The City of Elgin announces a call for artists for the New Works Public Art Plan 2020. The call is open to artists of all levels, worldwide. This year the call is specifically for a 2D piece to be applied to a covered pedestrian bridge and stairwell in downtown Elgin, IL. The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission will review applications. Successful applicants should demonstrate a clear purpose for the artwork, offer support to demonstrate their ability to successfully complete their proposal, a balanced budget and timeline, and a strong commitment to making artwork accessible and relevant to a diverse range of participants.
Deadline: 2 Apr 2020
Applicants should show that their proposals have artistic and/or cultural value. It is recommended that proposals not include designs that would be considered inappropriate and/or indecent by community standards.
New Works Public Art Plan 2020 Participant Benefits
The selected artist will receive an honorarium up to $20,000 and support from the City of Elgin. Elgin has a vast network of local and regional artists that are active in the area. While this call is for one project, it is the City’s goal and intent to remain partners with the selected artist and build a lasting relationship. The selected artist will have the opportunity to meet the public during the installation process and engage with them on a very direct level. City staff will be on hand from start to finish to ensure success.
About the City of Elgin
The City of Elgin, IL, is a diverse community with more than 40% of our community identifying as Hispanic or Latinx. The community is active in historical preservation, sustainability, the arts, and outdoor activities. The City of Elgin has been establishing itself a community of the arts for years. The public art initiatives are a major part of that continued growth. The City of Elgin is located about 35 miles west of Chicago. It sits along the Fox River.
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Ann Arbor Art Center announces a call for artists for Odds and Ends, an exhibition of collage works. Referencing both classic and contemporary techniques, the exhibition surveys how traditions have evolved and celebrates the ways artists find to continually re-imagine materials. This exhibition welcomes artists that employ a range of collage techniques in any medium (2-D and 3-D). In addition to traditional paper collages, artists working in performance, sculpture, installation, ceramics, sound, and digital media are encouraged to submit work for consideration.
Deadline: 19 Apr 2019
The Odds and Ends call for entry is open to any artist over the age of 18 who currently resides in the US. Artists are invited to submit up to three images per $35 entry in any combination of individual artwork or detail images. Artworks must have been created within the past three years and not previously shown in any other Ann Arbor Art Center exhibitions. There are no restrictions on artwork dimensions however artists are encouraged to review the gallery space diagram to help guide their submission.
The Odds and Ends jurying process is anonymous; however, artists must submit a bio and CV as separate .doc or .pdf documents. Label the files using the following format: Lastname_Firstname_Bio and Lastname_Firstname_CV. This is a juried exhibition and all entries must be submitted digitally for consideration. Submission does not guarantee artwork acceptance and submission fees are non-refundable. Submissions will not be accepted past the deadline.
Accepted artwork must arrive “ready to hang” – the Art Center reserves the right to decline artworks that do not meet gallery standards or do not represent artist submission. Artists are expected to provide components necessary for special/nontraditional installations. For shipped artwork, artists are responsible for all shipping costs and insurance, if applicable. It is preferable that artworks are for sale. The Art Center retains a 50% commission on all sold artwork.
Odds And Ends Juror: John Gutoskey
John Gutoskey is an artist, designer, printmaker, and collector. Early in his career, John worked as a costume designer and as a specialist in costume crafts, where he worked on productions in New York City and across the US in theater, opera, dance, film, and television. He taught classes in millinery, mask making, and fabric dyeing at the University of Michigan in the Department of Theater.
In the 1990‘s, John returned to his studio with a newfound interest in making art on his own terms. It resulted in an outpouring of new work. Exploring the media of assemblage (through found objects), collage, printmaking, and installation, he was inspired by the works of Joseph Cornell, Betye Saar, Lucas Samaras, outsider art, Art Brut, and religious art to evolve his own unmistakable style: a perfect mirror for his gregarious, highly animated personality. The obsessive collector in Gutoskey met the trained visual artist half-way.
John earned his BFA in theater design with a minor in sculpture from Webster University in St. Louis. He earned his MFA from the University of Michigan’s School of Art & Design where he studied printmaking & installation art, and also completed a certificate in LGBTQ Studies. John is the owner of JG Studio and the A2 Print Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Important dates for artists
- Submission deadline: Friday, April 19 at 11:59PM (MST)
- All artists notified of juror selections: Monday, April 22 via email
- Accepted artwork delivery deadline: Monday, May 6
- Opening party / Juror awards presentation: Friday, May 10 (6-9pm)
- Exhibition closes: Saturday, June 1
- Pick-up of work: Sunday, June 2 – Thursday, June 6
Odds And Ends Artist Benefits
Artists will be in the running for a number of monetary awards. Additionally, they will be featured throughout various social media accounts for the duration of the show. Best in Show awards the winner $500. Second place awards $200, and the third is a $100 prize.
The Ann Arbor Art Center is located right in the midst of downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, a hot spot of shopping and restaurants, which give ample foot traffic to our exhibitions in the 117 Gallery. Opening parties average around a few hundred people. Online stats are as follows:
- Facebook Page: 22K likes
- Instagram Page: 3650 likes
- Twitter Page: 4K likes
About the Ann Arbor Art Center
For 109 years, the Ann Arbor Art Center has been a contemporary forum for the visual arts. Through exhibitions, public art, and art experiences, the Art Center engages over 50,000 people annually in collaboration and exploration of art. The Art Center is located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, MI.
Since 1909, the Ann Arbor Art Center has been sparking creativity in people of all ages and artistic abilities. The mission: “to be a contemporary forum for the visual arts through education, exploration, collaboration and exhibition, and to engage minds, expand perspectives and inspire growth in students of all ages, teachers, artists and the community.”
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Call for artists to apply to the 59th Kingston Fine Arts Show at the Kingston Festival produced by Kitsap Arts & Crafts. This event is held at the Village Green Community Center and is a ten minute walk or three minute drive from the Kingston/Edmonds ferry.
Deadline: 24 Jun 2018
There are three qualified jurors, one per medium: 2D, 3D/craft, and photography. Opening night is Thursday July 26 at 7 PM. The show closes on Sunday July 29th at 4 PM. There is a concurrent festival. All work must be for sale. 70% of sales goes to the artist. The commission helps support a college art scholarship program.
There are about $3,000 in prizes for the Kingston Fine Arts Show. Prizes include $1,000 for Best of Show as well as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. The categories accepted are 2D, 3D, and photography.
About Kitsap Arts and Crafts
Kitsap Arts and Crafts was founded in 1959 in Poulsbo and is located in Kingston at the Village Green Community Center and Park. Kitsap Arts and Crafts is a non-profit, all volunteer group. The focus is the community. Showcasing artists and encouraging student artists has always been the primary goal. The purpose of shows is to encourage young artists to participate and understand the process of showing their work. This benefits all the artists involved. Meeting the student artists and viewing their work can be inspirational for both the new and experienced artists.
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