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Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018

Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018 logoOn Thursday, June 21, and Friday June 22 artists throughout the Rogue Valley paint en plein air as part of the Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018 event. The event is sponsored and produced by the Artists Workshop of Southern Oregon and Central Art Supply.

Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018 Public Events

Artist painting En Plein Air for the Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018 eventSouthern Oregon Plein Air 2018 concludes on Saturday, June 23rd, at Art Presence Art Center. Art Presence is located at 206 North 5th Street in Jacksonville, Oregon. At 9:30 am artists participate in a Quick Paint competition—super fun to watch! Quick Paint continues until 11:30 am.

Paintings created for the “Petit Pleintures, En Plein Air” show will be on display on the front lawn of Art Presence all day long. Petit Pleintures is a show of small plein air works. All paintings will be 16″ AT MOST in any dimension and created in the last year and a half. Oils are painted on minimum 1 1/2″ gallery wrapped canvas with painted edges, and watercolors are properly matted and framed under glass or plexiglass. Don’t miss it! Petite Pleintures pieces are available for purchase June 23 from 10 am–5 pm ONLY!!

All paintings submitted for jurying will be on display inside the gallery for the “En Plein Air” show. The En Plein Air exhibition of the work of southern Oregon’s finest plein air painters continues through July 29, 2018.

Nationally known plein air artist and SO Plein Air 2018 juror Aimee Erickson demonstrates her plein air skills from 12:30–2:30 pm. This demonstration is open to the public.

Awards Ceremony and Reception for the Artists

After Aimee’s demo, stay for the Awards Ceremony and Artists Reception from 3–5 pm. While mingling with talented artists, you should have many opportunities to discuss painting with the participants and perhaps even with the juror! This is your chance to see all the winning paintings. View the show and make arrangements to purchase your favorite.

SOSA May 2018 Newsletter and Meeting Announcement

SOSA May 2018 Newsletter and Meeting Announcement

The Southern Oregon Society of Artists meets at 7:00 on Monday, May 21.

Correction: Please note that the date for the May 2018 monthly meeting is Monday, May 21.

House Increases NEA Funding by $2 Million!

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House Increases NEA Funding by $2 Million!

Tuesday night, the U.S House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee advanced legislation to fund the nation’s federal cultural agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

We are happy to report that under the leadership of Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA) and Ranking Member Betty McCollum (D-MN), the Subcommittee allocated increases of $2 million to both the NEA and the NEH, bringing their budgets up to $155 million each for FY 2019. Thanks to your impactful grassroots advocacy work, this is the same appropriation level that we requested on Arts Advocacy Day this past March.

Up next, the full U.S. House Appropriations Committee will consider the bill next week before it moves on to the full House and then to the Senate. We’ll need to watch the progression diligently because weakening amendments or perhaps opportunities for even bigger increases can happen along the way as we move into the mid-term Congressional elections this November.

The voice of arts advocates was clearly heard. Help us keep pressure on Congress by contributing  to our Campaign to Increase Funding for the Arts in America.

Teddy Abrams Speaks About Music at Rogue Gallery Tonight!

Art and Music have always gone well together…. and that is why
the Rogue Gallery and Art Center

and Britt Festival are excited to blend music and art this year!

Teddy Abrams Speaks About Music at Rogue Gallery Tonight!

May 18, 2018, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Third Friday Downtown Medford Artwalk

Teddy Abrams will be at the Rogue Gallery to talk about his passion – music.

 

Teddy Abrams is a versatile musician and widely-acclaimed Director and Conductor of the Britt Orchestra. He plays the piano, clarinet and composes. A tireless advocate for the power of music, Abrams fosters interdisciplinary collaboration with organizations including the Louisville Ballet, the Center for Interfaith Relations, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Speed Art Museum, and the Folger Shakespeare Library.

In addition, on the May 18 Third Friday Art Walk the Rogue Gallery will celebrate two new exhibits. The Main Gallery exhibit “Art in Bloom: Darla Baack, Vera Melynk & Kathy Morawiec” features Mosaics, Glass & Paintings. The Community Gallery exhibit “Seductive Pathways: Photographs by Vivian McAleavey” displays mysterious and beautiful photography. Come meet these talented artists.

Refreshments and wine will be served. Wine provided by Weisinger Family Winery. May 18th at 6:30 pm, Teddy will bring his keyboard and talk about music at the Rogue Gallery. Don’t miss this special event!

The Rogue Gallery wishes to thank the sponsor of this event:

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Truck Load of Frames & Canvas Sale Encore Today and Tomorrow!

Truck Load of Frames & Canvas Sale Encore - Art Explorations Mini Workshop Leather Painting with Angelus Paints Central Art Supply, Medford, Oregon

 

The. Truck.  Is. COMING. 

It’s back for an encore! This weekend, find the perfect frame or canvas for your next masterpiece and check out

Central Art’s Truck Load of Frames & Canvas Sale

THIS Fri. & Sat. May 18th & 19th

& save BIG!

 

The truck will be pulling in this weekend, stocked to the brim with fresh frames in all different styles and sizes, so be sure and catch this second chance at great values before it rolls away!

Visit Central Art!

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, Oregon

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Participants painting in Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, Oregon

 

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018

 

 GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Fun with Flowers - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, Oregon GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Fun with Flowers - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonSketching from Life: Fun with Flowers
with Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, May 12th
1 – 4 pm

Learn or develop your skills in drawing from life.
We will sketch fresh flowers
We can use pencils, pens, or charcoal.
Work on creating good values, realistic lighting
Improve composition
All skill levels welcome

$30. All materials provided.

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Paint Like Alex Katz - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonGPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Paint Like Alex Katz - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonPaint like Alex Katz
with Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, May 19th
1 – 4 pm

Contemporary painter Alex Katz is a master at simplifying compositions. His artwork has been exhibited over 700 times and he is one of the most famous living painters. In this class we will:

Have fun learning tricks to simplify a painting to make it stronger
Learn to plan our colors ahead of time
Beginning students can copy one of his works, and more intermediate, advanced, or adventurous students can bring in a photo and we will paint it in Katz’s style.
Leave with an acrylic painting

$30. All materials provided.

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Animal Drawing - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonAnimal Drawing
with Bobbi Baldwin
Saturday, June 2nd
10:30 – 4

Paint your beloved pet or favorite animal, open to all mediums (except oil). Dogs, cats, horses, tigers, cows, wild animals. Whatever your favorite fur or feather animals are!
We will work on learning the anatomical structure of bodies and faces as well as how to best portray them.
We will also work on composition, color theory, techniques, and painting.
Beginners through advanced artists—all are welcome.

$85. Materials list to be sent to you. (Most materials available for use at the Museum if needed).

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Art Journals with Karen O'Brien - Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonArt Journals
with Karen O’Brien
Saturday, June 16th
10:30 – 3:30

In this class we will learn how to begin our own art journal* with simple supplies. I will share plenty of ideas and approaches to begin filling your journals. We will create a journal spread.
All you need to bring to class is:

Blank journal that can handle water media: 90-140 lb paper
OR
Old book : thin spine, no larger than 9″ x 12″, no shiny, slick or glossy pages

*What is an Art Journal? It’s a place to record your thoughts, memories, and emotions through images, art and words.
Why do it? It is an easy way to use your creativity every day. It can be done with simple tools. It is portable, requiring very little space to do it. It can be used to document life, travels, plan you art, express your feelings, test out new art products and techniques. It can be personal – only for you, or you can share it with others.

$45.

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Advanced Figure Drawing - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonAdvanced Figure Drawing
with Bobbi Baldwin
Friday, June 22nd &
Saturday, June 23rd
10:30 – 4

Bobbi returns by popular demand!

An in-depth study of how color theory applies to the human form. This class is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about how to draw the human form. It will also apply color theory to the way you draw the figure – including how shadow and light can make your work far better. You will leave with a stronger knowledge of how to apply light and shadow, keep them separated, and how to draw anyone in any position.

$150. Materials list will be sent to you.

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - How to Paint Waves - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonGPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - How to Paint Waves - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonGPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - How to Paint Waves - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonHow to Paint Waves
with Kristen O’Neill
Saturday, June 30th
1 – 4 pm

Learn how to paint convincing waves
Where it the light in the wave?
What colors make a convincing wave?
Learn about transparent vs opaque colors
Learn about the difference between Mineral Inorganic colors and Modern Organic colors – finally find out what all those crazy paint names are about!
Great color theory class that will apply to other subjects too!

$30. All materials included.

GPMA Adult Art Classes: Now through July 2018 - Vision Boards - Adult Art Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OregonVision Board
with Candy Rosenberg
Saturday, July 14th
10:30 – 4:30

Have you ever wanted to make a vision board?
A vision board is a powerful tool that helps you narrow down your desires through the power of manifestation. This tool helps you to invest the time and energy to visualize your future and consistently remind yourself of your life goals. This workshop is led by Candy Rosenberg of Soulworks. You will be not only be creating a vision board, you will be guided by a life coach to learn what you want in life and how to get it. We will provide everything you need, just bring your smile. This course is normally $125, so be sure to take advantage of this special workshop offering.

$55. All materials included.

Grants Pass Museum of Art | 229 SW G St, Grants Pass, OR 97528

Natural Painting Workshop in Italy!

NATURAL PAINTING & FRESCO WORKSHOP IN ITALY!

Natural Earth Paint founder and artist, Leah Fanning, will be teaching a Natural Painting & Fresco Workshop in a magical little village in Northern Italy in September!

Based in the foothills of the Dolomites, 30 minuntes from Venice, the workshop will be led by Leah and Alma Ortolan, Italian fresco artist in the ancient / natural techniques.

Lodging & studio will be in the historic and elegantly restored Palazzo Galleti and amazing home-cooked Italian meals will abound!

Find all the workshop details here….
http://www.artinnitaly.com/make-your-natural-paint.html

Spread the word, only 9 OPENINGS for this workshop!

Sunday, September 16th-23rd
10:00 AM – 04:00 PM

LOCATION:
Palazzo Galletti B&B Boutique Hotel
Via Roma, 70 -31029 Vittorio Veneto, TV – Italy

For more info, you can contact Leah Fanning at:
www.fanningart.com
[email protected]
541-890-6533

Hope to see you there!

Art Explorations: Fabric Painting Mini Workshop at Central Art

Art Explorations Mini Workshop Leather Painting with Angelus Paints Central Art Supply, Medford, Oregon

 

Art Explorations: Fabric Painting Mini Workshop

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Fee: $10 per person

 

Explore the exciting realm of textile art! We will be using a variety of water-based paints on various fabrics. Come get hands-on, and be inspired to create something bold and uniquely you!

 

Supplies provided.

 

*Pre-registration required. Space is limited to 10 students total.

Call or stop in and sign up today!

541.773.1444

101 N. Central, Medford

Why Every Artist Should be a Great Storyteller

 

Why Every Artist Should be a Great Storyteller

Expertly telling your story is the best kind of organic marketing you can do to promote your art because people care almost as deeply about how you create, as they do about the end product.


So you’re a visual artist and you rely on the visual element of your work to sell it and captivate viewers in a single glance. But while art does indeed speak for itself, it only tells part of your story. The other, often-overlooked part is “Who is the person behind the signature scribbled on this amazing piece?”

While it’s impossible to pinpoint a tangible career-elevating payoff to telling your story, there are clear benefits. In today’s competitive marketplace a good story can say things about your character that your art can’t, which can help give you an edge over similar artists being considered for a project. It also allows you to make connections with new audiences who might not understand art the way critics do, but who appreciate your work based on how you make it.

Storytelling might seem like an additional “to-do” that you don’t have time or resources for, however, it simply requires using your words and talking about yourself (and likely something you love). As Simon Sinek says, “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.” And it should provide some kind of return on your time investment, as the best kind of storytelling serves as marketing that doesn’t feel like traditional marketing at all.

When you communicate your inspiration and efforts behind your pieces, you allow viewers to see your art through your eyes. This gives the viewer something tangible to share with others in conversation – something that a two-dimensional piece rarely can do on its own terms. Like any craft, there is a certain rhythm and structure that leads to a successful story. Follow these four guidelines to artfully tell your narrative and ultimately expand your audience reach.

  1. Learn the Storytelling Basics

You likely have an “About” profile on your website, but if it’s missing an arc it’s time to inject it with some life. Stories have a three-part structure with a beginning, middle, and end. The first part opens with an intriguing introduction, the middle develops that detail into the crux of the piece (the main driver of the narrative) and the end leads to how the main character accomplished their objective. Along the way, elements of surprise and eclectic characters keep things interesting. Think about your artistic journey and how you can divide it into three parts.

“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.”

Start by catching the reader’s attention with a strong hook – a few lines that focus on what is the most unique thing about you and your artistic evolution. Maybe as a child your grandmother took you to her painting class and that time fostered a love of painting? Maybe there is a moment when someone challenged your dream to become a sculptor and you used that as fuel for your career? Or maybe you have lived all over the world and the different cultures have greatly impacted your design style? The introductory anecdote should be compelling and full of details, so you can build the rest of your story around it by answering how that moment led you to what you create today. Finish the bio by highlighting your biggest career accomplishments. Need an example to get you started? Here is one from French-American artist Gwenn Seemel that we like as a muse.

  1. Invite People into Your Process

Now that you’ve firmed up your bio – which you can use anywhere from your website to your pitch deck to your gallery exhibitions – consider other ways to share your story, like through your creative process.

Artists have a rep for being territorial about people entering their sacred studios. When their supporters only see the final masterpieces, though, they can’t fathom the marathon hours, painstaking process, and level of detail that goes into the artwork. So pull back the curtain and invite the public in by using video clips, photo, and text together. It’s easier than it sounds – there is probably already a photographer or videographer in your tribe, so commission them to capture various shots of your studio and key stages of creation.

The best kind of storytelling serves as marketing that doesn’t feel like traditional marketing at all.

To do this, write out an “objective sheet” detailing the overarching story you want to tell, and the shots that will bring this to life. This could include a shot of your workspace, any production machinery or workspace décor, or action shots, which capture you at the beginning, middle, and end of your process. If you’re more comfortable on camera, you could produce a video short.

Just look at what street artist Don Rimx has done with his process shots. He regularly invites the public into his process and recently his video “Friction” caught the attention of corporate audiences who now commission his work. In the time-lapse video, Rimx shows all of the movements it takes him to paint a mural, as well as incorporates outside voices who comment on the work-in-progress.  Rimx’s act of artistic vulnerability widens the reach of those who can experience his work, and it’s paying off.

  1. Share Your Creative Routine  

Do you always find that people are asking you if you have any creative rituals? As mundane as this question might seem to you, an entire book has been written about the daily rituals of artists, and translated into multiple languages! Rituals are fascinating because they’re not limited to specific fields or artistic disciplines, so people are inspired to apply what works for artists to their own work. And, frankly, people love hearing the war stories about people making something – that makes you real and relatable and it’s human nature to respect someone who works hard.

For this, examine how you create. What do you do that’s different? Maybe you balance your artistic side with a full-time career elsewhere, so you can only work late at night? Or maybe you go off into the desert to create in a space that is completely free of distraction? Like your bio, be specific on the details. Your objective here is to give your fans something to grasp onto. People likely can’t get behind someone who says “I only paint when I feel inspired.” But they can applaud someone who says they go into the studio every morning at 7 a.m. and often has to work for several hours before they find the groove of a project.

People can’t get behind someone who says “I only paint when I feel inspired.”

UK-based multi-media artist Kirsty Elson crafts miniature homes, boats, and lighthouses out of driftwood, and draws inspiration from her seaside surroundings. When she collects driftwood at the beach, she either knows immediately what she’ll create or the wood sits in her shed for years until she does. ­­ In this video, Elson discusses the full cycle of creating her art including how she gets it in the hands of customers around the world.

  1. Tell your story in different ways on multiple mediums

 The idea of a “story” has been with us since the beginning of time, but today what that looks like can range from the traditional body of text to a one-sentence Instagram post. That gives you many channels to explore. If you have a weekly newsletter or blog, those are natural places to begin sharing your processes and routines. If you’re still building out your reader list, you can test out the various social media channels to see what drums up interest and feels most natural. You might find that it’s easier to share your process shots on a medium like Instagram due to its visual nature, while you can better articulate the finer points of your creative routine through blogging.

If writing is not your forte or you’re pressed for time, another way to tell your story is to include brief captions below artwork on your website describing the inspiration/idea behind each piece. A few years ago, my firm was charged with publicizing Strong Families “Mama’s Day Our Way” campaign—a national initiative led by Forward Together where more than 20 artists were commissioned to create e-cards for mothers who are often overlooked in the mainstream celebration of Mother’s Day. Strong Families wanted to reach both sites that focus on parenting and LGBTQ issues and the mainstream press. To make the campaign about more than the image on the cards, we asked the artists to share why they wanted to be involved in the campaign and what was their inspiration behind their card image.

To tell the story behind her Strong Families image, Chucha Marquez shared the following anecdote: "Chosen family has been a crucial aspect of my existence and survival as a queer person of color in this world. My chosen family has been there for me during times in which I couldn't go to my birth mother or 'biological' family. I also wanted to celebrate Sylvia Rivera's role as a mother to many struggling queers and trans* folks back when she was alive. Her work is still very relevant today and the legacy she left behind remains alive through the lives she has touched. I really wanted to celebrate this in my card."

To tell the story behind his Strong Families image, Chucha Marquez shared the following anecdote: “Chosen family has been a crucial aspect of my existence and survival as a queer person of color in this world. My chosen family has been there for me during times in which I couldn’t go to my birth mother or ‘biological’ family. I also wanted to celebrate Sylvia Rivera’s role as a mother to many struggling queers and trans folks back when she was alive. Her work is still very relevant today and the legacy she left behind remains alive through the lives she has touched. I really wanted to celebrate this in my card.”

By having our artists discuss their works from different perspectives, we were able to capture the attention of a range of publications, including Salon.com, the New York Daily News, Buzzfeed Advocate.comJezebel, and PolicyMic, who ran pieces on the campaign and included the artists’ quotes in them. During the pitch process, the approach to capture the artists’ voices and stories allowed my small, scrappy firm to edge out larger agencies to lead this campaign and resulted in us getting work on future national campaigns.

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At its core, storytelling is about making an authentic, human connection. When people feel like they’re part of your artistic process, and you’re willing to share a glimpse into your journey, they’ll root for you and support your work. Seemel said it best, “Trying to be an artist helps you to appreciate the tenacity it takes to market yourself successfully as an artist. This might lead you to support the efforts of artists in your life by promoting their art or buying it.”

Storytelling, when done right, will increase your influence and have existing and new audiences talking about your work in a digestible fashion that feels natural, and produce a ripple effect of supporters who want to invest in your art – and you.

Jacqueline Lara
(Visit the original post to see the founder of SOAR’s own story—and the author’s replies— in the comments!)

Jacqueline Lara is president of Mpact PR, LLC. She specializes in helping entrepreneurs and artists share their stories and art with the media and new audiences. She is also creative architect of The ArtFullness Project, which explores the intersection of art and business through creative projects and visual content. Connect with her @MpactJacq.

Art Deadlines List – April, May, June 2018 Artist Calls

Art Deadlines List – April, May, June Artist Calls
The Art Movement!

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June 15, 2018 – ARTISTS NETWORK | ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE COMPETITION

Get your artwork spotlighted in Southwest Art and win $2,000! Enter your best work in our competition and show us your Artistic Excellence! All mediums, styles, and subjects are accepted. Award Winners will be published in the December 2018 issue of Southwest Art. Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2uChriD

April 30, 2018 – FREE WEBINAR ON HOW TO GET A PATRON OR SPONSOR

Ongoing – A Free Online webinar that will teach you methods to find Patrons and Sponsors for your art. You will learn how one artist got Apple Computers and Bose Sound to sponsor art work and art projects and also how individual donors and Patrons can be solicited. There is also an option to extend your education in other areas. All those who register for the free webinar get a free booklet right away on how one artist got invited to the Whitney Biennial. No Entry Fee. Details: http://yourartmentor.com/patronsandsponsors2

April 30, 2018 – LIMNER GALLERY | SEXTET | 6 SHOWING 3

SlowArt Productions presents the group exhibition, SEXTET – 6 showing 3. The exhibition will be held at the Limner Gallery from June 14 – July 14, 2018. Six artists will be presented in this exhibition, each exhibiting a multiple of three works. Entry is open to all artists working in any media. Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2mQOI0H

April 26, 2018 – CEPIC STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

It is with great pleasure that CEPIC announce the 4th edition of CEPIC Stock Photography Awards, which this year is being hosted on Photocrowd. Open and free to all photographers worldwide, the Awards will distribute 5000 EUR in prizes for the best images in these categories: No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2pqMYiw

April 26, 2018 – MUSEUM OF EXPLORATION AND INNOVATION 2018 19

MOXI (The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation) was recently listed by Fodor’s Travel as one of the top 10 new museums in the world, and is based in Santa Barbara, CA. MOXI has two spaces dedicated to rotating 3-month interactive media art installations, and has opened the application process for artist and art collectives to propose works for these spaces for 2018/2019. Application Fee. Details: http://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=5176

April 27, 2018 – CQ52 CALL FOR ENTRIES CHANCE FOR A NYC GALLERY SHOWING

Enter our show and you have a chance at being shown in a New York City gallery. Quarterly winners are automatically entered in our year-end 100 Best Show. Win there and you’re a part of a group show at a New York City gallery. CQ52 winners receive a free catalog and will be on view in our online gallery. There is no specific theme; all mediums are accepted. Entry Fee. Details: 718-435-4047 OR http://cqjournal.com/callforentries OR [email protected]

April 28, 2018 – “THAT’S A MOLE!” INTERNATIONAL ILLUSTRATION CONTEST

That’s a Mole! is the international illustration contest, designed to promote the most innovative and creative visual interpretations of the city of Turin’s symbol: the Mole Antonelliana. To enter the competition, create an illustration, a graphic interpretation or a decorative pattern inside the shape of the Mole Antonelliana monument, one of the most important icons of the city Turin. Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2pp1W8N

April 30, 2018 – THE GATEWAY INTERNATIONAL PAINTING COMPETITION ONLINE

Online painting competition awards $1,000.00 CASH to MONTHLY BEST IN SHOW. Different professional artist judges critique 12 monthly finalists. Artists world wide over 18 eligible. Paintings created with traditional media. One-time membership registration fee $25; each entry additional $10. Competition mission to support and help fund artists in countries lacking art supplies and art education. Entry Fee. Details: 928-282-4326 OR http://www.paintingcontest.org OR [email protected]

April 30, 2018 – NIKON SMALL WORLD COMPETITION 2018

Photomicrographs must be taken using a light microscope. All types of light microscopy and specimens are acceptable. The use of Nikon equipment is not required. Each entrant may submit up to three images for judging. Any image that has won any other photomicrography competition is not eligible. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/1oNLsV3

April 30, 2018 – FOCUS 2018

Call to all fine art photographers. Competition juried by Kelly Sidley, Museum of Modern Art. Winners show in August, 2018. Entry Fee. Details: http://www.bjspokegallery.org/juried-competitions/focus-2018 OR [email protected]

April 30, 2018 – FIGURE AND LANDSCAPE TWO JURIED GROUP SHOWS

Vivid Space SD is a gallery in Little Italy in San Diego CA looking for new talented artists to showcase. We primarily show a SD based artist with an out of state artist in two person group shows in order to merge the art world and build bridges in the artist community. We are hosting two group shows one figurative, and one Landscape in order to find new emerging and mid career artists. Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2uqmumj OR [email protected]

April 30, 2018 – FIBA PHOTO CONTEST

The contest is organized by the International Basketball Foundation. This year, photographers and basketball lovers may submit their photos that best illustrate the themes: • ‘Basketball is Everywhere’ • ‘Basketball, a Universal Language’ Each participant can submit a maximum of three pictures regardless of the theme. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2CazgIJ

May 01, 2018 – SOHO PHOTO GALLERY 2018 NATIONAL COMPETITION

Soho Photo Gallery, New York City’s longest running cooperative photography gallery, is pleased to announce its 22nd National Juried Competition. All photo-based works are eligible for this competition with no limitation as to subject matter or technique. Our juror, Paula Tognarelli, will choose approximately 40 photographs for exhibition in our gallery, located in lower Manhattan. Entry Fee. Details: 732-610-5198 OR http://www.sohophoto.com/national-competition

May 08, 2018 – BAILEY OPPORTUNITY GRANTS

Knoxville, TN area, you need to be aware of this grant. It’s for anywhere from $500 to $75,000, and you might want to become familiar with it now to prepare a grand project for the next grant cycle. Distributed through the Arts & Culture Alliance, Bailey Opportunity grants provide financial and technical support to individual artists and small, professionally-oriented arts and culture org. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2xEpqIo

May 09, 2018 – HACKED: ART ABOUT OR ACHIEVED THROUGH RE USE|$2500 IN AWARDS

Manifest is seeking works of visual art which are somehow realized as ‘hacked’. This may be in the form of narrative, symbolic, or suggestive works. Abstract or conceptual interpretations are welcome alongside those of technical or literal representations. Notes & Definitions: open source; no gates; vampires & pirates; found objects; transparency; and democratization, among others. Entry Fee. Details: 513-861-3638 OR http://www.manifestgallery.org/hacked/index.html OR [email protected]

May 11, 2018 – YOUNG PACKAGE MODEL 2018

The theme of the Young Package Model 2018 is Coffee Mania. You can register with prototypes of packaging in any way connected with coffee or with coffee culture (packages for ground coffee / coffee bean, takeaway coffee cups, packaging for coffee sets and coffee porcelain, packaging for coffee accessories, packaging for coffee desserts and any other packaging related to the subject). No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2BCfCBT

May 13, 2018 – TRANSVERSALITIES 2018: PHOTOGRAPHY WITHOUT FRONTIERS

The photos should show the diversity of territories, societies and cultures of different continents. There are four categories: 1. Landscapes, biodiversity and natural heritage. 2. Rural areas, agriculture and settlement. 3. The city and the urbanization process. 4. Culture and society: cultural diversity and social inclusion. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2pp22xb

May 14, 2018 – XI INTERNATIONAL COMPOSTELA PRIZE FOR PICTURE BOOKS

You may submit your project of the picture book: a book in which the story is told through images, or through images and text that complement each other. The projects may be presented in any size, technique and format, but may not contain any more than 40 inner pages. The books may be presented in any of the official languages in the Iberian peninsula, and must be original and unpublished. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2peeInP

May 15, 2018 – PENNSYLVANIA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY CALL FOR ENTRIES

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 39th International Juried Exhibition, September 15 – October 20, 2018, at the Crary Art Gallery, Warren, PA. Over $14,000 in cash and merchandise awards. Limit 2 entries; only one may be accepted. Entry fees Members 1/2 ($25); Non-Members 1/2 ($40). All work must be original, less than 3 years old, and never shown in any other juried show or PWS member show. Entry Fee. Details: http://www.pawcs.com OR [email protected]

May 15, 2018 – 2018 DOROTHEA LANGE PAUL TAYLOR PRIZE

$10,000 prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University supports documentary artists, working alone or in teams, who are involved in extended, ongoing fieldwork projects that fully exploit the relationship of words and images in the powerful, persuasive representation of a subject. Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2HqXgpr OR [email protected]

May 17, 2018 – BLANK WALL GALLERY | MOMENTS OF COLOR

We see and think in color. Colors can be found everywhere. They play a dominant role in our lives and our psychology. They have the power to create moods, evoke emotions, make our days brighter or duller and show the world in a different way. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/1SnTThA

May 20, 2018 – A.I.R. GALLERY | WISH YOU WERE HERE 17 POSTCARD SHOW

Each year hundreds of artists come together in support of A.I.R. Gallery by donating a small work for the annual postcard show. Past exhibitions have included work by notable artists, including Mary Beth Edelson, Dottie Attie, Mary Grigoriadis, Barbara Zucker and many many more. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2vFUJ9S

May 20, 2018 – INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR ARTISTS COMPETITION ALL LANDSCAPES

Contemporary Art Gallery Online encourages entries from all 2D/3D artists regardless of their experience, education in the art field or where they may reside. This is an international competition and everyone is encouraged to participate. A group exhibition of all entrants will be held online at the Contemporary Art Gallery Online for thirty days immediately following the close of the competition. Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2qT6FAe

May 21, 2018 – THE NICK DARKE AWARD 2018

The Nick Darke Writers’ Award is funded by Falmouth University through the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts and the School of Writing & Journalism. You should submit a full stage play script along with a one page synopsis. There is no theme. Your script must be a full stage play, minimum of 45 minutes in length, no maximum length. Entries must be in English. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2qpOljr

May 30, 2018 – CALL FOR ARTISTS: COLOR

Announcing BWAC’s 4th biennial national juried art show, Color. Juror: Marcela Guerrero, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. $3000 in cash prizes, including $1000 Best of Show GOLD. Exhibit runs July 28 – August 19, 2018. “Color behaves, color is magic. ” Find the colors that sing to you and share them with a wide audience in our Red Hook, Brooklyn, gallery. Entry Fee. Details: http://bit.ly/2tt5lHZ OR [email protected]

June 30, 2018 – THE MOTH INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY PRIZE 2018

The competition is organized by The Moth magazine. The Prize is for a single unpublished short story. There is a word limit of 5,000. Entries must be in English. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published online or broadcast. Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2BgLquC

June 30, 2018 – BIODIVERSITY DRAWING CONTEST

The subject of the contest is the Biodiversity, portrayed through illustrations of fauna, flora and wild habitats. There are two categories: Scientific Drawing which applies concepts and techniques of drawing and elements of descriptive and informative character with scientific rigor. Nature Drawing which seeks to portray, through drawing techniques, wild fauna land floristic species. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2pmLOEO