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ART 64 (Wauwatosa, WI) – Call For Artists

ART 64 (Wauwatosa, WI) – Call For Artists

In partnership with the City of Wauwatosa and presented by North Shore Bank, NEWaukee seeks 64 artists to participate in ART 64, a four day bracket-style painting tournament taking place in various locations and businesses.

In four rounds on June 3 – 6, 2020, artists will be paired to go head-to-head and given two hours to create a work of art on a predetermined theme on a 2’x3’ canvas. Members of the public will be invited to watch the paintings come to life and vote for their favorite paintings on the ART 64 mobile application. The artist in each pairing with the most votes will advance to the next round.

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Deadline: 9 Mar 2020

A concept by NEWaukee’s Chief Idea Officer, Jeremy Fojut, the first ever ART 64 painting tournament is coming to Wauwatosa, Wisconsin on June 3 – 6, 2020.

The goal of ART 64 is to create an open art competition in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin that is live, performative, engaging and accessible for both artists and the general public. ART 64 is meant to be a platform for artists and small businesses to build and connect to new audiences.

ART 64 Artist Benefits

Participating ART 64 artists will each receive a $50 stipend, their 2’x3’ canvas per round, easel, and drop cloth. The final 32 artists will each receive $100, the final 16 artists will each receive $150, and the final eight (8) artists will each receive $500. In the last round, eight artists will compete for a $20,000 grand prize and an artist residency at Serendipity Labs in Wauwatosa to exhibit their work.

Following the tournament (June 3-6, 2020), NEWaukee will hold all paintings from the tournament for 30 days of exhibition in locations in the city of Wauwatosa. NEWaukee and ART 64 Advisory Council will determine uniform sale price for works. If sold, artists will receive 70% of sale and 30% commission will go to the City of Wauwatosa. If unsold after 30 days of exhibition, artists can claim works from NEWaukee (any shipping fees are the responsibility of the artist). If artists do not claim their artwork within 5 business days, the artist waives their right to their artwork and it will become the property of City of Wauwatosa to donate, repurpose, or discard.

About NEWaukee

NEWaukee is a social architecture agency that designs memorable in-person experiences that create a sense of belonging inside the communities and companies they work with.

NEWaukee calls their collective method “social architecture” – the conscious design of an environment that encourages the desired range of social behaviors leading toward a goal. Through programs and initiatives, NEWaukee motivates participants to look critically at the place in which they live, realize its potential, and empower folks to shape their own community.

This practice requires sincere thoughtfulness about inclusion and deep investment in network development prior to the production of a new program or initiative. The result of this style of work allows for meaningful buy-in from key constituents. Whether it’s engaging a specific demographic, attracting new employees, creating deeper engagement with constituents, or driving new and innovative ideas, NEWaukee’s unique method has a proven track record of success.

For more information, contact contact@newaukee.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.

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Summer Artist Residency Program 2019 – Call For Artists

Summer Artist Residency Program 2019 – Call For Artists

The Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE) announces a call for artists for their Summer Artist Residency Program 2019, taking place 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 and take part in optional programming within a collaborative community. ACRE’s 14-day residencies host 25-30 residents at a time. Additionally, visiting artists are invited to conduct studio visits and present lectures, discussions, and workshops.

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Deadline: 10 Mar 2019

Artists accepted into the Summer Artist Residency Program 2019 will attend one of three two-week sessions in Steuben, Wisconsin. Set on 1,000 acres of wetland, hills, and farmland, the residency facilities include expansive communal work-spaces, a screen-printing studio, an outdoor wood shop, fibers studio, ceramics studio, an art and tech facility, and a sound studio. Shared accommodations are furnished with bathrooms, kitchenettes, and porches. All meals are provided and prepared daily using ingredients grown in the surrounding area.

Over the subsequent year, ACRE endeavors to provide further opportunities for exposure, community building, and professional development to its alumni. ACRE works with a board of Curatorial Fellows to produce exhibitions at their Chicago gallery, ACRE Projects. They partner with independent galleries and curatorial projects around Chicago to provide connections, resources, public programming, performance, and exhibition opportunities to alumni following the residency program. All alumni are given web space on ACRE’s digital flatfile, which is used for consideration for participation in exhibitions and other opportunities. 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. It is 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.

ACRE aims to be a leader at advancing new means of support for emerging artists at critical junctures in their careers. ACRE eschews focus on traditional institutional success, instead prioritizing the unique, individually-defined paths of artists.

For more information, contact application@acreresidency.org.

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Midsummer Festival Of The Arts – Call For Artists

Midsummer Festival Of The Arts – Call For Artists

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center announces a call for artists for the Midsummer Festival of the Arts. 135 artists to be selected for the festival on Saturday, July 20, 2019, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 21, 2019, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

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Deadline: 28 Feb 2019

Midsummer Festival Of The Arts cash awards totaling $3,000 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 20, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Awards will be announced during the Artist Awards Banquet that evening. Awards will be presented on Sunday, July 21; prizewinners who do not return to exhibit on Sunday forfeit the award.

The top five Midsummer Festival Of The Arts prizewinners from 2019 will receive free, nonjuried entry into the 2020 Arts Festival. All other 2019 prizewinners are automatically accepted into the 2020 event, and need not submit a jurying fee. A booth fee and application through ZAPP will still be required.

Midsummer Festival Of The Arts Artist Benefits

  • Two free tickets to the indoor Artist Awards Banquet; the galleries will be open during this time for viewing by banquet guests.
  • Traveling Treats carts will roam the grounds with fruit and other light refreshments to enable artists to purchase snacks at their booths.
  • Complimentary booth-sitting service will be provided, subject to availability.
  • The Silent Auction of works donated by artists in the Festival to the Arts Center.
  • A detail 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 have the opportunity to purchase Festival T-shirts for $10 through ZAPP prior to the Festival. During the Festival, the T-shirt will be $12 for artists and $15 for the public.
  • Security guards patrol the grounds Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Advertising, 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 the John Michael Kohler Arts Center

A nationally acclaimed visual and performing arts complex in downtown Sheboygan, WI, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is devoted to innovative explorations in contemporary American art. Its exhibitions focus on a wide range of art forms, with particular emphasis on sculpture, photography, crafts, new genres, installation art, ongoing folk traditions, and the work of self-taught artists. The performing arts emphasize dance, music, and theatre performances from around the world.

The Connecting Communities program collaborates with community partners to bring together outstanding artists with the public to create powerful, original works of art. Programming includes a renowned Arts/Industry residency program, classes, and special events. The Arts Center comprises twelve galleries, an intimate theatre, a flexible interdisciplinary performance space, studio-classrooms, meeting spaces, the ARTspace shop, and the ARTcafe. The Arts Center has an adjunct site: ARTspace, an exhibition space and shop in The Shops at Woodlake in Kohler Village.

For more information, contact midsummerfestival@jmkac.org.


Beloit And Vicinity 2017 – Call For Artists

The Wright Museum of Art announces a call for artists for Beloit and Vicinity 2017, open to all artists residing in Wisconsin and neighboring states.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 30 Mar 2017

The Annual Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition has been recognized as one of the oldest regional juried art shows in Wisconsin. It is made possible with support from the Friends of the Wright Museum.

Original works executed by the artist which have not been previously displayed in a Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition are eligible. Paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, textiles, performance pieces, and photographs are accepted. No dimension of any work may exceed seven feet. No weight may exceed 150 pounds. Artists are limited to three entries. Artists age 16-24 will be judged in a separate category, Beloit and Vicinity Emerging Artists. Entries received in this age category will be juried by the same jurors and will compete for prizes within their own category. Their work will appear alongside regular entries.

Beloit And Vicinity 2017 artist benefits

The Juror’s Award winner will have a gallery show the following year at the Wright Museum of Art. Prizes for 2nd and 3rd place will be given. A Peoples Choice Award will be presented at the opening. The winner will be featured on the front cover of the catalog the following year. Winners will be selected after all accepted works have been received. The awards will be announced and presented at the opening on May 27, 2017. Entries accepted into the show will be included in the printed color catalog. Artists acknowledge that works included in the exhibition may be used by the Wright Museum of Art for advertising purposes. Catalogs will be available at the opening reception.

About the Wright Museum of Art

As a teaching museum, the mission of the Wright Museum of Art advances the educational goals of Beloit College. The principal purpose is to provide the college and local community diverse opportunities to appreciate, interact with, and understand the visual arts through exhibitions, collections, and programming. The Wright promotes experiential learning through an engagement with art that is both visual and tactile. It also endeavors to promote a critical reading of art as it shapes our cultural and intellectual history.

For more information, contact yeehk@beloit.edu.

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Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair 2017 – Call For Artists

The Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council (WDCC) announces a call for artists for the Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair 2017. 

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 16 Mar 2017

The Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair 2017 is held in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, along the Milwaukee River, on the grounds of Milwaukee’s Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and Red Arrow Park.

The show is open to fine craft artists 18 years or older working in ceramics, digital art, fiber wearable, fiber non-wearable, glass, jewelry-metal, jewelry non-metal, leather, metal, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculpture, or wood. Artists may submit up to two applications for this show. Approximately 135 artists will be chosen by an outside jury panel and a wait list will also be established.

$4000 will be awarded in gift certificates and cash prizes. All proceeds from sales go directly to the artists. Artist amenities include early set-up, booth sitters, overnight security, color promotional postcards, complimentary breakfasts both days, artist reception on Saturday night, and home stays.

About the Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council

WDCC is dedicated to fostering excellence in fine crafts and making them more significant in the cultural life of Wisconsin. It is a service organization with roots dating to 1916, when the Wisconsin Society of Applied Arts was formed. The second of its kind in the United States, the group was later called Wisconsin Designer Craftsmen and is now known as Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council. The Morning Glory show was originally held on the grounds of the Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee. It outgrew that location and moved to its present location in 1992. It has enjoyed great success at its downtown location. Its name still reflects its roots having been named after the morning glory vines in the Charles Allis garden.

For more information, contact morningglory@wdcc.org.

Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair 2017 - Call For Artists