We have a lot of recent graduates out there (congratulations, all!), and you may be wondering what to do with that art degree. One of the easiest ways to get your feet wet in the art world is apply to a few juried shows. If you get in, it can be a great resume booster, but also just a good learning experience in general. If you’ve already got a portfolio organized, you can start with our 16th Annual National Small Works–the call for entries ends tonight at midnight. If you need a little more time, check out these upcoming opportunities:
Press Room Mini Solos: Ok, we had to plug one more of our own. We are seeking artists age 18+ working in printmaking, papermaking, and book arts for our 2014 Press Room exhibition season. This 10×17 former vault is a great place to show a suite of prints or the beginning of a new body of work. Applications are due August 17.
14th Annual Will’s Creek Survey-put on by the Allegheny Arts Council in Maryland, this exhibition is a juried exhibition of contemporary artwork that is open to visual artists from across the United States, juried this year by Lauren Schell Dickens: assistant curator of contemporary art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Over $5,000 in artist awards (including $2,000 for Best of Show) are at stake. Entry deadline is July 1.
Vox IX: An exhibition of emerging artists at Vox Populi Gallery, this year’s jurors are artist Hilary Harkness and arts writer Hunter Braithwaite. There are no prizes, but Vox takes no commission on any sales made. Deadline is June 7.
NSW 2010 winning print “Mandala” by Kiyomi Baird.
You have just under a week to apply for the 16th Annual National Small Works Exhibition. Remember, we extended the deadline from the 17th to the 22nd. Eligible works must be:
- hand-pulled prints (sorry, no digital prints or photographs)
- under 170 square inches (this is the print size , not paper or frame size)
- created within the past two years
This year’s juror is Philippa Hughes of the Pinkline Project. In addition to founding this calendar/blog, she hosts the very popular Cherry Blast party every year and serves as a DC Commissioner for the Arts. Ms. Hughes will be picking the 50 prints that comprise the exhibition, and then the winners from those 50. First prize is a solo show in August of 2014.
You can see all the details about the exhibition and the call for entries here. Have some other questions? Check out our FAQ. Good luck!
“Entanglements” by Robin Gibson
We’ve had (and have scheduled) some great Press Room shows for 2013, including the current exhibition, In My Nature by Robin Gibson. Are you a printmaker interested in having a show in the Press Room this year? It’s great for a student (or student group) just starting to build a resume of solo shows, for an artist wishing to exhibit a smaller body of work or a specific suite of prints, or for someone who wants to try out something that’s a little more experimental–we’re really looking forward to the multi-media installation by Refugee Art Project next month! As long as the work is 75% related to paper-making, print arts, or book arts, we’ll consider it. There is NO FEE to apply! Deadline is August 17, and notifications go out in mid-September. Want more information? Check out the full prospectus on our website.
NSW 2012 Grand Prize Winner: “Not the Center of the Universe” by Cianna Valley (California), etching, aquatint, and spitbite.
We are about 3 weeks out from the National Small Works application deadline. That sounds like a long time, but we’re about to hit a busy time of year–graduations, weddings, Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, the battle against allergies–these are just a few things that might distract you from getting your prints submitted in time. So, we suggest going online this weekend to submit your application. This year’s juror is Philippa Hughes, founder of the Pink Line Project and DC Commissioner for the Arts and Humanities. If she picks your work for the show, you’re in the running for a solo show in 2014, a $200 purchase award from Graphic Chemical & Ink, Co, and more. So, document your work if you haven’t already, and submit your prints to get in the running!
“The Exposure of Luxury” – several prints along with the plate itself (second from Left) by Trudi Y. Ludwig
We love the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary in NW DC. WPG artist Trudi Y. Ludwig completed the carving for her (life-size!) print The Exposure of Luxury while a resident there last year, and we’re excited to see WPG members Margaret Adams Parker and Ellen Verdon Winkler as the printmaking residents there in upcoming semesters.
Beyond that, they sent us an email choc-full of wonderful opportunities we’d like to pass on. First, a fascinating-sounding lecture by Dr. Patrick Madigan entitled “Expressive Individualism, the Cult of the Artist as Genius, and Milton’s Lucifer,” which discusses the character in question as well as the West’s obsession with “Expressive Individualism” will take place on Thursday, April 25, from 12-3 pm.
While there, check out Dadian Gallery for the current exhibition Rites and Remedies by Paul Rooda. Using found objects and discarded Bibles, Rooda comments upon the intersection of faith and medicine. This exhibition will be up through May 24.
Finally, if you are an artist, The Luce Center is looking for artist residents. This generous residency carries the potential for on-campus housing and a work stipend, in addition to one free Wesley class per semester. Hurry the deadline for applications is May 15! The application can be viewed/downloaded here.
2012 Graphic Chemicals Purchase Award: “Turf” by Curtis Bartone, two-plate aluminum lithograph
Are you thinking of applying to National Small Works? Remember that April 17 is the deadline for early bird submissions, which carry the reduced fee of $20/4 images. Can’t quite get everything together by then? (We know, sometimes that plate needs to go back in the acid bath just one more time…) Don’t worry, the final deadline for submissions is May 18, but from April 18 til then the entry fee is $30/4 images.
Thinking about applying to National Small Works? You have two more weeks to submit up to 4 images for $20. After April 17, it goes up to $30/4 images. No matter when you submit, additional images are $5 each. The final deadline is 11:59 pm on May 18.
This year’s juror is Philippa Hughes, founder and Chief Creative Contrarian of the Pink Line Project (as well as being famous this time of year for the recent Cherry Blast party). Ms. Hughes is also a DC Commissioner for the Arts.
First prize is a solo show in August 2014 at Washington Printmakers Gallery. Additional prizes are awarded as well. You can read more about the competition, the exhibition, and how to apply on our website. Good luck!