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10th Anniversary Awards 2019 (Australia) – Call For Artists

10th Anniversary Awards 2019 (Australia) – Call For Artists

This year is the 10th anniversary of BigCi (Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives) artist-in-residence program.
So, to celebrate this in true BigCi style, they are giving away two awards: 1) BigCi10 New Residents Award (four weeks of BigCi residency) is open to any artist who has not done a BigCi residency before. This is a competitive entry based on criteria outlined in the submission form, and 2) BigCi10 Past Residents Award (four weeks of BigCi residency) is only open to the past residents of BigCi. You do not need to fill in any forms. Simply send an email before 18 August 2019 to rae@bigci.org expressing your interest. Your name will go in the draw for this award.

Click here for the application / registration

Deadline: 18 Aug 2019

There are no entry fees for these awards.

The winner will receive four weeks of free residency at BigCi. The awards are being promoted through the BigCi mailing list and and on the social media – Facebook and Instagram. The winner will be announced at a special ceremony during our Open Day on 8 September 2019.

About Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives

BigCi is an independent, artist run, not for profit artist residency program focusing on artists’ professional development and facilitating their projects. BigCi has been established and run by Rae Bolotin, a practicing artist, and Yuri Bolotin, environmentalist and wilderness explorer.

Because of the location on the edge of Wollemi National Park within the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains and the knowledge base of the team, resident artists are particularly interested in projects that explore environmental or ecological issues, although others use the beautiful natural surroundings as a source of creativity for a variety of different artistic pursuits.

For more information, contact rae@bigci.org.

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BigCi Environmental Awards 2019 – Call For Artists

BigCi Environmental Awards 2019 – Call For Artists

Artists from various fields – visual art, installation, multimedia, performance, literature, music, photography, film making, curating – are invited to submit entries for the BigCi Environmental Awards 2019.

Click here for the application / registration

Deadline: 3 Mar 2019

There is an entry fee of AUD$50 that must be paid at the time of sending the submission. Entry fees are not refundable. They will be used to support these Awards and other BigCi artist-in-residence programs.

BigCi Environmental Awards 2019 Artist Benefits

The two winning artists will each receive:

  • Four (4) free weeks of BigCi residency and AUD$2,500 spending money
  • Up to AUD$2,000 flight travel subsidy will be shared between the two winners
  • An opportunity to explore the Wollemi, the Blue Mountains, and the Gardens of Stone National Parks on guided walks
  • Research assistance relevant to their projects
  • At the end of their residencies, present their work at BigCi Open Day

About BigCi

BigCi is an independent, artist run, not for profit artist residency program focusing on artists’ professional development and facilitating their projects. BigCi has been established and run by Rae Bolotin, a practicing artist, and Yuri Bolotin, environmentalist and wilderness explorer.

Because of the location on the edge of Wollemi National Park within the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains and the knowledge base of our team, many resident artists are particularly interested in projects that explore environmental or ecological issues. Others use the beautiful natural surroundings as a source of creativity for a variety of artistic pursuits.

For more information, contact yuri@bigci.org.

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Gateways To Nature – Call For Artists

Gateways To Nature – Call For Artists

Tyler Arboretum, in Media, PA, announces a call for artists for the 2019 Gateways to Nature Exhibit. Create a structure or work for Gateways to Nature that showcases your talent and vision. Ignite the imaginations of a broad regional audience by creating portals, gateways, and thresholds that invite discovery of the natural world on extensive grounds. Gateways to Nature will run from April through October, 2019, at Tyler Arboretum.

Click here for the application / registration

Deadline: 2 Nov 2018

Submissions may include existing works appropriate to the theme or new works. All works including those offered for sale must remain at Tyler for the duration of the exhibit. Collaboration between artists, designers and builders is encouraged. All winning exhibitors will be notified by November 20, 2018.

Submissions should include:

  • A rendering of the design concept
  • A maximum one-page description of the exhibit concept
  • Maximum of three perspective sketches and/or a model measuring no more than 24” x 18” (model is optional)
  • Completed application form with requested information including title of the exhibit
  • A non-refundable application fee of $40 per design, payable via check to Tyler Arboretum

Designs will be judged based on the following criteria (not in order of importance):

  • Relevance to theme – Gateways to Nature.
  • Engagement with visitors – creative, imaginative, inspiring, and fun.
  • Accessibility – accessible for children and adults of various ages and abilities; no steps required to access the experience
  • Durability and Safety – structurally sound and able to withstand environmental stresses as well as the active engagement of visitors of all ages for the duration of the exhibit
  • Executable – able to be installed within the two-week installation time frame by the exhibitor’s team with limited help from Tyler staff and volunteers
  • Flexibility – the ability to move the piece to an alternate location if necessary

Gateways to Nature Artist Benefits

Tyler has an affluent, well-educated audience within a region rich in arts and culture. The Philadelphia and Mid-Atlantic region has a well-developed community of patrons and collectors, both private and corporate. Tyler Arboretum attracts over 74,000 visitors a year concentrated from April through October. In 2017, Tyler had visitors from 37 states and 8 foreign countries, with 65% coming from the mid-Atlantic region including New York, SE Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland.

  • Exhibitors may receive reimbursement of up to $2000 to assist in fabrication and installation costs.
  • Tyler will provide marketing support for the exhibit, including announcement of winners, press releases about the exhibit, and promotion through radio, web and social media. Gateways to Nature will open with an event to which exhibitors may include their invitation list.
  • Tyler will create an exhibit webpage with links to exhibitors’ websites and contact information, as requested.
  • Tyler will provide insurance for all works in the exhibit once exhibit materials are delivered on site, for the duration of the exhibit.
  • Exhibitors work can be provided for sale, loaned to Tyler Arboretum for the duration of the exhibit, or with mutual agreement, donated to Tyler.
  • Any and all sales of exhibitors’ work will be handled directly by the exhibitor, with a 25% commission to Tyler. Pieces purchased during the exhibit will remain at Tyler Arboretum for the duration of the exhibition. The exhibitor is solely responsible for delivery of the exhibit to the owner.
  • Tyler has a social networks outreach with over 15,500 email recipients, 9250 Facebook followers, 1717 Twitter, 1376 Instagram followers and 80,000 website users.

About Tyler Arboretum

Tyler Arboretum is an extraordinary arboretum where human hands have created a magnificent garden with a very light touch. Tyler’s undulating landscape, whimsy, sweeps of trees and plants, and enigmatic nooks and crannies everywhere are perfect for children of all ages, adults, plant enthusiasts, artists, wanderers, and seekers of beauty and solitude.

One of the oldest and largest arboreta in the northeastern US, Tyler Arboretum’s 650 acres of gardens, meadows, wetlands and forests and 17 miles of hiking trails provide the opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in nature. The exhibit will be located within the 102 acres of our curated gardens and collections.

Tyler is on the National Register of Historic Sites and has a distinctive character rooted in our past as a working farm, governed by the concept that connecting to nature is essential to understanding our place in the world.

With a mission focused on creating ‘champions of the natural world’, Tyler serves over 120 schools, and reaches a family audience and active adults through environmental education programs. Tyler Arboretum has a loyal and growing membership that actively supports our mission. It has over 400 volunteers who support Tyler’s operations through thousands of hours of hands-on work.

For more information, contact cbrien@tylerarboretum.org.

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A Reverence For Nature – Call For Artists

A Reverence For Nature – Call For Artists

Maritime Garage Gallery is inviting submissions from artists 18 and over for a new exhibit, A Reverence For Nature. The Gallery is accepting art that expresses reverence, a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe for nature or the environment. The exhibition will be curated by Nadia Martinez.

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Deadline: 5 May 2018

Clever uses of medium, with the exception of pedestal sculpture, and interpretations on the subject are welcome. Works less than 48″ wide and less than 84″ high properly wired ready to be hung. The exhibit will run from June 13 through September 28, 2018. Submissions will be accepted until May 5, 2018.

Chosen artists for A Reverence For Nature will have their art exhibited in a gallery that is located in a highly trafficked public space, the Maritime Garage located in historic South Norwalk. The Garage has between 500 and 700 cars going in and out daily, with an average of three passengers. This brings an estimated 1,500 – 2,100 daily impressions to the space. In addition, there will be an opening reception that will be attended by artists, Parking Authority representatives, area politicians, notables, and the public. The Gallery also promotes the opening reception and exhibit in all local media outlets.

About Maritime Garage Gallery

The Maritime Garage Gallery was founded by the Norwalk Parking Authority as part of its Art in Parking Places initiative. This effort to support art in public spaces, includes several permanent public art exhibits in the South Norwalk Railroad Station that highlight the city’s maritime tradition and other historical facts about town. These installations were made possible by a grant provided by the Federal transportation Enhancement Public Art Program. Initiatives are a collaboration of the Norwalk Parking Authority and the Norwalk Arts Commission. The Maritime Garage Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday. The Norwalk parking Authority oversees the management, operation, facilities, and maintenance of over 4,000 on and off-street parking spaces.

For more information, contact maritimegallery@norwalkpark.org.

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Drawn From Nature – Call For Artists

Drawn From Nature – Call For Artists

The John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove (JJAC) announces a call for artists for the Drawn From Nature annual juried show. Images should feature some aspect or the impact of birds, wildlife, and/or nature in the environment.

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Deadline: 11 Mar 2018

Work submitted must have been created within the past three years. No reproductions will be accepted. Each entry must be original in concept and composition and be executed solely by the submitting artist. Artwork that has been exhibited previously at any JJAC exhibition will not be eligible. Artwork shall not exceed 48 inches on its longest dimension including frame. Work containing feathers will not be accepted. All entries must be for sale.

  • Entry fee: $25.00 for up to two works.
  • Juror of Selection: Cheryl Agulnick Hochberg
  • Juror of Awards: Bruce Hoffman

Drawn From Nature Artist Benefits

More than $2,000 in cash prizes will be presented for outstanding examples of the accepted artists’ work. Categories are: oil/acrylic, watercolor, other two-dimensional work on paper, photography, sculpture, and other three-dimensional work. This show is an opportunity for artists to exhibit and sell their work. Accepted work will be offered through on-line sale opportunity promoted to a mailing list of 40,000. Sale commissions of 30% go toward supporting JJAC education programs. Invited artists receive two free tickets to opening reception on April 13.

The exhibit will be installed in a beautiful historic barn with modern lighting. The nonprofit Center is a historic landmark preserved by Montgomery County and operated by National Audubon Society. It is located on over 200 acres of fields and woods along the Perkiomen Creek. The grounds include the historic home where Audubon lived, non-releasable owls, and other birds that cannot live in the wild due to injury. During the run of the exhibition, entry fee to the historic house will be waived. Located 1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon, PA, minutes from King of Prussia, just off Route 422.

About the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove

The John James Audubon Center is part of the National Audubon Society. The Center is located at the first home in America of ornithological artist and naturalist John James Audubon. The shared mission of the John James Audubon Center and the Valley Forge Audubon Society is to inspire people to appreciate, preserve, and protect birds, other wildlife, and their habitat; to promote personal appreciation and stewardship of the local natural environment through education and active participation in its preservation; and to preserve the artistic, scientific, and historic legacy of John James Audubon and celebrate the conservation movement he inspired.

For more information, contact wchristie@audubon.org.

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Nature And Neon – Call For Artists

Nature And Neon – Call For Artists

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is looking for artists’ responses to the theme of this year’s national juried exhibition: Nature and Neon.

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Deadline: 4 Oct 2017

Landscape has been a prominent and historical subject matter explored by artists as they consider their relationship to the outdoors. Conversely, some contemporary artists seek to incorporate the kitsch, pop, and glamour of visual overload into their work. Juxtapositions between the natural and the artificial can be found everywhere and in almost every aspect of our lives. Submitted works for Nature and Neon could be about the commodification of nature, constructed natural environments, or an interpretation of the countryside that takes fantastical or surreal form. Works could be inspired by the traditional pastoral or could be interpretations of pop art and urban motifs. This exhibition asks the artist to consider what is natural, what is unnatural, and how the intersection of both attempts to capture its own disparate beauty.

All work must have been completed within the last two years. Current Arrowmont staff and residents may apply for the exhibition, but are ineligible to receive awards.

The entry fee is $30 for 3 works.

Exhibition dates: December 16, 2017 – March 3, 2018

Juror, Garth Johnson

Writer, curator, and educator Garth Johnson is curator of ceramics at the ASU Art Museum in Tempe, Arizona, where he oversees their world-renowned collection. Before moving to Tempe, Garth served as the Curator of Artistic Programs at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and spent seven years as a Professor at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California. Johnson is known for his irreverent wit. He has exhibited his work and published his writing internationally including contributions to the books Handmade Nation, Craftivity, Craft Corps, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s new book Nation Building. His book, 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse, was published by Quarry in November, 2009. He is a self-described craft activist who explores craft’s influence and relevance in the 21st century.

Selected Nature and Neon artwork is eligible for the following awards

  • First Place: $1,000
  • Second Place: $500
  • Third Place: $250
  • Two Honorable Mentions: $125/each.

Awards will be selected in person by Garth Johnson, juror, prior to the exhibit’s reception.

January 12, 2018: Opening Reception: 6-8 pm, Awards announced at 7 pm.

About Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is a national art education center. The school enriches lives by developing aesthetic appreciation and fostering self-expression with hands-on experiences. They offer a variety of media, classes, conferences, and seminars. On the leading edge of arts education, Arrowmont utilizes contemporary and fine arts techniques to build upon a foundation of traditional arts and crafts.

For more information, contact khider@arrowmont.org.

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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.

For more information, contact promotions@innathoneyrun.com.

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BigCi Environmental Awards 2017 – Call For Artists

BigCi Environmental Awards 2017 – Call For Artists

Australian and international artists from various fields including visual art, installation, multimedia, performance, literature, music, photography, film making, and curating are invited to submit entries for the BigCi Environmental Awards 2017.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 1 Apr 2017

BigCi is located only 1.5 hours drive from Sydney, Australia’s biggest city, yet it is in a dramatically different world. It is on the edge of the Wollemi National Park in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains. This is an area of stunning scenic beauty with its own unique flora, fauna, and geomorphology. There is no entry fee.

The two winning BigCi Environmental Awards 2017 artists will each receive four free weeks of BigCi residencies and AUD$2,000 spending money. In addition to that, up to AUD$2,000 Artflight travel subsidy will be shared between the two winners.

BigCi Environmental Awards 2017 - Call For Artists

About BigCi

BigCi is an independent, artist run, not for profit micro artist residency program with a focus on supporting practicing artists by facilitating their projects. Micro means that they are flexible in the range of creative initiatives, personal in the way they work with individual artists, quick in making decisions, energetic in development and implementation of projects, keen to be involved in multidisciplinary collaborations.

BigCi provides a ground for the professional development of artists. In addition to the artist residency program, BigCi is available for a variety of events, performances, workshops, installations and exhibitions. Proposals are welcome. Because of their location and the knowledge base of our team, many of our residents are particularly interested in projects that explore environmental or ecological issues. Many others use our beautiful natural surroundings as a source of creativity for a variety of different artistic pursuits.

For more information, contact yuribolotin@gmail.com.

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Seventh Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit – Call For Artists

Seventh Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit – Call For Artists

The Berkeley Arts Council announces the Seventh Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit. The exhibit, which is produced by the Berkeley Arts Council, has the theme Art and Earth: My Art – My World.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 20 Feb 2017

Entries should reflect the artist’s view of nature, the environment, or reflect an Earth Day related theme.

The entry fee for the exhibit is $35 for the first two works. Artists may submit one or two additional works for $10 each for a maximum of four works.

Entries for the Art and Earth exhibit must be submitted as digital images for jurying. You may submit up to four works to be juried for this exhibit.

The Seventh Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit will open April 5, 2017 in the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The exhibit will be on display through May 20, 2017. There will be reception at the gallery on Friday, April 21 from 5-7pm.

The exhibition is open to visual artists over the age of 18. Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last three years and have not been previously exhibited in The Berkeley Art Works.

The Seventh Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit juror for the 2017 exhibit is Sonya Evanisko, a producing artist and a Professor of Art at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV.

Now looking at its seventh annual exhibit, the Art and Earth Exhibit has grown and become one of the most important juried exhibits in the four state region around Eastern West Virginia. Awards include Best in Show $250. Other awards based on the number of entries.

Seventh Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit

About the Berkeley Arts Council

The Berkeley Arts Council was formed in 2009 to provide unified communication, promotion, support and advocacy for the arts community in Berkeley County, West Virginia. A project of the Berkeley Arts Council, it is the realization of the long-held dream of the arts community in Martinsburg and Berkeley County West Virginia: to have a community-based arts facility that supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences for the members of the public, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists, and artisans.

The Berkeley Arts Council is the only organization in Eastern West Virginia that sponsors regular juried art exhibitions. In a little over 3-1/2 years more than 35 exhibits have been shown in the Berkeley Art Works. Exhibits include national and regional themes such as railroad art, wildlife art, and environmental theme and juried photography exhibits. Every exhibit has had a different juror to ensure that a wide range art media and styles are represented.

For more information, contact berkeleyartswv@gmail.com.

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Appalachian Nature Art Competition and Exhibition

The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce the call for entries to the Appalachian Nature Art Competition and Exhibition.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 31 May 2016

This is a national competition open to all artists.

Subject matter should express the rich diversity of nature including wildlife, flora, landscapes, and sporting art including decoys. We will also accept artwork that is constructed of natural materials that celebrates nature in a more abstract way.

There will be over $2000 in prizes. The exhibition will be held at the Saville Gallery at 9 N Centre St in Cumberland, MD.

The Allegany Arts Council is a non-profit organization whose vision is: A Community Alive with the Arts! Our mission is to cultivate the arts to enrich the quality of life in our community. Our ongoing goals are to (1) increase awareness of and access to the arts, (2) to provide a supportive environment for local artists and arts organizations to thrive, (3) to foster economic vitality through the arts, and (4) to develop the Allegany Arts Council as a high performing sustainable organization.

For more information, contact mdodge@alleganyarts.org.

Appalachian Nature Art Competition and Exhibition

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