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Mendocino Open Paint Out - A Plein Air Festival





Mendocino Art Center’s
on Northern California's Beautiful Mendocino Coast September 24–26, 2021 Registration is Now Open!

The Mendocino Art Center (MAC) hosts the Mendocino Open Paint Out (MOPO), a plein air festival established in 2013. The Mendocino Coast, located along a beautiful expanse of the Pacific Ocean in northern California, is a spectacular setting to paint en plein air. Artists claim that the quality of light is unlike anywhere else in the world.

From the rugged surrounding landscape, to the bay and beaches, to the quaint Victorian architecture and water towers in the town of Mendocino, to the nearby vineyards and wineries, artists are sure to find abundant creative inspiration, and will remember the beauty and tranquility of the Mendocino Coast long after visiting.

Join fellow artists on the picturesque northern California coast for the Mendocino Open Paint Out:
• Compete for prizes

• Sell your artwork in wet paint exhibitions in a professional gallery space | Select paintings will also be curated at the end of the event for a special Mendocino Open Paint Out Exhibition continuing through October 17

• Stay on campus, steps from the Pacific Ocean (book early, rooms fill quickly! Call 707.937.5818 ext. 10)

• Bring a painting for an event opening Artists Showcase Exhibition

• Meet and mingle with fellow participants and featured artists at a no host happy hour, followed by a complimentary pizza party on Friday night

• Watch evening demonstrations hosted by featured artists Ellen Howard and Dale Laitinen

• Start your day with a complimentary continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday

• Unwind with a festive social gathering and enjoy a no host happy hour and dinner on Saturday evening

• Compete in the Quick Draw Competition & Sale on Sunday

• Enjoy a light, no host lunch on Sunday afternoon

• Attend the celebratory awards presentation Sunday afternoon

• And, of course, paint en plein air all day at locations of your choosing!

Check-in will start Friday, September 24, 9am, and the event will conclude Sunday, September 26, 3pm.

Prize summary: 
6 awards to be presented
Prizes Details: 

To be determined


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$110 or $95 for Mendocino Art Center members
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2021 SETC Fall Professional Auditions






Seeking participants for the 2021 SETC Fall Professional Auditions. The 2021 Fall Professional Auditions are traditionally held each year as live auditions, however as a result of Covid-19, the process has been altered to introduce online video auditions to increase the opportunities for those who are not able or willing to travel or attend in person.

About the hiring companies: "A wide variety of theatre and entertainment companies from across the nation come to SETC for their casting/hiring needs. Professional organizations from across the U.S. attend to hire actors, singers and dancers (and combos of all three) for their upcoming seasons. Producing groups include regional, repertory, stock, and dinner theatres, cruise ships, touring and production companies and other entities that provide monetary compensation/salary on a contracted basis to a majority of its staff. A minimum of two years production history and solid financial standing are required."

To learn about the audition process, eligibility guidelines and registration via SETC’s website:

The deadline for registering is August 12th.


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51st Annual Craft Fair and Extravaganza





The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is pleased to announce the return of the 51st Annual Craft Fair and Extravaganza to the Osage Center and Show Me Center, right here in historic Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The Osage Center is almost at capacity, and the Show Me Center is 80% full, so booths are going fast! Don't miss your chance to sell to over 10,000 visitors!

Prize summary: 
Best in Show wins free entry to next year's festival

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$20 to enter, $125 and up for a booth
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Juried Exhibition "Looking Forward", Juror Nancy Azara





Carter Burden Gallery Juried Exhibition 2021

Looking Forward

Juror Nancy Azara

November 18 – December 18, 2021
Submissions Deadline: Thursday, September 9, 2021

“Things are uncertain in so many ways for all of us. With this comes the unknown, with endless possibilities for new ideas. We are beginning to plan ahead, form bonds again and to be in community. It gives us strength and power. To be present together gives us hope to plan for the future, towards a better future.”

Nancy Azara is an artist and feminist educator best known for her large-scale wood sculptures and mixed media collages. Her work is found wood, carved, ornamented and mounted. Instinctive chip carving peels off an outer layer of wood, reaching for an essentialized raw experience of the body, of the limbs, exposing flesh and blood. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, most recently in a solo show Crow and Sandal Series and Other Works at Kaaterskill Gallery, Hunter Village, NY (2019), Labyrinths of the Mind at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild in Woodstock, NY (2019), Nancy Azara: Nature Prints at Saint John’s University, Queens, NY, and Crossing Boundaries: Material as Message at (RoCA), West Nyack, NY. Upcoming: a solo show at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (Jul 2 – Aug 1, 2021). She is the author of Spirit Taking Form: Making a Spiritual Practice of Making Art available through Red Wheel/Weiser. She has taught many workshops and classes.


• Entry deadline: Thursday, September 9, 2021

• Artist Notification: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

• Show dates: November 18 – December 18, 2021

• Reception: Thursday, November 18, 2021, 6 – 8pm

Time subject to change and contingent on NYC COVID-19 guidelines

• Hand delivery of work: Thursday, November 11 – Friday, November 12, 2021

• Deadline for receiving shipped work: Wednesday, November 10, 2021

• Pick up hand-delivered work: December 18, 20, & 21, 2021

• UPS/FedEx return of shipped work deadline: December 22, 2021


Although selection will not be based on age, we particularly welcome artists over the age of 60 but are happy to accept submissions from any artist over 18 in the USA.


Two-dimensional work, including the frame, must not exceed 36 inches in any direction and should be wired, labeled on the back, and ready to hang. No saw-tooth hangers please.

Three-dimensional pedestal pieces must not exceed 20 inches in any direction. Three-dimensional standing floor sculptures must not exceed 6 feet in height.


For framed works, plexi-glass must be used instead of glass.  


Non-refundable fee of $45 for up to 5 works.


Carter Burden Gallery will take no commission on sales. Label work that is not for sale “NFS”.


Late arriving work will not be hung. Artists must cover all shipping costs. Work that is shipped must arrive in a reusable container, including a prepaid computer-generated UPS or FEDEX return shipping label. No U.S. Postal Service returns. Do not send stamps, cash, or credit card info for return of work. Work not picked up after one month will be handled at the discretion of the gallery.


All possible care will be taken to guarantee the safety of the work. Carter Burden Gallery’s insurance will cover work ONLY while it is hanging in the gallery. The gallery will not bear liability for any loss or damage while in transit. Transit insurance is the responsibility of the artist.

SUBMIT: Apply Now


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Femme Vitale




Wavelength Space is an artist-run gallery in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, TN showing contemporary work by emerging to mid-career artists from around the U.S. Wavelength Space (in Chattanooga, TN) invites artists and makers to submit works for Femme Vitale, a show celebrating and recognizing myriad forms of the body, feminine experience, women’s stories, struggles, strengths, and transformations: coming-of-age, into new identities or life roles, into motherhood, out of youth, into age and time. We are looking for a diverse range of
perspectives/points of view/expressions of these topics so artists of any identity should apply. Open to all media. 


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RFQ- Underpass Placemaking & Lighting Installation





About the Area
Pasadena’s Shaw Avenue District was a vibrant center for social activity and commerce. Though, as is the story in many Cities, it became desolate and blighted due to the installation of the route 225 highway. The highway, while serving its purpose for the region to carry thousands of vehicles, had the unintended consequences of cutting off that vibrant center from the rest of the City. With that, the tone and trajectory of the area changed. With heavy industry in the backyard, coupled with less on-street visibility and difficulty enticing shoppers to traverse the freeway access road, the area settled as a quiet industrial fringe. Many commercial buildings were vacated and boarded up, truck yards set up shop, and a few light industry businesses took up in the inexpensive space. Not everyone left though. Despite the highway, despite the saturation of light industry, despite the benign state of the buildings and the sleepiness of the neighborhood- locals are committed and ready for change. Change that restores vibrancy and encourages creative uses of vacant buildings.

To date, the City and its public partners have invested over $2M in infrastructure upgrades and will be investing another $1.6M in pedestrian amenities to the area. At the same time, the economic development agency has piloted a mural project to bring new energy to the area.

About the Project

The City’s economic development office continues to on achieving two widely held community priorities: 1) enhance the visual appeal of the City & build a community identity and 2) reinvigorate the Shaw Avenue area north of 225. To achieve this, resources have been allocated to select infrastructure improvements and removing barriers to develop creative infill and adaptive reuse projects in the City’s northside.
A small group of committed private building owners in the Shaw District have identified challenges to reviving the area. Most significant among them, the Shaw district is disconnected from the rest of the City and the available free parking is poorly lit and encourages unwanted activities.
To address these challenges the PEDC wishes to engage an artist team to create a permanent placemaking and light installation project.

Project Location
The project will be installed under SH 225, spanning three intersections occupying approximately 77K square feet.

Project Goals
The PEDC has the goals of:
1. Enhanced Quality of Life for Pasadena citizens through provision of public art.
2. Create a critical link providing stronger connectivity between the Shaw Avenue District and the rest of the City.
3. Discouraging unwanted behaviors by improve the lighting and overall safety of the area.

Project Constraints City staff has identified opportunity areas for the placement of the lighted public art. These opportunity areas are preliminary, and the City is open to similar locations proposed by artists. However, some restrictions the artist should be aware of include the following: a) Maintaining the Structural Integrity of Bridges. b) Understanding Permitting Requirements. Because of the nature of the project location, several permitting agencies could be involved in the review and approval of the selected art installation (City of Pasadena, Harris County, Texas Department of Transportation)

Call for Artists

This RFQ is part of a multi-phase process by which the Pasadena Economic Development Corporation seeks to identify and select a qualified public artist to create and install a lighted public art project. The agency seeks qualifications from experienced public artists (or artist teams) who specialize in public art lighting design. This individual or team of individuals must be able to: a) design an art /lighting project for the public realm; b) work within multiple, complex physical constraints (e.g., structural considerations, environmental restrictions, and various permitting requirements); and c) collaborate with agency staff to ensure the pragmatic design and successful installation of the project; and d) design and implement the project within a budget. Request for Qualifications

1. Eligibility

This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to professional artists or teams with experience in the design, fabrication, and installation of public artwork that has lighting incorporated as a critical focus of the artwork. Artists must have experience in producing a minimum of two permanent, exterior public artworks similar in scale and complexity to this project.

The artist must demonstrate:
a) a history of professional activity and achievement as an artist; b) experience managing a project of this complexity including technical competence with fabrication and installation procedures; and c) the ability to procure and direct the work of subcontractors/consultants.

2. Submission Deadline

Complete responses must be received before 4 p.m., on August 9, 2021

3. Projected Schedule

The PEDC has tentatively set the following schedule:

RFQ Release: July 9, 2021

RFQ Submission Deadline: August 9, 2021

RFQ Review by staff and panel deadline: August 23, 2021

Finalist(s) invited to respond to RFP: By August 27, 2021

Finalists proposals due: September 27, 2021
Finalist Selection: By October 8th, 2021

4. Qualifications Review

Staff will screen applications to ensure compliance with the minimum qualifications stated in this RFQ. Following this preliminary review, a selection panel will vet qualifying submissions and will select up to 3 artists (or artist teams) who will be invited to prepare proposals for the project.

5. Review and Selection This RFQ is being used for pre-qualification purposes. The qualifications review committee will check responses against the evaluation criteria. Responses not meeting all mandatory evaluation criteria will not be considered for review. Qualified respondents will be provided with a copy of the RFP if one is issued.

Artists will be selected based on the following criteria:

• Interest in the project and ability to create artwork that is unique to the site;

• Years of experience in public art and lighting design in the public realm;

• Quality of portfolio that is directly related to this public art specialization;

• Demonstrated proficiency and technical knowledge of the materials and techniques;

• Proven ability to deliver the project requirements on time and budget; and

• Experience and success in creating public artwork in collaboration or cooperation with design teams and under the auspices of a public agency.




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