Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Call for Entries: Top Choice 2010

As an artist, I like to assume that some of our readers are artists as well, so...

After graduating from UT's art department, it's been real tricky to find the time and motivation to produce art. I am not a businesswoman nor am I good with time management, so something I've been doing lately is submitting work into local juried shows. It has helped considerably because:

a) it gives me a (much needed) deadline
b) it gets me out of my hermit-crab shell
c) it allows me, more frequently, to be a part of the ever-growing Knoxville art scene
d) it typically puts my work in front of more people than if I was to have a solo show
e) I don't have to do any of the advertising myself
f) it forces me to step up my game as an artist

Here's one I just read about. I copied and pasted it below. Let the games begin.

(05/11/2010/Knoxville) – The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville announces a call for entries for “Top Choice 2010”, a juried exhibition developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from August 6-27, 2010.

The deadline for digital submissions to be received is Friday, June 25, 2010.

Works will be juried through a unique process: all works submitted (digital images only) will be posted anonymously on a public Web site with the title, size, and medium of the submitted work. Three sectors of people will be asked to vote for their top five selections from among all of the entries: 1) a panel of five jurors from outside of the Greater Knoxville; 2) individual members of the Arts & Culture Alliance (approximately 300 people); and 3) the general public. The 15 works receiving the most number of votes from EACH sector will be displayed at the Emporium Center. The panel of jurors includes: Mark Hall (Maryville College Art Department); Nandini Makrandi (Curator of Contemporary Art, Hunter Museum); Jeff Morton (Covenant College Art Department); Elizabeth Snipes (Missouri State University Department of Art and Design); and Jennifer Stoneking-Stewart (Belmont University Department of Art).

The call for entries is open to all artists. Entries must be original works completed within the last two years in the following categories: Painting, Graphic Arts, 3-D, and Photography. Entry fees are $7 per piece for unlimited entries. Download a prospectus and application at (under Artist Calls & Press Releases), or contact Suzanne Cada, Arts & Culture Alliance, (865) 523-7543, Three People’s Choice Cash Awards will be given at the First Friday reception.

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