Saturday, September 03, 2011

Opportunity for Artists

Deadline: Saturday, October 1, 2011

Internationally known Projects Galleryannounces a call to artists for “Square Foot Art Basel Miami.” During this year’s world-acclaimed Art Basel Miami, Projects Gallery will create a mosaic-style wall in its trendy Wynwood Lofts gallery in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami.

A minimum of 100 artists will be selected on a first-come basis. Creating a grid comprised of 12”x12” individual spaces with works of all styles and media, Projects Gallery will provide artists an opportunity to be part of the Art Basel Miami art fairs events. This remarkable gathering of international art fairs and renown emerging venues, such as Aqua, Art Miami, Art Now, NADA, Pulse, Red Dot, Scope and numerous others, creates an arts-conscious concentration uniquely found in Miami every year in early December. It attracts collectors, curators and artists worldwide in a variety of settings with a level of enthusiasm and energy that is fitting for this international destination.

Eligibility: Open to all artists. All works must conform to a dimension of 12”H x 12”W, inclusive of any framing. Works may be smaller in size, but framing must bring the measurement to 12”x12”. For example, a painting measuring 5x7 must have framing that increases the edges to meet the 12”x12” requirement. A video must be shown on a hanging apparatus that makes the player 12”x12”. Sculpture must be wall mounted either by a hanging device or a shelf measuring 12”W. There is no limitation on depth dimension.

Jurors: Projects Gallery Director, Helen Meyrick, and international artist, Frank Hyder. The first 100 artists to apply are guaranteed at least one space on the grid. Once the first 100 entries are received, any subsequent submissions will be considered according to space availability. As entries are submitted, each artist will be notified immediately of their entry placement number. Selected artists will receive photographic proof of their placement on the grid.

Works for consideration may be of any media and any style, including painting, drawing, mixed media, print, photography, video, sculpture, etc. Weight may not exceed 50 lbs. All works must be original, for sale and available for the duration of the exhibition. Gallery commission on net sales is 50%, and gallery reserves the right to discount 10% off retail. Artist is responsible for transportation of work to and from the Miami gallery. Projects Gallery will not be responsible for loss or damage of any work while on the premises or during transit to or from the gallery. All works must be exhibition ready, including wire, hooks, etc. Video artists must supply viewing equipment. Selected artists must permit use of their work images for publicity purposes, including but not limited to print and web.

To Enter: Entries may be submitted via email, snail mail or hand delivery to the Philadelphia gallery. There is a non-refundable entry fee of $60.00 (U.S.) per artist for up to two artwork entries with two additional detail images. Multiple entries are permissible. Each entry is guaranteed a space until the first 100 entries are received, i.e. make one entry application receive at least one space; make two applications received at least two spaces.

Documents required:

Artist contact information: Including name as it should appear in print, email address, mailing address, phone number(s).
List of entries: Include the following information - artist name, titles of images, media, date and retail price of work submitted (Smith, Joe / Image 1 – Untitled / mixed media / 2011 / $xxx).
Resume or bio
Artist statement

Image submissions: Must be digital 300 dpi and at least 600 pixels but no greater than 1200 pixels in either direction. Jpg, gif or tif format. Each image file should be labeled as follows: LastName_FirstName_TheEntryNumber.jpg (Smith_Joe_1.jpg). Do not send original artwork. No slides.

All documents should be in .doc or .pdf format. Entry material will not be returned unless a self-addressed, stamped envelope is provided. All entries for this exhibition must be received no later than Saturday, October 1st. Entry fee may be made by credit card or check/money order payable to: Projects Gallery and mailed to the Philadelphia gallery (address below). Entry fee may also be paid via PayPal. If any of the above requirements are not met, the submission will be deemed ineligible.

Mail or drop off submissions and entry fee to:
ProjectsGallery Attn: Square Foot Art Basel Miami
629 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123

PayPal payments to either: or 267-303-9652
Indicate payment for Square Foot ABM

Calendar for Square Foot Art Basel Miami

Entry deadline: Saturday, October 1, 2011
Final notification: Saturday, October 15, 2011
Selected work(s) to Miami gallery: November 14-19, 2011 – no works accepted after November 19th
Exhibition opens: Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Exhibition closes: Saturday, December 10, 2011
Reception: Second Saturday, December 10, 2011 7 – 11 PM
Work pick up or return shipping: December 11-12, 2011 pick-up work or prepaid shipping returned

All shipped works must arrive in reusable packaging (with complete installation instructions where applicable) and include a prepaid, return-shipping label. An appointment must be made for hand-delivered works to the Miami gallery. DO NOT send works to the Philadelphia gallery. Any works not picked up by December 12, 2011 will be charged a $5 per day storage fee.

In addition to the exhibition, postcards and e-announcements will be produced, press releases and images will be sent out and the exhibition will be highlighted on the gallery’s website.

Questions? Contact or call 267-303-9652.

Chilean artists at AMA

Opening this Friday

Touchstone Gallery is opening a show of new works by Lou Gagnon with an opening reception this coming Friday, September 9, 6-8:30pm.

Gagnon is not only a superbly talented artist, but also one of the area's hardest working ones; from the press release:

Believing Joy is always there for the making, this exhibition of recent pastels by Lou Gagnon, offers the joy that comes from Seeing, Working and Sharing. Bridging the methods of the ancient, old and modern masters with 21st century cognitive and visual science, Lou creates simple yet sophisticated color arrangements, inspired by his families’ farm, that move both visually and emotionally. The joy of seeing, working and sharing comes from focusing our attention beyond ourselves and connecting to nature. So much of our time is wrapped in thought… in navigating complexity. These pictures are a small space of peace.

Lou lives and works, with his wife and children, on their eighth generation family farm in Gainesville, Virginia. He studied art at Mary Washington College and has a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech. He practiced architecture, urban planning and environmental design for fifteen years in Washington, D.C., Portland, Oregon and Glendale, California. He has received regional, national and international awards for fine art and design including the 2004 IDEA Gold Medal for Environmental Design for Mission: Space at EPCOT, Walt Disney World. Lou was the Concept Architect at Walt Disney Imagineering for Mission: Space and the lead designer for Hotel MiraCosta at Tokyo DisneySea in Tokyo, Japan. While at Imagineering, Lou mentored with Disney Legend John Hench on color and design. He has also studied with Wolf Kahn.

In 2002, Lou and his wife Andrea, founded LynnVale Studios llc in an effort to preserve the family farm. LynnVale Studios llc is dedicated to cultivating creativity and the human spirit though alternative agriculture and fine art. There, they grow over 200 varieties of specialty cut flowers that they sell at farmers markets in they Washington metro area and offer floral design services for events. In addition to making art, Lou teaches art to home school children and through summer camps, coaches professional artists of color and design, facilitates corporate creative workshops and collaborates with Virginia Tech’s Masters of Architecture program.

This is his first solo show at Touchstone Gallery. He has shown at the the Lee Arts Center in Arlington, VA, Caton Merchant Center for the Arts in Manassas, VA, The Delaplaine Arts Education Center in Frederick, MD, Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD. Architectural and urban design illustrations were exhibited at Portland State University in Portland, OR and The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
Go see this show.

Arts on Foot next weekend

DC's Arts on Foot is next weekend and it has all kinds of great activities including 115 exhibitors; details here.