Sunday, December 13, 2009

Calls for Artists - No Fee

With his new, $100,000 Future Generation Art Prize, Ukrainian steel magnate and art super-patron Victor Pinchuk is more democratic than most, issuing an "open call" for artists to enter the competition (In an interview with Bloomberg, Pinchuk reveals that he was inspired by the ethos of Takashi Murakami’s GEISAI Museum fair, for which he has served as a judge). Applications -- and thousands should pour in -- go online on Jan. 18, 2010, at As far as we can tell, no application fee is required. In addition, some 100 nominators are to suggest candidates for the award
The prize is designed to support "a generation of emerging artists," and so is restricted to artists aged 35 and under. In addition to the $100,000 grand prize, five $20,000 artist-in-residency awards are planned. Strangely, the competition calls for four "mentor artists" -- Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami -- to give "counsel and support" to prizewinners.
The scheme calls for works by group of shortlisted artists to go on view at the Pinchuk Art Centre in October, and a winner of the main prize to be selected by an international jury in December 2010. The award is overseen by a board that includes, along with the four mentor artists, Eli Broad, Dakis Joannou, Elton John, Miuccia Prada, Guggenheim Museum director Richard Armstrong, Museum of Modern Art director Glenn D. Lowry, Alfred Pacquement of the Pompidou Centre, and Tate head Nicholas Serota.

Aferro Studio Residency Newark NJ
Now Accepting applications for 2010 artists in residence
Due December 18, 2009

About the Residency:

Several of the 08-09 Aferro Studio residents have commented that the chance for informal networking with peers afforded by residency in the
building was one of the best aspects of their experience. Also mentioned by residents consistently as a unique and valuable aspect of
the program was temporary ownership of a platform to interact with the public.

Residents will be awarded a 1200-2000 sq ft studio for 6 months, with 24 hr access, access to visiting curators and other gallery directors,
a solo exhibition in our project space, and inclusion in an end-of-program catalog highlighting their work over the length of the
residency. The current Aferro building can accommodate up to 5 artists at a time. Artists will be selected on the basis of quality of work,
commitment to their field, and ability to interact positively with the community at large. The program will aim for a mix of Newark and
non-Newark residents.

The Studios
Studios range in size from 1200 to 2000 square feet. The studios are strictly work only spaces. The studios are raw spaces with minimal
amenities. Artists who are accepted into the program must be prepared to actively use their studio. 6-month slots are available beginning
Feb 20, 2010

Artist Responsibilities
$225 a month per studio covers all utilities.

There is no residency restriction for applicants. Artists in any media may apply. The building is not appropriate for welding and other open flame activities. Please contact us with any questions about your application, our space or what you might want to do with your time at Aferro.

Applications via email only.

Materials for Application

A CVResume
Artist Statement
A proposal for what you would like to do with your residency/statement of need
Contact Information
Work samples: 10 jpeg images, under 1 MB each.

For film/video, please
email mpegs or clearly labeled youtube/site links. Please do not refer us to a general website link or send an incomplete application.


Hospital Arts for North East Yorkshire
Registered Charity 1091898


As part of their arts program 2010, Hafney are looking for 4 established artists to work in residency at hospitals in North East Yorkshire.

We are seeking applicants who are professional practicing artists producing interesting well crafted work.  The chosen artists will have experience of working within the wider community or who can demonstrate an aptitude for this kind of work.
The fee for 1 x 10 week residency and 3  x 6 week residencies will be £500 per week plus expenses and materials.

Deadline  January 15th 2010

Anniversary Grant Programme - Call for artist proposals Last Date of application 31.12.2009
Thank you for 50 exciting years: Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan India launches an anniversary grant programme totaling INR 60,00,000

Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan India and its branches in New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune are celebrating their 50th anniversaries during winter and spring 2009/2010. In the course of these five decades, numerous exciting long-term co-operations and cultural projects have been initiated.
In order to celebrate this occasion and to thank its past, current and future partners in India, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan India will take the opportunity to launch a special grant programme to support the development of several new cultural projects. Projects may refer to all fields of culture, such as music, dance, theatre, film, literature, fine arts, new media. Interdisciplinary concepts are very welcome.
The programme consists of grants for up to 10 projects totaling an amount of INR 60,00,000. Proposals must show a reference to Germany or German culture. Jury members from India and Germany will take a decision on the winners. Winners will be notified before 28 February 2010.
Institutions as well as individual artists are invited to send their proposals including a concept, a budget, samples of previous works and a CV by Email before 31 December 2009.
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi
Programme Department
3 Kasturba Gandhi Marg
New Delhi 110001
Tel.: +91-11-23329506
Fax: +91-11-23325534

For further information please contact: 011 - 2332 9506 ext. no. - 112

The 2010 Owen Wister Review is currently accepting any and all prose, poetry, art and photography submissions.  Please read or download the Submission Guidelines.
All submissions due by January 31st, 2010.
Department 3625
1000 E University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071

Call for Submissions: Emerging Artists Auction

(via Daniel Cooney)

Daniel Cooney has teamed up with iGavel once again to present a new
round of artist auctions. For anyone interested in submitting, you can
find the details below:

The new auctions include a curated selection of works of art by
promising emerging talent. The auction is a showcase before an
audience of collectors, dealers, museum professionals and gallery
owners. To ensure equal and fair representation all works are
presented with reserves set at $200.

iGavel is an international network of fine art and antiques
professionals with Consignment Centers conveniently located in many
major metropolitan areas. Our regional network enables consignors to
minimize handling and shipping expenses while reaching an
international marketplace of buyers.

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. To submit you must
meet the following requirements:

- Undergraduate student works will not be accepted
- All mediums are welcome besides installation works
- Artists cannot have gallery or commercial representation
- Some prior exhibition or publication experience is required

To submit, please fill out this form. Submit one image per work.
Images must be at least 800 pixels on the longest side, jpeg saved for
web, below 200kb in size, and SRGB color space. Each artist will be
required to sign a contract with iGavel. Artists receive a 50%
commission on all sold works. Shipping of accepted works to iGavel or
the iGavel Associate is the responsibility of the artist, and the
return shipment if not sold. After your submission is received, you
will be contacted by email.

The first Emerging Artist Auction is slated to launch in early 2010.


Alana Celii:
Daniel Cooney:

To Submit:


Festival Dates | May 27, 28, 29 2010
Submission Deadline | January 15th 2010
VIVO Media Arts Centre presents the tenth annual Signal & Noise Festival; three days of contemporary media and sound art. Showcasing a spectrum of single and multi-channel audio & video works, live performances and immersive installations. Signal & Noise is an intimate forum for creative exchange between local, national and international artists.

ARTISTS: download and print guidelines & submission form
CURATORS: download and print guidelines & submission form
Please send submissions to:
Signal & Noise 2010
C/O VIVO Media Arts Centre
1965 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5T 3C1



Two Sites Seeking Submissions From Artists, Poets, Writers & Musicians with Mental Illness

For my super creative readers, there are two websites devoted to reducing the stigma of mental illness through the arts that I think you should know about.
The first is Little Episodes.  They produce anthologies, special events, and online galleries of writing, artwork, music and video that help to raise awareness for people who suffer from depression, addiction or other mental illness.  If you'd like to submit material to Little Episodes, click here for the guidelines and process to do so.
The second is Divinest Sense, which is a new journal/blog that also will feature the creative writing and graphic art of people with mental illness.  The site will feature poems, short stories and personal essays.  Meg LeDuc, its founder, welcomes submissions of personal essays from those who currently have or have had perinatal mood or anxiety disorders.  You can email her at

Make your own Tortillons!

via by Kim "Gordie" Carver on 12/10/09

I use Prismacolor Pencils a lot. The colors are vibrant, and they are beautifully transparent when I use a tortillon to blend them, allowing the colors below them to show through. After going through quite a few tortillons over the years, I decided to make my own. Here is my process.

How to make a tortillon

First, I always use a template. You can see it below, on the right. It shows the dimensions that your tortillon paper should be (6″ tall by 3″ wide).
The paper on the left has been marked according to my template, and is ready to be cut. After two cuts, it’s ready to be rolled.
When you roll a tortillon, you don’t start off by curling the paper. Instead, you start with a fold. So make a small fold in the corner (as shown below).
Then, fold that first fold in half two or three more times to make a dense, sharply-pointed “sliver” of paper that you can start rolling the rest of the paper around.
Once you begin rolling, keep the paper at an angle so that the point will stay small. If the angle is not extreme enough, the end will not come to a point.
When you are finished rolling the paper, secure it with tape. Then, cut another piece of paper based on your tortillon template. Take the rolled tortillon and position it at one end of a second cut piece (seen below).
You will be rolling the first tortillon inside the second piece of paper, just to make your final tortillon a bit thicker and easier to handle. I use a tiny piece of tape to secure the corner of the second piece of paper before I start rolling it.
Once you are finished rolling the two pieces together, it should look like this:
Use a final piece of tape to secure the completed tortillon. Now it’s ready to use!
NOTE: I sometimes use a piece of fine sandpaper or an eraser to keep the tip of my tortillon clean as I use it. It just depends on how much blending of colors you want.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Calls for Artists - No Fee

Dirty Show 11
Exhibition: February 12-20, 2010
Detroit, Michigan, USA
The Call For Art is... NOW OPEN

We are offering Jury Awards totaling a combined $1,000 in cash and prizes
for Erotic; Fine Art, Photography, Sculpture, All Around Dirtiest and more.

Please read and understand the submission
process prior to submitting.

Questions regarding the submission process should be emailed HERE.

• Our Call for Submissions is open to Artists from anywhere in the world.
• Artists working in all media are invited to submit recent EROTICA
. (created within the last two years).
• All artists must be at least 18 years of age.
• Artist/Photographers should have documented/ signed model releases
. stating that their models are at least 18 years of age*.
• Content is totally up to you, as long as the submissions are EROTIC.
• All submissions must be of original design and personal execution.
• Art submitted to previous Dirty Shows will not be accepted.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 15, 2009
Please follow the submission guidelines set out below.
Failure to follow these basic guidelines may result in your work
being omitted from the selection process.
• Artists may submit a maximum of FOUR (4) pieces.
• Painting/Illustrations/Photography:
Submit no more than one (1) Digital photo/scan of each piece.
• Sculpture & Multi-Dimensional Art:
Submit no more than three (3) digital photos per piece.
• Film/Video:
3 stills and a brief description, or you may email us a hosted link to a video file.
• Performance Art and Installations:
Email proposal, 100 words or less, or you may email a hosted link to a video file, (i.e. YouTube, etc.).

Submission Email Must Include:

• Artist’s Legal Name,
• Professional Name, if different.
• Street Address,
• City, State, Postal Code.
• Country (if non-U.S.)
• Telephone contact number.
For each piece of artwork submitted, please include the following:
• Title(s).
• Medium.
• Physical dimensions of piece(s).
• Approximate price range.

Submission image requirements:
Digital photos/scans should be saved as
Jpegs, in RGB format (300kb files or less).
Submission Images MUST be named in the following manner, the Artist’s Last Name, a short title, and a number (i.e. “Jones_Nude_1.jpg”, “Jones_Legs_2.jpg, etc.)
Send image files as attachments in your email ONLY, using the email link below.
Do Not send Compressed, Zipped or Stuffed folders.
Do Not send your submissions as a link to your website or image gallery.
Send all images in the same email.
Do Not send submissions to any other Dirty Show email addresses, especially older ones from previous shows, many are inactive and your submissions will just get lost in the dead email bin.
Film/Video & Performance Submission Method:
Do not email a video file directly, only email a hosted link to your video file, (i.e. YouTube, etc.).

Submission Method: EMAIL ONLY!


Selection and Notification of Acceptance:
Jury Selection Process will take place December 16 through December 20, 2009.
We will notify you, please do not email us inquiring as to the status of your submission(s). You will get an email confirmation that your submission email was received by us.
Artists with works selected to be included in the show will be notified via email.
Upon acceptance, artists will receive registration information.

Please understand that shipping costs to and from the show is the responsibility of the Artist, also over-sized pieces incur higher shipping rates; you may wish to consult your shipping carrier first before submitting.

Fees: There is no submission fee. Accepted artists will pay a single $15.00 registration fee (per artist, not per piece).
Accepted artists receive a complementary admission to the exhibition.
The Dirty Show® retains a 30% commission on all sales made during the exhibition.
Non-juried art and pieces selected for the Museum Store are at a 40% commission.
All art submitted and accepted to the show should be for sale.

How the work is judged.
Other than legal age requirements, nothing is censored, nothing is too filthy or too subtle. All art is considered, from the high to the low, from the biggest names to the first timers. We want to be taken into your world. We want to be impressed, amazed, enlightened, entranced, excited, astounded, humored or even repulsed —we love it all.
Like any art piece, we ask “Do we like it?” And even if we don’t like it, can we appreciate it, does it engage the viewer? The formula is 1) Eroticism, 2) Execution, 3) Originality, and 4) what we call the X Factor- the ever-changing and unexplainable something that makes a work special. We try to take everything into consideration, which works for the artist and in cases, can work against them. We consider traditional fine art nudes as well as edgier vanguard and outsider styles and judge accordingly. A realistic oil is going to be held to different standards that a folk art piece. We mix it up, and try to judge each piece on it’s own merits.

*Photographers should be prepared to provide signed, dated model releases for verification upon our request. Failure to provide these documents may result in your work being omitted from the selection process.


Call for Artists - Interference

The Howard County Arts Council is currently accepting slides and CD submissions from visual artists for consideration for a 2011 group exhibit examining environmental interference and related issues. All original artwork in any media within the exhibit theme will be considered for review. Work previously shown at the Howard County Arts Council will not be accepted, nor will work previously submitted to the gallery program in the past year. All work must fit through a doorway measuring 54” x 80” and fit appropriately in the HCAC gallery.

Artists should download a general exhibit application here or call (410)313-2787 to have one mailed. Return to Attention: Interference.

Deadline: January 4th, 2010.


A Call For All Artists

That penny that others thought was worthless has a buyer who decided that my 10 reasons why this penny is worth $10 were just too good to pass up. The penny was purchased by Conna Craig who is a researcher and writer on foster care and adoption.
Conna actually lives in an area fairly close to where I will be in another two weeks, so we have decided to do the transaction in person in early December instead of through the mail with photos — and maybe even a video. Those I will post when they are available.
That means that the penny experiment has $10 to work with and it’s time to move onto the next stage:
I’m looking for artists that would be willing to donate a bit of their time and talent for the penny experiment project. What I’m hoping to find is 100 different artists who will each create one postcard size piece of art that incorporates a number of their choosing (between 1 and 100) and a penny. In return, the artist will get (if desired) a bio on this website under the image of their artwork, a link to their own website and the knowledge that they helped out a lot of people in need during these difficult economic times.
The size of the art should be somewhere between 3 inches x 5 inches and 5 inches x 8 inches (a small to large postcard) on postcard type material incorporating both a real penny and the number that you choose. The style, color scheme, etc is completely up to you.
The art will be sold with 100% of the money going to purchase food for food banks. If this sounds like something in which you would like to participate, please contact me with five (5) numbers in order of preference that you would like to use for your art (you will only use one of these numbers, but this will allow me to assign one if some have already been taken). Please also feel free to contact me or leave a comment with any questions that you may have.
The following numbers are still available:
4, 9, 18, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 55, 57, 58, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 87, 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 100

Call for Artists: The Columbia River Reader is sponsoring an Efuto Contest. (Efuto is the art of decorating envelopes - you know, those things that often contain handwritten letters that are delivered to you by a federal government employee.) Artists are encouraged to send up to three decorated (any medium) envelopes of any size or color to the Columbia River Reader, P.O. Box 1643, Rainier, OR 97408. Deadline: January 15, 2010. Information: The November 15 - December 14 Issue of the Columbia River Reader has examples of Efuto and contest rules on page19. The story is also available on the CRR website:

"Call for Artists : Proposals for Public Art Project"
2009-12-03 until 2010-03-01
Southern Alberta Art Gallery
Lethbridge, , CA Canada

The City of Lethbridge is inviting artists to participate in a three stage public art competition. The winning submission will receive a commission to create and install a public art work on site at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in conjunction with the grand re-opening of its newly renovated spaces. The Southern Alberta Art Gallery (incorporated as a non-profit society in 1974) is located in Lethbridge (population 85,492) and has occupied a city-owned building since the first exhibition in 1976. A dedicated staff have sustained and fueled the gallery’s mandate: to foster the work of contemporary artists who challenge boundaries, encourage broad public engagement and promote awareness and exploration of artistic expression. The Southern Alberta Art Gallery's work extends to local, national and international communities.

Artists from around the world, across the country and our own hometown present a comprehensive range of ideas, subject matter and media within the context of contemporary art. The gallery offers a wide array of educational and public programming including children and teen art classes, professional development workshops for artists, and programs targeted toward seniors and the business community. Our Gallery School program, in which our exhibitions play a central role, offers a wide array of curriculum-based programs in language arts, social studies, the sciences and the fine arts.
In March 2009 the Southern Alberta Art Gallery broke ground on a major renovation intended to vastly improve public spaces such as the library and classroom while providing much needed mechanical, technical and aesthetic upgrades. Originally a public library, the gallery has two main spaces – the Carnegie building erected in 1922 and the modern addition in 1951. Neither were designed for the specific purposes of a contemporary art gallery making the present renovation of particular significance. In conjunction with the current renovations, the City of Lethbridge is pleased to oversee the planning, development and installation of a substantial public art project. The winning commission will be announced as part of the celebrations taking place during the grand re-opening of the gallery.
The competition is open to regional, national and international artists.

Site Considerations
The site for this commission encompasses a glazed alcove at the Northeast corner of the main gallery. Sealed off from the interior, this 5’ x 10’8” x 10’ space is floor to ceiling glass on two sides that extend into Galt Gardens, a formal, manicured downtown parkland. Galt Gardens also contains a performance amphitheatre surrounded by pergola as well as Rotary Centennial Plaza, a significant water feature. The Southern Alberta Art Gallery is located in the gardens.

Though the commission could be housed in the alcove itself, artists are not confined to this space and are encouraged to think of issues of site more broadly. The alcove may provide a point of departure in dialogue with elements that may also be installed in (or in relation to) the immediate and surrounding areas within Galt Gardens. Artists are encouraged to consider the multiple contexts within which this public art work will be experienced. These include: the site, the gallery, the gardens and/or subjects related to contemporary art discourse, practice and theory (i.e. public art, sculptural practice, institutional critique, etc.).
This location presents a number of interesting challenges and opportunities. For one, the alcove boasts the atypical condition of being a sealed, interior space, free from the elements and public vandalism, and viewable only from the exterior. The alcove will be a secure space with power available, thus opening up the possibility for electrical equipment like projectors, DVD players, audio equipment, general lighting and other applications. For proposals that choose to incorporate exterior elements consideration must be given to security, environmental conditions and other installation logistics.
For more information email Suzanne Lint - 


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Calls for Artists - No Fee

ONGOING - $7000 in Awards
The United States Mint Call for Artists!
Calls for Submissions - Acrylic, Illustration, Sculpture, Oil, Pastel, Watercolor Other
The United States Mint invites artists to be a part of American history through coin design. The Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) provides gifted artists the opportunity to contribute creative and beautiful designs for coins that will be enjoyed by all Americans. AIP artists have submitted successful designs for coins released through the 50 State Quarters® Program and the Presidential $1 Coin Program. Honorariums are $2,000 for each design submission and $5,000 for each selected design. Visit to apply.
The United States Mint, 801 9th Street N.W., Washington, District of Columbia, 20220, United States
Participate in the 2010 U.S. Biennale / Prospect II - Call for Submissions via Talenthouse
Calls for Submissions - Acrylic, Ceramics, Crafts, Digital Media, Glass, Mosiac, Illustration, Jewelry, Mixed media, Sculpture, Oil, Pastel, Photography, Watercolor Art Organization
Showcase your artwork to Dan Cameron and exhibit at the 2010 U.S. Biennale. Artists in all mediums eligible. The U.S. Biennial/Prospect II. Invites you to submit your work, it can be in any medium, and any format. Dan Cameron, former senior curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and founder/artistic director of U.S. Biennial, invites all artists from around the world, across all mediums, to submit their work for consideration for the satellite exhibition.
Talenthouse, 655 Castro St. Suite #2, Mountain View, California, 94041, United States

Submit samples to World-Renowned Photographer, Philippe McClelland, via
Calls for Submissions - Digital Media, Illustration, Mixed media, Photography Art Organization
World renowned photographer Philippe McClelland is developing a book of all his work from the music industry to entertainment, fashion and advertising. He invites talented Graphic Designers and Art Directors that have experience in book design layout to submit examples of their works. The chosen artist to work with Philippe will be credited as the layout designer in the book, and will be exposed to the artists he has worked with as well as influential people in the photography community. Mr. McClelland will make his final selection based on popular vote and on which artist vibes with his work best. You can view Philippe's work at for inspiration.
Talenthouse, 655 Castro St. Suite #2, Mountain View, California, 94041, United States

Free Monthly Art Contests for Cash Prizes
Online Event - Contests, Juried Art Shows - , Acrylic, Ceramics, Crafts, Digital Media, Glass, Mosiac, Illustration, Mixed media, Sculpture, Watercolor, Oil, Pastel, Photography Other
Compete with other artists and photographers in our free monthly art contests for cash and other great prizes. A Singular Creation provides a free online venue to showcase your art and photography. Your images will be juried by our panel, as well as rated by our visitors. Winners will be selected accordingly. We will start the cash pot at a different amount, depending on the theme. In addition to cash prizes, we will award various prizes donated by our sponsors. Also, all winners will be featured in our e-newsletters sent to over 5,500 subscribers and all over our web site.
Online Event
Email :
Website :
DEADLINE JANUARY 12, 2010 - $3000 in Awards
Embracing Our Differences
Contests, Juried Art Shows - Acrylic, Ceramics, Crafts, Digital Media, Glass, Mosiac, Illustration, Jewelry, Mixed media, Metalsmithing, Sculpture, Oil, Pastel, Photography, Poetry, Watercolor, Video/Film, Art Gallery
Embracing Our Differences invites artists, photographers, professionals, amateurs, teachers and students to participate in its 7th annual visual art exhibit celebrating diversity. National and international submissions are encouraged. 45 artists will be selected for the exhibit. The Embracing Our Differences exhibit will be displayed throughout the month of April 2010 at Island Park along Sarasota's beautiful bayfront. The exhibit will also be displayed throughout the month of May 2010 in North Port, Florida. Since 2004, the exhibit has been viewed by more than 550,000 visitors. The exhibit will contain 39 billboard-sized (16 feet wide by 12 1/2 feet high) images of the selected artworks. An additional six "honorable mention" selections will be made.Final selections will be chosen based on artistic excellence in reflection of the theme "Embracing Our Differences". The art-work will also be evaluated on how effectively it will read outdoors when enlarged to billboard size - 16 feet wide by 12 1/2 feet high. Artists are encouraged to use bold saturated colors and strong lines. Final selections will be made by a 3-judge panel of professional artists, curators and art professionals. A total of $3,000.00 in awards will be presented.Deadline for submission is January 12, 2010. There is no submission fee nor limit on the number of entries.The mission of Embracing Our Differences is to use art as a catalyst for creating awareness and promoting the value of diversity, the benefits of inclusion and the significance of the active rejection of hatred and prejudice. Submission forms and more information online.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Painted flowers? NO, Paint Flowers!!

Illusion 360 is one of my favorite blogs for visual inspiration. Click on their link for more images.

via Illusion 360 by Adriana on 11/27/09

A beautiful ad campaign for Boysen, the leading paint manufacturer in the Philippines.
Advertising Agency: TBWA/Santiago Mangada Puno Makati City, The Philippines
Executive Creative Director: Melvin Mangada
Creative Director: Manuel Villafania
Copywriter: Bryan Siy
Account Supervisor: Kara Filamor
Art Directors: Manuel Villafania, Melvin Mangada, Denise Tee
Photographer: G-Nie Arambulo
Print Producer: May Dalisay
Final Artist: Momay Quiroz
Production House: Adphoto

Monday, November 30, 2009

I'd like to leaf you with the idea that you can make art out of anything!!!

Be sure to click the link to check out more of Christoph Niemann's clever work.

via Illusion 360 by Adriana on 11/24/09

Leaf art by Christoph Niemann–he  has his work on  display at “Abstract City” at the The NY Times blog channel.
About the artist (from bio):
Christoph Niemann’s illustrations have appeared on the covers of The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine and American Illustration. His work has won numerous awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Art Directors Club and American Illustration. He is the author of two children’s books, “The Pet Dragon,” which teaches Chinese characters to young readers, and “The Police Cloud.” After 11 years in New York, he moved to Berlin with his wife, Lisa, and their sons, Arthur, Gustav and Fritz.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Do you respect or push boundaries in your art?

via Seth's Blog by Seth Godin on 11/28/09

Some artists continually seek to tear down boundaries, to find new powder, new territory, new worlds to explore. They're the ones that hop the fence to get to places no one has ever been.
Other artists understand that they need to see the edges of the box if they're going to create work that lasts. No fence, no art.
Can't do both at the same time.
My guess is that you're already one kind of person or the other. When people present you with an opportunity/problem, what's your first reaction? Some people immediately start looking for loopholes or weak boundaries. "You didn't say we couldn't do xxx". For these people, the best and most obvious solution is to completely demolish the problem and play by different rules.
Other people, some just as successful, take a hard look at the boundaries and create something that plays within, that follows the rules, but that is likely to win because of this.
In my experience, either can work, but only by someone willing to push harder than most in their push to be remarkable. Going with the flow is a euphemism for failing.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Some great ways to get your art seen...

While it's geared towards photos, I can see these suggestions being useful for any type of art.

via Digital Photography School by Guest Contributor on 11/22/09

I wanted to talk a little about a different kind of exposure for your photography… the kind that results in more people seeing your work. I have had a lot of people ask how to get their photos seen and many believe that simply posting photos to a site like Flickr is all they need to do.
If you are taking the time to create something, I think it is important that you also make the effort to have it seen. It will help you grow as an artist and may lead to new opportunities you didn’t expect.
Here are some tips I recommend for getting your photos out to a wider audience:

1. Find websites that may want to display your work

Realize that the websites don’t have to be photography-related to show your images. Sites like Flickr, Smugmug, DeviantArt, etc are all great places to show your work to other creative types… but non-photography sites may have a bigger pool of potential viewers.
I have seen more and more blogs pop up that post a variety of content, including art… all of those sites are a great place to submit your photos to. If you specialize in a certain type of photography (landscapes, portraits, macro, whatever), do a little searching on the web to try and find websites that might want to use those types of photos. They probably won’t pay for the images, but you’ll get credit for the work and you will probably get a link back to your gallery or website.

2. Use the Creative Commons license

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Creative Commons is a way for you to maintain the copyright of your work while still allowing others to copy and distribute your images. Websites are more likely to display your work if the license allows it and there are a number of search engines available that will only show images licensed under Creative Commons.
Since I started licensing my images under Creative Commons, I saw a huge spike in the number of sites using my photographs… all of which have linked back to my website or my Flickr page.

3. Make your photos useful

Try and think of creative uses for your photos that will increase their value (and potential views) beyond just showing them in a gallery. For example, I posted a handful of images on my website to be used as desktop wallpaper. I know others who take and share photos specifically to be used as textures.
Images can be made useful in a variety of ways. Figure out the one that works best for your work and you can bet that it will bring in a whole new audience to your photography.

4. Create a Blurb book

A friend turned me on to Blurb a while back and I have been a fan ever since. A Blurb book (or any photo book publishing service) is a great way to keep a portfolio of images handy. Keep the book in your house to show off to family and friends or have one with you while meeting potential clients. The book will make you look more professional and it can be more convenient than carrying around a traditional portfolio.
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As an added bonus, a site like Blurb can be a source of new viewers in and of itself. I put together a collection of images as a Blurb book and I have noticed a fair amount of traffic coming to my personal site from the Blurb listing.

5. Talk to your local paper

The first photograph of mine ever published in print happened because I called my local city paper with an idea for a story and some images they could run along with it. The paper liked the idea and I had a photo in print a few weeks later.
News outlets are always interested in hearing story ideas and they are usually happy to look at any photos you have that they might be able to use. If you think a photo of yours is newsworthy, don’t wait for the papers to come to you.

6. Business cards for your website

When photography comes up in conversation, I will usually mention that I have a website where people can view my work and give them a card printed from It doesn’t have to be a traditional “business card”… usually mine are just a photo on one side with my name, website and contact info on the back. Any type of business card will work, as long as it has your site’s URL included. People are much more likely to remember to check out your stuff if they have a card, so remember to carry a few with you when you can.

7. Social networking

It probably goes without saying, but using services like Twitter and Facebook to show your work is an extremely effective way to expose more people to your work. I generally make a post on Twitter during a shoot and then I will put up another message when those finished photos are uploaded. It’s a great way to let people know what you are working on and where they can see it… it is also a nice way to attract new viewers to your photos.

How do you approach this and get your images viewed?

This post is Chris sharing his experience of getting his images viewed – how have you gone about it? What is the image that you’ve had viewed the most and how did you achieve it?
-1.jpgChris Folsom is a hobbyist photographer who spends much of his time photographing abandoned buildings. You can view his site at or see more of his photos at Flickr.
His photos have been published in newspapers and on numerous websites.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

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Opportunities for artists

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Deadline January 4, 2010

We are currently accepting slides and CD submissions from visual artists for consideration for a 2011 group exhibit examining environmental interference and related issues. All original artwork in any media within the exhibit theme will be considered for review. Work previously shown at the Howard County Arts Council will not be accepted, nor will work previously submitted to the gallery program in the past year. All work must fit through a doorway measuring 54" x 80" and fit appropriately in the HCAC gallery.

Artists should download a general exhibit application here or call (410)313-2787 to have one mailed. Return to Attention: Interference.

Submissions due: January 22
Are you a Howard County artist looking to gain exposure and help sup port the arts? We are seeking visual artists and artisans working in all styles a nd mediums to participate in the Silent Auction Benefit Art Exhibit. This exhibit is part of the Arts Council's annual fundraising gala, the Celebration of the Arts . All Howard County 2-D, 3-D, and fine craft artists, 18 years or older, are invited to submit for jurying . More information and applications can be found online by clicking here . Deadline for submissions is January 22 by 5PM.

Boise Weekly Cover Art Submissions

Every week Boise Weekly chooses one submitted original work for the cover. BW will pay $150 for every published cover plus a $25 gift certificate to Boise Blue Art Supply. We request that all published original covers be donated to a charity cover auction in the fall benefiting youth outreach programs in the arts. Works must be original, in any medium including digital and photography. Artists submitting digital covers must do so on archival quality or giclee print. Square format works preferred, but slightly rectangular works accepted. Final reproduction size is approx. 10" x 10" but original artwork may be any size. Works do not have to be framed. BW will handle all framing for the auction. Artworks not selected are available for pickup anytime. Drop your artwork by the BW office. Direct questions to

Call for Submissions:
Artists and Curators for Signal & Noise 2010

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VIVO Media Arts Centre in Vancouver is currently seeking submissions by artists and curators for their Signal & Noise festival, which will take place May 27-29, 2010. Next year marks the tenth anniversary of this contemporary media and sound art festival, which showcases single and multi-channel audio & video works, live performances and immersive installations. The deadline for applications is January 10, 2010.

The Gam Submissions for Grand Opening Show December 10th 2009

The Gam Gallery and Studio is an open space for artists to create and to show, inclusive to all disciplines of artistic endeavors. Our goal is to encourage participation and motion toward creating a dynamic and thoughtful culture. It is a place to meet and learn from the talented people within our community, to get inspired and inspire others.
The Gam is located at 110 E Hastings St (at Columbia), in an artists’ only building. The building is in a great location for art events such as Swarm, and will be taking part in art/craft sales and culture crawls through the Olympics and beyond!
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We are calling for work in a range of media and size, and reflects the mission and meaning of the Gam stated above. If you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the e-mail address below. You can also contact Tarah Hogue at 778-235-6928, Julia Kreutz at 604-323-2434, Jamie Reid 778-828-4627 or Jasmine Ohlhauser 604-566-2138. We are the ladies that make up The Gam, and we're certain you'll enjoy talking to any one (or all) of us.
SUBMIT work to
Include: image, dimensions and media
DEADLINE is December 2nd 2009

Mark Siddall Gallery accepts artist submissions.

We are interested in all contemporary media including painting, works on paper, photographs and sculpture.

The gallery accepts postal submissions throughout the year from artist seeking representation. We also accept exhibition proposals. We do not make appointments or spontaneously view portfolios during gallery hours. We only accept to review portfolios that include a self-addressed stamped envelope for returning materials submitted for review.
Artist Submissions should include the following:
  • Curriculum Vite
  • Artist Statement
  • Minimum of 10 images of your work, slides, photographs, JPEGs or TIFFs are acceptable.
  • Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope must be included for return of submitted materials.
The gallery is located North of Eglinton Ave. on Wynford Dr., just minutes away from the Ontario Science Centre.
40 Wynford Drive, Suite 106
Toronto, ON. M3C 1J5
Phone: 647.728.4700
Toll Free: 1.888.996.2275


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Letters from Vincent. 900+ of them.
Annotated, illustrated with transcriptions and translations.

Van Gogh’s letters

The artist speaks
9 October 2009 - 3 January 2010

From 9 October 2009 to 3 January 2010 Van Gogh's letters will take centre stage in the exhibition Van Gogh's letters: The artist speaks. More than 120 original letters will be on show alongside the works that Van Gogh was writing about. These important documents have seldom or never been shown to the public due to their extreme fragility and sensitivity to light.
The combination of more than 300 works from the museum's own rich collection, including paintings, drawings, letters and letter sketches, offers a penetrating and comprehensive insight into Van Gogh as letter writer and as artist.
Especially for this exhibition the Van Gogh Museum has been able to secure the loan of three special letters from Vincent van Gogh to the artist Emile Bernard (1868-1941) from The Morgan Library & Museum in New York.
‘There are so many people, especially  among our pals, who imagine that words are nothing. On the contrary, don’t you think, it’s as interesting and as difficult to say a thing well as to paint a thing.’
Vincent van Gogh to Emile Bernard, 19 April 1888
Fascinating artistic correspondence
Vincent van Gogh was not only a ground-breaking artist, but also an ardent letter writer, who left to the world one of the most fascinating and multi-faceted bodies of artistic correspondence that we know. The 902 letters, of which more than 800 are held in the Van Gogh Museum, chronicle in direct and compelling style the story of his eventful life, the close bond with his brother and confidant Theo and the development of his work. These documents of more than 120 years ago with their many wonderful letter sketches unite the artist with the letter writer.
In the exhibition quotations from the letters guide the visitor through Van Gogh's paintings and those of his contemporaries, offering insights into his views on art and the role of the artist. The reader is witness to his dreams and disappointments, his passions and tribulations, friendships and quarrels, the battle with his illness and his all-encompassing desire to create art that would live on.
Letter by Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo, Arles, c. 21 November 1883, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)The letter sketches
Van Gogh's correspondence has a special bearing on his art because of the sketches of his own work that he included in his letters. These sketches served no artistic purpose but were made with the sole intention of showing Theo and his other correspondents what the paintings or drawings he was working on or had completed actually looked like. Visitors will be able to view a large number of letter sketches and enjoy the unique opportunity of being able to compare them with the paintings and drawings on which they are based.
Van Gogh Letters Project
October 2009 sees the culmination of the extensive and prestigious Van Gogh Letters Project. Fifteen years of research into the correspondence of Vincent van Gogh by the Van Gogh Museum and the Huygens Institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences will be crowned by this special exhibition, the launch of a website encompassing the complete research results and the publication of a six-volume book in three languages.
Web edition:
The English-language web edition contains all 902 letters to and from Van Gogh in their original languages (Dutch and French) with new English translations and images of the authentic manuscripts. The letters are furnished with extensive annotations and illustrations of all works of art mentioned in the correspondence. The web edition also offers extensive search possibilities and will be freely accessible from 8 October 2009.

You can also read Vincent's blog at

Calls for Artists

New policy: I'm only going to publish calls for artist that don't have fees involved.
On one hand, I appreciate that it takes $$$ to hang a show, the economy is down and galleries floundering. On the other, galleries take a large enough chunk that they should be able to subsidize their own shows and not be dependent upon the artists to do it. Your thoughts are welcome.

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SoFA open submissions calls for themes about landscapes
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

NYC Museum shows that I want to see...

The Red Book of C.G. Jung
At the Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011 · 212.620.5000
Creation of a New Cosmology

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (15 East 84th St, bet 5th and Madison Ave)

The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley, 5000 - 3500 BC features more than 250 objects from the remnants of Old Europe, a period of related prehistoric cultures that achieved a peak of sophistication and creativity long before Egypt or Mesopotamia and then mysteriously collapsed by 3500 BC. These goddess figures, jewelry, art, metal ornaments and weapons from museums in Romania, Bulgaria, and Moldova have never been featured in the United States despite the renown of artifacts like "The Thinker" - a strikingly modern male figure from Cernavoda, Romania. Continues through April 25th.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Calls for Artists

"Drawing. We artists are all doing it again. In this complex time of new energies and new directions in every facet of our lives, drawing, the ancient and perhaps the first method of self-expression, has been taken up by artists as never before. It is as if we have retrofitted the medium for defining and thinking about this ultra-modern time of overwhelming media capabilities, simply through pictures made directly by the power of the hand alone." Exhibition December 5-20, 2009. No Jury. Exposure to New York based Arts Professionals. Representation opportunities. Spaces fill quickly. Gallery exhibitions take place at it's location in New York City. Apply online at

Eighteenth annual competition for gallery exhibition and awards. This exhibition is devoted to the discovery, introduction and promotion of emerging artists. It will be held in March 2010 at the Limner Gallery in Hudson, New York and is open to all artists working in any media. There will be a $1000 cash award and $2400 in publication awards. For prospectus e-mail: OR visit


Juried exhibition entitled "ANIMAL NATION". "We are seeking art to sanctify, honor, and glorify ANIMALS of every species! Crawling, flying, hanging, loping, landing, swimming, basking, bathing, cuddling, following, sitting, eating, rearing; however you represent them, capture them, we are interested! We have been extremely fortunate to be creating an exciting, diverse, and active meeting place for artists and viewers alike, in a warm and positive virtual atmosphere since 2003." All mediums except video are eligible. Write to postal address or call or download, for prospectus: Caladan Gallery, Box 391939, Cambridge MA 02139 OR 617-838-8929 OR visit

A Design Mafia would like to announce its first ever design contest. "We are proud to have Brainstorm Print and Design to accompany us in unveiling our ‘Show Us Your Brainstorm’ event. Participants are asked to visually interpret the word “Brainstorm” using any medium available that won’t get you arrested (paint, ink, graphite, video, computer, macaroni, a bedazzler, etc)." Deadline is December 31,2009 at which point winners will be selected and announced. For more information and to enter visit A Design Mafia
Grand prize: The winner gets the opportunity to collaborate with the founders of Brainstorm and A Design Mafia on a limited edition print. Not only will the winner receive the print that they helped create, but the print will also be sold in the Brainstorm online store…but WAIT THERE’S MORE!!! Not only will the winner receive a print, not only will it be sold in the Brainstorm store, but 20% of the proceeds will go to Friends of the Earth ( !!! Second and Third Runner ups will receive a print of their choice from the Brainstorm online store. All participants will receive A Design Mafia stickers as a token of appreciation for participating in this great event!

All via Underground Art School

Monday, November 9, 2009

Are you a genuis or is it something within the walls of your studio?
I loved Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love.
In her Ted talk, she brings up some interesting ideas about what the role of the artist is in the creative process. Are you a vessel? Is God actually doing the creating? Can you check your ego at the door?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

"call for artist"

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Leap of Faith Fine Art Gallery located in Fort Collins CO is looking for any artist who are interested in displaying their work Chosen artists will be ...

"opportunity for artists"

Artist in Residence opportunity for 2010 (press release) - Wellington,New Zealand
"The residency provides an opportunity for artists to develop their craft and progress and project. And there is always a community element which could be a ...
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PROBABLE FIREWORKS | CROSSING BORDERS will offer an unprecedented new opportunity for artists to work collaboratively with other artists on large-scale ...
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The two days of Portfolio Review presents an unforgettable opportunity for artists using photography to have their work seen by some of the most important personalities in the field of photography. The Bratislava Month of Photography ...
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The residency is an opportunity for artists to concentrate and interact while leaving space to dream. A $35 administration fee is required to secure the date of application. The total cost of the residency is 1600 Euros. ...
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Publication Opportunity for Artists
Publication Opportunity for Artists ... Art & Beyond Magazine seeks submissions for a Spring 2010 edition Apply to win a Cover Competition deadline ends on ...
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Opportunity for Artists ... Deadline for electronic submission Monday Nov 9 ... 2 If work is to be hung must be wired for hanging 3 No entry fee ...
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Evolve your artistic practice through our new threeweek studio intensive January 526 2010 Designed as a multimedia opportunity for artists participants will ...

artists submissions

Indiana Memorial Union Board accepting applications for Live From Bloomington CD
Indiana University
Artists and bands are allowed one submission each for a fee of $10. Selected artists will be notified Nov. 10 and will have the opportunity to perform live ...
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Calling all student artists for participation in traffic safety poster contest
Suburban News
AAA New Jersey's top submissions will advance to the national competition to compete against students from across the US In addition to receiving more than ...
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Gallery seeking artists for sale
Trail Rossland News
They are accepting submissions of almost all shapes and sizes with a preference for crafts due to their ability to sell next to more expensive paintings. ...
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Fayetteville Flyer
Art Amiss 11 submission deadline is tomorrow
Fayetteville Flyer
This year, Art Amiss is looking for large scale media and installation submissions, as well as submissions in two- and three-dimensional visual art, film, ...
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Photography Enthusiasts: Open Call for works, Themed : Text and ...
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Curator may contact artists for more details if necessary. Submissions must be made electronically to : All submissions to have name/country on email subject line. Example: Text & Image: Your Name/Country You Are ...
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Contact. If you have arts events, announcements, reviews, submissions calls you would like to have posted here, please email me: bjanepr at gmail dot com. PAWA & Arkipelago Author Readings and Workshops. 07/11/2009: Randall Mann, ...
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