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ART 64: Live Painting Tournament (Wauwatosa, WI) – Call For Artists

ART 64: Live Painting Tournament (Wauwatosa, WI) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Discover Wauwatosa announces its 3rd annual call for artists for ART 64, a 2-day, bracket-style painting tournament with a grand prize of $20,000. ART 64 presented by North Shore Bank takes place in The Village of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, highlighting diverse, nationwide artists and local businesses.

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Enter by: 1 March 2024

In three rounds, 64 artists are paired to go head-to-head and given 60 minutes to create a work of art on a predetermined theme on canvas. Members of the public, both in-person and virtually, are invited to watch the paintings come to life and vote for their favorite artists to advance online.

All accepted participants will receive money for participating: All 64 artists who participate will receive a minimum of $100. Artists who advance to Round 2 will receive $250 in total. Artists who advance to Round 3 will receive $750 in total. The sole winner of ART 64 will receive $20,000 in total.

The 2023 ART 64 event saw over 8,000 visitors in The Village of Wauwatosa, thousands of votes cast for artists, and over 100 tournament paintings sold.

Discover Wauwatosa will auction all artwork online through OneCause’s mobile bidding auction platform. If sold, artists receive 70% of sale. 20% commission goes to the Wauwatosa Parks Improvement Fund and will be used to contribute to park system improvements adding to visitors’ experience and enjoyment of parks and green spaces. 10% will be used toward funding the following year’s ART 64 program.

Testimonials

“ART 64 is like no other art competition out there. As an artist, I loved the interaction with the public and being able to be part of such a well organized and fun event. I enjoyed meeting other artists and art enthusiasts…it was such an amazing family oriented celebration of art and I encourage all to be a part of the experience.” – 2023 Winner, Lori Ehlke

“ART 64 was honestly the best event I’ve participated in. The caliber of artists was amazing. The Village of Wauwatosa was not only an amazing venue, but the support of the village & their respective vendors was unmatched. The event ran the weekend without a single hiccup, even despite tricky weather conditions. This crew knows exactly what they’re doing and how to run the best artist-centered event I’ve seen.” – 2022 Winner, Ben Otten

“We are excited to bring a wide range of artists to Wauwatosa to compete in this one-of-a-kind event. It is an opportunity to showcase their unique talents and allow residents and visitors to experience art and our vibrant community in a completely unique way,” says Melissa Weiss, Deputy City Administrator for the City of Wauwatosa.

About Discover Wauwatosa

Discover Wauwatosa is the tourism organization for The City of Wauwatosa, an urban enclave with a charming small-town feel located 15 minutes west of downtown Milwaukee. It is affectionately known as “Tosa” to the locals, and is home to many locally-owned shops and restaurants, loads of outdoor activities and experiences, and affordable accommodations.

For more information, contact art64tosa@newaukee.com

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Midsummer Festival of the Arts (Sheboygan, WI) – Call For Artists

Midsummer Festival of the Arts (Sheboygan, WI) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] John Michael Kohler Arts Center announces a call for artists for the Midsummer Festival of the Arts 2023. This year’s festival will be July 15 – 16, 2023. The event will feature up to 100 juried artists including returning award winners from last year. The Arts Center will host an emerging artist area for up to five artists, offering an opportunity for collegiate and rising artists to learn about business in the arts.

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Enter by: 1 March 2023

Acceptance notifications will be sent to artists on April 4, 2023.

The Midsummer Festival of the Arts remains committed to “generating a creative exchange between artists and the public.” Held at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in downtown Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a few blocks from Lake Michigan, the Festival, now in its 53rd year, nurtures connections between artists and community. This weekend event offers live music and performances, exhibitions, hands-on art making, demonstrations, food, and fun on the grounds of the Arts Center and Sheboygan’s City Green. To ensure the continued participation of as many interested artists as possible, exhibiting artists’ fees are kept moderate and many amenities are provided.

In response to the exhibition on view during the festival, Cloth as Land: Hmong Indigeneity, and in celebration of the Sheboygan Hmong Summer Festival happening the same weekend, an additional minimum of five artists of Hmong heritage will be selected to be featured inside the Arts Center. The Arts Center may designate additional spaces for local and community partnerships coordinated and selected by Arts Center staff.

Midsummer Festival of the Arts Artist Awards

Cash awards will be given based on the artist’s entire body of work. Excellence, regardless of medium, will be the determining factor. Judging will take place on Saturday, July 15, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Awards will be announced and presented on Sunday, July 16; prizewinners who do not return to exhibit on Sunday forfeit the award.

Artist Amenities

  • 15,000-20,000 people are anticipated to attend this event.
  • An early shopping opportunity for Art Patrons is provided. Guests who attend our Art Patron Breakfast get first shopping opportunity and promise to spend a minimum of $100 on art at the festival.
  • Complimentary booth-sitting service will be provided, subject to availability.
  • A detailed or complete view of one image from each artist’s slides will be shown on the Arts Center’s website. Artists can choose to have their contact information displayed as well. (The Arts Center does not release this information to patrons.)
  • Artists will be able to purchase Festival T-shirts in advance.
  • Security guards patrol the grounds Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Advertising, digital marketing, billboards, newspapers, television coverage, radio ads, Festival newspaper inserts, day-of-Festival program, cooperative advertising, Arts Center website, and the Art Patron Program reach local and regional buyers.

About John Michael Kohler Arts Center

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is a lively visual and performing arts complex dedicated to generating creative exchanges between an international community of artists and a diverse public. JMKAC’s original exhibitions, commissioned works of art, performing arts, community arts initiatives, education programs, and publications promote appreciation of and engagement with the work of contemporary and self-taught artists. The Arts Center actively nurtures emerging and mid-career artists, giving them a range of opportunities to create new work including the internationally respected Arts/Industry residency program.

For more information, contact midsummerfestival@jmkac.org.

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Share Your Response To The Art Preserve (Sheboygan, WI) – Call For Artists

Share Your Response To The Art Preserve (Sheboygan, WI) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The John Michael Kohler Arts Center invites you to submit a proposal for a project that shares a personal response to one or more artworks on the first floor of the Art Preserve, the home of the Arts Center’s collection of artist-built environments. Every visitor to the Art Preserve connects to the work in a different way. How can an emotional response become a poem, a nostalgic connection be translated into dance, musings of future dreams and visions be interpreted in song, or newfound questions about our world be depicted through sculpture?

Sharing these responses fosters new understandings about the collection, each other, and ourselves. The Arts Center invites makers of all mediums to submit proposals for work that makes tangible their response to the first floor of the Art Preserve.

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Enter by: 16 May 2022

Accepted proposals will be exhibited at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

  • Notification of Acceptance by Friday, June 10, 2022
  • Completed Projects Due by Monday, August 29, 2022
  • Exhibition: October 2022–February 2023, exact dates TBD

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is world-renowned for artist environments and generating a creative exchange between artists and the public. Artists selected will have the chance to create responsive art based on the Art Preserve exhibitions and be featured alongside other talented artists selected to show the impact that art makes. Additionally, artists who have a connection to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center receive regular communication regarding additional opportunities.

About the John Michael Kohler Arts Center

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is a lively visual and performing arts complex dedicated to generating creative exchanges between an international community of artists and a diverse public. JMKAC’s original exhibitions, commissioned works of art, performing arts, community arts initiatives, education programs, and publications promote appreciation of and engagement with the work of contemporary and self-taught artists. The Arts Center actively nurtures emerging and mid-career artists, giving them a range of opportunities to create new work including the internationally respected Arts/Industry residency program.

For more information, contact xfiss@jmkac.org.

Image: Installation view of works by Carl Peterson (foreground) and Eugene Von Bruenchenhein at the Art Preserve, 2021.

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Summer Artist Residency Program (Wisconsin) – Call For Artists

Summer Artist Residency Program (Wisconsin) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE) announces a call for artists for the ACRE Summer Artist Residency Program. The program takes place every summer in rural Southwest Wisconsin. Developed as a means to support emerging visual artists, sound artists, musicians, performers, writers, and curators, the program provides artists with the opportunity to expand upon their individual practices as well as take part in optional programming within a collaborative community. This summer, ACRE will continue with a restructured model focusing on smaller residencies and reduced number of people on campus. Up-to-date vaccinations and a negative test before traveling are required for all visitors.

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Register by: 20 Mar 2022

Scholarships are available.

Run by a large community of volunteers, the program is designed to help fellow emerging artists develop, present, and grow their creative practices. Set on 1,000 acres of wetland, hills, and farmland, the Summer Artist Residency Program facilities include expansive communal workspaces, a screen-printing studio, woodshop, ceramics studio, fibers studio, art and tech facility, and sound studio. Two meals per day plus a light breakfast are provided and prepared daily using ingredients grown in the surrounding area.

Over the subsequent year, ACRE endeavors to provide further opportunities for exposure and community building to its alumni. Each resident is offered an exhibition opportunity at a Chicago gallery or one of a number of alternative exhibition spaces ACRE partners with in Chicago and is given access to an online “flat file,” where they can develop customizable pages to present their work. These efforts complement other activities and programming designed to create the conditions for a thriving and enduring arts network.

About Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions

Founded in 2010, ACRE is a non-profit organization based in Chicago designed to support emerging artists develop, discuss, and present their artistic practices. As a community-coordinated effort to provide emerging artists with an accessible, equitable, and interdisciplinary residency and exhibitions program, ACRE has welcomed over 1,000 visual artists, sound artists, musicians, performance artists, writers, curators, scientists, and chefs to its Wisconsin and Illinois communities.

For more information, contact info@acreresidency.org.

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Arts/Industry Residencies (Sheboygan, WI) – Call For Artists

Arts/Industry Residencies (Sheboygan, WI) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The John Michael Kohler Arts Center announces a call for artists for the 2023 Arts/Industry Residencies. For more than forty years, Arts/Industry has been connecting artists with the resources, technology, and materials of Kohler Co, as well as providing a place to explore new ideas, processes, and perspectives. Artists from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Each year, up to twelve artists are selected for residencies in the pottery or foundry areas of the factory through a competitive jury process. No experience with clay or cast metal is required, just an interest in pursuing a new body of work and being open to new ideas.

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Enter by: 14 Mar 2022

Arts/Industry residencies are three months in length and divided into three cohorts. There are four artists-in-residence in each cohort: two in pottery and two in foundry. Residents are expected to commit to the full three-month period. Artists-in-residence receive 24-hour access to studio space, industrial materials, use of equipment, technical assistance, photographic services, housing, round-trip transportation, and a modest weekly stipend.

Hundreds of artists have benefited from the celebrated Arts/Industry residency program since its beginning in 1974. The program, undoubtedly one of the most unusual ongoing collaborations between art and industry in the United States, was conceived and is administered by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and hosted by Kohler Co.

Arts/Industry offers artists the time and space to focus on the creation of new work and a unique location for their studios. Artists-in-residence work at the Kohler Co factory in the pottery and/or foundry. Artists need not have experience with clay or metal, just an interest in materials and the potential for the industrial environment and processes to influence their creative practice. Participants are exposed to a body of technical knowledge that enables and encourages them to explore new ways of thinking and working.

About John Michael Kohler Arts Center

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center located north of Milwaukee in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, was founded in 1967. It is dedicated to making innovative exhibitions and arts programming accessible to a broad audience. Central to its mission is promoting understanding and appreciation of the work of self-taught and contemporary artists through original exhibitions, commissioned works of art, performing arts programs, and community arts initiatives. Since the 1970s, JMKAC has preserved, studied, and exhibited works by art-environment builders and has earned a worldwide reputation for its work in this area. Art environments involve an individual significantly transforming their surroundings—for example, their home or yard—into an exceptional, multifaceted work of art.

The Arts Center’s downtown Sheboygan facility includes eight galleries, two performance spaces, a café, a retail shop, and a drop-in art-making studio. Among its program offerings are community arts projects; artist residencies; presentations of dance, film, and music; a free weekly summer concert series; classes and workshops; an onsite arts-based preschool program; and approximately twelve originally curated exhibitions of the work of self-taught and contemporary artists annually. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center also administers the renowned Arts/Industry residency program, which is hosted by Kohler Co.

For more information, contact artsindustry@jmkac.org.

Image: Arts/Industry artist-in-residence Kate Klingbeil in the Kohler Co Foundry, 2020. Photo: Kohler Co, courtesy of John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

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Fantasy Lands Exhibition (West De Pere, WI) – Call For Artists

Fantasy Lands Exhibition (West De Pere, WI) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Artless Bastard Gallery announces a call for artists for the Fantasy Lands juried group show. Original works may represent science fiction, mythology, futurism, dreams, and whatever your imagination can create.

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Deadline: 16 Oct 2021

The work for Fantasy Lands will be selected by an outside juror. Best in show is voted on by the public in-person. The artist with the most votes wins a $100 cash prize. Artwork must be created within the past two years to enter.

Artists set their own pricing point. All work is for sale in the gallery show. Have the chance to reach a new audience and community who appreciate the arts. Artists receive payment after the show closes if your artwork sells during the show.

About Artless Bastard Gallery

Artless Bastard Gallery is a non-profit art gallery in historic downtown De Pere, Wisconsin. They are dedicated to supporting and enhancing the arts in their community. They do this with juried group shows, solo exhibitions, teaching classes to artists, and hosting artist led workshops for the community. As they continue to grow and fund raise, they will offer more opportunities to artists such as grants, artist in residence, and public art commissions.

For more information, contact hello@artlessbastard.com.

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In Bloom Exhibition (West De Pere, WI) – Call For Artists

In Bloom Exhibition (West De Pere, WI) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Artless Bastard Gallery announces a call for artists for the In Bloom exhibition. Spring is here and the flowers and trees are starting to bloom. Artless Bastard loves this time of year when the color starts to return and the flowers start to poke out from the ground. For this group, juried exhibition, Artless Bastard is seeking original artwork where the main theme is flowers, floral, and / or botanicals.

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Deadline: 16 May 2021

The gallery is located in historic downtown De Pere, Wisconsin. It is a place for all levels of artists to showcase and have a chance to sell their artwork. The gallery hosts tall ceilings, exposed brick walls and a small gift shop area. They have an opening reception for each new group show, showcase the artwork live on Facebook, and post it to their Instagram.

About Artless Bastard Gallery

Artless Bastard gallery is about supporting all levels of artists. They believe everyone should have a chance to sell their work in a gallery and have it featured in a professional atmosphere. It’s a great opportunity to reach a different audience and gain new followers. The gallery connects artists to the community and support you and your artwork. They want you to succeed! The gallery’s podcast helps artists learn about and grow their business.

For more information, contact hello@artlessbastard.com.

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Mix It Up! Exhibition (West De Pere, WI) – Call For Artists

Mix It Up! Exhibition (West De Pere, WI) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Artless Bastard Gallery announces a call for artists for the Mix It Up exhibition to be held in April 2021. This group juried show is for mixed media artwork. Your artwork must easily showcase different mediums. 2D and 3D work is accepted. Work should have a minimum of two or more totally different mediums. Theme is up to the artist.

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Deadline: 10 Apr 2021

Have your work hung in a professional gallery in West De Pere, WI. The shows will stay up for four to five weeks. Best in Show is voted on by the public and wins a $100 prize. All artwork is for sale in the gallery. Set your own pricing.

About Artless Bastard Gallery

Artless Bastard gallery is about supporting all levels of artists. They believe everyone should have a chance to sell their work in a gallery and have it featured in a professional atmosphere. It’s a great opportunity to reach a different audience and gain new followers. The gallery connects artists to the community and support you and your artwork. They want you to succeed! The gallery’s podcast helps artists learn about and grow their business.

For more information, contact hello@artlessbastard.com.

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Arts Festival – Call For Artists

Arts Festival – Call For Artists

The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass announces a call for artists for their 45th Annual Arts Festival. The site is directly across from the museum along the Fox River in Riverside Park in the upscale community of Neenah, WI. The event supports education programs and free admission for everyone. The event is a much-anticipated community tradition with fine art, food, and fun for the entire family. There is a beer garden with live music on the museum lakeside lawn.

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Deadline: 31 Mar 2019

Categories include clay works, digital, fiber and leather, glass, graphics and printmaking, jewelry, mixed media 3D, mixed media 2D, metal, oil/acrylic painting, other, pastels and drawing, photography, sculpture, watercolor painting, and wood.

Arts Festival Artist Benefits

Artists exhibit in a scenic and upscale community which looks forward to the annual event. Booths are 10’x10′ with ample space between vendors. This is a juried show. Be surrounded by high-quality work. Festival goers expect and appreciate your efforts. The event precedes another area fair in Appleton by one week. Artists often report having repeat customers. The event is supported by a large volunteer corp that is very attentive to the needs of the artists. Booth sitters and set up help is available. Artists will receive cash awards totaling up to $1000.

About Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is an accredited art museum located in the Fox Cities region of Wisconsin, 200 miles north of Chicago. The art museum opened in 1959 to house the largest collection of glass paperweights in the world. The museum collection has expanded to include antique Germanic drinking vessels, Victorian art glass, and contemporary studio glass sculpture.

The museum focuses solely on glass offering temporary exhibitions in this captivating medium. The Glass Studio at Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass offers public instruction in flame working and kiln-formed glass making techniques throughout the year for youth and adults. General admission is free.

For more information, contact stevensoni@bmmglass.com.

Previous call for artists from Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

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