[Sponsored Listing] The John Michael Kohler Arts Center invites you to submit a proposal for a project that shares a personal response to one or more artworks on the first floor of the Art Preserve, the home of the Arts Center’s collection of artist-built environments. Every visitor to the Art Preserve connects to the work in a different way. How can an emotional response become a poem, a nostalgic connection be translated into dance, musings of future dreams and visions be interpreted in song, or newfound questions about our world be depicted through sculpture?
Sharing these responses fosters new understandings about the collection, each other, and ourselves. The Arts Center invites makers of all mediums to submit proposals for work that makes tangible their response to the first floor of the Art Preserve.
Enter by: 16 May 2022
Accepted proposals will be exhibited at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
- Notification of Acceptance by Friday, June 10, 2022
- Completed Projects Due by Monday, August 29, 2022
- Exhibition: October 2022–February 2023, exact dates TBD
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is world-renowned for artist environments and generating a creative exchange between artists and the public. Artists selected will have the chance to create responsive art based on the Art Preserve exhibitions and be featured alongside other talented artists selected to show the impact that art makes. Additionally, artists who have a connection to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center receive regular communication regarding additional opportunities.
About the John Michael Kohler Arts Center
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is a lively visual and performing arts complex dedicated to generating creative exchanges between an international community of artists and a diverse public. JMKAC’s original exhibitions, commissioned works of art, performing arts, community arts initiatives, education programs, and publications promote appreciation of and engagement with the work of contemporary and self-taught artists. The Arts Center actively nurtures emerging and mid-career artists, giving them a range of opportunities to create new work including the internationally respected Arts/Industry residency program.
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Image: Installation view of works by Carl Peterson (foreground) and Eugene Von Bruenchenhein at the Art Preserve, 2021.
[Sponsored Listing] The John Michael Kohler Arts Center announces a call for artists for the 2023 Arts/Industry Residencies. For more than forty years, Arts/Industry has been connecting artists with the resources, technology, and materials of Kohler Co, as well as providing a place to explore new ideas, processes, and perspectives. Artists from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Each year, up to twelve artists are selected for residencies in the pottery or foundry areas of the factory through a competitive jury process. No experience with clay or cast metal is required, just an interest in pursuing a new body of work and being open to new ideas.
Enter by: 14 Mar 2022
Arts/Industry residencies are three months in length and divided into three cohorts. There are four artists-in-residence in each cohort: two in pottery and two in foundry. Residents are expected to commit to the full three-month period. Artists-in-residence receive 24-hour access to studio space, industrial materials, use of equipment, technical assistance, photographic services, housing, round-trip transportation, and a modest weekly stipend.
Hundreds of artists have benefited from the celebrated Arts/Industry residency program since its beginning in 1974. The program, undoubtedly one of the most unusual ongoing collaborations between art and industry in the United States, was conceived and is administered by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and hosted by Kohler Co.
Arts/Industry offers artists the time and space to focus on the creation of new work and a unique location for their studios. Artists-in-residence work at the Kohler Co factory in the pottery and/or foundry. Artists need not have experience with clay or metal, just an interest in materials and the potential for the industrial environment and processes to influence their creative practice. Participants are exposed to a body of technical knowledge that enables and encourages them to explore new ways of thinking and working.
About John Michael Kohler Arts Center
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center located north of Milwaukee in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, was founded in 1967. It is dedicated to making innovative exhibitions and arts programming accessible to a broad audience. Central to its mission is promoting understanding and appreciation of the work of self-taught and contemporary artists through original exhibitions, commissioned works of art, performing arts programs, and community arts initiatives. Since the 1970s, JMKAC has preserved, studied, and exhibited works by art-environment builders and has earned a worldwide reputation for its work in this area. Art environments involve an individual significantly transforming their surroundings—for example, their home or yard—into an exceptional, multifaceted work of art.
The Arts Center’s downtown Sheboygan facility includes eight galleries, two performance spaces, a café, a retail shop, and a drop-in art-making studio. Among its program offerings are community arts projects; artist residencies; presentations of dance, film, and music; a free weekly summer concert series; classes and workshops; an onsite arts-based preschool program; and approximately twelve originally curated exhibitions of the work of self-taught and contemporary artists annually. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center also administers the renowned Arts/Industry residency program, which is hosted by Kohler Co.
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Image: Arts/Industry artist-in-residence Kate Klingbeil in the Kohler Co Foundry, 2020. Photo: Kohler Co, courtesy of John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
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.
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.
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