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Cladogram International Juried Biennial (Katonah, NY) – Call For Artists

Cladogram International Juried Biennial (Katonah, NY) – Call For Artists

The Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) invites submissions for Cladogram: KMA International Juried Biennial, June 28 to October 4, 2020, juried by Yasmeen Siddiqui. The KMA presents exhibitions that explore ideas about art, culture, and society – past and present – through innovative exhibition and education programs. Cladogram: KMA International Juried Biennial presents an opportunity for works from artists based locally, regionally, and globally to be brought together to explore their relationships with history and each other.

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Deadline: 3 Apr 2020

The museum supports contemporary and emerging artists in ambitious new endeavors. In previous years, the Biennial has drawn submissions from around the world, and visitors from around the country and beyond. In the process of organizing this exhibition, the KMA hopes to build an international network of artists, an intellectual community dedicated to exploring the past, present, and future of art.

For the 2020 juried exhibition, the KMA invites submissions from visual artists, sound artists, book artists, craft-based artists, poets, and authors interested in the idea and form of the archive. The goal is to present a broad range of contemporary work that addresses the ways historical objects and ideas are organized and categorized. This call for submission asks:

  • What can be achieved or expressed when historical materials (documents and objects) ground contemporary art practice?
  • How can historical objects be used to upend preconceived ideas about the history of art, regardless from which part of the world it originates?

Cladogram Juror

The exhibition will be juried by Yasmeen Siddiqui, author and founding director of Minerva Projects, whose objective is to support interdisciplinary artists who have expressed the desire to analyze their practice, and where curatorial ideas are tested in service to publishing books. In tandem with this work, Siddiqui writes and edits, having her work published in Hyperallergic, ART PAPERS, Cairo Times, Medina Magazine, Flash Art, Modern Painters, NKA and The Brooklyn Rail.

Current projects include a book length manuscript on the subject of home and a series of essays considering authoritarianism through the works of artists and authors. She is also co-editing the anthology The Storytellers of Art Histories (Intellect Books, 2021). Siddiqui is a core faculty member at the School of Visual Art at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, and the Master of Arts in Critical Craft Studies at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina.

Cladogram Participant Benefits

Chosen artists will have the opportunity to show their work in a institution that celebrates the transformative power of creative thinking while striving to meet the needs of its diverse audiences through considered and accessible curation.

About Katonah Museum of Art

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Katonah Museum of Art originates three to four exhibitions annually, covering a broad range of art and humanities topics. From the beginning, the KMA was committed to presenting exceptional art from all cultures and time periods. The founders’ decision to be a non-collecting institution resulted in a dynamic and flexible exhibition program, which remains one of the most distinctive features of the KMA.

The KMA offers lectures, films, workshops, and concerts for a general audience. It presents innovative and substantive programs for over 100 member schools. The Learning Center is the only interactive space in Westchester County where children can come on a daily basis to explore and create art. Outreach programs for the local Hispanic immigrant population are at the forefront of community-based education programs.

The KMA works intensively with schools and service organizations to develop literacy and assimilation skills among this population. Annual attendance is approximately 25,000 people.

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Creating Joy: Art Inspired By Music (Harrisburg, PA) – Call For Artists

Creating Joy: Art Inspired By Music (Harrisburg, PA) – Call For Artists

The Susquehanna Art Museum announces a call for artists for Creating Joy: Art Inspired By Music, a juried exhibition in the Lobby Gallery and DeSoto Family Vault to be held Friday, May 1 to Sunday, August 2, 2020. Sonic experience has long been a powerful influence on artistic expression. Practicing the visualization of music helped Modernist artists break free of traditional subject matter and begin to think abstractly. Artists such as Jackson Pollock and Robert Rauschenberg were directly inspired by the music they listened to in their studios, while musicians such as the Rolling Stones and Patti Smith collaborated with iconic artists to create art for their albums.

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Deadline: 30 Mar 2020

In a divisive contemporary world, music is one of the best ways to cultivate joy in our daily lives. Susquehanna Art Museum is interested in how you, as an artist, find joy at the intersection of music and art. Works selected for this exhibition will provide unique perspectives on the joyful relationship between music and art both visually and conceptually.

Creating Joy Artists Benefits

Chosen artists will be eligible for one of two prizes totaling $650. Juror’s Choice Prize is $400 and Viewer’s Choice Prize is $250. The Museum partners with other local organizations regularly to increase their reach. They take part in a city-wide monthly event, Third in the Burg, which offers free admission to all from 5 – 8 pm. This event significantly increases regular traffic, hosting between 150 – 400 people within a span of four hours. All artists are invited to submit an exhibition proposal to the Director of Exhibitions for a solo or group exhibition.

About Susquehanna Art Museum

The Susquehanna Art Museum, located in the historic Midtown district, is the only dedicated art museum in Pennsylvania’s capital city. They strive to inspire life-long learning in visitors of all ages through unique educational experiences with original and significant artworks. The Museum seeks to build community, both within the walls of the museum and the region. They strive to encourage partnering with other artistic academic, cultural, and professional communities to more effectively utilize shared resources and better serve the community at large. As Harrisburg’s only dedicated art museum, they take seriously the responsibility of presenting innovative approaches to art and lifelong learning.

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Doors Open After Dark 2020 (Guelph, ON) – Call For Artists

Doors Open After Dark 2020 (Guelph, ON) – Call For Artists

Guelph Museums announces a call for artists for Doors Open After Dark 2020, celebrating Guelph’s 193rd birthday and launch Doors Open weekend, with big, bold, innovative history and art activations at and around the Civic Museum from 5 p.m. April 24 to 1 a.m. April 25. This free event aims to create opportunities to connect, explore, and engage the community with history in unique ways.

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Deadline: 8 Mar 2020

Historians and artists of all disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals for activations that explore Guelph’s history and identity through themes of reconciliation, diversity, landscape, culture, innovation, and environment.

This opportunity is open to individuals, collectives, and groups from anywhere in the world. Preference will be given to residents of the City of Guelph and Wellington County. Installations will be selected through an open call process. A jury, formed by Guelph Museums, will select the featured installations.

Submissions will be assessed by the following criteria:

  • Innovation and originality
  • Quality of work
  • Interpretation of themes
  • Design and execution plan

Doors Open After Dark 2020 Artist Benefits

Chosen artists will receive an honorarium based on the CARFAC Fee Schedule at the “Other Public Places” level. Since 2017, approximately 200-300 visitors attend Doors Open After Dark each year. Artists will receive promotion through Guelph Museums’ website and social media pages to an audience of over 7,000 followers collectively.

Social Equity

Guelph Museums is in the process of decolonization through the reconstruction of their colonialist framework and by collaborating meaningfully with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. The Museums are committed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, strive to initiate dialogues, and create safe spaces for truth telling. These guiding principles inform all activities at Guelph Museums.

Doors Open After Dark 2020 coincides with the 193rd anniversary of the “founding” of the city of Guelph – a story traditionally centered on John Galt’s arrival in Canada in 1827 to build a Scottish settlement. The story excluded the Indigenous Peoples present on this land thousands of years before Galt’s arrival. Doors Open After Dark aims to provide space for historical truths and engage meaningfully with present-day communities impacted by those histories.

About Guelph Museums

Guelph Museums consists of three heritage sites – Guelph Civic Museum, McCrae House, and Locomotive 6167 – where they explore local histories through permanent and changing exhibitions, interactive galleries, special events, and engagement activities.

The Civic Museum (the location of Doors Open After Dark) is located in the heart of downtown Guelph in the renovated Loretto Convent. Guelph Civic Museum is home to a collection of over 30,000 artifacts that bring Guelph’s past to life.

They are adjusting the way history has been portrayed at the Museums to incorporate authentic Indigenous voices, stories, and knowledge, which have traditionally been sidelined in favour of colonial narratives. Guelph Museums considers truth and reconciliation fundamental in upholding its mandate to be a community museum that makes a difference, improving the lives of residents and visitors to the City of Guelph.

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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.

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Open Air Art Museum – Call For Artists

Open Air Art Museum – Call For Artists

The Inn at Honey Run is partnering with the Greater Columbus Arts Council to select up to three central Ohio artists to create outdoor installations for the Holmes County Open Air Art Museum.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 30 Apr 2017

The Inn at Honey Run team is encouraging any artists in Franklin County and surrounding counties who are sculptors, designers, photographers, and imaginative thinkers to submit their ideas. The Open Air Art Museum is set on 56 acres of majestic landscape with lush forest and rolling hillsides on the Inn at Honey Run property. It showcases original works from local and regional artists of various backgrounds, mediums, and disciplines.

The applications will be reviewed by a panel from the Inn at Honey Run and the Arts Council. The panel will make its final selections by May 31.

Open Air Art Museum artist benefits

The Inn at Honey Run has allotted a budget of up to $30,000 for one to three artists.

In addition to financial compensation, past artists of the Open Air Art Museum have stated their time at The Inn creating installations as “life changing” due to the:

  • uniqueness of being able to bring art to life among nature,
  • escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life while being surrounded by art and nature, and
  • opportunity to encounter diverse guests of varying backgrounds who stay at The Inn at Honey Run every day.

Additionally, the Open Air Art Museum is the region’s only one of it’s kind. It is relatively new (grand opening in September 2015). Artists participating at this stage are a part of an extremely unique venture that will grow vastly in the coming years. They will be in the company of up and coming regional artists.

About the Inn at Honey Run

The Inn at Honey Run is an independently-owned boutique resort in Northeast Ohio. It provides luxury accommodations and fine dining to diverse guests from all over the country who have traveled the world.

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California’s National Parks Juried Exhibition – Call for Artists

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature is pleased to announce California’s National Parks juried exhibition, Celebrating the National Parks of California, – a showcase of fine art of the nine national parks located within the state of California in celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial Anniversary.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 13 Mar 2016

This show will take place June 18, 2016 – October 3, 2016 at the Wildling Museum, 1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463 in the first floor gallery.

Cash prizes for first, second, and third place will be awarded at the opening reception to be held Friday, June 17, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

The top three winners will be included in an exhibition at the Wildling Museum, June-October 2016. Sales opportunities of artwork with 40% commission to Wildling Museum.

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature is the only museum dedicated to using art exhibitions and programs to inspire a conservation ethic in our community and with our visitors.

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First LaGrange Southeast Regional 2016 – Call for Artists

The LaGrange Art Museum announces a call to artists for the First Lagrange Southeast Regional – a regional competition open to all artists in the southeast over 18 years of age.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 8 Jan 2016

The categories are painting, print and drawing, ceramics and sculpture, and decorative arts and mixed media.

Entry fee is $35 for up to four works.

Purchase Awards will be made. The purchased works are added to the permanent collection of the sponsor. The Juror will present Merits Awards to limited number of works.

Known as one of Georgia’s best regional museums, the LaGrange Art Museum collects and presents contemporary art by emerging and established artists. The Museum’s permanent collection holds works by artists such as Benny Andrews, Beverly Buchanan, Howard Finster, Lamar Dodd, Mildred Thompson, and Deanna Sirlin. Housed in a former jail dating to 1892, the Museum is committed to connecting community with creativity and the role that the arts can play in our wider society. The Museum’s educational programs develop the creativity of thousands of people each year from all backgrounds and ages.

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Go Elsewhere – Call for Artists

Elsewhere, a living museum, residency, and creative laboratory set inside a former thrift store, is accepting applications from artists and researchers working across all media, fields, and disciplines for 2016 and 2017.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 13 Feb 2016

Residents have access to the enormous collection of textiles, toys, books, consumer technologies, clothes, brik-a-brac, and general thrift for transformation. A curatorial team stewards the creative process and collection use, provides critical feedback, supports artist events, and facilitates connections with Greensboro neighbors and Elsewhere’s national artist network.

Elsewhere’s three story museum contains a vast 60 year inventory of cultural surplus and thrift, no longer for sale, and available for interpretation and transformation by its visiting artists and communities. Elsewhere encourages investigations into people and things, exploring inventories, artworks, living systems, and neighbors that model, exemplify, and invent new ways of living, working, and playing.

Elsewhere is an artist-run, non-profit living museum and artist residency in downtown Greensboro, NC. Utilizing the massive 60-year inventory, Elsewhere’s environment of art and everyday objects invokes new modes for creative response, living, doing, and exchanging in our neighborhood and across the world.

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