Thursday, September 29, 2011

Call For Entries: Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art Competition and Exhibition


Entry Deadline: October 22, 2011 until 5:00 p.m.

Post entry forms to: African American Museum, Attn: Emmanuel Gillespie, P.O. Box 150157
Dallas, Texas 75315-0157

Participants must submit:
-Entry card along with a self-addressed stamped envelope for return.
-Images of the artwork will be accepted in either on slide or cd format
-PDF or Jpeg format only
-Digital Submission Only

Include on slide artist’s name, title of work, completion date, medi-um, size, and entry number. Slides will not be accepted An artist’s statement and current bib-liographical information
Entries Must Be Received By October 22, 2011.
Final entrants will be notified October 31. Accepted work must be received by November 17. Upon receipt of the artwork, withdrawal will not be allowed from the exhibition.

The Biennial exhibition is open to all African American artists residing in the United States.
Types of Work Accepted: painting, sculpture, mixed media, drawing, printmaking, photography
Rules:An artist must have pro-duced the work within the last two years and be over the age of eighteen. No collaborative works will be accepted. Each artist will pay a non-refundable entry fee of $5.00 per entry, $20.00 for four entries. Check or mon-ey order should be payable to the African American museum. Each artist may submit up to four actual pieces regardless of category or categories entered. All work submitted must be for sale and available for exhibition. Two-dimensional work must not exceed 6’ x 6’ in any direction and may be repre-sented by one slide. All work must be suitably mounted, framed, and sup-ported with wire or metal ring hanging devices only. Oil paintings must be dry; pastels and watercolors must be under Plexiglas. Three-dimensional work must not exceed 6’ in any direction and may be represented in three slides.
Individual works submitted should not exceed a gross weight of 100 pounds.

$500.00 awarded to an artist in each of the following categories: painting, sculpture, mixed media, drawing, printmaking and photography.
One work is chosen from the category winners as the Best in Show artist. This artist wins the oppor-tunity to have a one-artist show in the two years following the competition. The Best in Show artist agrees to donate a piece of their work to the muse-um’s permanent collection.

Carroll Harris Simms Competition Details
Dates to Remember:
Entries Accepted- October 22, 2011 until 5 p.m.
Panel Review- October 29, 2011
Award Notification- October 31, 2011
Accepted Work Due- November 17, 2011
Opening Reception- December 16, 2011
Exhibition- Dec. 9, 2011 - April 14, 2012

For more information visit:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Call for Entries: Wine Label Design Competition

The Capital Grille Launches Third Annual Wine Label Design Contest

Proceeds to Benefit Share Our Strength; Winner to Travel to Napa Valley

(August 29, 2011, New York, NY) – Artists everywhere are invited to enter the third annual Artist Series Wine Label Design competition hosted by The Capital Grille ― the nationally renowned fine-dining restaurant known for its dry-aged, hand-carved steaks, fresh seafood and award-winning wine list. With a focus on once again uniting the worlds of fine wine and fine art, the winning piece of original artwork will grace bottles of a specially blended wine across the United States.

In addition, The Capital Grille will donate a portion of the proceeds from each bottle sold to Share Our Strength and its mission to end childhood hunger in America. Over the past two years, sales of the Artist Series wine resulted in over $420,000.00 donated to the charity.

From August 22 through October 7, submissions of original artwork will be considered in a search for a wine label design for The Capital Grille’s exclusive Artist Wine Label Series. This limited production Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon is made by acclaimed winemaker Ted Edwards of Freemark Abbey Vineyard, who has been crafting world-class wines in Napa Valley for over 30 years. Miliotes, Master Sommelier for The Capital Grille, worked alongside Edwards to blend a distinctive Cabernet originating from grapes grown in the famed Stagecoach and Bosche vineyards.

“We created The Capital Grille Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon to provide our guests with the incomparable opportunity to experience a wine that is lively, sophisticated and intensely aromatic, to best complement the flavors found on our menu. With this extended length of flavor, you can’t stop with just one glass,” said Miliotes, one of only 180 Master Sommeliers in the world.

In addition to the prestige and publicity from having artwork displayed on these limited edition bottles of wine, this year’s winning artist will also receive from The Capital Grille a case of the wine and an all-expenses paid, four day/three night trip to Napa Valley to enjoy personalized tours of some of the world’s top wineries. For more information on how to enter, visit, beginning August 22.

The Capital Grille Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon will be available exclusively at all 45 locations of The Capital Grille, and will complement The Capital Grille’s award-winning wine program, which is routinely recognized by Wine Spectator magazine. Featuring more than 350 Old and New World selections housed in floor-to-ceiling, temperature-controlled wine kiosks, The Capital Grille’s wine offerings also include a Captain’s List of 125 collector wines. Guests also have the opportunity to lease a wine locker, personalized with an inscribed brass nameplate.

Press contact: Heather Dratler, 212.871.3020 ext. 110 or

About Share Our Strength

Share Our Strength is the leading national organization working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. By weaving together a net of community groups, activists and food programs, Share Our Strength catches children at risk of hunger and ensures they have nutritious food where they live, learn and play. Working closely with the culinary industry, Share Our Strength creates engaging, pioneering programs like Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation, the nation's premier culinary benefit; Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale, a national grassroots effort; Share Our Strength's A Tasteful Pursuit, a touring dinner series; Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out , a week-long program involving thousands of restaurants nationwide; and Share Our Strength's Operation Frontline, a cooking-based nutrition education program. Visit and learn more about our goal of ending childhood hunger in America by 2015.

About The Capital Grille

The Capital Grille ( is known for its dry-aged steaks, award-winning wine list and professional service in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance. Routinely recognized by Wine Spectator magazine, The Capital Grille has received the American Culinary Federation’s “Achievement of Excellence Award,” is recognized by the 2011 Zagat Survey as a “Power Lunch” destination and was voted a guest favorite on Open Table’s “2010 Best American Cuisine - Top Restaurant List.” The Capital Grille offers more than 350 New and Old World wine selections, including a Captain’s List of some of the world’s most highly allocated and sought-after wines. Please visit The Capital Grille on Facebook and follow George Miliotes on Twitter @TheWineExpert.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Call For Entries: 86th Annual International Competition: Photography

Call for Entries
86th Annual International Competition: Photography

October 19, 2011

**New format: Selected artists will be featured in an online exhibition, June 2012 – March 2013. Three artists will be chosen to mount solo exhibitions at The Print Center, which will take place January – March, 2013.

October 19, 2011

Jennifer Blessing, Curator of Photography, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,
New York.
Most recently Blessing organized Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performanceand Catherine Opie: American Photographer. In addition to curating photo-based exhibitions, she is responsible for developing the museum's photography collection. Her next project is the exhibition and catalogue, Rineke Dijkstra: Retrospective.

Awards + Prizes
A purchase award for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, up to $3,000 in purchase, cash and material prizes and a two-year contract from The Print Center Gallery Store. Selected artists included in the online exhibition are eligible to receive all awards. Three artists will be chosen to mount solo exhibitions at The Print Center, which will take place January – March, 2013.

About the Competition
The Print Center’s Annual International Competition is one of the most prestigious and oldest competitions in the United States. Alternating yearly between printmaking and photography, it provides a unique opportunity for local, national and international artists to compete in a forum which emphasizes individual talent and expressiveness. The Print Center is particularly interested in highlighting artists who utilize photography in intriguing ways, both in terms of content of the imagery and process in which it was made. Artists whose work pushes the boundaries of traditional photographic practice are encouraged to enter.

If you are not already a member, your entry fee to the competition entitles you to a one-year membership to The Print Center.

Entry Information
Entries are accepted online only. For guidelines and the application, go to:

Non-member $45 ($60 outside US)
Current Members $5 processing fee
Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards are accepted

The competition is open to all artists. All forms of art are acceptable as long as photography is a critical component of the work. Work submitted must have been completed in the last three years. Submitted works cannot have been exhibited within 50 miles of Philadelphia or in any prior exhibition at The Print Center. Up to five images may be submitted and only one entry per person.

Online Exhibition
An online exhibition on The Print Center’s website will highlight the selected artists and will include all images submitted by those artists, biographical information and links to artists’ own websites. A group of ten finalists will have more extensive information on the site, with additional images and supporting commentary from the juror and/or The Print Center’s Curator. Selected artists will be contacted by The Print Center for additional information and images.

Solo Exhibitions
Three artists will be selected from the ten finalists to receive solo exhibitions at The Print Center. Those artists will receive a $200 honorarium. (Pending funding, especially for international artists, this amount may increase) Artists are responsible for delivering or shipping their work to and from The Print Center and all related costs, including framing when appropriate. The Print Center will install and de-install work.

Click here for a floor plan of The Print Center.

Entry Deadline: October 19, 2011
Notification (by email): February 1, 2012
Online Exhibition Dates: June 2012 – March 2013
Solo Exhibitions: January – March 2013

Contact Information
Please direct questions relating to the competition or your membership status to:
For technical questions contact Slideroom at: 1-855-238-9241 (toll-free) or

Artist Member News: Studio Showcase

From Artist Member Nancy Lee:

Three New Artists Jury In To Studio Showcase
As They Prepare for Their 17th Annual Show

31 Studio artists to participate in what’s become one of Indianapolis’ best kept shopping
secret! This year’s show and sale to take place on October 13, 14 & 15, 2011.
Indianapolis (July 2011)

Studio Showcase is a co-op of some 30 central Indiana artisans whose work includes textiles,
jewelry, ceramics, photography, painting, glass, wood and more. Once a year, member artists
gather to present their newest creations in an inviting, open house setting.
This year’s show will mark the group’s 17th Studio Showcase and will take place on:
Thursday, October 13, 2011 – 5pm to 9pm
Friday, October 14, 2011 – 10am to 8pm
Saturday, October 15, 2011 – 10am to 5pm

The show is located in Indianapolis’ Crows Nest area at 5914 Stafford Way, Indianapolis, IN
46228, the home of one of the artist members.

Three new artists juried into the group this spring: Painter - Cindy Cradler, Micro-Macramé
Jewelry Maker - Tatyana Fedorikhina, and Wood Worker – Tom Laird. Respectively their
work is pictured below.

In addition to all the wonderful hand made creations, visitors to Studio Showcase also enjoy free
admission, ample parking, door prizes and refreshments. MasterCard and Visa are accepted for

To find out more about the show, its history, its members and the artwork they create, please
visit the website:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Call for Entries: Fall Crafts & More Show

Perry Township PTA Council is hosting the annual Fall Crafts & More Show on Saturday, November 12th, 201 from 9am – 4pm at Perry Meridian Middle School. We will be accepting exhibitors and artisans who have quality handcrafted and designed merchandise. Party-line consultants and local sporting / spirit wear vendors are also welcome. The profit from the booth space fees will benefit the students in Perry Township schools in the form of scholarships and to maintain the continuation of the PTA Council.

Booth rental is $50.00

Anyone wishing to participate as an exhibitor in this fantastic event can contact:

Angela Gottlieb


Laura Long

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Call for Artists, Gallery at Fletcher Place Art & Book

Gallery at Fletcher Place Arts & Books (649 Virginia Avenue - Fletcher Place neighborhood near Fountain Square) is set to open in October and is currently seeking submissions for exhibitions starting in November. All Indiana-based emerging artists are strongly encouraged to apply. The Gallery at Fletcher Place Arts & Books will be an interactive gallery, complete with tables, chairs and art supplies to allow attendees to engage and respond to the art on display. A new exhibition will open every IDADA First Friday and be open to the public Fridays and Saturdays until the last week of the month.

Artists should read the guidelines at before applying. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis; selected artists will be contacted by phone and/or email. If you're looking to introduce yourself to the art community, this is your opportunity. For more information contact Christie McNabb at

Artist Member News: Sofiya Inger Wins Fellowship

Indianapolis Art Center Announces Fellowship Awardee

Indianapolis, IN (September 14, 2011) – The Indianapolis Art Center in conjunction with the Robert McKinney family, awarded Sofiya Inger the first-ever Skip McKinney Faculty of the Year Fellowship. The $20,000 fellowship is given to an Art Center faculty member who exhibits excellence in his/her art, teaching and in building community. About 30 Art Center faculty applied for the fellowship; Ms. Inger was selected from among nine finalists. The eight other honorees will receive $500 each. In addition to the cash award, Ms. Inger will receive a solo show in December 2012 featuring work she completes throughout the coming year.

In talking about the selection process, Robert McKinney, husband of Skip McKinney said, “I didn’t intend to be involved in the selection process initially, however, I am so glad I did because I had such a wonderful opportunity to learn about all the talented Indianapolis Art Center faculty,” he said. “All nine finalists exhibited amazing artistic talent, exemplary teaching expertise and remarkable efforts in building a community.” The award was created by the McKinney family to honor the legacy of Arlene “Skip” McKinney, long-time Art Center student, accomplished artist and community leader.

In receiving the fellowship, Ms. Inger said it represented particular significance for her. “I came to America in search of a community of like-minded people,” she said. She finds it odd that people ask her how she ended up in Indiana. “I don’t see that I ended up here. I see that I have found Indiana. The hospitality here is amazing. I have found many friends who support me. Not only do I have the support of friends, but I have support for my art. The Art Center is a community that supports artists,” she said.

The Art Center completed a videotape about Ms. Inger, available at .

The eight other finalists for the fellowship included:
Alice Battas, ceramics
Peggy Breidenbach, ceramics
Kimberly Conrad, metalsmithing
Dan Cooper, photography
Loran Hill, ceramics
Matt Kenyon, glass
Tom Laird, woodworking
Vandra Pentecost, painting

In introductory remarks, Carter Wolf, Art Center CEO, said the fellowship encourages not only excellence in teaching and instructor creativity, but also development of a sense of community in classes that has meant so much for decades of students such as Skip McKinney.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Artist Member News: Idada Members Exhibit

IDADA had 38 submitting artists and 105 pieces reviewed. The Juror, Barry Blinderman selected 19 pieces for the show, which included Indianapolis Art Center Artists members Susan Hodgin and Dan Cooper, who was awarded first place for his painting, “Doppler”.

The IDADA Members Show is at wUG LAKU’s STUDIO & gARAGE, Circle City Industrial Comples, 1125 Brookside Ave #C7.

More about wUG LAKU’S STUDIO & gARAGE: Located in an urban industrial warehouse, it’s bright turquoise exterior broken up by vibrant blocks of color, wUG LAKU’S STUDIO & gARAGE is an elegant, enthralling surprise. Featuring two galleries and a work artists’ space in the garage area, wls&g presents innovative and thought-provoking contemporary fine art and crafts on a monthly basis as part of the IDADA First Friday Art Tour. Bordering Mass. Ave., the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, the Monon Greenways Trail, and one of Indianapolis’ most unique historical residential districts, wUG LAKU’S STUDIO & gARAGE is easy to find with plenty of free parking. wUG LAKU’S STUDIO & gARAGE is open Wednesdays 5-9, Saturdays 12-4, the First Friday of every month 6-9, or by appointment. Contact or 317-270-8258

Artist Sought to Paint Portrait of Governor Mitch Daniels

Artist Sought to Paint Portrait of Governor Mitch Daniels

Hoosier artists are invited to submit their applications to paint the official portrait of Governor Mitch Daniels. The Indiana State Museum will coordinate the selection process to determine the artist who will paint the 42-inch by 32-inch oil or acrylic work that is completed for each Indiana governor and will then become part of the historic governors' portrait collection, managed by the museum.

To be considered, applicants are required to:

• Be a resident or native of Indiana. Preference will be given to Indiana residents.

• Include a resume of past portrait experience and commissions, a list of work in public collections, past exhibitions, and art training.

• Provide an artist's statement about their approach to portrait painting. Specific ideas about the commission also may be included but are not required.

• Submit six to 10 digital color samples of their portrait work, including some detail. The work may be submitted using this web address:

• Propose a fee amount for the commission. Historically, private fundraising is used for the commission and framing and the same practice will be followed for Daniels' portrait. Any remaining funds are maintained by the state museum for maintenance, preservation and exhibition of the collection.

Submission deadline is 4:30 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2011. Finalists will be determined in November and the selected artist will be named by the end of the year. The painting will be completed by summer 2012 with the unveiling of the portrait expected by December, 2012.

More information for artists, including the application, is available on the web page

Individual Artist Program Grant Set to Open this Fall

Individual Artist Program Grant Set to Open this Fall

The Indiana Arts Commission's fiscal year 2013 Individual Artist Program (IAP) grant is set to open in early November. Eligible projects will only be considered in the areas of: crafts, design, media arts, photography, visual arts, and folk arts related to the traditional disciplines listed here.

General information about the IAP grant can be found on the IAC's website at; guidelines will also be posted on this web page once they are available. Interested artists can subscribe to this web page to receive emails when the page has been updated by clicking on the red exclamation point logo at the top of the page and entering their information.

As usual, the Indiana Arts Commission will partner with area arts organizations to present grant workshops around the state. These workshops will take place throughout November and December. Once confirmed, the dates for these workshops will be posted on the IAC website here: Artists may also subscribe to this web page to receive emails by clicking on the red exclamation point logo at the top of the page.

If you have any questions about the Individual Artist Program grant, please contact Susan Britsch at or (317) 232-1281.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Exhibit: Indianapolis Art Center in the Athenaeum Art Space

Indianapolis Art Center in the Art Space

The Indianapolis Art Center partners with the Athenaeum to bring a multi-media art exhibit by students and faculty of the Art Center to the ArtSpace. Exhibit continues throughout September.

Dates: Opening Night - September 2, 2011 (continues through September)
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Athenaeum ArtSpace