Huge Gallery/Retail Shop at International Airport Represents One Thousand Fine Craft Artists

Portland Airport Gallery Shop representing over 1,000 artists

Portland Airport Gallery Shop representing over 1,000 artists

Part gallery and part retail shop, The Real Mother Goose Gallery features over 1,000 American artist’s creations in jewelry, woodworking, furniture, glass, ceramics and clothing.
Since starting their business in 1971, they’ve expanded to two Portland, Oregon locations, including a large retail space at the Portland Oregon International Airport .

They also have a second location, with a total of over 10,000 square feet of retail gallery space for contemporary fine American craft items by more than 1,000 professional artists, designers and craftspeople from across the United States and Canada.

Some of the fine craft items in their store are there on consignment and some art items are purchased outright from the artists.

If you are interested in participating in their artist selection process, visit one of their galleries or carefully browse their collections on their website to be sure your work matches the style and quality they represent.

If you have questions, find contact details here.

Submissions from prospective new artists are evaluated using many criteria including:

  •  Quality of design, materials and craftsmanship
  •  Availability of display space for the work
  •  Conformity with our current merchandising focus
  •  Pricing and salability
  •  Ability to maintain consistent production

You are welcome to send a few samples of small items. Samples must be picked up within 5 days of our notification of the committee’s decision. If you ship samples you must include a check for return postage.

Many opportunities are cross-overs, such as this one–which could be listed as a gallery or a shop. We consider artist’s needs as we add venues to our resources for artists– all art gallery opportunities listed in the International Art Gallery Directory e-list here and here.  Shops and art sales venues are listed here and here.

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Made in Hungary: Ildikó Kalapács, Featured Flootie Artist of the Week

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Made In Hungary, Ildiko Kalapacs

 

Ildikó Kalapács is a Hungarian-American visual artist living in Washington state. Her richly layered works, such as her self-portrait, Made In Hungary, reflect her personal explorations of identity through the cultural diversity of her life experiences, and her interest in body language, gender roles, and the human condition.

Time, Ildiko Ka

Time, Ildiko Kalapacs

In addition to her paintings, Ildiko creates three-dimensional art– mostly ceramic works, with some mixed media and bronze pieces. 
Digital, Ildiko Kalapacs

Digital, Ildiko Kalapacs

Her public art project, The Bearing Public Sculpture Project, in Spokane, Washington, is a life-size bronze sculpture depicting a woman carrying a man in a basket balanced on her head. The man in the basket is holding a military rifle. The work is meant to be a thought-provoking metaphor for the strength of the human spirit under the weight of war. The sculpture has the partial funding of a grant from the Puffin Foundation, but more funding is still needed to complete the project.

View more of Ildiko’s paintings and sculpture in her Flootie portfolio here.
Watch a video interview of Ildikó Kalapács with Dean Cameron, host of Flootie TV, Episode 3:

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Art Magazines + Art Blogs E-list for Artists Now 85 Pages + New Categories

Last week, the Artist Marketing Resources blog featured this popular post–New Art Magazine accepting submissions–read it here. Often new publications have available pages to fill and it’s a good idea to submit early to publications just starting out.

A few years ago, we began compiling a resources e-list of links to fine art magazines and art blogs for artists to use so they could easily find the best publications to submit their work to for a feature.

That e-list has grown to 85 pages of links, with the first 25 pages alone consisting of Fine Art Magazines, Art Blogs, Art Publications & Artists Directories.

With daily research and gathering of these artist resources, soon more categories needed to organize these resources, so we added a New Media, an  Art Apps, and a  Design category for the publication links on our e-list, as well as separate listings of art publications focused on geographic regions.

As the e-list grew, we  had to further refine the broad category of Design by dividing it into two categories– one for Interior Design Magazines /Architecture Magazine and a second for Art Design & Illustration. Many artists create artwork that could be featured in these types of publications and well as fine art magazines and art blogs.

We recently added these New Categories to our e-list of Fine Art magazines:

African, Black, African-American magazines and media resources

Subculture: Art Toys / Vinyl Art Toys

Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti Art magazines

Here is a complete list of category contents for the E-list of Art Magazines and Art blogs.

  • Fine Art Magazines, Art Blogs, Art Publications & Artists Directories
  • Art Apps–for iPhone, iPad, and other devices
  • Digital Art, New Media, Media & Technology
  • ART RADIO & Art TV & Audio Art PODCASTS & VIDEO Art MAGAZINES/VLOGS
  • Art BOOKS/Art Bookstores/Art Book Distributors/Ebook Resources etc
  • Photography
  • Themed–art submissions accepted on a monthly theme or quarterly theme
  • Subculture:  Art Toys/Vinyl Art Toys, etc
  • Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti Art Magazine
  • INTERIOR DESIGN Magazines / Architecture Magazines
  • DESIGN & Illustration
  • Black Art Magazines, African Art, African-American Art Publications
  • Literary Journals – that publish art submissions + writing
  • Fiber & Fabric art, Ceramics, Craft
  • Tumblr blogs that accept art submissions
  • Social Media Art sites
  • University & College Art Magazines
  • US States–Art publications specific to each state in the USA
  • International by country–Art publications specific to each country
  • Industry Specific /Specialty– accept art submissions-Outdoors, Nature, Fantasy, etc

Many of these magazines have calls for submissions, or open submission policies and editorial calendars you can find in their submission guidelines.

This April we are offering our e-list discounted at $5.00 Off —  E-list of Art magazines, art blogs, art directories + more art publication resources for artists — get it here and here.  Check both of our web store here and here for more artist resources.

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Public Artists Website: Provides Artists Interested in Public Art with Opportunites / RFQ (Request for Qualifications)

Artist may sign up free on the Public Artists website www.PublicArtist.org.   Once you have your account set up you may select options to receive email notifications for opportunities. You can select local, national or international opportunities, and also–

Select the types of projects and media for which you would like to be considered.

 Architectural Arts
Bronze
Ceramics
Glass
Kinetic
Landscape
Light
Metal
Mixed Media
Mosaic
Multimedia
 Murals
Painting
Photography
Reclaimed/Found Objects
Sculpture
Sound
Stainless Steel
Stone
Textile/Fiber
Water
Weathering Steel

On the PublicArtist site you can search for public art projects that require electronic submissions.

If you are an artist interested in getting a public art contract, below is a sample of a current RFQ or Request for Qualifications, the first step of the process. To submit to a public art project RFQ, you are not expected to provide your completed art proposal, but rather a statement of interest in the project, including your general approach and experience working on comparable projects in regard to size, scope, and budget (1,000 words maximum). This statement should take the form of a description of the process from design through finished installation rather than that of a specific design proposal. Include Up to ten images of previously completed work relevant to the project.

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PUBLIC ART OPPORTUNITY for GE AVIATION – ASHEVILLE, North Carolina  REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ)  announcement date: August 4, 2014

OVERVIEW

Budget:  $40,000.00

Eligibility:  North Carolina Artists

Submission Deadline:  Friday, August 29  5:00 PM EST

Installation:  Spring 2015

PROJECT AND SITE DESCRIPTION

GE Aviation – Asheville, a global leader in jet engine and aircraft system production, seeks to commission an aviation inspired piece of public art to be installed at the entrance of its newly built advanced composites factory located at 502 Sweeten Creek Industrial Park, Asheville, NC 28803. This 170,000-square-foot facility will be the first in the world to mass-produce engine components made of advanced ceramic matrix composite materials.

GE Aviation – Asheville is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business, and general aviation aircraft, and ship propulsion applications. A jet engine specific reference is desirable, but not required.

ELIGIBILITY  This opportunity is open to any artist or artist team living and working in North Carolina. Preference will be given to artists living in the 23 counties of western North Carolina.

SCOPE OF WORK

The piece will be installed outdoors in a 10’ by 10’ square space (vertical dimension flexible) near the entrance of the building. Any necessary footings or site preparations will be the responsibility of the artist

Climate, maintenance, safety, and durability must be addressed in the design. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic must also be considered. Incorporating green practices or materials is desirable. ! The finished piece will require little to no regular maintenance. The selected artist will be expected to collaborate! with all necessary parties for the successful installation of the piece.!

PROJECT SCHEDULE

Friday, August 29 Submission of qualifications due by 5 PM EST
Friday, September 5 Notification of finalists
Friday, September 19 Selection committee interviews
Friday, September 26! !Notify selected artist
Wednesday, October 15! !Presentation by artist at grand opening
Spring 2015! !Installation of completed artwork!
SELECTION PROCESS

Up to three finalists will be selected directly from the initially submitted RFQ applications to present detailed proposals. From the pool of interviewed finalists, the selection committee will commission one piece.

A selection committee of five to seven members, including an artist or public art professional, and at least four GE Aviation – Asheville representatives will review submissions and award the contract. Plato! Strategies, a public art consulting firm, will facilitate the selection process.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Professional qualifications

Previous experience in design, production, and installation of public art.

Approach to the project,  articulated in the statement of interest. Appropriate facility and technical capabilities for design, production,  and installation!

  • Demonstrated ability to work within a budget and meet deadlines

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Friday, August 29, 2014 by 5:00 PM. To ensure fairness to all, there are no extensions or waivers of deadlines.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Responses to this RFQ will only be accepted electronically at www.PublicArtist.org. If you aren’t a member you will be asked to set up a free account. From there you can search for this project and related planning documents. Mailed or hand delivered hardcopy packets, videos, or optical media will not be accepted.

Once logged in to the application site you will be asked to submit the following information:

‣ Artist(s) name(s), name of business, mailing address, phone number(s), email, website.

Artist’s bio

  • A statement of interest in this project, including general approach and experience working on comparable projects in regard to size, scope, and budget (1,000 words maximum). This statement should take the form of a description of the process from design through finished installation rather than that of a specific design proposal.

Up to ten images of previously completed work relevant to this project.

A resume (two pages maximum) for each team member highlighting professional accomplishments.

  • A list of three professional references with contact information: name, title and affiliation, phone number, and email address. References should be able to speak to your ability to provide services for a public art project of similar size and scope.!

Any proposed design accompanying this RFQ submission is optional.

FINALISTS

Each finalist will receive $1,000 to cover costs to present their concept to the selection committee. This amount is intended to cover all phases of research, concept development, and associated costs

including travel, materials, samples, and models.

Interviews with the selection committee are scheduled for Friday, September 19, at the GE Aviation – Asheville offices.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This project is managed by GE Aviation – Asheville, under contract with Plato Strategies.

All correspondence and communications by and between applicants and members of the selection

committee should be directed to: Geraldine Plato http://www.PLATOstrategies.com  email: geraldine@PLATOstrategies.com

Discussion regarding this project, by and between any applicant and any member of the selection committee outside of regularly scheduled meetings during the selection process may be grounds for the disqualification of the applicant. Such determination shall be at the discretion of GE Aviation – Asheville.

The commissioning of an artist or artists by GE Aviation – Asheville and the pursuit of all GE Aviation – Asheville activities are implemented without preference to racial or ethnic origins, gender, sexual

orientation, religious affiliation, disability, or age.

GE Aviation – Asheville reserves the following rights:

‣ to modify this solicitation and to request additional information from participating artists

  to reject any or all applications or proposals, to reject any finalist, to waive informalities in applications or proposals, or to terminate the selection process for any project without prior notice!

  • to make selections from invited artists in addition to submitted applications or in the event that insufficient or inappropriate applications are received.
  • to terminate any project prior to the commission of the work when the termination would be in the best interest of the project.

The selected artist(s) will enter into a contract with GE Aviation – Asheville. A copy of the provisions of the contract is available upon request.

Artists retain all rights of copyrighted materials submitted, except as limited by this section. By submitting to this RFQ those artist(s) responding to this prospectus agree to a copyright release for controlled usage of the submitted materials for committee distribution, GE Aviation – Asheville, shall not! be responsible for any third party infringement of artists’ copyrights.

INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS

The chosen artist will be required to provide certification of:

GE Aviation – Asheville requires that the final approved contract for professional services specify that the selected artist(s) shall maintain at all times during the term of the contract, at its sole expense:

Statutory workers’ compensation in accordance with the laws of the state where such compensation would be payable. Employers’ liability (Coverage B) with limits of not less than $500,000 per accident. Automobile liability insurance on any owned, non-owned or rented vehicle with limits of at least $1,000,000 per occurrence combined single limit bodily injury and property damage. Comprehensive general liability, including products liability, completed operations liability, blanket contractual liability, broad form property damage and personal injury liability insurance with limits of at least $1,000,000 per occurrence combined single limit. Professional services liability for a limit of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence. Visual artists cannot obtain professional liability insurance; however, in the event that services delivered as a part of this agreement require professional services by a subcontractor of the ARTISTS, Professional Liability, Errors and Omissions coverage shall be provided by the subcontractor. “Professional Services”, for the purposes of this agreement section shall mean any services provided by a licensed professional, such as structural review or engineering. The subcontractor of the ARTISTS shall provide a certificate of insurance to ARTISTS as to proof of Professional Liability Insurance.

GE Aviation – Asheville shall be named as additional insured and be provided with a certificate of insurance prior to the effective date of the contract or any renewal contract. GE Aviation – Asheville shall be provided with all renewal certificates within 30 days of the expiration date of any and all policies listed on the certificate of insurance.

Non-Profit Artist-Run Arquetopia Artist-in-Residence Programs in Mexico

I once stayed in a house in a mountain village in Mexico that later became central to a new writers residency. It was a wonderful place, with gorgeous views, no electricity –and I remember the water heater in the shower that I had to build a wood fire under.

I’m glad to learn of and share this information on these artist-run residencies in Mexico–(these, of course, are located in cities with electricity) :

Arquetopia Artist-in-Residence Programs Founded in 2009 in Puebla, Arquetopia,  Mexico is an official  Mexican nonprofit foundation run entirely by artists.

APPLICATION DEADLINE JUNE 29, 2014

Arquetopia website: http://www.arquetopia.org  E-mail info@arquetopia.org for more information. They also provide letters of support for artists seeking funding from grant-giving organizations to fund their trip to Mexico–find out more on the Arquetopia Foundation blog.

The organization has quickly grown to become the premier artist residency program in Mexico with extensive collaborative networks in Puebla and Oaxaca.  Resident artists have come from all over the world, with some returning multiple times.  Arquetopia’s Artist-in-Residence Programs offer important professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international contemporary artists, designers, curators, and art educators age 25 and over.

Arquetopia is currently welcoming applications for the following artist residencies–

Day of the Dead Special Artist Residency 2014 – Puebla or Oaxaca– Artists working in a variety of media and techniques create and participate in southern Mexico’s spectacular Day of the Dead celebrations. This residency is offered at 6 weeks (extendable), September 29 to November 10, 2014.

Short-Term Research or Digital Photography Residency 2014 – Puebla or Oaxaca Short-term stays of 2 weeks in 2014 for art professionals, cultural researchers, and digital photographers in either magnificent colonial kaleidoscope of Puebla and Oaxaca, in beautiful southern Mexico.

BEAUTIFUL MUTANTS – Alebrijes Special Artist Residency 2014 – Oaxaca Explore and experiment with the Alebrijes tradition of wood carving and painting in the magnificent colonial city of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico.  Terms of 4 to 24 weeks during 2014.

Natural Pigments Special Instructional Artist Residency 2014 – Oaxaca With master instruction, learn to make and use a variety of Natural Pigments in Oaxaca, southern Mexico. Extendable 3-week terms during 2014.

Mexican Textiles Special Instructional Artist Residency 2014 – Oaxaca With master instruction, learn to make traditional, elaborate Mexican Textiles (back-strap weaving or embroidery) in Oaxaca, southern Mexico. Extendable 3-week terms during 2014.

Art, Design, or Photography Production Residency – Puebla or Oaxaca Create and explore! Terms of 4 to 24 weeks during 2014 in either Puebla or Oaxaca, southern Mexico. Self-directed program (no instruction is included; participants decide their own itinerary and work independently in provided spaces).

Printmaking Special Artist Residency 2014 – Puebla Printmaking terms of 4 to 24 weeks at Arquetopia, in the spectacular historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Gold Leafing and Antique Art Techniques Special Instructional Residency 2014 – Puebla With master instruction, learn Gold Leafing and other antique art techniques in Puebla, southern Mexico. Extendable 3-week terms during 2014.

Ceramics Special Artist Residency 2014 – Puebla or Oaxaca Ceramics production terms of 6 to 24 weeks during 2014 in either of the magnificent colonial Puebla or Oaxaca, southern Mexico.

Art Educators Special Residency 2014 – Puebla Develop new art education projects with students and explore diverse pedagogic techniques with multiculturalism in Mexico’s prominent museums. Extendable 4-week terms during 2014 in the city of Puebla.

Art History or Cultural Research Residency 2014 – Puebla or Oaxaca Explore magnificent southern Mexico’s unique archives and resources from pre-Hispanic to contemporary, in historic Puebla or Oaxaca. Terms of 3 to 8 weeks during 2014.