By all accounts, the inauguration of Donald Trump was historic. Following that, his administration’s actions have been unprecedented. His supporters continue to support him, and his detractors continue to object.
Historically, when these sorts of events happen, artists respond. This is actually one of the most important roles artists have played throughout history. Already artists are applying their skills to this national debate in many ways, but there hasn’t been a coordinated, formal exhibit open to everyone.
We are seeking works that address issues related to the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. This exhibit will allow artists to be included in a professional, juried art exhibit that will gain a lot of attention and reinforce the fact that artists’ voices must be heard. Like countless art exhibits of the past, this will not be an exhibit of easy-to-digest works.
The opening reception will be on the 100th day of Trump’s presidency – April 29. There are two sets of artist talks scheduled in addition to a typical opening reception. Additional programming is forthcoming, and your ideas are welcome.
This is a community-based project with no profit being sought. Corporate donors are being solicited and again, your ideas are welcome. Any excess money collected will be donated to the Washington Avenue Arts District.
March 26 (Sunday), 11:59pm: Discounted submission deadline
April 2 (Sunday), 11:59pm: Final deadline
April 13 (Thursday): Notifications begin
April 23 (Sunday), 9-10am: Art dropoff & installation
April 29 (Saturday), 6-8pm: Opening reception
April 30 (Sunday), 3-4pm: Deinstallation
Entry fee is $20 by March 26 at 11:59pm, $40 by April 2 at 11:59pm. There is no profit being made in this endeavor. Any excess money will be donated to the Washington Avenue Arts District. Artists' costs may be reduced or eliminated in the event corporate sponsorship is obtained.
Matt Adams is the president of the Visual Arts Alliance, an all-volunteer arts organization formed in 1981. He also blogs about local artists that are under-represented and connects them with "emerging collectors" via art blog HALT713.com. As an avid collector of local artists, the D'Aunno-Adams collection currently has over 700 works and continues to grow. On occasion, Mr. Adams organizes art exhibits at Next Wall Gallery - a special event space located in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston. Previously, he curated many exhibits (including the first iPhone-only exhibit) for Brookfield Properties in various corporate lobbies in downtown Houston.
Artwork should be created since January 20, 2017. Visual artworks may be created from any media with the exclusion of bodily fluids, dead animals or anything that may attract pests and vermin. 2-D works are limited to 50" in any direction, including frame and 15 lbs. 2-D works must be framed and appropriately wired and, only conventional picture-hanging hooks will be allowed. 3-D works are limited to 36" in any direction and artists must supply box-type pedestals which are white and blemish free. There is the possibility of accommodating works requiring electricity and will be considered on an individual basis. Installation works will also be considerd on a case-by-case basis.
Complete requirements are here.
Email Exhibit@TheFirst100DaysArtistsRespond.com with questions.
5) SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Titles and prices must be included and cannot be changed after submission.
File names should be LastName, Entry #1, title.jpg, LastName, Entry #2, title.jpg, etc. For example, Bill Jones' first entry titled "Starry Night" would look like the following (comas and all):
Jones, Entry #1, Starry Night.jpg Failure to name files properly will result in disqualification without a refund.
A diptych or tripych is considered a single work.
Notifications are done by email. Make sure Exhibit@TheFirst100DaysArtistsRespond.com does not go into your spam/junk box!
6) DELIVERY OF ACCEPTED WORKS
Hand-deliver works to the Silos at Sawyer Yards on Sunday, April 23 from 9-10am. Works not delivered by 10am will not be included. All works must remain on view until the close of the exhibit. We reserve the right to reject any work that is misrepresented or unsuitably framed, wired, etc. Works requiring special hanging or installation must be done by the artist.
Out of town submissions will require prepaid shipping and must be received by May 3. Detailed instructions will be provided as necessary.
7) PICK-UP OF EXHIBITED WORKS
Artists must pick up their work on Sunday, April 30 from 3-4pm. Work not claimed at that time will be immediately discarded.
There are no gallery or commission fees. All sales will be handled directly between the customer and the artist.
This juried exhibition is open to all artists aged 18 and over.
Every precaution will be taken in handling artwork. However, The Deal Company, Matt Adams or any affiliated agents do not assume any responsibility for damage, loss or theft during the exhibition. Matt Adams reserves the right to photograph works and the exhibition for publicity purposes only. Entering this competition will constitute agreement with all conditions set forth within this prospectus.
Please direct all questions to Exhibit@TheFirst100DaysArtistsRespond.com