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Friday, May 29, 2015

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Flat Out Under Pressure, Greenville, SC

appliCation due: June 5, 2015
event: June 19 & 20, 2015 

What it is:
Flat Out Under Pressure (FOUP) is the 24-hour artmaking juried event that results in the winning artists work being reproduced on one of the recycling bins in downtown Greenville, as a type of outdoor gallery. In addition to having their work featured on the bins, the selected artists will also receive other prizes, which include cash amounts up to $800 and a trip to Italy. The winning artists will be recognized and have their work professionally recreated on the front and back of the bins. The sponsors will have their printed logo or message on the sides of the bins. The artwork will reside on the bins for the 2016 calendar year.

hoW itll Work:
Interested artists, who live within a 15-mile radius of downtown Greenville, must complete and submit the accompanying application to MAC by Monday, June 5, 2015. The application requires a portfolio of work (see page 2) that will be juried. Accepted artists will then participate in the event from the morning of Friday, June 19, to the morning of Saturday, June 20, 2015. The submitted work will be juried Saturday afternoon and the winners announced at an awards reception, which will be held that evening. The artists whose work is selected will work with MAC to determine which of the artist’s work will be reproduced on the recycling bin. (It does not have to be the work produced during the 24-hour event.) 

the 24-hour art-making event:
On Friday, June 19, 2015, from 9:00–11:00am, accepted artists will check in at the Metropolitan Arts Council to register their unmarked surface(s). Artists may register up to 5 surface(s) but only One work per artist may be submitted for jurying. The work must measure no more than 48” x 48”. Volunteers will stamp the back of the blank surface verifying that no marks have been made on the surface. Artists will have 24 hours to work on their registered 2D surfaces. The next morning, Saturday, June 20, 2015, from 10:00–11:00am, event officials will be at MAC to accept the completed works. That afternoon, a professional juror will jury the work, and the winners will be announced that night at the reception. 

artWork Categories + submission requirements
The entries may be any type of 2D media: drawing, painting, print-making, mixed media, and relief sculpture. Computer-generated work and photography will not be considered. Completed works do not need to be framed although works framed or hanging-ready (with wire on the back) will be able to be hung in the lighted section of the gallery. Works on paper should be presented on a sturdy surface such as foam board or other hard surface, if not framed. Due to the 24-hour period, works not yet dry will be accepted.
portfolio submission*
Applicants must provide a portfolio of 5 works provided as digital images on a CD. The image file names should include artist’s last name followed by the title of the work: Sholly - Prettysunsets.jpg. A list of the files and the corresponding information about the work (title, medium, size) must be printed and submitted with the application. CDs will not be returned. Contact MAC for info if submitting slides. 

*Artists previously participating in Flat Out Under Pressure or Greenville Open Studios DO NOT need to provide a portfolio. If you are also applying for Open Studios for the 1st time, we can reference the portfolio submitted for Open Studios. Indicate such on the FOUP application.

the aWard Ceremony reCeption and exhibit:
The reception for the artists and sponsors will take place Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:00pm at MAC. That evening the award winning works will be announced during the reception. All submitted work will be on exhibit in the MAC Gallery until July 31, 2015. All artists are encouraged to be present at the reception and awards presentation. Due to the nature of the competition some paintings may still be wet and should be monitored closely so that the public does not touch the artwork. MAC will not be responsible for any damages.

the Juror
CArOlyn GrOSCh
Carolyn Grosch is the Assistant Curator at the Asheville Art Museum. She holds a Masters Degree in Art history and Museum Studies from Tufts University. her areas of specialization are contemporary art and collections care. Grosch has
been in the museum field for over ten years and has experience in education, collections management, and curating. Her research and exhibitions have centered on the intersections of contemporary art and pop culture as well as site-specific installation. Grosch grew up in the Chicago area and has also lived in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Georgia. Prior to her position at the Asheville Art Museum, Grosch was the registrar and Assistant Curator at the lyman Allyn Art Museum in new london, Connecticut and worked as both an educator and registrar at the Tufts University Art Gallery in Medford, Massachusetts.

appliCation Fee
The application fee is $24.00 and includes the registration of One surface. Additional surfaces—up to 4 more—can be registered and paid for before or on Friday, June 19, 2015, when the blank surfaces are brought to MAC for their registration. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.
Note: only ONe final entry can be entered into the competition.

exhibit at maC
The Flat Out Under Pressure exhibit, featuring each of the submitted works, will be on display at the Metropolitan Arts Council Gallery through July 31, 2015.

questions? For more information, contact Kim Sholly at MAC: 864-467-3132 or at

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