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ABSTRACT International Call for Artists and Writers

APPLY TO THE “ABSTRACT” INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR ARTISTS & WRITERS UNTIL JUNE 30, 2017

Abstractions are all around us. Ideas can be abstract; existing as an idea, feeling or quality but not having a tangible existence. Some conversations can be abstract, vague and theoretical and not based on particular examples or facts. And of course, there is abstract art which evokes feelings without trying to realistically represent the appearance of people or things. Abstract art, like poetry, offers a fragment of a mysteriously familiar narrative without directly revealing it in a realistic way. Reveal your most ABSTRACT thoughts.

If your work is selected you will be:

  • Announced as one of the selected artists/writers in the ArtAscent newsletter.
  • Published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal – a beautiful collectable keepsake that is available in digital and print long after the release date. Your showcase includes your artist/writer website link.
  • Showcased for at least two years on the ArtAscent website online exhibition, including your artist/writer website link.
  • Listed by name online for at least two years on the ArtAscent website artist/writer listing directory.
  • Promoted on the ArtAscent Facebook (16,000+ likes), Twitter, and Pinterest sites.

Selected artist works are featured as follows:

Gold Artist (1), Gold Writer (1), Silver Artist (1), Bronze Artist (1)

  • Featured in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal with an accompanying professional review and profile written by our art writer discussing you and your artwork, and selected piece(s) of your artwork.

Distinguished Artists (Up to 27 artists and 9 writers)

  • Featured in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal with selected piece(s) of your artwork.

Eligibility

Submitted work can include visual art – paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, digital, printmaking, installations, ceramics, fabric, jewelry, sculpture, and other 2- and 3-dimensional media – and written art – fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words).

For more information and to apply check out their website: https://artascent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/#toggle-id-2

Working Artist Photography Award — Apply Today

Working Artist Photography is offering a new Working Artist Photography Award, a regular one-time art purchase award dedicated solely to photography and photo-based artwork. This award works in tandem with their monthly general discipline Working Artist Grant/Art Purchase Award.

The Working Artist Photography Award is available to all photographers and photo-based artists worldwide working in all traditional and non-traditional photography formats, genres and styles. Work accepted for review includes but is not limited to film, digital photography, digitally manipulated photography, glitch, straight and abstract photography, landscape, still life, fashion, documentary, street, black and white, color, and all methods concerning the finished photographic print.

If selected as their winner, they ask that the award recipient be willing to exchange one of their original works or smaller series of original works for inclusion in our collection in return for our award. Work considered by the artist as of equal value, and available for acquisition can be negotiated upon receipt of the award. They do pay the artist’s shipping costs. Please send them your best work for review.

If you are interested in being considered for their award, please either: send them your website, or, send them 5 digital images/files of recent work, (total mail size no larger than 2 MB please) — to them via email. No written proposals or CV’s are required unless the artist would like to include them. Instead, please simply include in the body of your email current contact information, and send to: photographyaward@workingartist.org. There is no application form.

There is a submission review fee of $25.00, which helps offset the costs of this effort to fund meaningful work by serious artists.

Award recipients agree by completing their submission to limited use of their images or other representation of their artwork and general information to be featured on their site and corresponding promotional media. All rights will be retained by the artists.

Submissions for the next deadline of the Working Artist Photography Award must be submitted by midnight of July 17, 2017. They notify all participants of the results.

OPPORTUNITY OPENS

Wednesday, Jun 7th 2017

OPPORTUNITY CLOSES

Tuesday, Jul 18th 2017, 11:45pm

APPLICATION LOCATION

info@workingartist.org

Seeking an Artist or Artists for Central Lakes Trail Play Sculpture

CENTRAL LAKES TRAIL PLAY SCULPTURE

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS Budget: $50,000
Application due: Thursday, June 30, 2017

Context and Background:

Springboard for the Arts, PartnerSHIP4Health and the Department of Natural Resources are seeking an artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install an outdoor, permanent play sculpture at the entrance of the Central Lakes Trail in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. The sculpture is intended to create an attractive destination along the Central Lakes Trail, encourage active living, creativity and play for children and their families, and provide an inspiring place to enjoy the surrounding natural environment during all seasons. We also hope to incorporate the ideas from local youth that were generated in spring of 2017, when Springboard staff led a total of 17 creative placemaking workshops, engaging 4th graders and 60 high school students in developing ideas for the sculpture through poems, drawings and clay sculptures.

About Central Lakes Trail and Fergus Falls:

The sculpture will be located at the new Central Lakes State Trail Trailhead outside of Fergus Falls, Minnesota. The Central Lakes Bike Trail is used by thousands of visitors each year, and extends 55 miles through the heart of West Central Minnesota from Osakis to Fergus Falls.

Fergus Falls is located in West Central Minnesota, about one hour south of Fargo, and 2.5 hours Northwest of the Twin Cities, just at the edge of the lakes and prairie. With a population of approximately 13,200, Fergus Falls has a thriving arts community, a charming downtown, plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, and is actively becoming more bike/pedestrian friendly.

Project Goals:

The final project proposal will be selected based on the criteria below:

Inspires Play and Creativity: Encourage interactive play for children and their families, ideally during all four seasons.

Attracts Visitors: Create a focal point or destination at the new Central Lakes trailhead in Fergus Falls.

Is Sustainable: Utilize materials that will withstand the elements and require minimal maintenance over time.

Is Safe: Not pose any safety risks to the intended audience. For example, for projects that encourage climbing, follow fall height regulations, pinch points, etc.

Is Accessible: Create an enjoyable experience for visitors regardless of age, physical or mental disability.

Budget: $50,000

Funding for this project is provided by the Super Bowl Legacy Fund. A budget of $50,000 must cover all associated costs of the project, including but not limited to design, fabrication, materials, labor, transportation, lodging, insurance and installation of the sculpture.

The selected artist will receive a contract for design development, fabrication and installation services. The sculpture shall be owned by the DNR. Artist shall retain copyright, and must allow permission for all partners involved in the project to use images for educational and promotional purposes.

Site:

Located on the East edge of Fergus Falls, this property is currently being developed by the DNR into the new trailhead for the Central Lakes Trail. The site will include a parking lot, restrooms, picnic area, and a bike fix-it station.

The designated project site is has a diameter of approximately 40 feet, although this is negotiable depending on the final project design.

The sculpture will ideally be viewable from both pedestrians and bikers on the Central Lakes Bike Trail, and drivers on Highway 210.

Eligibility:

The project is open to U.S. artists with demonstrated experience in public art design and fabrication, who have been previously been commissioned for at least 2 projects of similar scope and budget. Preference will be given to artists with a specific interest and experience in the intersection of play, health and nature.

RFQ Selection Process:

After the initial RFQ deadline on June 30, 2017, a selection committee consisting of local community members and artists will select up to three (3) finalists. Springboard will subcontract with the finalists to prepare proposals for review by the committee, along with facilitating interview meetings with finalists. An honorarium of $500 will be provided to each finalist to develop one preliminary concept for the art feature at the site. Finalists’ proposals should be developed enough to provide a good understanding of how the art will look within the context of the location. Finalists will be asked to present their proposals to the committee in person. Travel support available.

Required Submission Materials:

1. Cover Page with contact information: name, address, email and phone.
2. Letter of interest (no more than two pages) briefly describing how you would approach this project and its goals, previous experiences related to this project
3. Three references with contact information.
4. Biographical information – two pages maximum.
5. Work sample list – corresponding to the work samples you are submitting. Please include year, budget, material, and dimensions.
6. Up to 10 work samples – Image files saved in JPEG (.jpg) format at 72ppi, 1920 pixels on the longest side.

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How to Submit

1. Combine submission materials 1 – 5 [above] into one word document or PDF. 2. Attach images in separate files.
3. Do NOT send a design proposal at this time.
4. Send all submission materials as email attachments to:

Email: dominic@springboardforthearts.org Subject: Central Lakes Trail Sculpture

Inquiries email: dominic@springboardforthearts.org

Estimated Project Schedule:

June 30, 2017
July 18, 2017
July 31 – August 24 August 18, 2017 August 31, 2017 December 2017 June 2018

Source Material:

Deadline for RFQ
Committee review and selection of finalists Informational meetings/site visits for finalists Interview/presentation with finalists
Artist selected and contracted
Design development phase completed Fabrication and installation of sculpture

Information about the Central Lakes Bike Trail: www.centrallakestrail.com Drone footage of the Central Lakes Trail:

www.facebook.com/CentralLakesTrail/videos/1247474335371272/

Results of workshops with area youth asking them what kind of sculpture they would like to see:  http://tinyurl.com/FFSculptureIdeas

Project Partners:

Springboard for the Arts
Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists. Our work is about building stronger communities, neighborhoods, and economies, and we believe that artists are an important leverage point in that work. Springboard for the Arts’ mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life.

PartnerSHIP 4 Health
PartnerSHIP 4 Health is a collaboration of community and public health partners in Becker, Clay, Otter Tail and Wilkin counties working to prevent chronic disease through sustainable changes that increase physical activity, healthy eating and reduce tobacco use and exposure. PartnerSHIP 4 Health is at work with schools, worksites, communities, health care, child care and human service organizations.PartnerSHIP 4 Health is currently funded by the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), Clearway Minnesota and a CDC Community Wellness Grant.

Department of Natural Resources
Our mission is to work with citizens to conserve and manage the state’s natural resources, to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and to provide for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life.

Artists of Northwest Minnesota Booklet — Seeking Artists and Creative Individuals

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 15!

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is updating our Artists of Northwest Minnesota booklet and will be printing 3,000 copies of our 4th edition this winter. This is a marketing booklet that will be distributed throughout our region.

We are looking for a variety of creative people and artists to provide information for this booklet, but we’d love to include more bands, musicians, performing artists, or writers. The cost for a listing for individuals is $20. In addition to the listing you will receive 20 booklets, which makes the listing practically free!  The booklet helps those who are listed reach out to the general public and is a means to help the public “get in touch with them” to purchase art, book them, or have them provide a service. The booklet will include visual artists, fine crafters, performing artists like musicians, dancers, actors, creative writers, fine art photographers, creative videographers, serious graphic artists, interior design artists, landscape artists, journalists, screenwriters, history writers, editors, artistic architects, very unique artsy floral designers, theater directors, choreographers, accompanists, bands, folk musicians, and more.

While our approach will be inclusive, criteria will be applied related to selection.  Things like tattoo, taxidermy, kit crafters, pre-existing patterns from a book crafters, and purchased ceramics that are just painted don’t fit as nicely unless they are over the top excellent in technique or if they are preserving a fine artistic tradition like Rosemaling, for instance. Please contact us if you have questions.

Arts organizations, dance studios, stores with local art, local suppliers of supplies and materials for artists, coffee shops that have open mic or live bands often, etc. will be included in the back of the booklet.

If you would like to be listed, please print out an entry form, fill it out and mail to us. Here is the form: NWMACArtist booklet Application form 4th edition. There is also an entry form for businesses. It also costs $20 for businesses/groups that want to have a logo or picture in the booklet. Here is the form for businesses: NWMAC Groups Application form 2017 edition.

We are also considering briefly listing very artistic local festivals in this edition. These festivals would need to have a very strong history of existence – since we print every three years + an “arts budget” of a certain amount to qualify.  If you think your festival qualifies and you are interested in being listed, please contact Mara at mara@nwrdc.org.

To see the 3rd edition booklet that was published three years ago, click here.

Please spread the word to other creative and artistic residents in our region!

 

Looking for Cities Ready for Creative Arts Planning

Leveraging Creativity in Community through Integrated and Place-based Community Development

In partnership with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Arts Midwest is providing a 2017-18 learning experience for up to eight greater Minnesota communities. Communities will apply through their non-profit arts council. This cohort, offered by ArtsLab, a core program of Arts Midwest, focuses on the growing importance of arts and culture as key drivers in building a rural America that can flourish.  The deadline to apply is May 15.

Here are the details:

Course Description: Over the course of four two-day retreats, participants will explore key questions relevant to their common community development needs. The program will invite the cross-fertilization of ideas among participants, and will feature guest thought leaders in the field, assignments and virtual workshops between retreats. Learning within practice, participants will create new habits, deepen relationships, and identify strategic goals for immediate application.

  • What is the confluence in my community among arts and culture, community, and civic life?
  • What is the impact of arts and culture on the economy and quality of life of our community?
  • Can we find a common vision, common cause, and common language for a collective community future?
  • What is our path into the future that engages the broader community?
  • How can we accomplish our goals and nurture our vision toward reality? What is our best business strategy?

Program Components: This peer learning community will include retreats, virtual workshops, and mentorship. One night of overnight stay is expected with each retreat.

Eligibility: This 2017–18 peer learning opportunity is intended to support teams from approximately eight selected communities. To be eligible for this opportunity, a lead organization/applicant must:

  • Be incorporated as a 501(c)(3) or established as a Board or Commission within municipal or regional government, with arts and culture as primary mission.
  • Be based within the State of Minnesota and outside of the Minneapolis-St. Paul 7-county area.
  • Have three or more years of programming and/or service to their community.
  • Have expenses of between $20,000 and $500,000 in the most recently completed fiscal year.
  • Have at least one administrative leader (full or part time).
  • Identify a consistent team of 3–6 leaders committed to all aspects of this learning experience. This team should be comprised of a senior staff member, artist, and key board member from the lead applicant organization; and key community influencers, such as an elected official, chamber of commerce member, member of the economic development authority, etc.
  • Preference will be given to communities that demonstrate responsiveness to equity and inclusion of underserved population groups.

Cost: This opportunity is funded by Arts Midwest and its ArtsLab funders. The retreats will be offered at no cost to selected applicants. However, it is recommended that as a part of this application process, each team choose to work with ArtsLab and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) to complete the Creative MN local community economic analysis report. This process would be made available at a fee of $1,500 per team.

Application Process:

For complete instructions and selection criteria, review the complete Application Guildelines (PDF).

Application is available online here.  Must click submit before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017.

Timeline:

April 10, 2017 – Applications available

May 15, 2017 – Applications due 5 p.m.

June 9, 2017 – Applicants notified of panel decisions

September 2017 through March 2018 – Four retreats

Questions? Contact Sharon Rodning Bash (sharon@artsmidwest.org) or Erin Brueggemann (erin@artsmidwest.org) at 612.341.0755 with any questions about the program or application process.