Tuesday, February 9, 2016

"Calling All Artists!"

From Racine County Eye:

By Joanna Margosian in Arts, Business · February 9, 2016

This year will be Downtown Racine Corporation’s 15th year of Community Art! For each of the past fourteen years, DRC has announced a new community art project. But this year, because of the huge success of last year’s community art project, and because we can definitely use more banners in Downtown Racine, and more importantly because there is much more to show about Racine, we are continuing the Celebrate Racine Campaign.

Once again we are looking for depictions of art representing Racine County. Special consideration will be given to those works that show historic innovation, a recognition of events and people that helped make our community the great place it is today. We are thinking about people, products and places as they were in days gone by.

Why Community Art?
Community art creates attachment to one’s community! Cities gain value through community art – cultural, social and economic value. It reflects and reveals our society, adds meaning to our cities and uniqueness to our communities. Community art provides an intersection between past, present and future, between disciplines, and between ideas.
And, it’s free. There are no tickets. People don’t have to dress up. It can be viewed alone or in groups. Community art is open to everyone, and again this year will be available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

The Project – Celebrate Racine
This year’s community art project is a civic beautification initiative that strives to engage community members, showcase the beauty of the region, and highlight local and regional artists. Up to 50 original works will be selected. Those selected works will be enlarged and reproduced on light pole banners. The banners will be installed on the light poles throughout downtown from June to October, 2016. The banner collection from 2015 will be re-exhibited throughout downtown as well. Your friends, family and all of the visitors to downtown will be able to admire your work for the entire summer.

The original selected submissions will also be featured in a gallery exhibition during the summer. Sponsors and guests of the Preview Party in June will be given the opportunity to purchase the selected original artworks. The original works not sold at the Preview Party will be sold during an exhibition in July. Proceeds from the sale will be used to support the Downtown Racine Corporation’s ability to deliver quality services, energetic community events and enhance the community’s vitality and economic growth.

Call for Artists
Using the theme Celebrate Racine, artists are invited to submit two dimensional entries from the following visual art categories:

Appropriate content:
Landmarks, Architecture, History, Traditions, Innovations, Attractions, Landscapes, People and Events

All works submitted must be original (no reproductions), not done under supervision, not made from kits or patterns.
All submissions must have a finished size of 15” wide x 30” deep in a portrait orientation. All submissions must be suitable for framing and permanent display. If the appropriate
medium is canvas, the canvas must be stretched and fastened to a wooden frame. If the appropriate medium is paper, the paper should be a high quality,
non-acid, cotton based paper. Submissions on paper must also be mounted on archival (acid-free) mounting board. Entries in the Digital Art category must be submitted on canvas.

The Schedule
Call for Artists – February 5, 2016
Deadline for Receiving Entries – April 4, 2016
Jury Results Emailed & Announced – April 18, 2016
Artist and Sponsor Preview Party – June 4, 2016 (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens – June 7, 2016
Exhibit Closes – September 30, 2016

Download Official Rules and Application:   2016_Community_Art_Project

Read more:  http://racinecountyeye.com/calling-all-artists/

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