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Smash Summer Festival 2019 (Denver, CO) – Call For Artists

Smash Summer Festival 2019 (Denver, CO) – Call For Artists

Smash in the Square announces a call for artists for the Smash Summer Festival 2019. Event to be held on August 3rd & 4th, 2019. The festival is in the absolute heart of Cherry Creek – world class location, nationally recognized hot spot for high-end art and culture. It is on the door steps of the most wealthy and affluent luxury apartments in Colorado. This is a highly selective, upper-echelon, pristine outdoor fine-art exhibit showcasing top-tier artists. The event includes live violin and jazz both days of the weekend plus fine-catering.

Click here for the application / registration

Deadline: 1 Jun 2019

Promoted to the wealthiest clientele in the country with great, proven potential of targeted collector sales from the St. Paul Collection luxury apartments and Cherry Creek homeowners. Smash Summer Festival 2019 promotion includes direct-mailing to Castle Pines and Cherry Hills Village (two of the richest neighborhoods in the state) as well as outdoor signage, flyers, social-media, magazine publications, and email-blasts/newsletters.

Smash in the Square has the upmost concern for meeting the best interests/needs of working artists. The promoter has 12+ years of experience participating as an artist on the festival circuit. They love giving back to the communities they serve, doing a conjoining fine arts auction which allows artists to set their own high minimum bids (retaining 80% of each bid-sale) and doing pre-event online and live event bidding.

About Smash in the Square

Smash in the Square has done philanthropic work over the years around the state of Colorado. They have helped businesses raise thousands of dollars plus expand their networks and relationships through partnerships, sponsorships, and fundraising events. In addition to running outdoor art festivals, they have organized many gallery/indoor exhibitions. Their mission is to bring the quality and prestige of gallery presentation to the world of outdoor art festivals in order to attract a higher-end, more targeted collector clientele.

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PlatteForum’s Artist Residency – Call For Artists

PlatteForum’s Artist Residency – Call For Artists

PlatteForum’s Artist Residency program supports contemporary artists as they work. The goal is to strengthen individual practice through collaboration and community engagement.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 3 Apr 2017

Residencies are designed to celebrate creativity and foster and challenge artists to incorporate social practice or narrative into their process. Each resident artist becomes a catalyst for innovative and expansive thinking about what art is and can be.

While artists share their creative process and work with youth, PlatteForum gives guidance and ongoing support throughout each artist residency and beyond. Such support generates dialogue with the larger community about the role of the artist in society. Located in a rich urban context, PlatteForum’s dynamic, artist-centered residencies engage this community in the creation of new work where artists, youth, and the public collaborate.

Preference will be given to artists whose work addresses the larger questions in our world today such as race, class, social, and ecological issues. In doing this, PlatteForum hopes to provoke dialogue that helps shape our public narratives and cultural conversations. Residency Schedule: September 2017 – August 2018.

PlatteForum’s Artist Residency benefits:

  • Six-to-eight-week residency. A weekly stipend ($250).
  • Share ideas with and demonstrate process to a diverse group of youth in structured workshops. Approximately 4-6 hours per week and supported by staff.
  • The contemporary facility is over 4,000 square feet with dedicated open studio (2,000 square feet) and surrounded by staff offices, kitchen, and restrooms.
  • Out-of-town artists will receive guest housing provided by members of the PlatteForum community.
  • Computer, wireless internet, and wireless printers are available throughout the facility.

Residencies at PlatteForum are competitive with over 100 applications and only five slots awarded each year. Each residency gives the artist the time, space, and support to extend their work and share their ideas with the public. Artistic excellence, innovative ideas for engagement and collaboration with the public, and a diversity of ideas, genres, and methodologies are paramount in selecting artists. There are four available slots in PlatteForum’s Artist Residency program each season.

A strong theme of PlatteForum’s Artist Residency is strengthening individual practice through collaboration. Resident artists dedicate 4-6 hours each week to work with a small group of underserved youth, K-12, in intensive workshops. In collaboration with PlatteForum staff, the Artist in Residence will concept, organize, and facilitate a series of youth workshops. Each residency culminates in a public reception where the work and ideas of the creative resident and youth are presented through a performance, exhibition, or artist talk, or seminar. This depends on the kind of work created by the artist resident and the youth.

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Urban Collage And The Collage City – Call For Artists

Feral Factory, in partnership with Denver’s River North Art District (RiNo) and RedLine Contemporary Art Center, is seeking visual art and photography exploring cities, city life, and urbanism for Urban Collage and the Collage City art show.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 25 Feb 2017

The show will take place at The Crash exhibition space and will display 100+ pieces in rotation. The exhibition will include numerous events, salons, workshops, and receptions. Award-winning art advisors, NINE dot ARTS, are collaborating with Feral Factory to promote sales and give our artists access to a much larger national market.

This is a juried regional show with prominent partners and jurors. $500 awarded for Best in Show and three $100 awards for Special Merit. Jurors include: Tracy Weil, Creative Director and Co-Founder, RiNo; Louise Martorano, Executive Director, RedLine Contemporary Art Center; and Martha Weidmann, CEO and Co-Founder, NINE dot ARTS.

Exhibition: 4/1/17 – 6/26/17

Feral Factory has fifteen major events planned during the exhibition, including rotating openings, First Fridays in the RiNo Art District, Art Pairing events, performances, talks, and workshops. Many events are designed specifically to draw buyers.

Urban Collage And The Collage City gives artists access to one of the world’s most prominent and fastest-growing arts districts and review from some of the region’s largest art buyers. One of Feral Factory’s foremost goals is to provide focused sales opportunities for the artists.

About Feral Factory

Feral Factory is indeed a feral organization, scrappy and roving, which has the following goals:

  • activate underutilized presentation spaces in our partner arts districts;
  • bring the arts together using visual arts, sculpture, audiovisual, theater, and dance together synergistically;
  • create opportunities for artists to make sales and for performing artists to gather audiences; and
  • engage the public in an entertaining, informative, and educational conversation about art and its role in our communities.

Feral Factory is not:

  • a gallery, but it supports galleries;
  • an art consultant, but works with art consultants;
  • an art center, but partners with art centers.

It is a moving locus for the arts, working with communities and art districts to enliven spaces, educate, and entertain.

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Urban Collage And The Collage City - Call For Artists


Art in Action Denver – Call for Artists

Denver Community Church announces a call for artists for Art in Action Denver.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 31 Mar 2016

Art in Action is looking for artists who love Colorado and love to make and impact in their surrounding community via their art. This year’s theme for Art in Action is Colorado. We are looking for artists that focus on the beautiful state as inspiration.

Denver Community Church will select up to ten artists for the event. We ask that you are able to set up and tear down your own booth as well as be present throughout the event. Set up will be April 29 and the event is April 30 7pm-10pm at Denver Community Church Uptown Ballroom.

Booth space rental costs are a donation of one specific piece of your choosing with 100% of the proceeds from that specific piece going to the night’s beneficiaries, Dry Bone Denver and Mission Wear.

Art in Action Denver breaks down boundaries through art. We believe that by breaking down ideals of solidarity, walls built by religion, ethnic background, occupation, or sexual orientation, we can create a spirit of community and interaction between neighborhoods, generations, and social barriers. We intend to generate people’s sense of belonging through art in a specified habitat of growing and living together and bring a closer, warmer, more harmonious bond between downtown residents and an expanding community.

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Art in Action Denver