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Art Of The Heartland (Mena, AR) – Call For Artists

Art Of The Heartland (Mena, AR) – Call For Artists

Mena Art Gallery announces a call for artists for the Art of the Heartland national competition. Entries are open for artists of representational, two dimensional art. Maximum size, 36 inches.

Click here for the application / registration

Deadline: 15 Aug 2019

Entry fee: $45 for the first painting and $25 for each following. Mediums accepted are oil, water soluble oils, watercolor, casein, gouche, egg tempera, acrylic, watercolor pencil, graphite, ink or colored pencil, and pastel. Judge is renowned Plein Air painter, Trey McCarley. Paintings may be shipped or hand delivered to arrive no later than September 20.

Art Of The Heartland Artist Benefits

Winning artists will compete for over $7,000 in cash awards with a Best in Show award of $4,000. Each of 4 categories receive cash awards in 1st and 2nd place. Categories are Landscape, Still Life, Animal, and Figure. There is a $1,000 for the best painting by an Arkansas artist.

There is a Signature Artist status available for those being accepted in 2 or more national shows. Artist’s work appears on the Mena Art Gallery website. It may be included in various other forms of advertising. The gallery is located in the arts district of a popular tourist spot, particularly in the month of October when the gallery is full of art lovers. A 30% commission applies to all sales.

Artist Equity

The aesthetic framework for the art featured in the gallery is to have every viewer and artist be a student, learning through awareness, cultivate imagination, critical thinking, and harnessing individual and social skills. It serves as a catalyst to engage the community, both aesthetically and socially.  One is led to translate the message in the art as it comes from the heart of the artist.  The gallery takes a look at art itself as art and social relevancy, thus envisioning the future, showing the artist and viewer what we can be.

About Mena Art Gallery

The Mena Art Gallery is owned and operated by SouthWest Artists, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is located in the heart of the picturesque Ouachita Mountains National Forest and nearby state park, a popular tourist spot. It is home to the International Christian Motorcycle Association, where visitors come from across the globe to their massive rallies, the largest being held in October, during the Art of the Heartland National Competition. The gallery is the hub of the Mena Arts district, where two art festivals are held each year.

The gallery actively promotes the arts in the region with ongoing shows and exhibitions. There are workshops where skilled teachers are commissioned to teach all forms of arts and crafts to all ages. A special children’s program is ongoing, culminating with a large show for budding artists under the age of 18. Each show begins with a reception. The two national shows have become a popular event with visitors and artists from around the state. The Mena Art Gallery is a popular location, not only in the county but also the state.

For more information, contact email@menaartgallery.org.

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Fur And Feathers Animal Heroes Of WW1 – Call For Artists

Fur And Feathers Animal Heroes Of WW1 – Call For Artists

Chugach Arts Council announces a call for artists for Fur and Feathers Animal Heroes of WW1.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 1 Mar 2017

Animals were a crucial part of the war effort. Horses, donkeys, mules, camels, elephants, dogs, cats, pigeons, canaries, monkeys, bears, foxes, and the like were used not only in service but also as mascots to raise morale. Art of any medium including vintage photos of any of the animals used in WW1 may be submitted. This is a multi-discipline, multi-venue exhibit. The centerpiece of the exhibit is an art show to be held at the Vada Sheid Gallery ASU Mountain Home AR in connection with Arkansas Heritage Month May 2017. Digital images will be included in a book of the project.

In addition to the recognition of showing at a month long exhibit at a prestigious venue, a book of the art selected will be created which will be an ongoing display. Fur and Feathers Animal Heroes of WW1 is in connection with a state wide initiative, Arkansas Heritage Month, and will be promoted nationwide in magazines, newspapers, presentations, and mini exhibits at libraries and museums. In addition to bringing awareness to the value and benefit of animals to humans, the project will generate funds to benefit animal welfare organizations. We ask for a minimum of 50% commission on any sales.

About Chugach Arts Council

Chugach Arts Council endeavors to encourage and support the arts in rural and remote areas and connect them to the world through creative collaborations. We are fond of saying, “We can do more together than we can alone.” Partnerships and collaborations are key. We foster art, creative thinking, and help other worthy projects. Some of our projects include focusing on pollinators, endangered species, oceans, abused women, science, S.T.E.M., education, animal welfare, and so on. We have partnered with schools, Boys & Girls Club, after school groups, gardens, communities, animal shelters and rescues, and women’s recovery centers.

For more information, contact info@chugachartscouncl.org.

Fur And Feathers Animal Heroes Of WW1

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Art on the Creeks 2016 – Call for Artists

Announcing a call for artists for the Art on the Creeks 2016.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 1 Jun 2016

The 5th Annual Art on the Creeks in Rogers, AR, is Northwest Arkansas’ premier fine arts festival. The juried event showcases exceptional talent with a focus on fine art. Last year’s event doubled in size with rave reviews from artists and attendees. A loyal and highly engaged audience is primed to buy and appreciates the value of original fine art.

  • No exhibition fees or commissions.
  • Free tent provided to each selected artist
  • Cash awards: $1,000 Best in Show; $500 Second Place; $250 Third Place

Art on the Creeks has an esteemed reputation for fine art and our mission is to inspire the community with an event that promotes a heartfelt spirit of supporting the arts and giving back.  We are proud to include a philanthropic program with a portion of event proceeds going to Life Styles, Inc., a non-profit organization that supports individuals with developmental disabilities and who’s artists participate in the exhibit.

For more information, contact artonthecreeks@gmail.com.

Art on the Creeks 2016

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