a new Canadian national art competition for the TELUS Garden development currently under construction in downtown Vancouver. Canadian artists from coast-to-coast may submit a Request for Proposal [PDF] to create original works that will be permanently displayed in this new office tower.
Find out more here. http://blog.telus.com/community/calling-on-canadian-artists-to-help-bring-telus-garden-to-life/
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
Design exchange is pleased to announce the first ever National multidisciplinary design competition for emerging Canadian designers with no more than 5 years of professional Experience. The winner will receive a $10,000 prize and an Exhibition at the museum.
The jury includes Douglas Coupland, novelist, visual artist, designer; Heather Reisman, CEO of Indigo Books + Music; Marcel Wanders, Marcel Wanders Studio NL; and many more distinguished guests.
Submissions due September 30th, 2013
Enter at www.DX.org/rbcemergingdesigner
Canada’s Design Museum
234 Bay Street
Open Call for Entries :
Richmond Art Gallery 2nd Biannual International Mail Art Exhibition and Swap
We invite artists from all over the world to contribute their work for the Richmond Art Gallery’s Mail Art Exhibition from November 17, 2013 – January 6, 2014.
Technique: OPEN – All works must be sent through the postal system, no online entries
Size: 4″ x 6″ (10.2 x 15.3 cm) — only works of this size will be accepted
Include: Your name, Mailing Address, E-mail address
No entry fee, no jury.
Deadline for Entries: October 1, 2013
Exhibition: November 17, 2013 – January 6, 2014
All works will be traded at the end of the exhibition, and will also be exhibited online for one year.
Entry Guidelines at: http://www.richmondartgallery.org
Deadline: Tue Oct 1st, 2013
7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond, British Columbia V6Y.1R9
Many artists hard at work making multiple submissions weekly may send email to an art publishing company, for example, requesting their submission policy and guidelines. In the email subject line should the artist type Artist Inquiry or Artist Enquiry? Which is correct?
According to the Grammar Monster entry on inquiry vs enquiry, in both the USA and UK they are interchangeable words. However, in the UK the word inquiry denotes an investigation, while the word enquiry refers to a question asked.
In the USA, the word inquiry is more widely used and often the word enquiry is thought to be a misspelling of the word inquiry.
So, in practice, enquire and enquiry are more common in British English, and inquire and inquiry are more common in American English. This usage difference may be something to consider to help smooth over differences when doing business internationally. Little things can matter. Also, consider that Australia, India, South Africa, Hong Kong still commonly use British English, while American English may generally be preferred in other parts of the world, such as in Japan, S. Korea, Philippines, and Mexico. In Canada, it may be case by case–some use British English, some American English. When sending email to an arts professional in the USA perhaps it is best to use inquiry to avoid the appearance of a misspelled word. When sending an email to an arts professional in the UK you may want to use the preferred enquiry.
Do You Have Creative Skills?
On the Uniiverse.com site you can create listings for off-line face to face interactions for your art or arts related services. First, it is fast and easy to register using your Facebook account. Then, create a no-cost listing. If you are an artist click *Skills* and then *Creative skills.* Your services will be available within your geographic area. With your listing their are convenient tools for others to schedule an appointment with you and pay for your services. These have various settings you choose from. According to the Uniiverse site *if you have design, paintings or photography skills, set your availability and start making money.*
This is from their site: “Is it free to post? Yes, it’s totally free to post. If you decide to charge $15, you will be receiving $15. Uniiverse adds a small variable transaction fee to your price, but this will be charged to the buyer.”
Uniiverse does not charge you when someone contacts you. I’ve had listings on similar types of sites such as Thumbtack.com where I have received many contacts but there is a fee for me to view each of them.
If you have success with Uniiverse, I am always happy to learn of it and possibly write a blog post featuring you and your art.
“Online artworks and the stories behind them” by Lindsey Davis
I’m Lindsey Davis, an arts blogger in New York, also working as editor for Artsia.
ArtRubicon Visual Arts Magazine left a pingback on one of my blog posts, reposting my blog post call for submissions to their website and linking back to this blog. Which is terrific for me. I hope that link will bring more readers and followers. ArtRubicon is a Canada based organization with international resources for artists on their website, such as Calls for submissions. I found this USA call there:
Deadline extended to July 5th! The Day on Fire Apocalypse in Contemporary Art Call for submissions
Also, via their Resources, I discovered this wonderful MOMA Interactive Drawing exhibition.
You may have read our recent post about Raw Canvas gallery in Canada accepting submissions from artists seeking representation. If not, you will find it here. Raw Canvas Gallery prefers email submissions and are one of many on our art gallery PDF list.
Recently, on the Artsy Shark blog, I read an interview with a female gallerist who angrily described how she deletes all email submissions from artists. I also personally encountered a small gallery in South Carolina,USA, with a rant posted on their website stating that they only represent artists outside the area and did not want email submissions from local artists! Should you care or does this really have anything to do with you, that a small percentage of gallerist have a personal preference for doing business other than via email? Should you allow their preferences to influence how you make contact with other galleries? Would you even want to work with these gallerists?
Famed and popular New York City gallerist Ed Winkleman connects with artists online via Facebook and receives numerous email submissions. I know an Artist liaison at another gallery who expects first contact from artists via email, and I also recently had a phone conversation with the owner of a large art consultancy in California who makes all of her art sales via first email contacts! These are just a few. Let’s face it, email is the way business contacts are made these days. It’s fast, easy, relatively inexpensive. I have gotten gallery representation and solo exhibitions for other artists (and for myself) from making first contact via email. Yes, just one email got an artist a solo gallery show! Just one email got an artist representation. Just one email got an artist a print contract which led to sales. So of course you are not going to let others discourage you from sending out email submissions!
Many gallerist receive email submissions daily, and many will admit that they do take a look. Artists, have you thought of ways to make it easy for gallerists to view your work, such as by submitting a direct URL to your best artwork? A direct URL gives a professional impression and shows that you value the gallerists’ time. (To understand how to submit a direct URL link, read the details in my ebook Guide to Making Submissions).
I know from the many submissions that artists have sent to me that only about 1% know how to present themselves well. Artists make every mistake, and yes, it can get annoying to see the same sorts of poor presentations over and over.
Some of the most common mistakes include–long rambling emails that contain too much information and leave a bad impression, (such as the one I received yesterday from an artist who wrote that she is unemployed and broke so would I hurry up and get her some free resources). Then there are artists who send a gallerist a link to their website, but when the gallerist clicks on the link they are taken to a landing page with no art image and a confusing menu that includes: gallery, paintings, new work. Let’s say the gallerist takes the time to click on *new work* expecting to see art, but instead a long rambling essay comes up, or another menu, or instructions on how to use the site. At this point the gallerist will likely quit. Obviously the artists is not confident about their work buried under so many layers. Or let’s say an artist has sent a few sample jpegs in an email along with their bio. The gallerist finds the work interesting and thinks of saving it for consideration for a future group show but the artist hasn’t labeled her jpegs professionally. This causes many problems for the gallerist so she decides not to work with the artist after all.
I have received a large number of artist bios and CVs labeled *My CV* or *My Bio*! Think about it–if you and other artists all send out files labeled *My CV* and the gallerist has a long list of downloaded files all labeled that way, then how will she find yours? Busy gallerist will not and will likely cut your submission unless you label your files professionally. Also, I have received dozens of images labeled only with number strings! I really don’t want to spend an extra hour trying to match-up artist names and titles to jpegs because the artists did not take the time to label them.
After seeing these and other mistakes made by artist after artist, I wrote my ebook Guide to Making Artist Submissions to guide artists beyond making common errors.
To go with the ebook information, Artist Marketing Resources provides artists with the International Gallery list PDF containing thousands of links that click-through to galleries. On the list, the galleries that state that they accept submissions are highlighted in yellow to save you time. Once you have your presentation polished it will be easy for you to submit to those galleries first. Also, with our contact list of art consultants you could gain representation so that you have an art consultant making email contacts on your behalf to sell your work to hospitals, corporations and interior designers.
Vancouver, Canada – Artists have always had few options to get their art in front of buyers. The traditional gallery, targeting local buyers with their limited wall space offer a route to the selected few, but many artists struggle to get the galleries’ attention.
At the other end of the spectrum ‘mega websites’ have sprung up in recent years, with no selection or curation process, offering vast quantities of amateurish art, which in many ways detracts from the value of professionally created art.
With the aim of offering a new way for professional artists sell their work, Artweb.net officially announces the launch of its exclusive no fee, no commission sales platform.
The first site of its kind, Artweb.net does not have a membership fee and all artists are welcome to submit applications for the selection jury to consider.
This unique model allows artists to sell their work directly to buyers at 0% commission, using a regular PayPal account. With each artist receiving their own online exhibition space, there has never been a better opportunity for professional artists to benefit from direct sales.
The team behind Artweb.net certainly know their oils from their watercolours. Over 300 highly respected artists from around the world were consulted during the site’s eighteen month research and development phase. The team will remain actively involved as the site grows, steering its progression.
“We believe that the internet represents a paradigm shift in the art market. Buyers want a wide choice of curated quality work, which we can offer on our limitless ‘virtual’ wall space. Artists want access to buyers but don’t want to pay a premium for it. We’ve married these two desires into one site,” says Colin Mansell (Co Founder and ex CEO at The Art Source), who developed the site along with Emily Peterson (Lead Curator and artist) and Catherine Higgs (ex Christies and Philips de Pury).
He continues, “There are too many empty walls out there and too much great art collecting dust in artists’ studios. Galleries simply can’t get the reach that the online world offers. One of our artists in Ireland just sold a piece to a buyer in Mexico.”
Artweb.net has just celebrated its official launch, and already boasts a Facebook following of over six thousand. Taking this momentum into account, the site is planning an ambitious future.
Mansell and his team have a myriad of expansion planes lined up. These include the launch of a fine art print service, consisting of printers located in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. With a pencilled-in rollout planned for Fall of this year, the team hope to once again change the landscape of the art world for good.
“We have achieved so much already, and we are in this for the long-term. Artweb.net is already on course to become the largest free curated fine art community in the world. We’re very excited about what the future holds,” Mansell concludes.
To find out more about the website and to start selling your art today, please visit: http://www.artweb.net
Join the ArtWeb.net Facebook community here.
Artweb.net is an exciting new resource and online fine art community.
Based out of Vancouver, the community has curators located in global centres including London, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Sydney and Auckland.
Artweb.net seeks to support and promote great contemporary art, while continuing to represent the interests of their contributing artists.
By encouraging direct contact between buyers and artists, the site aims to make high quality art more accessible to a wider audience. Ultimately, the Artweb.net team is working diligently to build the web’s largest international community of contemporary artists.
Colin Mansell, founder and owner of ArtWeb.net announced yesterday that the development work to add art print services to the ArtWeb.net site is underway and will be ready for testing in about a month.
The primary prints format will be fine art paper, 100% cotton, single-sided, acid free, woolen felt textured, archival quality paper, printed on 285 – 315 GSM paper depending on where in the world the buyer is ordering from. Artweb.net will also be selling prints on canvas and are looking into offering postcard print options and printing onto acrylic.
All of the formats will be optional to each artist member when they upload their image files to their site profile. The images artists upload will be checked for quality before they become visible on the site, to make sure the jpegs are high enough resolution to produce a quality print.
Artweb.net has decided to move ahead with two print partners, one in the USA and one in Canada. Here are their web links for your reference and review of their credentials and approach to quality:
As Artweb.net continues to expand globally, the site owner is currently investigating possible print partners for the UK, Europe and Australia.
Our Transmedia Artist AMAZON Pro store best-selling item has sold and shipped to buyers throughout the US, and Europe. This morning an order came in to ship one expedited to Canada. That means the buyer paid a lot more for next day delivery.
Jimi Hendrix & His 1969 Corvette Stingray, a limited edition poster from an original painting by Chris Osborne–find it on Amazon here: http://amzn.com/B005H0NYRE
Affecting change in a community or in the world takes a great deal of strength and power. What does that look like to you as an artist? A very common catch phrase of late, heard online and on the radio, “Man Up!” is even a title of a TV show. Is doing one’s best gender specific? As women and artists do we have to “paint like a man” in order to make truly great art as was deemed by our fore-bearers?
“Man Up!”will be part of the national WCA Summer Board meeting to be held in Southeast Michigan this July. In our strolling convergence through Ann Arbor, we will see that much has been accomplished in the field of the arts by women. From a collector’s passion at the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan, to the formation of the Percent for Art Program by the City of Ann Arbor’s Public Art Commission, the arts are often driven by the dedication and encouragement of this most dynamic and inspiring arts community. “Man Up!”will be the finale of this impressive tour.
In this call for art, we are asking artists to create work that visualizes the essence of power and the notion of “besting” oneself, other artists or men as a whole. Is power gender specific? We hope that you will interpret this call widely. The ability to elicit change does not need to come from the front end of a bulldozer; it can also be found in the quietest voice in a board meeting, forcing all in attendance to strain their ears to hear some pearls of wisdom. What is your strength? Where does it come from? What does it look like? What does it mean to you to “MAN UP!”
- Open to all self identified women artists nationwide.
- All media including works of video and performance
- Submit up to three works
VISUAL ENTRY PROCEDURE:
Apply online at http://www.entrythingy.com
- Artist blind statement 530 characters maximum. This statement will be used by the Juror to help in the selection process.
- Provide dimensions of each piece as follows: H x W x D. If your work is framed, include the frame in the size.
- Submit images in JPG files, high resolution approximately 4” W x 6” H” at 300 dpi. In order for images to upload successfully they must be at lease 900 pixels wide.
- Color profile for JPG files should be RGB color mode. CMYK will not upload in this program.
WCA Members in good standing $35.00
The WCA Michigan will notify you by email upon acceptance of your artwork. In person deliveries will only be accepted July 9 & 10. Artwork delivered by UPS or FedEx must arrive between June 29 & July 3.
Please note: All artwork shipped by UPS, FedEx or any other mail carrier must be accompanied by proper paperwork with pre-paid return shipping label from the original carrier otherwise artwork cannot be accepted. No checks or cash accepted for return mailing.
Upon acceptance, all visual art must arrive ready for display. Pictures and fiber art must be wired and ready for hanging. Sculpture must be stand-alone and secure. Hardware must be supplied for hung sculptures. Artist is responsible for stability of artwork. Final acceptance of large-scale work is contingent upon gallery space. WCA Michigan reserves the right to refuse exhibition of work that does not meet criteria or match the quality portrayed in the application.
Entry Deadline: 11:59 PM, May 15, 2012
Notification Date: June 1, 2012
Arrival of Shipped Work: June 29 through July 3, 2012
Hand Delivery of Work: July 9-10, 2012
Opening: July 12, 2012
Artist’s Reception: Friday July 20, 2012, 2-9 pm
Closing: Aug 9, 2012
Pick Up Artwork: Aug 10-11, 2012
Return Shipping: Aug 10, 2012
ABOUT THE WCA AND WCA MI:
The Michigan Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art was founded in 2007 and became a non-profit organization in 2010. Like the national organization our mission is to create community through art, education and social activism. WCA is committed to recognizing the contribution of women in the arts, providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development, expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women. WCA supports local, national and global art activism that advocates for equity in the arts for all. As an NGO (non-governing organization) of the United Nations, the Women’s Caucus for Art supports the UN Millennium Goals to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases and ensure environmental sustainability. As a founding member of the Feminist Art Project, WCA is part of a collaborative national initiative celebrating the Feminist Art Movement and the aesthetic intellectual and political impact of women on the visual arts, art history and art practices, past and present.
To join the WCA, go to www.nationalwca.org and for more information about “MAN UP!” contact Margaret Parker or Gabrielle Pescador at firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE JUROR:
Born in Detroit, Suzy Lake now lives and works in Toronto Canada. She was among the first female artists to adopt performance, video and photographic work to explore the politics of gender, the body and identity in Canada.
Lake was the subject of a major mid-career retrospective organized by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in 1993. In 2007-2008 she was one of 119 women in the historical show WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution 1965-1980. The exhibition originated in Los Angeles at MoCA Geffen Contemporary and toured galleries and museums in three major US cities as well as the Vancouver Art Gallery. Suzy’s early work was also included in Jori Finkel’s Identity Theft: Eleanor Antin, Lynn Hershman and Suzy Lake 1972-1978 at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 2007. More recently Lake’s work was the subject of a themed survey show entitled Political Poetics at the University of Toronto Art Centre this past May. The show will travel to four other venues across Canada.
Suzy took early retirement from the University of Guelph in 2008 to work in her studio full time. She is currently in production for a retrospective exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario scheduled for the spring of 2013. Her work is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects in Toronto, Galerie Donald Browne in Montreal and Michael Solway in Cincinnati.
THE VENUE AND SHIPPING ADDRESS:
Gallery in the Duderstadt Center
The University of Michigan
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2094
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Blogger Note: Artists who need help with their approach for contacting this opportunity, read the guide to making submissions.
Midas Touch Projects Seeks Video Art And Digital Media
Midas Touch Projects roving project space is curating a series of short video pieces to be aired as 1-hour segments on Public Access TV in Manhattan and in the Kingston area of upstate New York, USA, (as well as online). They are looking for video art, short film, music videos, and any other moving image media (digital projects, etc.) that could potentially be broadcast on television.
To submit work for consideration send your video files or links to videos on vimeo/youtube/etc. + title and short description of each video sent to: email@example.com
Deadline: Mon Apr 30th, 2012
Call for Artists: Next Identities
International ArtExpo is selecting all interesting video/short.films to include in the next 2011 Exhibitions:
– Next Identities at Studio Beluga in Montreal, Canada (August 16 – 21, 2011)
– Next Identities at Kobro Gallery in Lodz, Poland (September 26 – 29, 2011).
The deadline for applications is July 01, 2011.
The selections will be based on the main concept of “Next Identities”. This project is about temporary roles in changing rules, thinking about liquid borders in new evolving worlds.
The number of works with you can participate is unlimited. All works must be on DVD (PAL or NTSC), no matter what the original source medium. The maximum length of videos should be 10 minutes. Send your video submissions (Name/Surname, City/Country, Film title, Running time, Brief film synopsis) with a CV/biography, videography and an introduction about the piece to:
Luca Curci Director, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 33 70122 Bari, Italy
The participation in International ArtExpo events requires an entry fee for every artwork submitted and selected in every exhibition. Participation open to: professional artists, architects and designers, associate groups and studios.
International ArtExpo is a not for profit organization that provides a significant forum for cultural dialogue between all artists from different cultures and countries. They work with a number of national and international galleries as well as publishers, museums, curators and writers from all over the world. They help artists through solo and group exhibitions, gallery representation, magazine reviews and advertisements, press releases, internet promotion, as well as various curatorial projects.
International ArtExpo Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 33 70122 Bari (Italy) +39.0805234018 +39.3387574098
This just in– a new addition to this post–a 3rd Call:
Idea Lab will host Binaries, an exhibition of digital art, video, and sound. Submissions will be accepted until February 29, 2012. The exhibition begins on March 29, 2012. Featured works will be exhibited online and in Athens. Georgia, USA. Find submission form and selection process guidelines at http://idealab.uga.edu . No entry fee. Idea Lab is a student initiative within Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) whose mission is to foster interdisciplinary work and research. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beers.Lambert Contemporary art gallery in Canada has an open call for artists to submit by March 5th.
Alternative Processes International Call for Entries at the Center for Fine Art Photography has a deadline of February 15th.
Creative Capital is the only US arts organization that has an open application process for artists to apply for a grant. Now is the time to submit your 2012 artist grant application.
The Sarjah Art Foundation, based in the Middle East, has an open call for artist submissions from artists seeking funding for new work up to $200,000 USD. On their site you will see *Open Call* at upper right.