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Art4Water Sacred Springs Kite Exhibition

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The Sacred Springs Kite Exhibition is the inaugural program of Art4Water, an initiative to advocate for environmental protection through the lens of art. The exhibition is a collaboration between Wimberley Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) and Sky Wind World and brings together the art community around our love for Texas’ great springs. For over a quarter century, WVWA has protected and preserved clean, clear flowing water in Jacob’s Well, across the Hill Country, and all over Texas. Through this exhibition, Art4Water, Sky Wind World, and WVWA will raise awareness of the vital connection of water to life. With the Well as one example, “Sacred Springs” seeks to float a collection of groundwater icons in the sky. Art shapes culture, and changes people and communities. Art tells a universally powerful story that communicates the value of water beyond words. The exhibition will be designed to tell the stories of our springs and the value of water. A selection of 20 artworks from among the submissions to this open call for entries will fly as kites in community events and then hang on display in galleries internationally, beginning with the inaugural exhibition at the Austin Central Library in the spring of 2022.

Project Description: We are looking for original artwork expressly for this exhibition that are an extension of the artists’ reverence for Nature and a belief that the right relationship with the Earth and natural systems is essential for the continued health of all life and specifically the sustainability of environmentally sensitive regions in Texas. The artwork must be fairly large and colorful enough to be seen from a distance since all will be made into genuine well-flying kites. A wide border/frame made of ripstop nylon will be added to the paintings in some instances, giving them more square feet of lightweight sail area.

Artwork Goals: Water creates the most magical parts of our world. This is especially true for the Hill Country. We are seeking art that captures that magic. The art should be focused on water in all its forms and the life that springs from it and the efforts to preserve it. Texas is a land of many more than eleven hundred springs. Like the stars at night, the springs that dot the state are too numerous to count. Water flowing underground through rock wells up through faults in plentiful springs, which became the watering holes and the sources of life for early outposts and cities. Today, many are dwindling, drying up under twin threats of climate change and over pumping to serve a bursting population. “Sacred Springs” recalls the reverence of indigenous people and an enduring mystical connection with the source of life. Water falls as rain from the sky, filters into the ground, and emerges later through cracks and openings to form the great river basins. Many Texans drink from the groundwater that powers these springs every time we turn on the tap. As growth and demand for water grows, many of our springs have been lost, draining more than just a piece of our history or a source of water.

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Artists will receive $1,000 for a selected artwork for the Sacred Springs Kite Exhibition
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Artists will receive $1,000 for a selected artwork for the Sacred Springs Kite Exhibition, recognition in the exhibition and accompanying catalog in print and online, as well as in press promotion and community events connected with the touring schedule.

Deadline: 
09/01/2021

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Call for Artisan Consignors over Age 50

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The Old Bakery & Artisan Emporium in Austin, Texas is seeking diverse artists over the age of 50 to join our Artisan Consignor team. Our historical building offers Artisans a prime location to sell their handmade and one-of-a-kind work. We are seeking artisans and handcrafters who are producing work for sale in any medium. Deadline to apply is May 30, 2021. 

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05/30/2021

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Hear and Now

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Hear and Now is a drive-through exhibition in the San Antonio Parking Garage on the UT campus that will be on view from March 5 - 7 2021, coinciding with the 2021 TEDxUTAustin conference: ​Unmute​. This project is inspired by Aurora's Area 3 and other innovative projects that offer art experiences outside of traditional spaces. We welcome applications that speak to the ​expression of thoughts and ideas in our increasingly digital and behind-the-screen world​. Hear and Now offers artists, critics, and activists an open framework to articulate artistic perspectives regarding the experience of consciously taking the actions needed to become heard, whether that be literally or figuratively, and unapologetically letting yourself and your intentions be represented without regret or reconsideration plagued by social constructs.

Curated by TEDxUTAustin and the College of Fine Arts at UT Austin, the exhibition addresses the social issues and changes we have recently experienced. We seek to unmute the voices of those silenced in our communities; unmute to speak up about change; unmute who we are as individuals.

TEDxUTAustin is a student-run organization at UT Austin, focused on bringing together creative and critical thinkers of the Austin community through discussions on innovations in technology, entertainment, and design.

Contributions may reflect on:

●  Reflections on communication and communication blockage with an eye towards innovation, forward thinking, and perceptiveness.

●  Comprehending the past, conceptualizing the future, and making the effort in the present to be the voice of change.

 

Submission guidelines:

●  Deadline: December 31th, 2020, 11:59PM CST.

●  Artists must be based in Austin, Texas

●  Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply.

●  Since this exhibition will be taking place in a parking garage with moving vehicles,

exhibition dimensions will be discussed individually with each artist.

Deadline: 
12/31/2020

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Suffrage Now: A 19th Amendment Centennial Exhibition

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On August 18th 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified, giving women in the US the right to vote. Since then it has become such an assumption of the body politic that it is all but unimaginable to conceive  of its absence. But it was a long and arduous campaign to reach this milestone, and it wasn’t, in fact, until  August 6th 1965, with the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, that all American‐born women were  guaranteed to share in this privilege.    

In SUFFRAGE NOW, the Elisabet Ney Museum asks contemporary American women photographers to  share photos that comment on the Centennial of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment. Photos can  be old or new, but must be taken by the submitting photographer. Given the current national health crisis,  the exhibition will be online only. The exhibition will open online on August 6 2020, and remain accessible  at least through Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021.  

Deadline: 
07/20/2020

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Safety Net Series

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Catch is commissioning artwork for their Safety Net Series, which will consist of ten different pieces to answer to the question, “What does a safety net mean to you?” Artists are encouraged to use their own experience and feelings. 

  • Artwork Concept Summary (200 words max) due to noelle@catch.co July 6 
  • Once approved, you will be matched with a videographer from Blended Sense that will film a portion of our creation process, a moving portrait of you and an audiogram. You will be able to use these assets once finalized. 
  • We will be scheduling appointments with the videographers (bein cautious of distancing) to film your process between July 3 - 10. 
  • Any medium is welcome, but the piece should be optimized for 12’’x12’’ display.
  • Austin area resident strongly preferred. 
  • Commission for a piece is $100, (plus shipping of piece if required).

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Catch provides a safety net for creatives. Automated tax withholding, retirement investment, and health insurance enrollment make it easy to stay on top of the most important benefits and is based in Boston, MA.

Blended Sense is a media-tech company that connects the right creative professionals to the right projects locally, to produce and distribute digital assets quickly and is based in Austin, TX.

It's free to sign-up for Catch if you want to learn more about the app. You can use code ATX2020 for a $25 bonus after saving $100 if interested.

 

Prize summary: 
$100/per piece
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If you're one of the ten selected you'll recieve $100 after the piece is completed.

Deadline: 
07/08/2020

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Chalk + Street Art

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Domain NORTHSIDE is currently hosting a Call for Artists for ”Live Chalk/Street Art” to be held at Domain NORTHSIDE on March 28, 2020. Domain NORTHSIDE in conjunction with Mini Masters Art Studio + Creativity Lab are proud supporters of local area artists. We would be pleased to accept your artwork for consideration as a participant in this live art event. We welcome you as a participant in the Open Call process. Please see below for important dates and information.

Age of Entrants: Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. 

 

Deadline: 
03/15/2020

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