Why the Term *Emerging Artist* has Nothing to Do With Date of Birth

The most recent ArtSpace editorial intelligently clarifies what makes an artist an emerging artist and why it is important for art collectors to support original artists.

Artists should also understand where they fit in to such a designation. as emerging artist. Being defined as an emerging artist is not about your age. You don’t have to have a birth date in 1980 or after to be an emerging artist.

Art collectors seek to buy art that is ahead of its time. That means a mid-career painter, for instance, whose work is just beginning to gain curatorial interest is an emerging artist. Or a long-overlooked veteran artist who is known in the artistic community to be an inspiration to new generations of artists is emerging, as he or she begins to receive due art world recognition for contributions to artistic developments. Even still-living artists in advanced years, such as those in their 80’s or 90’s, may have emerging prices on their work as they begin to receive late recognition.

As the ArtSpace article points out, many art collectors with modest budgets find it deeply satisfying to support living artists at critical times in their careers. Plus these collectors often win later when the lower prices paid for artworks turn over into values many times the original amount paid.

Curators want to find the blind spots in contemporary art and identify the rising and under-appreciated artists working today. Often the term emerging is misused or abused. Collectors and curator should have an eye on originality, regardless of what art school the artist attended or whether they are over or under the age of 35.

International Print Exchange and Exhibition

ARTspace Original International Print Exchange & Exhibit

ARTspace  announced a Call for Entry into the second biennial International Print Exchange and Community Arts Initiative, which will run from August 21 – September 28, 2013. This open call is to artists, print studios and forums across the globe asking printmakers to create a print with a paper size no larger than 5 inches x 5 inches (12.7cm x 12.7cm) and an image size no larger than 4 inches by 4 inches (10.7cm x 10.7cm) in an edition of ten. Each artist will have one of their prints on display and for sale at the standard price of $75.00 + HST while the rest of the prints will be distributed among other participants, ensuring each artist will receive a suite of different prints.

These prints will be on display on ARTspace with an opening reception that will take place on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 7pm. During the opening reception, a curator’s choice award of $150 and one people’s choice award of $100 will be selected. Please note: the deadline for entry is August 1, 2013.

Submission forms can be found at www.artspacechathamkent.com

ARTspace is open Tuesday through Saturday 12pm – 5pm and is located at 165 ½ King Street West in Historic Downtown Chatham. ARTspace gratefully acknowledges the support of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and Windmill Cabinets.

For more information:

Danielle Dupuis, Assistant Administrator
165 ½ King Street West
Chatham, ON