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Share Your Response To The Art Preserve (Sheboygan, WI) – Call For Artists

Share Your Response To The Art Preserve (Sheboygan, WI) – Call For Artists

[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.

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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.

For more information, contact xfiss@jmkac.org.

Image: Installation view of works by Carl Peterson (foreground) and Eugene Von Bruenchenhein at the Art Preserve, 2021.

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Summer Artist Residency Program (Wisconsin) – Call For Artists

Summer Artist Residency Program (Wisconsin) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE) announces a call for artists for the ACRE Summer Artist Residency Program. The program takes place every summer in rural Southwest Wisconsin. Developed as a means to support emerging visual artists, sound artists, musicians, performers, writers, and curators, the program provides artists with the opportunity to expand upon their individual practices as well as take part in optional programming within a collaborative community. This summer, ACRE will continue with a restructured model focusing on smaller residencies and reduced number of people on campus. Up-to-date vaccinations and a negative test before traveling are required for all visitors.

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Register by: 20 Mar 2022

Scholarships are available.

Run by a large community of volunteers, the program is designed to help fellow emerging artists develop, present, and grow their creative practices. Set on 1,000 acres of wetland, hills, and farmland, the Summer Artist Residency Program facilities include expansive communal workspaces, a screen-printing studio, woodshop, ceramics studio, fibers studio, art and tech facility, and sound studio. Two meals per day plus a light breakfast are provided and prepared daily using ingredients grown in the surrounding area.

Over the subsequent year, ACRE endeavors to provide further opportunities for exposure and community building to its alumni. Each resident is offered an exhibition opportunity at a Chicago gallery or one of a number of alternative exhibition spaces ACRE partners with in Chicago and is given access to an online “flat file,” where they can develop customizable pages to present their work. These efforts complement other activities and programming designed to create the conditions for a thriving and enduring arts network.

About Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions

Founded in 2010, ACRE is a non-profit organization based in Chicago designed to support emerging artists develop, discuss, and present their artistic practices. As a community-coordinated effort to provide emerging artists with an accessible, equitable, and interdisciplinary residency and exhibitions program, ACRE has welcomed over 1,000 visual artists, sound artists, musicians, performance artists, writers, curators, scientists, and chefs to its Wisconsin and Illinois communities.

For more information, contact info@acreresidency.org.

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Arts/Industry Residencies (Sheboygan, WI) – Call For Artists

Arts/Industry Residencies (Sheboygan, WI) – Call For Artists

[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.

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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.

For more information, contact artsindustry@jmkac.org.

Image: Arts/Industry artist-in-residence Kate Klingbeil in the Kohler Co Foundry, 2020. Photo: Kohler Co, courtesy of John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

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In Bloom Exhibition (West De Pere, WI) – Call For Artists

In Bloom Exhibition (West De Pere, WI) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Artless Bastard Gallery announces a call for artists for the In Bloom exhibition. Spring is here and the flowers and trees are starting to bloom. Artless Bastard loves this time of year when the color starts to return and the flowers start to poke out from the ground. For this group, juried exhibition, Artless Bastard is seeking original artwork where the main theme is flowers, floral, and / or botanicals.

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Deadline: 16 May 2021

The gallery is located in historic downtown De Pere, Wisconsin. It is a place for all levels of artists to showcase and have a chance to sell their artwork. The gallery hosts tall ceilings, exposed brick walls and a small gift shop area. They have an opening reception for each new group show, showcase the artwork live on Facebook, and post it to their Instagram.

About Artless Bastard Gallery

Artless Bastard gallery is about supporting all levels of artists. They believe everyone should have a chance to sell their work in a gallery and have it featured in a professional atmosphere. It’s a great opportunity to reach a different audience and gain new followers. The gallery connects artists to the community and support you and your artwork. They want you to succeed! The gallery’s podcast helps artists learn about and grow their business.

For more information, contact hello@artlessbastard.com.

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Mix It Up! Exhibition (West De Pere, WI) – Call For Artists

Mix It Up! Exhibition (West De Pere, WI) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Artless Bastard Gallery announces a call for artists for the Mix It Up exhibition to be held in April 2021. This group juried show is for mixed media artwork. Your artwork must easily showcase different mediums. 2D and 3D work is accepted. Work should have a minimum of two or more totally different mediums. Theme is up to the artist.

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Deadline: 10 Apr 2021

Have your work hung in a professional gallery in West De Pere, WI. The shows will stay up for four to five weeks. Best in Show is voted on by the public and wins a $100 prize. All artwork is for sale in the gallery. Set your own pricing.

About Artless Bastard Gallery

Artless Bastard gallery is about supporting all levels of artists. They believe everyone should have a chance to sell their work in a gallery and have it featured in a professional atmosphere. It’s a great opportunity to reach a different audience and gain new followers. The gallery connects artists to the community and support you and your artwork. They want you to succeed! The gallery’s podcast helps artists learn about and grow their business.

For more information, contact hello@artlessbastard.com.

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ART 64 (Wauwatosa, WI) – Call For Artists

ART 64 (Wauwatosa, WI) – Call For Artists

In partnership with the City of Wauwatosa and presented by North Shore Bank, NEWaukee seeks 64 artists to participate in ART 64, a four day bracket-style painting tournament taking place in various locations and businesses.

In four rounds on June 3 – 6, 2020, artists will be paired to go head-to-head and given two hours to create a work of art on a predetermined theme on a 2’x3’ canvas. Members of the public will be invited to watch the paintings come to life and vote for their favorite paintings on the ART 64 mobile application. The artist in each pairing with the most votes will advance to the next round.

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Deadline: 9 Mar 2020

A concept by NEWaukee’s Chief Idea Officer, Jeremy Fojut, the first ever ART 64 painting tournament is coming to Wauwatosa, Wisconsin on June 3 – 6, 2020.

The goal of ART 64 is to create an open art competition in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin that is live, performative, engaging and accessible for both artists and the general public. ART 64 is meant to be a platform for artists and small businesses to build and connect to new audiences.

ART 64 Artist Benefits

Participating ART 64 artists will each receive a $50 stipend, their 2’x3’ canvas per round, easel, and drop cloth. The final 32 artists will each receive $100, the final 16 artists will each receive $150, and the final eight (8) artists will each receive $500. In the last round, eight artists will compete for a $20,000 grand prize and an artist residency at Serendipity Labs in Wauwatosa to exhibit their work.

Following the tournament (June 3-6, 2020), NEWaukee will hold all paintings from the tournament for 30 days of exhibition in locations in the city of Wauwatosa. NEWaukee and ART 64 Advisory Council will determine uniform sale price for works. If sold, artists will receive 70% of sale and 30% commission will go to the City of Wauwatosa. If unsold after 30 days of exhibition, artists can claim works from NEWaukee (any shipping fees are the responsibility of the artist). If artists do not claim their artwork within 5 business days, the artist waives their right to their artwork and it will become the property of City of Wauwatosa to donate, repurpose, or discard.

About NEWaukee

NEWaukee is a social architecture agency that designs memorable in-person experiences that create a sense of belonging inside the communities and companies they work with.

NEWaukee calls their collective method “social architecture” – the conscious design of an environment that encourages the desired range of social behaviors leading toward a goal. Through programs and initiatives, NEWaukee motivates participants to look critically at the place in which they live, realize its potential, and empower folks to shape their own community.

This practice requires sincere thoughtfulness about inclusion and deep investment in network development prior to the production of a new program or initiative. The result of this style of work allows for meaningful buy-in from key constituents. Whether it’s engaging a specific demographic, attracting new employees, creating deeper engagement with constituents, or driving new and innovative ideas, NEWaukee’s unique method has a proven track record of success.

For more information, contact contact@newaukee.com.

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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.

For more information, contact stevensoni@bmmglass.com.

Previous call for artists from Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

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Midsummer Festival Of The Arts – Call For Artists

Midsummer Festival Of The Arts – Call For Artists

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.

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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.

For more information, contact midsummerfestival@jmkac.org.

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