Tuesday, January 27, 2015

South-Atlantic Juried Exhibition

Call for Artists!

18th Annual Celebration of the Arts
2nd Annual South-Atlantic Juried Exhibition
April 25- June 29, 2015

Celebration of the Arts Evening:  April 25, 2015, 6:30pm
The South-Atlantic Juried Exhibition is open to all professional artists who reside in Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington, D.C., North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.  Artists are invited to submit up to three works completed within the last two years and not previously shown at The Montpelier Center. All artwork must be for sale.  Show entry implies consent for The Montpelier Center to use any accepted artwork for marketing and publicity purposes.  Images must be sent by JPG via digital CD or Email (to coa@montpeliercenter.org) but must arrive on or before the deadline of  Friday, March 20, 2015 along with the entry form and fee of $30.00. The juror for this exhibition will be Lindsay Nolting.  Contact Toni Smith at coa@montpeliercenter.org for more information or click here to download the prospectus.

Monday, September 29, 2014

First Annual Small Works Show    
Thursday, November 20 thru Saturday, December 20, 2014

This show has been conceived to provide an exhibition opportunity for artists in the coastal Carolinas.We welcome both established and emerging artists.  
Two dimensional, three-dimensional and electronic works (video, computer generated, etc., as long as sound is not an aspect of the work) are allowed as long as the work does not exceed 12” in any dimension. Any submission outside the 12” limitation, including the frame, will not be accepted. This rule is strongly enforced.
There is NO ENTRY FEE for the exhibition. 
The Gallery is waiving commissions on sales for this show.  
Works sold during the show must remain for the duration of the show and be available for the purchaser(s) on December 21 or 22, 2014 when the show has ended.This show has been organized to benefit artists and our patrons during the time of year when people are buying holiday gifts and artists are in need of cash. 
For Additional Information and Complete Prospectus Visit Our Website:

Opening receptionThursday, November 20, 2014 6-9 pm 
ARTSPACE 506, 506 37th Avenue, South
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Artists Invited To Submit Work For The

Thirty-Fifth Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition
Resulting Exhibition to be held at the Pickens County Museum

     The Pickens County Museum of Art & History’s Thirty-Fifth Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition will take place beginning April 2, 2014. This competition is open to all artists working in any medium, 18 years of age or older and living in South Carolina. 


     The Juror for this year’s competition is Clark Whittington, an artist and founder of the Art-o-mat® project. Growing up in an arts/music infused ranch style house in the 60's, he was exposed to all sorts of creativity. His mom is a self-taught graphic designer, his brother a music teacher, his dad a barber and his great uncle a textile worker. During this time, he learned from his family/neighbors that it was ok to make something vs. buy something. As a kid, he learned to problem solve and tinker. He attended art school at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. After college, he helped open several artist run spaces in Charlotte, NC and Winston-Salem, NC. In 1997, Clark created the Art-o-mat® project. There are approximately 120 of these machines installed in various parts of the world with over 400 artists involved. www.artomat.org.

     Cash and purchase awards exceeding $ 5,000.00 will be presented in this year’s competition. Entries may be shipped or delivered to the museum beginning Wednesday, April 2 and continuing April 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 & 9 during the hours of 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (Till 7:00 on Thurs 4/3). The exhibition resulting from this competition will open with a gala reception and awards ceremony on April 26 and will continue through June 12.

   The Pickens County Museum’s Thirty-Fifth Annual Competition is sponsored by Pickens County and the Pickens County Cultural Commission. Individuals or businesses interested in general or purchase award sponsorships should contact the museum before April 1. The Annual Juried Competition and resulting exhibition is an excellent means for starting, or adding to, your private and corporate art collections while also supporting the programs at the Pickens County Museum.

   The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

   Artists requesting information or an entry prospectus may contact the museum at 307 Johnson Street, Pickens, SC 29671; or call864-898-5963. An E-Prospectus is also available by e-mail at picmus@co.pickens.sc.us or by visiting www.pickenscountymuseum.organd clicking the prospectus link.

Please Note
If you have a museum membership, or if you are an artist that has ENTERED our competition during the past THREE years andHAVE NOT MOVED, then your address is in our database and you WILL receive a prospectus. Otherwise, please do request the prospectus. Thanks so much, and do pass this along to other potentially interested artists.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Manifest Call

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center
Manifest is an internationally recognized award-winning non-profit organization founded in 2004 by students and professors dedicated to creating high quality experiences of visual art through exhibition, publication, artist-support, and education. 

DEADLINE: February 28, 2014
(gallery exhibit)  

An International Exhibition Exploring the Animal
in Contemporary Art
Images of animals in art have existed parallel to those of humans for as long as images (and objects) have been made by people. Our social, creative, and psychological evolution is inextricably tied to our relationships with animals. Whether it be the taming of the wolf, resulting in 'man's best friend', the tethering of the horse which magnified the power and geographic reach of humans, or the domestication of herd animals which contributed to the establishment of cities and large concentrations of people (and the growth of culture), they are all part of the trajectory of humanity to this point in time. All have been documented, explored, and deified throughout the long process by images and objects featuring animals.
But this isn't just history (and pre-history). The animal remains a powerful subject in contemporary art. So Manifest has chosen once again to feature an exhibit which will reveal the state of the animal in contemporary art. With this we call for artists working in any media to submit works that in some way feature or address animals, real or imagined.
This exhibit has no predefined expectation for type or style of work to be considered or selected. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual or experimental. The only criteria beyond excellent quality is that works must somehow address or feature the animal as primary subject, form, or content.
Submission deadline: February 28, 2014
For complete info and to submit online:

Manifest is a community-supported 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization.

Manifest stands for the quality presentation, experience, and documentation of the visual arts, engaging students, professionals, and the public from around the world through accessible world-class exhibits, studio programs, and publications.

Manifest's 2013/2014 season (our 10th!) is supported by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign. It is also made possible by funding from the Johnson Foundation, the John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust (PNC Bank, Trustee), the Ohio Valley Foundation (Fifth Third Bank, Agent), the Ohio Arts Council, FotoFocus, and many individual supporting members.

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center
2727 Woodburn Avenue  |  Cincinnati, Ohio 45206  |  513-861-3638

Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art Announces Poster Competition

News Release
For Immediate Release
February 5, 2014
For More Information Contact:
Marketing Strategies, Inc.
Denise Blackburn, APR or Sarah George, APR
(843) 692-9662
Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art Announces Poster Competition
The Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art is now accepting entries until March 17th for its poster design competition to advertise their 24th annual event. The winning design will be used in promotional materials, including a poster and tee shirts that will be sold during the festival. The winning designer will take home $300.
Only original artwork submitted by the artist or artist’s representative will be accepted for this competition. Artists can submit two entries, but artwork must not have been previously exhibited in any Horry or Georgetown County or City program. Artists can submit in one of three categories: 8th Grade and below, 9th – 12th Grades and Adult.  Artists can choose from paint, markers, photography, digital art, crayons, and chalk.
A panel of arts professionals will make the final selection based on specifications, design and marketability. The winning image will be produced as the cover for the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art’s program books and will also be produced as the festival poster. The winning image, an original signed by the artist, will be auctioned at the 15th Annual Pawleys Island Wine Gala, with all proceeds going to the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art.
In addition to the $300 cash prize, the winning artist will receive two all access passes to the festival, 10 posters and national recognition via publicity surrounding the 24th annual event.
For contest details and additional information, please visit www.pawleysmusic.com or call 843-626-8911.The Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art, features two weeks of cultural entertainment and musical performances as well as the Culinary Symphony and Pawleys Island Wine Gala that serve as fundraisers for the event. For more information on the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art, visit them online at http://www.pawleysmusic.com

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


reposted from: http://sergiogomezart.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/10-commandments-for-your-art-career/


As an artist, curator, educator, gallery owner and director of exhibits, I like to see things from various perspectives. So, I put together a list of 10 “commandments”, if you will, that one should remember as a practicing artist. They are not in any particular order nor they are the only ones. I just thought these were very important because I see these being a problem with artists all the time. I would love to get yours also so I can add to another future list… Enjoy!

1. You shall be responsible for your art career.

Do not blame others for your shortcomings. At the end of the day, its all about what you worked for and how persistent you were to get where you wanted to go. It is not that one curator or gallery or newspaper who ruined your career.  If you fall, get up, learn from it and try twice as hard. We artists are good at rebounding.

2. You shall not expect a portfolio review from a curator, gallery owner or director during opening night.

The worst time to expect a portfolio review is during an art opening or during the hours leading to it. Unless you are expected, do not expect to be attended by the gallery. Once in a while, I still get emails from artists who say they are coming to the opening and ask if I could meet with them. It may be convenient for the artist to kill two birds with one stone but s is very inconvenient for the gallery. Openings are busy working hours for the gallery scanning the floor for who comes in and who goes out.

3. You shall be thankful for every guest that comes to your solo show.

There are some individuals who think the art world owns them something and that everyone should come to see them. Ironically, those are the people who hardly make it to other artists’ openings. Instead, be thankful to each and everyone who comes to support you. Extend a smile and a welcome handshake every chance you get.  Your guests or the gallery guests have left what they were doing to support you and your work. Let them feel special. If you live in a big city like Chicago, there are a number of exhibits every week. Your guests made a choice to be there with you.

4. You shall not assume that the curator remembers all of the details about the installation of your work.

On a given show, I have to keep track of many things including special hanging or installations instructions of multiple artists. Do not assume the curator remembers that one conversation you had over the phone a month ago. Always, include detailed instructions with your work and follow them up by email. It shows that you are on top of things. The curator will be glad to have that information handy as needed.

5. “Dry and ready to hang” means “DRY and READY to HANG”.

No matter how many times it is spelled out in the Gallery/Artist Agreement, I get work that shows up wet or not ready with hanging hardware. Every one has a job in the art gallery system. Think about the whole spectrum from making the art to hanging it, illuminating it, transporting it and packaging it. If you work with a gallery, they can help you with that but getting the work ready to hang or install should be ultimately the responsibility of the artist before it leaves the studio.

6. You shall have all your promotional materials ready.

Keep the good habit of always have your website up-to-date, high res images, CV, bio, statements, articles and writings about you ready to go anywhere in a short notice. Always be ready for action. I can’t count how many times I have things on hold because images or bios or other info is not coming in.  As artists functioning in the art world today, we have access to all the technology we need to be on top of things.  Create a filing system that works for you and stick to it. That way, you will always know where to find the info you are expect to provide a gallery or museum.

7. You shall not take rejection letters as personal attacks.

Rejection is part of the art game. That one show that you really wanted and did not get in is not the end of the world. Nor, it is necessarily true that the jury or curator did not like your work at all.  Every exhibition has a vision and a substance that the curator or the jury is trying to accomplish. There are many reasons why  great work may not make it into a show.  The worst thing you can do is ponder too much into it. If you submit work for a show, you have are already accepted “no” as a possible option. Now, if you cannot get in anywhere, then take a close look at your work and your submission process.  Good work always finds a way into the world!!

8. You shall invest time in networking and community building.

Being part of a network and a community of artists is free but it takes time to build. Invest the time into it and it will certainly pay off in the long run. Get to know those artists in your immediate community and learn to collaborate with others in big or small ways.

9. You shall not lie on your resume or CV.

This is a big one.  Be truthful in your statements, resumes, CV, etc. That one show you had when you got out of college at the local cafe should not be listed as a solo show in a cultural center.  A cafe is a cafe and a cultural institution is another thing.  Do not make things up. In my experience of being the artist and the gallerist simultaneously, one gets to know who is where. Once in a while, I see things that surprise me in an artist CV. If you are not comfortable with that show at the cafe 10 years ago. It is better to take it out than to lie about it.

10. You shall be patient and be persistent.

Be patient, realistic and diligent about your career. It takes time to build an art career.  I personally prefer and enjoy a career that is constantly pointing me upward than a quick rush to the top.  Make goals for yourself as an artist. Where would you want to be in 5 or 10 years? What do you need to do right now in order to be there? These are the sort of questions that should constantly be coming to our minds.  At the same time, be open and aware of opportunities that may arise along the way. Take your time to analyze every opportunity because not everything out there is legitimate or worth while your time, effort and money.  Don’t give up and be persistent.