Open call for book inspired artwork under the theme Bookends – Anything in between.

Open call for book inspired artwork under the theme Bookends – Anything in between.
Eligibility: 
This is an international call for artwork related to, comprised of or inspired by…books. The shows title, Bookends, says it all. We are looking for anything that relates to the medium. This can include traditional books, sculpture, 2-D, installation, text-based works etc. Must be 18yrs old to apply.
Juror: 
Benjamin D. Rinehart, Associate Professor of Painting and Printmaking, Lawrence University in Appleton, WI
The Purple Word Center for Book & Paper Arts:
The Center provides a safe and encouraging space for all to create connections between text and image. The center, in affiliation with Midtown Partners, Inc. and Millsaps College, teaches workshops on printmaking, book and paper arts, while providing studio access for member artists to make their own work.
Timetable:
Submission deadline: November 14
Notification of accepted artwork: Nov. 28
Accepted work due: Dec. 9
Dates of Exhibition: Jan. 12 – Feb. 20
For more information including the official prospectus, please visit the website of The Purple Word Center for Book & Paper Arts at: http://www.purpleword.org/ or
http://media.wix.com/ugd/d0cf03_5bbbe3e3bab84344bf9363a94d77f9dc.pdf
All questions can be sent to info@purpleword.org and will be answered by Sandra Murchison, Professor of Art at Millsaps College and Founder & Director of Purple Word Center for Book & Paper Arts.

Spring Printmaking Classes – Starting April 7th @ 7pm

Starting Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 7pm until 9pm.
Description:
This course engages color in an immediate way with this overview of the screenprinting  process. Photo processes will be covered, as well as all you need to know about ink preparation, registration and pulling awesome prints. Appropriate for all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced.
Course is $120.00 and run for 6 weeks on Mondays (4/7; 4/14; 4/21; 4/28)
Contact Susan at freetownstudios@yahoo.com for more information.

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It’s that time of year again!

Well, it’s that time of year again. 10 artists from Texas, Missouri, Tennessee (country voice), and all over Louisiana will be combining their powers with 6 musicians/producers for the Electric Boogaloo Shrimp Flavored art jam we call Aramenation. White surfaces will be painted. Korgs and numerous electronic buttons will be pressed. Spray fumes and the salty aroma of sweat will be in the air. ZETROC will have as many “do-overs” as he likes. You will drink too much. You will paint on the Soul Train graffiti wall. I will spell “Soul Trian” right this year. This will be the funnest art event you’ve been to since the last time you went to a gallery opening and had to pay for a cup of wine. The wine was hot anyways. You won’t feel the urge to twerk. You will feel the urge to freestyle and/or possibly toprock, pogo,move side to side, or move you head up and down to assure everyone you “dig” the music. Art can be touched, musicians will not be doing covers. Your art teacher will not be giving you extra credit for attending…https://www.facebook.com/events/201036663440714/

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Spring Printmaking Classes

Starting Monday, March 10th, 2014 at 7pm until 9pm.
Description:
This course engages color in an immediate way with this overview of the screenprinting  process. Photo processes will be covered, as well as all you need to know about ink preparation, registration and pulling awesome prints. Appropriate for all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced.
Course is $120.00 and run for 6 weeks on Mondays (3/10; 3/17; 3/24; 3/31; 4/7; 4/14)

Contact Susan at freetownstudios@yahoo.com for more information.

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It’s Happening Again: Greatness!!!

Work has begun on the Milena Theatre Group’s next production, “Glissando; Or, The Art of Cruelty.” Produced by the Acadiana Center for the Arts and Freetown Studios, the play is a revision of Chekhov’s “Three Sisters.” Here is the cast. — with Billie R. Tardos, Jason Knight, Sarah Mikayla Brown, Jessy Hylton, and Connie Castille.Glissandro 5 Glissandro 3 Glissandro 4 Glissandro 2Glissandro 1

Winter Printmaking at Freetown Studios

Starting this Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7pm:
This six week course offers an introduction to relief printmaking using wood and linoleum. Students will be directed through exercises in cutting technique and generating imagery. Prints will be created both by hand and with a press. Multiple block registration and color mixing will also be taught. Sound technique, understanding of materials and making good prints are the goals. This is a multi level course, where more advanced students will be tutored according to their abilities. See below for more information.
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Classes are on Mondays from 7-9pm; 3 in January (Jan. 6th, 13th and 20th) and 3 in February (Feb. 10th, 17th and 24th).  
Fees are $160.00 for the session.
Please register at freetownstudios@yahoo.com or show up Monday January 6th, 2014 at 7pm.

Upcoming Call For Entry Application Deadlines

New opportunities are listed on CaFE™, and many application deadlines are approaching. See what new opportunities you can apply to below. You can login to CaFE here or go towww.callforentry.org to apply to one of these opportunities. Click here to go to link.

Upcoming Deadlines – APPLY TODAY!

CSArt Colorado: Community Supported Art Colorado – Boulder, Colorado
DEADLINE: 9/20/2013

Jury Fee: $20.00

Denver Botanic Gardens and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art are proud to present the second year of Community Supported Art Colorado (CSArt Colorado). Through a buy-local, share-based membership, CSArt Colorado brings artists and art lovers together. Selected by curators from Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Denver Botanic Gardens, the featured artworks will be in a range of media and allow for people to easily discover and meet artists.
Modeled closely on agricultural CSAs that link local food growers with local consumers, the CSArt program has gained awareness thanks to the work of St. Paul-based Springboard for the Arts. Artists produce artworks for 50 patrons as well as artist peers, and have the opportunity to connect personally to promote their work and perspective. Attendance at distribution events to meet patrons required.

Visit CSArtColorado.org for an overview of this dynamic experience.

2013 Colorado State University Lory Student Center: Request for Qualifications – Fort Collins, Colorado
DEADLINE: 9/20/2013

Jury Fee: $0.00

Colorado State University in Fort Collins is looking to commission a piece for a new community garden being built along with other revitalization efforts on the Lory Student Center. Applicants must be either Colorado artists or have a significant connection to the university.

Prospectus #227 AIPP Purchase Initiative – Santa Fe, New Mexico
DEADLINE: 9/23/2013

Jury Fee: $0.00

New Mexico Arts’ Art in Public Places program is pleased to announce the 2013 Purchase Initiative. Professional artists and galleries in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah are invited to submit qualifications along with three professional quality images of artwork available for purchase. Artists must currently reside in the states listed above. Galleries located in these states may submit qualifications on behalf of artists represented by the gallery, regardless of residency.

Digital Latin America presented by 516 ARTS – Albuquerque, New Mexico
DEADLINE: 9/27/2013

Jury Fee: $20.00

This call for entries is for both gallery projects to be in the three-month long exhibition and for a variety of visual art, demonstrations and performance works for a one day Downtown Block Party.

Open to emerging and established contemporary artists working in all digital media formats or working with concepts that address digital media in relation to Latin American culture through traditional mediums.

Artists of Latin American, Native American and Indigenous heritage are encouraged to apply, but the exhibition is open to all cultural backgrounds and artists who reside anywhere in the world, as long as their work proposes alternative understandings of technology, art and cultural exchange.

Artists must be 18 years or older.
En Español: http://516arts.org/images/stories/PDFs/DLA_Call_Spanish.pdf. Em Português: http://516arts.org/images/stories/PDFs/DLA_Call_Portuguese.pdf

Contained – Teapots, Functional to Whimsical & Beyond – Longmont, Colorado
DEADLINE: 9/27/2013

Jury Fee: $30.00

The Muse Gallery and Celestial Seasoning’s juried exhibition of teapots from functional to whimsical and beyond. Cash Awards for award winners and two teapots will be purchased for the Celestial Seasonings collection. Open to all media except video. Special Jurors – Robin Furuta, Arapahoe Community College, Steve Spencer, Celestial Seasonings & Camille Rendall, Front Range Community College.

City of San Bruno Centennial Art Project – San Bruno, California
DEADLINE: 9/27/2013

Jury Fee: $0.00

The City of San Bruno invites emerging and established artists over the age of 18 to create a two-dimensional work of public art to commemorate the City’s 100th anniversary of incorporation, which will take place in December 2014.

The selected site consists of one or more of four retaining walls along Sneath Lane, one of the City’s main arteries connecting drivers between El Camino Real, Interstate 280, and State Highway 35, also known as Skyline Boulevard.

Following a review of submitted qualifications, the San Bruno Culture and Arts Commission will interview those artists it determines to be the best suited to successfully complete the project. An artist and design rendering will then be recommended to the City Council for final approval.

New Events

City of Asheville: 51 Biltmore Public Art Project – Asheville, North Carolina
OPEN DATE: 9/13/2013
DEADLINE: 10/30/2013

Jury Fee: $0.00

The City of Asheville is seeking to commission a qualified artist or team of artists to create a permanent exterior public art feature above the parking garage exit at the north side of the Aloft Hotel on Aston Street. The Aloft Hotel at 51 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville is a visible landmark in the skyline, set apart by its contemporary architecture and vibrant color scheme. 51 Biltmore is the shared address of the City of Asheville’s new parking complex which is the site for the public artwork. The 51 Biltmore Public Art Project is intended to enhance the sense of local identity in downtown Asheville, as well as compliment the architecture of the Aloft Hotel and is part of the City’s Percent for Art mandate.
This is not a request for proposals.

Colored Pencil Society of America Explore This! 10 – Unspecified,
OPEN DATE: 9/15/2013
DEADLINE: 11/15/2013

Jury Fee: $20.00

Juried Online Colored Pencil Exhibition to be displayed from Feb. 1, 2014 to Jan. 31, 2015 at www.cpsa.org. This exhibition allows artists to explore beyond the limitations of 100% colored pencil on flat surfaces. Works must be predominantly in colored pencil and may incorporate other media, techniques, and surfaces as well as 3-dimensional shapes. The goal is to encourage the use of colored pencils with other materials and attract the attention of artists who are not primarily colored pencil artists. Starting in 2009, Explore This! is the only venue where CPSA members can earn CPX signature status which requires three acceptances within a 10 year period. The exhibition features a $2,000 Best of Show award and EXPY award along with other cash awards. The winners of the top three awards will be invited to send their pieces for display in the CPSA International Exhibition in 2014. In addition, a full-color issue of the CPSA news magazine, “To The Point,” will showcase the acce! pted artwork.

Oceana Art Gallery: Read All Over – Pacifica, California
OPEN DATE: 9/16/2013
DEADLINE: 10/12/2013

Jury Fee: $25.00

A juried exhibit of artwork in all media with the primary component being Text – letters, alphabetical characters, words or any combination of shapes and symbols which might or might not be giving readable information. All uses of text to create images, concepts or representation are eligible.

Artists are encouraged to interpret the theme very broadly to celebrate communication through visual images and written characters.

The exhibit is open to entries from the Bay Area. All artists are welcome.

Baltimore – School 33 Art Center 2013 Open Call for Artists – Baltimore, Maryland
OPEN DATE: 9/16/2013
DEADLINE: 10/18/2013

Jury Fee: $40.00

Juried Call for Artists

Juried Exhibit 1, curated by Andrea Pollan
January 11 – March 9, 2013

Juried Exhibit 2, curated by Christine Pfister
March 22 – May 26, 2013

Deadline to apply: October 18, 2013

Notifications will be made by November 15, 2013

Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places- Haulover Park – Miami, Florida
OPEN DATE: 9/16/2013
DEADLINE: 10/25/2013

Jury Fee: $0.00

Commissioning Agency: Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces
Total Project Budget: $165,000
Location: 10800 Collins Avenue, Miami, FL
Deadline: October 25, 2013
Eligibility: Open to all professional artists residing in Miami-Dade County
Applications from architects, landscape architects or other design professionals will not be considered unless included as part of an artist-led team.

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department (PROS) and Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs through its Art in Public Places Program request qualifications from professional artists and/or artist teams to create the design for a promenade to be located around the perimeter of the park.

International Mokuhanga Conference 2014 – September 10th-14th in Tokyo

International Mokuhanga Conference 2014 (IMC2014) / Satellite IMC2014
10-14 September in Tokyo. Click here to go to link.

What is mokuhanga?

Mokuhanga is the Japanese term to describe Japanese methods of woodblock printmaking. The Japanese woodcut is unique to the history of printmaking, different from all other instances of the craft in terms of technique, artistic expression and social importance.

How old is it?

Before the rise of multicolor woodcuts (ukiyo-e) in the 16th century, woodblock printmaking had already been established in Japan for a millennium. In 764, the Buddhist text One Million Pagodas and Dharani Prayers (Hyakumantô dharani) was commissioned by Empress Shotoku, who wished to promote the new religion in Japan. The massive project was completed around 770, marking the first time the woodcut was employed as an instrument for mass circulation of information or propaganda.

Are the techniques difficult?

Block cutting and printing differ from the western woodcut. These methods require a bit more attention in process. The most significant difference occurs in the printing where water-based pigments are spread across a block with brushes instead of rollers. The print must be executed on moist paper and rubbed with a hand tool called a baren. The printing process is similar to textile dyeing by producing hues with their own special effects when the pigments sink deep into the paper fibers. My own experience in my university is impressive. I have taught mokuhanga since 1985 and all the students in my workshop have learned the basic techniques in 10-day courses.

Where can you study mokuhanga?

Nowadays the possibilities for studying Japanese woodcuts are far easier than two decades ago.
The technique is gaining more and more interest outside of Japan as a nature-friendly, non-toxic method. Globally, some universities have awakened to offer workshops and there are numerous independent printmakers who are organizing private courses.
MI-LAB Artist-in-Residence has been running workshops in Japan for beginners, professional printmakers and printmaking studios for over twenty years. These pioneers come from five different continents.

Is the conference directed only at mokuhanga artists?

The conference is open to all who are interested in accessing specific information related to Japanese mokuhanga and its culture. Like everything around us, mokuhanga is also developing and evolving in new directions that reflect the ideas of contemporary artists and has merged with parts of other printmaking techniques as well as with digital ones with successful results.

What were your best experiences at the first IMC2011 in Kyoto and Awaji?

The most interesting aspects are difficult to articulate. It was a whole atmosphere, a spirit of Japanese culture, academic paper presentations, breathtaking demonstrations by Japanese masters and finding out how they handled tools and materials. Many exhibitions and workshops showed the development of mokuhanga and its flexibility with other printmaking methods and book arts. The product fair was an excellent opportunity to make contact with toolmakers and find good quality handmade printing papers for all printmaking techniques as well as for digital ones.
A philosophical concept relating to time and space serves as a background to Japanese culture and everyday life. It was also a great pleasure to finish busy days with fine meals. Japanese food is a visual art in itself through its wonderful display.

What are some of the new issues to be addressed at the 2nd IMC2014?

This time the conference will be held in Tokyo and hosted by Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geidai), known for the exceptional quality of its arts programs and home to a respected printmaking program.
IMC2014 will take place at two exciting venues: Tokyo University of the Arts as the main site for academic content and 3331 Arts Chiyoda as a satellite space. The two venues are within proximity of each other on either side of Shinobazu Pond in the popular area of Ueno.
Satellite IMC2014 will be free and open to all participants and will host dialogues for Artists-in-Residence as well as a business showcase organized by the IMC2014 Head Office and Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory in cooperation with other supporters.

In addition to events that took place at IMC2011, there are new ones:

Open Group Projects
(Deadline for Entry: 31 October, 2013)

Open International Mokuhanga Competition
(Entry Period: 1 February-14 March, 2014)

Open International Artists Print Book Exhibition
(Entry Period: 1 February-14 March, 2014)

MI-LAB (Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory)
The Mokuhanga Artist-in-Residency in Japan encourages dialogues across printmaking residencies through the CPR (Collaborative Printmaking Residencies) Forum and MI-LAB exhibition during IMC2014. In this context, MI-LAB envisions IMC2014 as an opportunity to encourage networking among printmaking Artist-in-Residencies around the world.

In closing

The IMC2014 conference contributes significantly to connecting and bringing together printmakers, academics, print studios and researchers from universities and institutions around the world.
The conference overall offers a forum for international discussion and opens new vistas to exchange ideas about this exciting technique, rooted in history, but providing new approaches and inspiration to reflect the ideas of contemporary artists.

Tokyo, moreover, offers attractive and enjoyable surroundings at the same time as many opportunities to explore Japanese culture—a big city where almost everything is possible.

For more detailed information, please see the conference website: www.mokuhaga.jp/2014

IMC 2014 is currently calling for proposals for several different programs. We would like to announce the various calls followed by a report from IMC 2011 participants. 

Please note that all presenters and demonstrators must register and pay the conference fee. The registration fees are listed here: 

http://www.mokuhanga.jp/2014/call_for_proposals/index.html

Main Programs at Geidai
1. Paper presentations (13th-14th September 2014, 10AM- 5PM) 

Venue: Geidai (Tokyo University of the Arts)
Deadline for entries: Thursday 31st October 2013
Notification of Acceptance: January 2014

IMC 2014 invites you to submit proposal for academic papers for the following subjects: 

Water-based Woodblock Print Expression
Technical Improvements in Mokuhanga
History and Philosophy of Mokuhanga
Mokuhanga and Society
Material Studies
Contemporary Mokuhanga
International Exchange
Teaching Mokuhanga: Educational Practice Report
Artist’s Presentations

2. Workshops & Demonstrations (11th-12th September 2014, 10AM-5PM) 

Venue: Geidai (Tokyo University of the Arts)
Deadline for entries: Thursday 31st October 2013
Notification of Acceptance: January 2014

IMC 2014 invites submissions for Workshops & Demonstrations related to Japanese woodcut printmaking (mokuhanga).

3. Open Group Projects /The Content 

Venue: Geidai (Tokyo University of the Arts)
Deadline for entries: Thursday 31st October 2013
Notification of Acceptance: January 2014

IMC 2014 invites you to submit a proposal for a group project that uses the gallery spaces of Geidai. The proposed projects are expected to be original, for instance, using new techniques or materials, demonstrating new woodcut printing expressions or presenting new teaching results.

The 2014 SGC International Printmaking Conference, Bridges, is still accepting applications for mentors.

The 2014 SGC International Printmaking Conference, Bridges, is still accepting applications for mentors. 
We are seeking experienced professors, academic advisors, graduate coordinators, professional printers and printshop administrators, gallerists, independent techno/CNC wizards, cultural activists and others who can provide quality mentoring to undergraduate, graduate, emerging and mid-career artists working within the fields of prints, printmaking and related areas.
Mentoring is likely to cover such topics as:  preparation for graduate school; preparation for post-graduate school careers; how can I find a job teaching or a residency; review my portfolio or teaching philosophy; review my career path; do I have what it takes; how or where can I find training or a job as a master printer; how or where can I…?
For more information and to apply to be a mentor, please visit the conference web site:

http://sgcinternational.org

http://sgcisanfrancisco.org/mentoring-sessions