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Fall/Winter Keyholder Residency @ Pyramid Atlantic

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Pyramid Atlantic Art Center's Keyholder Residency is a competitive opportunity for emerging to mid-career artists who want to have unlimited access to the studios in exchange for working 4 hours a week for Pyramid Atlantic. The residency is awarded to artists who hope to gain more knowledge and improve their skills in the printmaking, papermaking, or book arts studios. Two artists are selected twice a year by the Pyramid Atlantic artistic staff. Keyholders work in a productive community atmosphere alongside other artists and are expected to abide by all studio policies. Housing is not provided, although, upon acceptance, artists will receive information on opportunities of nearby housing. Current Pyramid Board Members and Artistic Associates are not eligible for the Keyholder Residency

Fall Residency Dates: September 1, 2022-February 15, 2023

Selected Artists will receive: 24-hour studio access (up to 30 hours a week) Flat file and storage space for supplies Promotion in PAAC newsletter and social media

Keyholder residents are asked to: Work 4 hours a week for PAAC (Perform daily operational tasks including but not limited to ordering supplies, receiving and unpacking orders, responding to organizational inquiries, and working at the reception desk) Bring consumable supplies (paper, ink, newsprint, etc.) Present one artist talk or public demonstration Share community studios with other artists and PAAC programming

Application: Project description: letter of intent explaining why would you like to participate in the Keyholder Program, how this opportunity will affect your career goals, and what studios/equipment you plan on using. Resume 5 images of recent work

Deadline for applications: June 18 Notification: July 18

Deadline: 
18/June/2022

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
$12
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Fall Denbo Fellowship @ Pyramid Atlantic

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The Denbo Fellowship is designed to offer artists, from a range of artistic disciplines, an environment conducive to individual and collaborative creative practice. This Fellowship will provide a unique opportunity to complete a new body of work at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.

Three artists will be selected for the Fall fellowship.

Selected artists will receive: -Up to one month of access to Pyramid's printshop, paper studio or bindery -Key to studios and 24-hour access -Ten hours of one-on-one technical assistance
-A locker and flat file for tools and materials -Use of standard shop supplies -A stipend for travel, materials, housing, etc. ($250 two weeks, $350 three weeks, or $500 one month)

Housing is not provided, although we can make a couple of recommendations for housing that is close to Pyramid.
Current Pyramid Atlantic Board members and artistic associates are not eligible for the Denbo Fellowship.

Eligibility: Each applicant will be judged on the artistic merit of his/her work, interest and potential in printmaking, paper arts and book arts (or a combination thereof), as well as the quality and clarity of his/her plan for the residency. Although previous experience in a PAAC discipline may be helpful to a successful applicant, such experience is not necessary or expected. Artists are also expected to give a talk about their work during their residency.

Residency Length: minimum 2 weeks, maximum 1 month and should take place between September 15 and December 11, 2022 (specify dates in the application).

Facilities: Pyramid Atlantic Art Center is the premier printmaking, papermaking and book arts workshop in the region. Please see our website for more information regarding facilities.

Selection Process: A panel of professionals including artists, curators, and arts administrators will jury each round of applications. The review panel for the Fall 2022 Denbo Fellowship is: Michael Booker, Artist & Professor Debra Weisberg, Artist & Former Denbo Fellow Adam Ortiz, Director at the Department of Environmental Protection & Pyramid Board Member

Three fellowships will be awarded for the Fall 2022 session.

Deadline: June 18, 2022 Notification: July 18, 2022

Deadline: 
18/June/2022

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$15
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Looks Good On Paper, National Paper Arts Exhibition

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This juried exhibition will showcase diverse practices and concepts in paper arts including trends and advances in the art of hand papermaking, politics of paper/papermaking, and explorations of the materiality of paper itself.

LOCATION

Work will be exhibited in Pyramid Atlantic's Helen C. Frederick Gallery, August 19-October 2, 2022.

JURORS

Cindy Cheng, Kelly Taylor Mitchell, Gretchen Schermerhorn

Cindy Cheng lives and works in Baltimore, MD. She has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, the Anderson Ranch Artist Residency and in 2020 was set to participate in the Joan Mitchell Center Residency but that has been postponed until 2022/23. She is a recipient of a 2018 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant and in 2017 she won the Sondheim Artscape Award.

Kelly Taylor Mitchell is an artist and educator who lives and works in Atlanta, GA. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence with the Studio Artist Program at The Atlanta Contemporary and a Working Artist Project Fellow with The Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia. She is also an Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture and the Art Program Director at Spelman College.

Gretchen Schermerhorn is currently the Artistic Director at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. She received her MFA in Printmaking from Arizona State University, and since then has completed artist residencies at The Women’s Studio Workshop in New York, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, Seacourt Print Workshop in Northern Ireland, California State University and the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Florida. She is currently part of the adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches Printmaking and Book Arts.

ELIGIBILITY

2D and 3D works on/in paper, where the paper is an important conceptual or technical aspect of the work. Prints, drawings, alternative photo processes on paper, pulp paintings and pulp sculptures, sculptural techniques in paper, recycled paper, folded, cut, pierced, or otherwise manipulated paper, and mixed media paper pieces are all eligible for entry.

Prizes:

Three jurors prizes will be awarded at the opening reception on August 19.

SALES 

Pyramid retains a 40% commission on sold works. We prefer to exhibit works that are for sale and will aim for 90% of the works in this exhibition to be available for purchase. Please make sure that 50% or more of the works you submit are for sale and indicate their prices in the work description.

Deadline: 
24/June/2022

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
$30
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Denbo Fellowship

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This Fellowship is designed to offer artists, from a range of artistic disciplines, an environment conducive to individual and collaborative creative practice, and provides a unique opportunity to complete a new body of work at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.

 

Selected artists will receive:

Up to one month of access to the printshop, typeshop, paper studio and/or bindery 

Key to studios and 24-hour access

Ten hours of one-on-one technical assistance 

A stipend for travel, materials, housing, etc. ($250 two weeks, $350 three weeks, or $500 one month)

Storage space and flat file for tools and materials

Use of standard shop supplies

 

Eligibility:

Each applicant will be judged on the artistic merit of his/her work, interest and potential in printmaking, paper arts and book arts (or a combination thereof), as well as the quality and clarity of his/her plan for the residency. Although previous experience in a Pyramid Atlantic discipline may be helpful to a successful applicant, such experience is not necessary or expected. Artists are also asked to give an artist talk during their residency.

 

Residency Length: 

Minimum 2 weeks, maximum 1 month (specify the amount of time in the application)

 

Selection Process: 

A panel of professionals including artists, curators, and arts administrators will jury each round of applications.

Deadline: 
15/October/2019
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Keyholder Residency

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Pyramid Atlantic Art Center's Keyholder Residency is a competitive opportunity for emerging artists who want to have unlimited access to the studios in exchange for working 4 hours a week for Pyramid Atlantic. The residency is awarded to artists who hope to gain more knowledge and improve their skills in the printmaking, papermaking or book arts studios. Two artists are selected per season by the Pyramid Atlantic artistic staff. Keyholders work in a productive community atmosphere alongside other artists, and are expected to abide by all studio policies. Housing does not come with Keyholder Residency. 

Fall Residency Dates: September 3 –December 6, 2019
 
Selected Artists will receive: 

24-hour studio access (up to 30 hours a week) 

Flat file & storage space

Promotion in Pyramid Atlantic newsletter and social media

 
Keyholder residents are asked to:

Work 4 hours a week for Pyramid Atlantic (Perform daily operational tasks including but not limited to ordering supplies, receiving and unpacking orders, responding to organizational inquiries, and working at the reception desk) 

Care for studio equipment and tools

Bring consumable supplies (paper, ink, newsprint, etc.)

Present one artist talk or public demonstration

Share studio with other artists and Pyramid Atlantic programming

 
Application:

Project description-a letter of intent explaining why would you like to participate in the Keyholder Program, how this opportunity will affect your career goals, and what studios/equipment you plan on using. 

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10 images of recent work 

$25 Application Fee

Deadline: 
15/October/2019
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BIG INK Large-Scale Woodblock Printing at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Hyattsville, MD

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Deadline to submit a proposal: Midnight, Sept 9, 2019

Event Location: 4318 Gallatin St, Hyattsville, MD 20781

Event Date(s): Nov 16 & 17, 2019

Event Time: 10 am - 5 pm

Public Time: 11 am - 4 pm

Link to Submit: https://www.bigink.org/apply/#application

Event Synopsis:

BIG INK, a nationally recognized print arts organization, is traveling to Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in 2019.  Pyramid has invited BIG INK to host a two-day event where prints will be pulled from large-scale woodblock plates.  We are seeking image proposals from emerging, mid-career, and established visual artists who would like to carve a woodblock, at least 24" x 36" inches in dimension, to print at the event.  No prior printmaking experience is required. Any artist that has an interest in print media and wants to achieve a deeper understanding of woodblock carving is welcome to apply.

Upon completing the application and being accepted, artists will have two months prior to the event to carve their design.  BIG INK has created how-to videos that guide participants through the carving process.  The series draws from invaluable technical observations made by BIG INK's directors and past participating artists.  The artists' sole responsibility is to bring a fully carved and ready to print woodblock on their assigned printing day.  All consumable materials including paper, ink, cleaning supplies and equipment are included with participation.

The event itself is an excellent way to network with other participants, plug into a growing creative community, and produce high-quality work that can later be used for sale and exhibition.

About BIG INK:

BIG INK's mission is to inspire a greater public appreciation for large-scale woodblock printmaking and extend its practice.  Founded in 2012, BIG INK was originally the brainchild of Lyell Castonguay and Carand Burnet.  Castonguay, whose personal woodblock work is often monumental in scale, wanted to organize a community of large-scale woodblock artists.  Castonguay and Burnet began to host informal gatherings at print studios around their local area.  These happenings evolved into the collaborative working model BIG INK utilizes today.  BIG INK establishes a temporary print shop on site at affiliate organizations, most often at museums, universities, art centers, studios, and galleries. Artists are selected through a call-for-entry process to attend these events and print original woodblocks at least 24” x 36” in dimension. Since the program’s inception, hundreds of artists have participated in BIG INK events across the country.

About Pyramid Atlantic Center:

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center was founded in 1981 by noted artist and teacher Helen C. Frederick to provide a setting for artistic collaboration and dialogue. A 501(c)(3) non-profit contemporary arts center, Pyramid Atlantic receives federal and state funds as well as generous support from private foundations, corporations, and local businesses. In addition, we count individual donors and our members among our most valued supporters. We are located in the historic Arcade building in the Hyattsville Gateway Arts District. The facility features a papermaking studio, print shop, letterpress studio, bindery, and a darkroom. We also have private studios for artists to rent and a gallery for exhibitions. 

Participant Benefits:

BIG INK events are a constructive way to collaborate in a creatively inspiring space while gaining an in-depth knowledge of how to create a large-scale woodblock print. The program is designed for printmakers who understand basic woodblock principles but want to expand their expertise and working scale. The program is also designed for those not yet trained in woodblock but whose visual aesthetic would lend itself to the medium. This includes illustrators, sculptors, designers, and painters who use bold contrast, strong outlines, and patterning. Participating in an event often inspires artists to incorporate more print work in their studio practice.

BIG INK's role is to make the production of a large-scale woodblock accessible and easy to understand. We make the experience rewarding and informative by imparting our knowledge of preferred materials and techniques. We do so through a tutorial series comprised of over 20 videos.  Step-by-step instructions guide BIG INK participants with preferred materials and methods including plywood types, image transferring, carving, creating textures, fixing mistakes, tool maintenance, incorporating power tools, and more.  BIG INK remains in contact providing guidance and technical support when needed.  At the conclusion of the event, BIG INK photographs each participant's finished print. We add this image to the bigink.org online archive. These images are used to help curate BIG INK themed exhibits at national and international art venues.

How Many Prints Are Produced?

BIG INK assists in the creation of three impressions from each participant's woodblock.  We pride ourselves on producing high-quality impressions despite that events typically happen in a community setting.  Work is printed using oil-based inks on archival paper and the quality is comparable to what you would receive working at a private studio.

What happens to the prints produced at the event?

We request ownership of one print for our archive in order to photograph your work and use it for curatorial projects.  At some point, we hope to donate these prints to a museum.  The archive consists of over 300 prints and growing.  The other two prints remain in the artists' possession.

What do I submit with my image proposal?

We ask for basic contact info, a short artist statement/bio, anticipated dimensions of your woodblock and most importantly a JPG that represents what you intend to carve.  You are welcome to submit an image from your portfolio or a new design.  Upload your image in black & white via the application on our apply page.  Please note your proposal image doesn't have to be completed on a large scale and can be drafted in your preferred medium.  Black sharpie, pen & ink, and dark pencil gives us the clearest impression of your concept.  Avoid the use of gray tones when possible. Refer to this album of past proposals for inspiration and reference.  Images must be solely created by the applicant.

What material should I use to carve my woodblock?

Artists are responsible for purchasing 1/2" cherry ply, 1/2" MDF or 3/8" Shina.  Purchase links to materials will be provided to accepted participants.

How big can I work?

Images must be at least 24” x 36” in dimension but no larger than 40” x 96” in dimension.

Fees:

It is free to submit a proposal; accepted artists pay $300 dollars to participate.  This covers all consumable materials for the event including printing ink, paper, cleaning supplies, equipment and photography.  The artist is only required to bring a fully carved block.

Scholarships:

We are unable to offer scholarships at this time. Past participants have been able to cover funding through local and state grants, The Awesome Foundation or crowd funding platforms like Kickstarter.

Other Commonly Asked Questions:

Q: Can two artists collaborate on a proposal?   A: Yes, list both names on the application.

Q: Can I submit an existing image with my proposal?  A: Yes

Q: If accepted can I change my proposal image after the fact?  A: Yes, as long as it falls within the same aesthetic.

Q: Does my proposal image have to be a certain size?  A: Your proposal image can be small.  It doesn't have to be the same size as your woodblock.

Q: Am I expected to attend both printing days?  A: No, but you’re welcome to.

Q: How many prints does each artist produce?  A: Three, one of which is archived in the BIG INK portfolio.

Q: Can I bring my own paper and print more?  A: Because we work with many artists at one time we standardize for time's sake.  There isn't enough time to print more than three impressions of your woodblock at the event.

Q: What type of paper do we use?  A: Masa

Q: What type of ink do we use?  A: Oil-based relief ink, bring an apron and wear work clothes.

Q: Do I have to bring any other materials besides my carved block?  A: No

Q: Can we print in color?  A: Because we work with many artists at one time we standardize for time's sake.  There isn't enough time and space for color printing.

Q: How do we transport the finished prints?  A: BIG INK provides newsprint to wrap the work.

Q: Do you have recommendations on where to stay?  A: We use Airbnb and quality hotels are usually located a short drive away or within walking distance.

Q: What is the best way to transport the finished block if I'm flying?  A: You may be able to ship your block directly to the venue.  Contact us directly to confirm. When shipping your block please include a return label in the package. This makes shipping your block back home simple.

Q: Can I create an edition of prints after the event?  A: Yes

Q: Can BIG INK create an edition of prints for me?  A: Yes, for a fee.

Q: Can I cut the block in half to facilitate transport to and from the venue?  A: We recommend it for images over 6 feet long. We will abut the pieces together on the press before printing.

Artist Testimonials:

"Being a professional sculptor, carving a woodcut was something that appealed to my sensibilities but was also something I'd never done.  BIG INK's step by step videos was helpful in guiding me through the process. BIG INK answered my technical questions quickly and gave me feedback on my image when I emailed photos.  I'm now taking what I learned as a BIG INK participant and integrating it back into my 3-D work." Kerry O. Furlani

"BIG INK encouraged all the participants to work together to execute their prints. The event inspired me to continue exploring scale and surface in my practice and opened up a new channel of communication with a great group of artists."  Enrique Figueredo

 

Deadline: 
10/September/2019

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
Free to apply, $300 dollars if accepted
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