healthcare, and alternative energy.

Situated on prairie grasslands, rolling hills and the northern tip of the Black Forest, Aurora offers a unique quality of life that blends a traditional sense of community with a range of outdoor and leisure activities. Residents enjoy a wealth of opportunities and are proud to call Aurora home.

Aurora Regional Transportation District

Aurora welcomed the light rail in early 2017 with the opening of R-Line as a branch of the public transportation network provided by the Regional Transportation District (RTD.) The R-Line is known for the strong public art at each station which resulted from a robust partnership between the city of Aurora (COA) and RTD. The New York Times magazine listed Aurora as one of the top places to see public art in 2017. Two sculptures adorn the Iliff Station environment, one located at the station, and the other located outside the Iliff Station Parking Garage. In this area, the R-Line follows the path of 1-225, a major highway providing access to Denver International Airport

Opportunities abound for transit-oriented development (TOD) along the R- line, especially around each station. The area around the Iliff Station has seen rapid transformation with the addition of contemporary high-density apartment living and mixed-use development in an area better known for single family housing on good sized lots and age-restricted retirement communities. These three and four-story apartment complexes in a pedestrian friendly environment are designed to meet the needs of the young professionals attracted to the employment opportunities and active life-style of this growing community.

In addition to the city’s 1% for Art Ordinance, Aurora has an ordinance requiring art within transit-oriented-development districts. New apartments just north of the station are already home to a highly visible ceramic mural entitled “Double Dip.” The Iliff Station Roundabout Sculpture will be located just south of the parking garage. The addition of sculpture on this roundabout will help to establish this area as a new public art hub within a community where the arts are thriving.

About the Art In Public Places Program

Aurora’s Art in Public Places Program enhances the quality of life in Aurora as high-quality neighborhoods and public spaces are developed and maintained. Locally and nationally renowned artists have created 240 individual pieces to enhance the city’s public spaces with works of art ranging from outdoor sculptures and murals to functional works integrated into the architecture. The program is funded from a city ordinance requiring the dedication of 1 percent of the funds used to build city of Aurora construction and remodeling projects with budgets of $100,000 or more. Grants and fundraising efforts also fund city public art projects.

The Art in Public Places Program is governed by the nine-member Aurora City Council-appointed Art in Public Places Commission. The commission is responsible for making recommendations to the city council regarding the public art program, including project budget allocation, strategic planning, development of policies and procedures,and approval of artwork to be commissioned or purchased.

For more information, contact rbloom@auroragov.org.

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Button Sculpture Installations (Doraville, GA) – Call For Artists

Button Sculpture Installations (Doraville, GA) – Call For Artists

Button Art is seeking artist submissions for button sculpture installations following Gwinnett’s Bicentennial Anniversary. To further the love of art in Gwinnett, Button Art – in collaboration with artists across all mediums and boundaries – will manage, create, and install 200 original button sculpture installations throughout Gwinnett inspired by the County’s 200th birthday and celebrating the future of Gwinnett. Each button sculpture will have a plaque bearing names of sponsors and the artist.

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Deadline: 30 Nov 2019

Open to all artists. Only digital images can be submitted as JPEG, PNG or PDF files with minimum 300 DPI resolution suitable to print 47.5” x 47.5“.

Button Sculpture Installations Award Categories

Most Liked Art on Button Art Instagram

  • First Place: $10,000
  • Second Place: $7,500
  • Third Place: $5,000

Most Liked Art on Button Art Facebook

  • First Place: $10,000
  • Second Place: $7,500
  • Third Place: $5,000

Additional Awards

  • Most Innovative Artist: $7,500
  • Best Original Artist: $5,000
  • Best Digital Artist: $5,000
  • Best Photographer: $5,000
  • Most Reflective Art of Gwinnett’s History: $5,000
  • Best Art by Team Collaboration: $5,000
  • Oldest Artist: $5,000
  • Youngest Artist: $5,000
  • Five Honorable Mentions ($1,000 each): $5,000

All art will be on display for the public to engage with and enjoy, while paying tribute to the history of Gwinnett County, GA.

About Button Art

Button Art provides an art presence for the local community by collecting and curating a wide range of art submitted by local and national artists.

Button Art works with the County to provide access to public areas for the display of the art; collaborate with local and national artists; select artwork to be applied on sculptures; identify the causes and create the themes for the sculptures; and manage production, delivery, and installation of the sculptures. Additionally, Button Art organizes community events to publicize and showcase the art and artists behind the art and raise funds to further develop the culture of art across the County.

For more information, contact info@buttonart.org.

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Bus Stop Installations 2019 (Dallas, TX) – Call For Artists

Bus Stop Installations 2019 (Dallas, TX) – Call For Artists

The Mayor’s Star Council (MSC) is issuing a call to artists/artist teams interested in creating unique durable artwork to serve as bus stop installations 2019 at specific locations in Southern Dallas. Each installation is sponsored by private donors and maintained by DART as part of a network of art installations in Dallas bus stops. The MSC has teamed up with DART, DISD, and local Dallas artists on this new initiative. Together with partners, the MSC is creating the opportunity for artwork designed by local artists, and co-envisioned by Dallas high school students, to be showcased at select DART bus stops throughout the City of Dallas.

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Deadline: 27 Sept 2019

Each unique bus stop installation:

  • Encourages local students to envision and take ownership for the future of their communities. Working with a team of artists, students envision the future of their neighborhoods while connecting that vision to the recognition and honor of the community’s past.
  • Highlights the history and culture of the neighborhood in Dallas it is located in. This project promotes the strong heritage of communities in Southern Dallas. It highlights the stories and history that aren’t always visible in locations visited by hundreds to thousands daily.
  • Connects Northern and Southern Dallas. By offering a uniquely creative opportunity for investment, the Bus Stop installations facilitate the economic and cultural linkage of south and north. They enable Dallas-based donors and corporations from across the region to consider and invest in Southern Dallas. Sister stops offer the additional opportunity for students and all interested Dallas residents to follow the trail or bus route connecting two Dallas communities.
  • Incorporates the brand or logo of the sponsor. The Bus Stop installations offer a unique way to highlight organizations making an impact in our city.

Bus Stop Installations 2019 Artist Benefits

Artists will be paid $1000 for their participation. They will be part of a unique collaboration between Mayor’s Star Council, DISD high school students, a local business, DART, and a local Dallas community. Artists learn about the history of the neighborhood. They will be inspired by the kids who will provide their vision for the future of the neighborhood. The art piece will be installed in a DART bus stop shelter. It will be visible for the community for years to come. Thousands of people will be exposed to this art piece. The artist becomes part of the MSC community, continuing to work alongside our group in new capacities.

About Mayor’s  Star Council

The Mayor’s Star Council’s mission is to empower leaders to impact Dallas through three pillars: Learn, Connect, and Serve. MSC members engage with peers who share the same passion for improving Dallas. They gain valuable experience that serves as a catalyst for becoming a committed leader.

The MSC is made up of a group of diverse leaders from the ages of 25-40 that come from eight different areas of cultural and professional influence: Arts ahd Entertainment, Business, Education, Government, Hospitality & Tourism, Media, Religion, and the Social Sector. This group has accepted the challenge from the Mayor to be civically engaged in the challenges the city faces rather than inheriting them in the future. While not officially affiliated with the city, MSC works alongside the Mayor of Dallas. The MSC projects reflect the priorities set forth by the Mayor. MSC works collaboratively with the Mayor to assist with key initiatives, including GrowSouth.

For more information, contact busstopproject@mayorstarcouncil.org.

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Ilhabela Island Art Residence (Brazil) – Call For Artists

Ilhabela Island Art Residence (Brazil) – Call For Artists

Casa na Ilha announces a call for artists for the 2019/2020 Ilhabela Island Art Residence, a retreat space to devote time and focus to your creative pursuits in an ecological paradise. Artists can dedicate intense time on their work in progress or develop new projects. Focus on ideas and projects, enhance creativity and inspiration, and connect with local community and nature. Casa na Ilha welcomes artists with a professional standing in their field and emerging artists of promising talent. The Program is 2 to 4 weeks long with between 5 – 8 artists at a time. In case projects requires it, participants may apply for a longer period.

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Deadline: 31 Oct 2019

Artists work on a self-directed residency and have uninterrupted, self-directed work time. Casa na Ilha will not pressure you to deliver finished work. Focus solely on research and development of ideas. However, there will be a tutor to discuss ideas, projects, and progress of work during their stay.

Each sessions hosts artists of different disciplines, giving the opportunity for artists in residency to gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and the development of their work through peer interaction and discussion groups. Common spaces will be conceived to promote not only collaboration between the artists, but also to empower ideas between different participants and interdisciplinary learning. Casa na Ilha embraces the role of being an active platform of thinking, discussion, production, and sharing trough daily interactions open to share and exchange ideas and perspectives among participants.

Ilhabela Island Art Residence Artist Benefits

Casa na Ilha is a space where to develop, improve, and curate personal and group projects in an interdisciplinary ambiance, nurturing for different views, opinions, and expertise. The residency program promotes the development of projects in all stages, from conception to presentation of ideas.

Casa na Ilha does not provide a set program or itinerary for artists to follow. Sessions, tutor advice, and support will be approached personally by request of the artists around their self directed practices. Formal appointments for project and work discussion can be made as many time as needed by the artist. Casa na Ilha will give guidance as well as help make the necessary contacts, approache,s and arrangements with different parties the project requires.

About Casa na Ilha

Casa na Ilha Art Residency Program takes place in the island of Ilhabela, at the north coast of the state of Sao Pablo, Brazil. Located at 200 km from the city of Sao Pablo, it is the largest island of an archipelago. Ilhabela is an ecological paradise, covered by Mata Atlantica (Atlantic rainforest) home of unique fauna and flora, with more than 73 beaches and 27 waterfalls of crystalline pure water, and the highest mountains. Being a unique ecological ambiance, and harboring various endangered species, 84% of the island is a preservation area protected by the Parque Estadual Ilhabela.

The preservation area is home of the Caicaras, the native community of the region. Caicaras are a sustainable community still keeping their own tradition and ancient skills. The community faces the danger of losing their land because of economic growth. Local and national organizations are helping them keeping their land and way of life. Fishing is their main economic income. They fish with their own nets and harpoons to feed their families. The traditional know-how of is one of the main intangible assets of Ilhabela.

The island has a rich historical background, from the original indigenous people, Portuguese colonization and settlers, sugar cane fazendas, African influences, and English pirates. There is a variety of legends and stories from each place in the island originated in the history of the island and confluence of cultures.

Being the largest island in Brazil, it is only populated on one coast, the one facing mainland. It has 45.000 inhabitants that live their permanently. The rest of the island is a national park and protected. There are no high constructions. There is one main road that goes from the south to the north. It has two main centers: Pereque, the commercial center where you can find several banks, big supermarkets, paint shops, a small art shop, and other stores; and Vila, the historical center, which was the first center when the island was colonized and still has historical buildings. There is a museum, small art gallery, local crafts shops, restaurants, cafes, and convenient stores.

Beaches are all around the island, urbanized and deserted. Some of them are only reachable by trails, boat, or 4×4 vehicles.

There are many trails in the island. Walks put you in direct contact with nature. Waterfalls can be reached by different trails of all levels of difficulty. In many of the waterfalls you can swim in the natural pools formed by the rocks. It is also possible to hike up to the highest peak of the island, called Baepi, with a guide. The coast has several shipwrecks that can be explored.

For more information, contact info@casanailha.org.

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Test Art Supplies From Jerry’s Artarama (Online) – Side Arts Exclusive

Test Art Supplies From Jerry’s Artarama (Online) – Side Arts Exclusive

Want to product test art supplies? Side Arts has teamed up with Jerry’s Artarama to provide art supplies for feedback, testimony, and images.

Deadline: Ongoing

What art supplies do you want to try? Post your wish list and a picture of your art space to Instagram with both hashtags #jerrysartarama and #sidearts.

Winners will be chosen through September to receive free trial supplies of paints, brushes, and drawing materials.*

* Limited quantities available.

About Jerry’s Artarama

Proudly serving artists since 1968! Thank you for choosing Jerry’s for purchasing your art supplies. Jerry’s only business is serving the interests of artists like you. From the first time artist to the professional we have everything under one roof at factory direct savings as much as 75% off traditional retails.

We have always championed low prices for the artist. Our founder Jerry Goldstein started 50 years ago with the pledge to bring down the cost of art supplies by discounting them. Today it is commonplace but back then he was a pioneer. Providing the lowest prices and best deals is part of our DNA rooted from the very first day we opened our doors. Rest assured we will do our job daily to assure that you always get the most for less by shopping with us.

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Philosophy Of Contemporary Art (Rome, Italy) – Call For Artists

Philosophy Of Contemporary Art (Rome, Italy) – Call For Artists

ArtSpaceDream announces a call for artists for the Make Way project, the Philosophy of Contemporary Art exhibit to be held in Rome, Italy. Located in one of the most popular areas, Trastevere, in the cozy Spacio40 gallery. The exhibition will last nine days over two weekends.

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Deadline: 15 Dec 2019

Philosophy Of Contemporary Art exhibiting artists should include art philosophers, artists who gracefully embody their deep ideas on canvas. No matter how this idea is expressed – in form, colors, style, shapes, or faces. The main thing is for the artist to know exactly what his creation is about and able to convey this to the viewer through painting.

All that is born in modern art today is the search for new sensations in the viewer, the desire to surprise or even shock. Art should induce a person into discussion, the person must think, analyze, and form opinion.

About ArtSpaceDream

ArtSpaceDream is a small team of like-minded artists who follow their dreams. They have created a company that organizes exhibitions of artists whose names are not yet known to anyone. Designers, journalists, and an art curator work with them. Their goal is to help artists go beyond their own workshop and create a full-fledged exhibition portfolio that will help further advance the artist in the market. The paintings must travel. The name of the artist must sound in different countries.

For more information, contact artspacedream@gmail.com.

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Quad City Arts Exhibits 2020 (Rock Island, IL) – Call For Artists

Quad City Arts Exhibits 2020 (Rock Island, IL) – Call For Artists

Quad City Arts invites artists residing within a 250-mile radius of the Quad Cities to submit a proposal for the Quad City Arts Exhibits 2020, a gallery exhibition in one of two gallery spaces during 2020-21 (Downtown Rock Island, IL and MLI airport in Moline, IL). Exhibitions will occur September 2020 through August 2021.

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Deadline: 15 Sept 2019

Artists who have exhibited at one of Quad City Arts’ galleries within the past two years will be considered for exhibition in the alternate space. For example, if you were selected for a show at the airport during 2019-2020, you are eligible to exhibit at the Rock Island Gallery.

  • All media will be considered
  • There is no cost to enter
  • Cohesive bodies of work are highly desirable
  • You may apply as an individual or group
  • Artists will be notified by 18 Oct 2019

Quad City Arts Exhibits 2020 Artist Benefits

Quad City Arts’ Rock Island Gallery is located in what was once a department store in 1908, with the original wood floors and a 14′ high, tin ceiling. The exhibition gallery has 1500 sq. feet of space and 106 running feet of wall space. There are floor-to-ceiling north facing windows looking out on the Mississippi River.

Art @ the Airport is in front of the main arrival/departure seating area in the Quad City International Airport. It houses 1,600 square feet of exhibition space in floor to ceiling glass cases. Over 2 million visitors pass through this space annually.

Exhibitions at our Rock Island gallery also include an opening reception on the first Friday of the exhibit.

About Quad City Arts

Quad City Arts Council, founded in 1970 as an arts advocacy organization that operated a visual arts gallery and re-granting program for local artists, launched Visiting Artists, Inc. in 1974 as an educational residency program presenting multi-disciplinary performing arts through residencies in schools and at community sites. Due to high demand for the residencies, Festival of Trees debuted in 1986 as a fund raiser for the program.

​The organization’s dual role of presenting the arts and humanities, as well as serving as an arts resource, allows them to serve more than 350,000 people annually in the Arts Center in Rock Island and at over 200 rural and urban community sites.

For more information, contact dwmetallo@quadcityarts.com.

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Outdoor Juried Art Exhibit (Sarasota, FL) – Call For Artists

Outdoor Juried Art Exhibit (Sarasota, FL) – Call For Artists

Embracing Our Differences announces a call for artists for their international outdoor juried art exhibit celebrating diversity. Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, artists can enlighten, educate and affect change around the world. Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences has used the power of art and prose to promote diversity. The centerpiece of Embracing Our Differences is an outdoor juried art exhibit featuring 50 billboard size images (12.5 feet by 16 feet) created by  artists and writers. The display reflects the artists’ interpretations of the theme enriching lives through diversity. The exhibit is displayed annually at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota.

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Deadline: 8 Oct 2019

Embracing Our Differences invites artists to participate in creating a world where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. Become a part of this exciting change through visual art or quote submission to the annual Embracing Our Differences international outdoor juried art exhibit. The statements accompanying each artwork are vital and provide insight into common humanity as well as the differences that make us all unique.

The 2020 exhibit will be displayed beginning January 18 through April 5, 2020 in Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota, FL.

Outdoor Juried Art Exhibit Artist Benefits

The winning artworks combine a deep understanding of both medium and message. Awards are given for Best-in-Show Adult, Best-in-Show Student, and People’s Choice categories, with the last chosen by visitors to the exhibit. Adult winners each receive $1,000; students receive $1,000 with $500 to be directed to the student and $500 to their school’s art program, if they worked under the direction of an educator.

The previous year’s exhibit had an impressive response to the call for artwork and inspirational quotes, with 11,791 entries pouring in from 111 countries and 44 states. Students from 239 schools around the world submitted artwork or quotes to the juried exhibit and more than 70% of this year’s submissions were from students. The 2019 exhibit hosted 218,000 visitors to Bayfront Park, bringing total attendance, since 2004, to more than 2,920,000.

Social Equity

Embracing Our Differences’ annual outdoor exhibit is at the heart of a year-round program of activities designed to use art as a catalyst to create awareness and promote diversity. Crucial to our mission are the ongoing education initiatives. Presented in partnership with the regional school district and nationally recognized educators, these programs positively impact the lives of thousands of area teachers and students every year. These include workshops and retreats that provide diversity curricula for area educators, free bus transportation for students and teachers to visit cultural venues, and student docent programs in high schools.

About Embracing Our Differences

Embracing Our Differences is a not-for-profit organization based in Sarasota, Florida, that uses the power of art and education to expand consciousness and open the heart to celebrate the diversity of the human family. It accomplishes this through an annual, large-scale, juried art exhibition and a comprehensive series of educational initiatives, programs, and resources designed for teachers and students. With more than 950 teachers and 43,000 students participating in the organization’s exhibit and educational programs in 2019 alone, Embracing Our Differences continues to lead as one of the largest education programs in southwest Florida.

For more information, contact liz@embracingourdifferences.org.

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