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2021 NEA Budget Increase Proposed

Americans for the Arts
            
July 7, 2020

Earlier today, the U.S House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee strongly rejected President Trump’s fourth consecutive annual budget request to eliminate both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by instead appropriating $170 million in funding for each for fiscal year FY 2021! This represents an increase for both agencies of $7.75 million each over the current FY 2020 funding level of $162.25 million and it is the same amount that we recommended to Congress.

Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund President and CEO Robert Lynch and ArtsVote 2020 Chair and Arts Action Fund Board Member Ben Folds testify before the U.S. House Interior Subcommittee on February 6, 2020.

As you will recall, Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund president and CEO Robert Lynch and our ArtsVote 2020 Chairman and musician Ben Folds testified in support of the $170 million budget request on February 6, 2020. (Watch Ben’s testimony here.)

Additionally, we are very pleased to share that the House bill includes specific language requested by Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund to enable the NEA to waive financial matching grant requirements and to allow grantees to use the federal funds for general operating support as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  These new funds would not limit eligibility to only recent NEA grantees and would apply to FY 2021 grants as well as any outstanding FY 2020 and 2019 grant funds.

Stay tuned. This bill will proceed next to the full U.S. House Appropriations Committee, then the House floor before moving to the Senate chamber for consideration over the coming weeks and months.

Arts advocacy makes a difference. Thank you for everything you do to enrich people’s lives through the arts. If possible, please also consider contributing to the Arts Action Fund PAC.

Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Executive Director

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CTA – Us: What divides us and what unites us?

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Founded in 1976, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC is seeking entries for an international online juried show “Us: What divides us and what unites us?” scheduled to exhibit online September 11 – October 30, 2020.

Jurors:
– Kimberli Gant, PhD, McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
– Kristen Hileman, Independent Curator & Curator-in-Residence, The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE
– Frauke V. Josenhans, PhD, Associate Curator, Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, Houston, TX
– Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art, Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
– Karen E. Milbourne, PhD, Senior Curator, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian, Washington, DC
– Gabriel Ritter, PhD, Curator and Head of Contemporary Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

AWARDS
ENTRY FEE $20
APPLY at www.touchstonegallery.com
DEADLINE TO APPLY:  Monday, August 17, 2020

Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Ave NW
Washington DC 20001
202-347-2787
Wed – Fri 11-6, Sat – Sun 12-5

Calls to Artists July 2020

Calls to Artists July 2020

July 12, 2020 – INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR ONLINE ART COMPETITION, ALL BOTANICAL

ALL Botanical Art Theme competition opens June 15, 2020 and closes July 12, 2020. Contemporary Art Gallery Online encourages entries from all artists regardless of their experience or education in the art field. A group exhibition will be held July 15 through August 12, 2020. Awards will be given along with competition collateral. Winners will be announced on July 27, 2020. Entry Fee/USD Entry Fee. Details: 844-210-7722 OR http://tinyurl.com/2020-botanical

July 12, 2020 – FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD CALL FOR ENTRY

Las Laguna Gallery is now accepting submissions of artwork by artists who create artworks depicting food. This exhibition opportunity is open to all local, national and international artists, professional and amateur and multiple art mediums will be considered in this call for art. Works can be still art, drawings, paintings or photography of any kind of food or beverage. Details: 949-505-0950 OR http://www.laslagunagallery.com/food OR [email protected]

July 15, 2020 – BIOPHILIA POSTER COMPETITION

Your poster design should explore the relationship of nature and the living, built-world through graphic design and celebrate the impact of Biophilia. Biophilia is an idea that humans have an innate connection to nature. This connection helps our physical and mental wellbeing. Learn more about Biophilia. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2xYG6QA

July 18, 2020 – 2020 VOICES OF LINCOLN POETRY CONTEST

Contest categories include: “What Do I See When I Look In The Mirror?” “I See You In My Dreams” “You Should Have Seen What I Saw Today” “I See A World With Many Opportunities” “See If I Can Make You Laugh.” Poets select three. Everyone can enter. Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, will compete in a special “Young Poets” category. No Entry Fee. Details: http://slolowe44.blogspot.com/2020/03/blog-post_35.html OR [email protected]

July 24, 2020 – ROYAL SOCIETY OF BIOLOGY PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 2020

Your photograph could illustrate the changes which occur within nature. You might wish to depict how habitats develop during ecological succession, how wildlife adapts, or the impacts humans have on nature. We also welcome entries that explore this theme at the cellular, genetic and molecular level, exploring how life can change at a variety of different scales. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2vBjIv7

July 28, 2020 – THE CHELSEA INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

The Chelsea International Photography Competition provides the winning participants an opportunity to exhibit at one of our New York spaces, located in the heart of the Chelsea art district. The sprawling and elegant street-level space attracts hundreds of visitors with its striking exterior. Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/31IUs1t

July 30, 2020 – 2020 AMERICAN ART AWARDS JURIED BY TOP 25 GALLERIES

AMERICA’S TOP 25 GALLERIES & MUSEUMS vote on your online art images (all countries). $ 7,000.00 IN PRIZES. 300+ WINNERS in 50 categories. 100 NEWS ARTICLES and 51 YOUTUBE VIDEOS will name winners as BEST IN WORLD. Site has entry discount special, voting galleries, previous winning art, press articles and videos on last year’s winners… Entry Fee. Details: http://www.americanartawards.com/ OR [email protected]

July 31, 2020 – HUAWEI NEXT IMAGE AWARDS 2020

The competition is organised by Huawei Device Co., Ltd. All submissions to the NEXT-IMAGE Awards must be created with HUAWEI/HONOR phones. There are no restrictions on when you took the photos/videos or which model of HUAWEI/HONOR phone you used. Six categories. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2AMXn19

July 31, 2020 – FOYLE YOUNG POETS OF THE YEAR AWARD 2020

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is an opportunity for any young poet aged 11-17 to accelerate their writing career. It is the largest competition of its kind and its importance is widely attested. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/3acV6Zm

July 31, 2020 – SLOWART PRODUCTIONS | GLOBAL MELTDOWN

This call is for a thematic exhibition of artwork related to the the Global Meltdown environmental, economic and health crisis that has been compounded by the Covid19 pandemic. The exhibition will be held online on the Limner Gallery web site, October 1 – 30, 2020, and will also be viewable on the site thereafter until June of 2021. Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2S624HQ

July 31, 2020 – 2020 SHINHAN POSTCARD ART CONTEST

Deadline Extended: This postcard design competition is organised by South Korea’s Company ShinHan Art Materials. This year’s theme is ‘Stories I want to share’. You may submit only one postcard. Fine art paint should be used as the main medium and other media can only be used partially. Postcard size: 14.7 cm x 10 cm / 5.78 in x 3.93 in. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2XpH0NG

August 03, 2020 – BLACKINK WRITING COMPETITION

Serendipity and Writing East Midlands are looking for creative writers from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora based in the UK to submit short stories for BlackInk: New Writing Competition. The initiative seeks to showcase new short fiction, and applicants are invited to submit stories of up to 3,000 in any genre for consideration. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/3fEsniq

August 12, 2020 – 35TH CHELSEA INTERNATIONAL FINE ART COMPETITION

The Competition is an ideal way to exhibit your talent to a wider international audience. With a distinguished panel of jurors and more than $70,000 in valuable prizes, it is open to visual artists from around the world at any stage of their careers. Painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, mixed media, and print are the accepted mediums. Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2vJzTqF

August 18, 2020 – XXIII A LA ORILLA DEL VIENTO | PICTURE BOOK COMPETITION

The competition is organised by Fondo de Cultura Económica. To promote creative literature and art for children and young adults, Fondo de Cultura Económica invites authors and illustrators from around the world to submit entries for its XXIII A la Orilla del Viento Picture Book Competition. Writers and illustrators may submit entries, provided that their work is in Spanish language. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2XV37yI

August 21, 2020 – POLITICALLY CHARGED ART SHOW

This show will be exhibited in the midst of the 2020 presidential elections, a time when it will more important than ever to make space for productive discussion about the future of our country. So although it’s normally a taboo, we’re inviting you to talk politics. Voice your comments, questions, concerns, or support through your work in any medium. We welcome any and all political opinions. Application Fee. Details: (916) 783-4117 OR http://www.bluelinearts.org/politically-charged-2020 OR [email protected]

August 25, 2020 – $550.00 INNOVATE GRANTS — CALL FOR ARTISTS + PHOTOGRAPHERS

Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Summer 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. For more information, see past recipients, and apply, visit our website. Entry Fee. Details: http://innovateartistgrants.org

August 31, 2020 – PHOTOGRAPHY 4 HUMANITY 2020

Photography 4 Humanity is an international initiative that calls on photographers around the world to bring to life the power of human rights through their images. Highlighting the most compelling imagery — illustrating courage, despair, hope, injustice, hate, compassion, human rights failures or victories in ways small and large. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2TlF8G9

August 31, 2020 – AESTHETICA CREATIVE WRITING AWARD

There are two categories: Poetry and Short Fiction. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. There is no theme to the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. You are welcome to submit work on any subject. Both Poetry and Fiction entries should be written in English. You can submit works that have been previously published. Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2RAonVQ

October 07, 2020 – EMBRACING OUR DIFFERENCES 2021 EXHIBIT

Artists, professionals, amateurs, students are invited their interpretation of the theme “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.” Participate in creating a world where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. Become a part of this exciting change through your visual art submission to the annual Embracing Our Differences international juried competition. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2Z2TBrQ

October 23, 2020 – AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2020

The competition is organised by the Amateur Photographer magazine, in partnership with Sigma and Photocrowd. The contest is divided into eight monthly rounds, each one focusing on a specific theme: 1. Points of view 2. Monochrome magic 3. Up close and personal 4. Keep on moving 5. City life 6. Natural world 7. Light and shadow 8. About face. Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2UhniFb

November 01, 2020 – THE ALLARD PRIZE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

The Allard Prize Photography Competition invites photographers from around the globe to submit images reflecting themes of leadership and courage in combating corruption and promoting human rights. Entries should reflect themes of courage and leadership in combating corruption, especially through promoting transparency, accountability and the rule of law, and of human rights and/or anti-corruption. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2Z7lWgL

November 27, 2020 – 15TH ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE

50% of fee before August 31 – Arte Laguna Prize, the world’s most influential competition for emerging artists and designers, showcases and promotes creative talents. With fourteen years of history the Arte Laguna Prize gives the opportunity to join the huge network of collaborations worldwide, exhibit in the breathtaking location of the Arsenale of Venice, win cash prizes and much more. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2zUHvsU

Lighting for Art Reproduction

This post is presented courtesy Giclée Yoshimatsu at Giclée Yoshimatsu.

All artists know that light is the key. Chiaroscuro is a known, understood, thoroughly documented and well accepted school of art that depends on light and dark. Indeed, without light, art would be as bland and boring as medical illustrations. Although chiaroscuro was known before the Renaissance, it came into its own during that period. Chiaroscuro enabled artists to depict volume, three dimensionality and realism.

In order to faithfully depict fine art for reproduction, light is the key to capturing the texture and realism of the art. Be it canvas, paper, wood, metal or other exotic surfaces, the texture adds to the original. There’s also the matter of the media ranging from acrylic to oil to watercolor to ink sketches to etchings and more. Adding volume, dimensionality and realism to reproductions enhances appeal and value.

The simplest, least expensive light is hazy sunlight that’s been filtered through a soft, even cloud layer or large diffuser. When such conditions are available, take your art outside and either lay it flat on the ground or hang it perpendicular against a neutral color wall. Of course, it’s also helpful if the weather cooperates by not being too hot or cold or windy or dusty. If such conditions are regularly present in your area, please let me know because I want to move there.

Most artists depend on a studio or home office to make photos of their art which can be a hassle of its own. If you have the budget, a large light panel mounted to the ceiling can emulate the sun but it needs several features. First, it should be dimmable and soft. A huge, bright light on a typical 8′ to 10′ home ceiling will be difficult to control. Second, it needs to be reasonably well color managed. The simplest color temperature is between 5000 Kelvin to 6500 Kelvin but, even more important is CRI or color rendering index. This tells you how faithfully color is seen compared to natural light. The best possible CRI is 100 and the lowest score for art reproduction is about 85. As a general rule, stay away from fluorescent lights. LEDs are pretty much the best choice today.

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LED light, adjustable from 2700 Kelvin to 5500 Kelvin with 2280 lumen output

Two inexpensive (~$73 ea) lights like the Yongnuo YN300 III (left) is all that’s needed for an indoor shoot. Position the lights on either side of your art at about 45 degrees and adjust the intensity so your exposure is good at about f/5.6 at whatever speed your camera requires in aperture or manual mode. Of course, this assumes your camera is mounted on a tripod to eliminate shake.

For about the same price, you might opt for an LED shop light like this Ryobi battery operated model at Home Depot. The downside is that it requires a battery or extension cord and isn’t dimmable. Also, CRI might not be as high as a light designed for photography. Whatever you use, always keep in mind, “Inverse square law” and  “Angle of incidence equals angle of reflection.”

One last word of advice. Don’t use flash, especially not the anemic camera top mounted flash found on many point & shoot and consumer dSLR cameras. Without going into a lot of detail, just trust me that it will be an exercise in frustration.

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Welcome to our newest member!

Steady Hand Editorial Services LLC logoWelcome to our newest member!

Southern Oregon Artists Resource sends out a welcome to our newest member, Steph Waaser of Steady Hand Editorial Services LLC to the Artist Services / Literary Arts directories! Our own experience with artists tells us that many are not comfortable writing about themselves. As a result, these artists need help with necessary writing for show submissions and other important tasks, especially where self-promotion is involved. In addition, we have a growing number of authors who might benefit from such a service. Steph is here to help with this important business service for artists!

Steady Hand Editorial Services LLC provides freelance proofreading and copy editing services for print and digital content. Also turn to this local service for help with writing or polishing your resumes and cover letters. You can also get help with proofreading and editing full-length novels, technical texts and more. Steph helps you put your best foot forward with clear, readable, and user-friendly content. Therefore, if you need help with an important writing project, check out their new listing and send an inquiry.

More Tangents, More Fun

These three Paintings are part of a series exploring a new painting surface as well as new ways to use the layered painting process . They are on wrapped canvas instead of watercolor paper which alters the way of the interactions of surface and paint. It also nudged me to follow the process with exciting new curiosity and awe; keeping the excitement fresh.

Lichen-12×24

To Be Clear -12×24

Heavy Metal 18×18

Various Tangents

These 3 images are part of an experimental tangent of the serendipitous  following of random threads layered onto paper: layered onto underpainting or by creating a new and vibrant base for further exploration.

 

Thicketed Moon 24×30

Fog in Sunrise- 6×9

Cracked Foundation- 6×9

Land That I Love: Scenes From the Cascade Siskiyou

Purchase artworks featured in the show here. Artwork can be picked up or delivered locally after July 13. Contact Sarah at [email protected] with questions. Shipping available.

Photograph Bobcat in tree

“Bobcat 23”

Framed Photograph by Dan Elster
Framed dimensions 39” x 27”

$395.00

“Trying to Help” Gopher Snake

Framed Photograph by Dan Elster Framed size 19” x 23”

$185.00

“Looking Toward the Light” Northern Spotted Owl

Framed Photograph by Dan Elster
Framed size 19” x 23”

$185.00

Camas

Screen print by Amy Godard
Ready to hang
17” x 20”

$100.00

Rose Hip

Woodcut Print by Amy Godard
17” x 20”
Ready to hang

$125.00

Red Cedar

Framed Woodcut Print by Amy Godard

Framed dimensions 12” x 14”

$100.00

Garry Oak

Framed Silkscreen Print by Amy Godard
Framed dimensions
16” x 18”

$125.00

Mount Shasta California

Framed Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns
16” x 20”

$580.00

Vesper Meadow with Mount Pitt

Framed oil painting by Sarah F Burns
20” x 35”

$1,150.00

Plant Diversity In the Siskiyou Mountains

Oil Painting by Deb Van Poolen

$7,000.00

Spring Buttercups at Vesper Meadow

Oil on Canvas by Jeanine Moy
10” x 10”

$250.00

Old Juniper

Framed photograph by Matt Witt framed dimensions 13″ x 17″

$100.00

Flowers at Horseshoe Ranch

Framed Photograph by Matt Witt
13” x 17 “ frames dimensions

$100.00

View From Soda Mountain Range

Framed Photograph by Matt Witt

$100.00

View Toward Grizzly Peak

Framed photograph by Matt Witt
Framed dimensions 13” x 17”

$100.00

“The Sentinels”

Gouache and Varnish on Panel, Framed Painting by Katy Cauker 11″ x 14″

$475.00

“Rock to Mountain”

Gouache and Varnish on Panel, Framed Oil Painting by Katy Cauker 12″ x 9″

$445.00

“Peak to Peak”

Acrylic on Canvas Framed Painting by Katy Cauker, 18″ x 36″

$833.00

“Hi-Lo Country”

Oil Painting by Nikolai Klein 40″ x 60″

$1,500.00

“Juniper Along the PCT” Oil Painting by Sarah F. Burns SOLD

Inkjet Technologies

This post is presented courtesy Giclée Yoshimatsu at Giclée Yoshimatsu.

For fine art reproduction purposes, there are just two major inkjet technologies. Both are known as drop-on-demand but differ significantly in design. Before we go there, let’s first examine basic inkjet technology.

Inkjet printers (ijp) work by spraying tiny droplets of ink through a nozzle onto media, aka substrate. By tiny, we are talking in terms of 3-5 picoliters. A picoliter is 1 trillionth or 1/1000000000000 of a liter. As you might imagine, a single picoliter by itself would barely be visible on a sheet of paper but, when combined with millions or billions of picoliter size dots, the result is a visible image.

IJPs combine these droplets in many ways including layers, side-by-side, overlap, random and other proprietary patterns as seen below to create a visible image. The dots are not arranged in neat rows and columns or some other discernible pattern.

 

Northlight_P7000 head

Each white pad has nozzles for two colors. This head had 10 colors.

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Not every nozzle fires every time so the dot pattern appears random.

Of course, there is a method to this seemingly random placement once the final image is visible. Also, no one except geeks views prints at this distance.

Now that you have an idea of the precision we’re dealing with, the monumental task of ejecting a 3 to 5 picoliter droplet at the exact moment to land at a precise location becomes clearer.

To add to the complexity, printers capable of creating fine art reproductions usually use between 6 to 10 inks. It’s not just one nozzle firing at a time. Depending on the printer’s native resolution, the head can have anywhere from ~3000 to ~6000 nozzles and fire up to 50,000 droplets per second. Finally, keep in mind, the paper is being advanced as the drops are deposited so it’s a moving target, if you will.

This is where the two major brands diverge. Canon uses a thermal process while Epson uses a piezoelectric mechanism. Whether one is better than the other is a matter of debate and preference.

Canon’s FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print heads use heat to propel ink droplets out of the nozzle. A chamber above the nozzle fills with ink. At the precise moment, a heating element above the chamber heats the ink causing it to rapidly expand and shoot out of the nozzle. Think about that for a moment. Six thousand chambers full of ink being heated to a precise temperature that causes the ink to expand and jet out of six thousand nozzles to place ink at precisely the desired location then refills with more ink to prepare for the next droplet. This cycle repeats as much as 50,000 times per second.

Epson TFP print heads, on the other hand, uses a proprietary piezoelectric system for ejecting ink at about the same rate. In Epson’s system a piezo element flexes when an electrical charge is applied. Based on this phenomenon, a tiny ink chamber is fitted with a piezo element. With the chamber full of ink, an electrical charge causes the piezo element to flex which, in turn, forces a droplet of ink out the nozzle. As the piezo element returns to its original state, it creates a vacuum that sucks more ink into the chamber.

Photos in this article are ©Keith Cooper, Northlight-Images.co.uk, a commercial photographer and printing expert based in Leicester, UK and used with permission.

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New Small Works

These images are just completed. I’m attempting to move away from cutting mats, dealing with heavy glass and framing my work. I’m too old to deal with it. These are lightweight! I like the immediacy of the images. All are acrylic on paper adhered to wood panels.They are sealed and UV treated for easy care. I’m all for easy these days and am loving the exploration.

New Small Works

“Earth Protectors” 15″X11″

New Small Works

“Red Flash” 15″X11″

New Small Works

“Coral Reef” 15″x11″

New small works

“Eb and Flow” 15″X1″