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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

RFQ: The Arts & Science Council (ASC) Functional Art Directory Opportunity

Artist: Dana Gingras. Installed September 2015 at
East W.T. Harris Boulevard and North Sharon Amity.
Harrison, Steve City of Charlotte

Read more here:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 31, 2016 – 11:59 p.m. EDT 

The Arts & Science Council (ASC) is accepting qualifications from professional artists or teams of artists in response to the Arts & Science Council Functional Art Directory Opportunity.
The Arts & Science Council facilitates a joint Public Art Program of the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, which establishes opportunities for artists to create site-specific artwork in the public sphere.  The program is funded through two separate ordinances created individually by the City and County that established a 1% for art allocation for all eligible capital improvement projects.  The Public Art program develops a broad collection of artwork that supports and enhances the vision of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Region.

The ASC Functional Art Directory serves as an internal resource for artists and craft individuals who can design/build creative features for City, County, and Private Projects that may or may not be associated with larger scale public art projects.  The registry will not replace the RFQ’s for Public Art opportunities. However, based upon the construction schedule and project manager’s special needs it may be used to aid in the selection of qualified artists for major and minor public art commissions.
The selected artists will be professional artists who are proficient in planning, creating, and implementing public art.  Portfolios must demonstrate the ability to consider and successfully carry out public art commissions, providing reviewers with the overall aesthetics and quality of work.
There is no limit to the number of artists who will be accepted for the registry. Artists selected for the registry will always be notified prior to being placed into consideration for specific projects.

·         Professional artists who have experience managing, designing and completing public art project commissions within the past five (5) years are eligible

·         Must reside in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, or West Virginia

·         Architects interested in applying must have successfully completed at least three (3) public art projects (that are distinguished from infrastructure design) within the last five (5) years

o   Credentials: a resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) demonstrating professional history and skills as a professional artist (maximum 2 pages)
o   Images – up to ten (10) images of recent work completed within the past five (5) years
o   Annotation: titles, date, media and dimensions of artwork
o   Artists must select the Craft Discipline(s) that best represents their work
o   clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, paper, plastic, wood,  mural, stone, mixed media

Participants must submit all required materials through SlideRoom, (, an online application system.

Please be sure to allow adequate time to submit your application as technical difficulties can occur.  Applications that are mailed, emailed, faxed, or hand-delivered will not be considered.
New submissions and updates will be requested annually through an RFQ process.  Each RFQ includes a specific deadline and is published on the ASC website. Updates replace previous submissions.  Artists may revise their contact information anytime. ASC reserves the right to purge submissions which have not been updated in three years.

The selection process is being undertaken to identify highly qualified artists interested in pursuing public art opportunities in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Region. All eligible applications will be reviewed by a panel of local and national arts professionals.  Artists will be notified by January 2017 regarding the status of their application. Acceptance for the registry does not guarantee the receipt a commission.

December 31, 2016 – 11:59 p.m. EDT 

Application Period (August 18 – December 31, 2016)
Application Status Notification (January 2017)

SlideRoom technical support is available Monday – Saturday by email until 8 p.m. (CDT) at


Randella D. Foster | Program Coordinator, Public Art
ASC. Culture For All. 
227 West Trade St., Ste. 250, Charlotte, NC 28202

Call for Artists, Out of the Box: A Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition: Due June 1, 2017

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University (JCSM) is one of Alabama’s leading art museums, with a growing collection of art ranging from traditional to contemporary—including outdoor sculpture! JCSM is accepting submissions from sculptors to participate in Out of the Box: A Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition (Out of the Box) opening October 6, 2017.

Out of the Box is a biennial competition that began in 2013 in celebration of the museum’s 10-year anniversary. Now in our third iteration, our program continues in its goal of presenting engaging and educational works of art to our university audience and broader community, as well as actively pursuing the growth of our permanent collection of outdoor sculpture.

Artwork chosen for display in this year’s exhibition will be installed on the museum grounds until October 6, 2018. This call for sculpture is open to all artists, age 18 and older. Entries must be received by June 1, 2017.

Important Dates

June 1, 2017:
Deadline for entries

June 30, 2017
Notification of acceptance/decline

August 1, 2017
Request for heavy-lifting equipment due to JCSM

August 21–September 15, 2017
Installation of accepted sculpture

October 6, 2017–October 6, 2018
Out of the Box Exhibition

October 8–12, 2018
Deinstallation of sculptures

Artist Awards
1st Place: $3,000
2nd Place: $1,500
Honorable Mention: $500
ALL Finalists: $1,000

Quick Submission Checklist:

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Call to Artists: City in Motion Outdoor Temporary Sculpture Exhibition, Roanoke, VA

AIR (Art in Roanoke) in Elmwood Park
Call Date November 4, 2016

Deadline for Entries: February 6, 2017

Project Description:
The Roanoke Arts Commission (RAC) is seeking up to nine artists to exhibit in the fourth AIR: (Art in Roanoke), a temporary sculpture exhibition running May 16, 2017 through November 15, 2018.  This is NOT a postmark deadline. The RAC is accepting submissions now through 5:00 PM February 6, 2017 from experienced artists for freestanding sculpture. Artwork may incorporate interactive as well as functional elements.  This invitation is extended to all artists 18 and older regardless of where they live.  In addition to finished pieces, proposed work will also be considered.  An identification plaque will be provided for each work.  The RAC will also produce publicity materials and will promote the exhibition with local media.

All artwork will be sited in Elmwood Park, a pocket of nature and vibrant urban space, in downtown Roanoke. 

Since purchased by the city in 1910, Elmwood Park has been a gathering place where people enjoy a concert, the outdoors or spend quiet time.  Today it is well known as Roanoke’s premiere festival park with more than 50 annual events. It is also the home of the city’s main library. 2013 improvements included a new amphitheater and stage, interactive fountains, an arbor, terraces off the back of the library and the Art Walk. An interactive playground with a Peter Pan theme is also in the park. Photos and drawings of the site can be viewed at under “current calls to artists”.
Information about the previous Elmwood exhibit can be viewed at

The theme of the show is City in Motion. Roanoke was born out of transportation and continues to be on the move.  Downtown revitalization has led to a renaissance over the last 25 years, and downtown living has increased to over 2,000 residents.  With the recently announced expansion of the VA Tech Medical School and Research Institute and several craft breweries moving to the area, the City of Roanoke is on the move and the art in Elmwood should reflect that motion.

Guidelines for Submitted Works:
Works submitted must be of a scale and material suitable for outdoor display.  All proposed works should be designed to withstand an outdoor, high traffic, unmonitored environment. They should require little or no maintenance for the duration of the show. They must be original and suitable for family viewing. The works must be constructed so that they can be securely anchored. 

The Art Walk includes ten pads surrounded by native plantings.  Each pad is 7’ by 7’ and can hold up to 1,500 lbs. Work cannot be over 15’ tall and 6’ wide. Anchor bolts are required and must be set at least six inches from the edges of the pads.

Payments and Awards:
There is no entry fee. Artists chosen to participate will receive a stipend of up to $4,000 per selected artwork.  All stipends are payable in one lump sum upon completion of the installation and receipt of an invoice. In addition, one artist will receive a $1,000 Best in Show Award. Voting will take place the weekend of Festival in the Park, one of the major festivals held in the park on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, 2017.

Costs associated with transportation of the piece, travel of the artist, insurance during travel and installation, installation and removal of the work are the responsibility of the artist. 
The city will provide pads and installation support as feasible.
Completed installation must pass city inspection, meeting all safety requirements.

Artists whose projects are accepted will be required to sign a loan agreement, a sample of which is posted on line.

Please note information and photos of the site are on the web at

Entry Procedures:
Each artist may submit a total of up to three completed sculptures or proposed pieces for consideration. 

To apply, please submit the following in this order:

  • One CD or flash drive with Digital images (no slides accepted).  Each work may be represented by up to three digital images, showing different views of the finished piece or of a model or drawings of the concept.  Digital images should be saved as JPGs on a CD or thumb drive (not DVD) and be as close to 900 x 900 pixels as possible.  All digital images should be clearly labeled with name of artist and title of artwork. A total of no more than nine images may be submitted. If more are submitted only the first nine will be reviewed.
  • Eight copies - Completed cover sheet as attached
  • Eight copies - Image identification list indicating name, title, medium, dimensions (HxWxD), and sale price (if the piece is for sale)
  • Eight Copies - If submitting a proposal please include a one-page description with drawings and/or an image of a maquette.
  • Eight copies – Illustrated drawing of how the piece will be anchored to the pad
  • Eight Copies - Current resume (no longer than two pages)

How to submit materials:
·       Attach only the items requested at this time
·       Submit the requested information as eight “sets of information” (a set contains one copy of each item requested) stapled together.
·       Do not insert sets in folders or binders. The top page of each set must be the application cover sheet.

  • Responses due by 5:00 PM on February 6, 2017. Late responses will not be considered.
  • Chosen artists notified no later than February 28, 2017
  • Installation completed by May 16, 2017 – can be scheduled up to two weeks before May 16, 2017
  • Works picked up by November 30, 2018

Selection Process:
A panel representing diverse interests and expertise will review submissions and recommend up to nine artists to the Roanoke Arts Commission. The following criteria will be used:
  • The artist’s past experience with such installations
  • Quality and design of the art work or proposal
  • Appropriateness of the art work to the City in Motion theme
  • Appropriateness for the site, including aesthetic content and public safety
  • Feasibility given timeline and budget
  • Durability – The art work’s ability to withstand weather and interaction in a highly public area over the 18-month course of the exhibition
  • Other criteria not outlined above may be considered as well.

Artwork Sale Opportunity:
Sale of installed works will be encouraged.  Sale arrangements will be handled between the buyer and the artist. It is understood that work will remain on display for the entire exhibit.
In the past, the City of Roanoke has purchased four works from the three previous AIR exhibitions.

Please submit all materials by 5:00 PM on February 6, 2017 to:

Susan Jennings
Arts and Culture Coordinator
Department of Economic Development
117 Church Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24011

For more information contact:
Susan Jennings at or call 540-853-5652

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Jason Adams, Clemson University MFA in Art (sculpture), Wins 2016-2017 NC Arts Council Fellowship

Jason Adams, The Sipper's Digest, 2012.

"Since 1980, the North Carolina Arts Council has awarded fellowships to artists in a variety of disciplines who have been selected through rigorous panel screening processes. The Arts Council supports artists in their development and the creation of new work because they play an essential role in the creative vitality of the state. Fellowship recipients receive $10,000 to set aside time to work, purchase supplies and equipment, or pursue other artistic goals." [
Learn More about the North Carolina Arts Council]

One of Jason Adams’ favorite quotes is from the artist Chuck Close: “Amateurs wait for inspiration; the rest of us just show up and get to work.” Though still early in his career, Adams has shown that he knows that the work of an artist is represented far better by the hours spent in the studio, thinking and experimenting, than by glib artist statements or slick promotional photos.

But Adams also sees his work in the studio as only the beginning of the life of his sculptures and installations. He designs his work as a stage for activity and interaction, where participants create and discover their own meaning within the environments he has imagined. He encourages simple gestures, like leaving paper and pens for hand-written notes that, over the course of an exhibition, help to build a larger story than he started with, both visually and substantively. In this way of working, art is not the end point of his investigations, but rather the vehicle he uses to engage participants in a larger conversation about social issues and ideas.

Adams is a 2016-2017 N.C. Arts Council Fellowship recipient. He graduated summa cum laude in 2013 with an M.F.A. from Clemson University. He lives in Asheville.

Jason Adams, To Send a Sparrow, 2013.
Jason Adams, Cardiac Comfort, 2013.

Congratulations, Jason!

Alberta Pottery Updates on Jason Hall [CU BFA Alum] and Erin Hall [CU MFA Alumna]

From the ALBERTA POTTERY 2016 Newsletter:

Happy Thanksgiving from Alberta Pottery! In our annual newsletter, we'd like to share with you a few highlights from our year and plans for next year.  We have much to be thankful for!

We've had a busy and exciting second year as full-time ceramic artists. As we have endeavored to grow our business, we've participated in 10 national juried festivals, ceramic invitationals, and exhibitions, across 5 states.
Our winter months were spent in the studio making pots and firing kilns. We completed a couple of communion sets for two local churches, including our own, and built our inventory.
Last March, we began our season with a Ceramic Invitational at the Averitt Center for the Arts in Statesboro, Georgia.  We received a merit award for our work, which was also featured on the promotional banner, flyers and postcard. We were honored to be included and felt like the stars of the show!
Also in March, we had an exciting and unexpected brush with fame when Frankie Banali of the band Quiet Riot, and his wife Regina Russell Banali, a producer and director, in town from L.A., called us after finding us online.

After purchasing several of our pieces from a local gallery, Laurel Creek, they met us at our pop-up shop and purchased eight additional pieces for their collection, which includes work from world-renowned artists Warren Mackenzie and Guillermo Cuellar.  An incredible honor, to say the least!  Regina returned in the summer and shopped with us again.
In the spring, we traveled to the Dogwood Festival in Atlanta, GA for the second year- an enormous and exciting event with 300 exhibiting artists.  At this show, we had a collector purchase a group of five of our clay paintings for her patio. We also tried a new show for us, Four Bridges, in Tennessee. Both shows were successful, and we gained many new collectors.
During the summer months, we made pots and fired kilns, and replenished our inventory. We attended several more local shows in SC and NC, in addition to our weekly pop-up shop at Garner's Natural Life in Greenville.  Erin updated the website and designed new branding and business cards. If you've not had a chance to check it out lately, please visit at 
Fall brought additional festivals, and we traveled twice to Kentucky for two new shows, Woodlands Art Festival in Lexington and St. James Court Art Show in Louisville.  We enjoyed both events and our work was well-received. 

Also in October, we again participated in the Clemson Center for the Arts 20x20 Ceramic Invitational and the Spirits in the Clay Exhibition.  We loved catching up with many friends and former professors from Clemson University. Additionally, we restocked all of our galleries for the upcoming season. Check us out at Laurel Creek and The Art Cellar in Greenville.
We plan to fire the final kiln of the year in a couple of weeks, and then we will focus on preparing for our Holiday Market with Kent Ambler and Happy Arsenal Jewelry.  In addition, we will hold our pop-up shops at Garner's as much as the weather allows until the holidays.

For next year, we have applied to several festivals, but we are planning to scale back a bit in the spring in order to redo our festival booth to better showcase our work.  We are trying a lot of different things right now as we build our business, and seek the best direction for our work.
Additionally, we are seriously considering setting up a gallery space at our home studio where people can come to shop with us, by appointment. Also, we have seen an increase in online orders from our website and social media, and are thinking of opening an online store at some point. As always, your feedback is welcome and appreciated!

We are continually amazed and so grateful that we are able to do what we love and feel called to do every day, and make a living from it. Thank you so much for your continued support and friendship!
 Happy Holidays!

Erin and Jason

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Joey Manson, Clemson University Senior Lecturer, Installs His Sculpture, Limits, at Purdue University

Installation of Joey Manson's  Limits, welded and forged steel, paint, & concrete

Installation Date: November 2016
Pickett Park
West Lafayette, IN

For more information on Joey Manaon's work, please go to: 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Who Let the Bowls Out? Clemson University's Ceramics Students Associaiton, That's Who!

Today: Noon-5:00 pm

Ceramic Bowl Sale
Back by popular demand!

Nov. 16
noon-5 p.m.

Free homemade soup from noon until 1 p.m. 
with a purchase of a bowl.

Lee Gallery Hallway
Clemson University
323 Fernow St., Clemson, SC

Friday, November 11, 2016

Print Envy? Yep! Madison Osborne's 72 by 40 Inch Woodcut at Clemson University's Print Shop!

Madison Obsborne is a Bachelor of Fine Arts Candidate in Art with an emphasis in printmaking at Clemson University.  To see more of Madison's work, please go to:  

The mission of the Printmaking Area at Clemson University is to develop the highly creative artist, one capable of making printmaking a core component of their studio practice and, ultimately, a life’s work. The Printmaking Area encourages cross-disciplinary strategies for making while holding tightly to the importance of craft. At Clemson University, we consider the indirect nature of printmaking (artist-matrix-print) a palette of techniques for exploring ideas rather than an end in itself. The printmaking area’s pedagogy champions a scholarship-based and civically minded approach to making.

While facilities do not dictate the success of any program, they do help:
  • Vandercook Number 4 letterpress
  • Sizable metal type collection
  • Wright etching press (2 x 4 foot)
  • Large format custom etching press (5 x 8 foot)
  • Large format rosin box (2 ½ x 3 ½ foot)
  • Takach lithography press (3 x 5 foot)
  • Rembrandt lithography press (2 ½ x 5 foot)
  • Multiple backing slabs for lithographic plate work
  • An exceptional collection of lithography stones (up to 2 x 3 foot)
  • Modern ventilation system
  • Silkscreen exposure unit (up to 2 ½ x 4 foot)
  • 26-1K Nu-Arc exposure unit
  • Large format Epson printer with dedicated workstation
  • Flatbed scanner

Resources at Clemson University are too vast to list but noteworthy for printmaking students:

  • Free downloads of the entire Adobe Creative Software Suite to personal devices
  • Free access and use of Adobe’s Creative Cloud
  • State-of-the-art Adobe Digital Studio with dedicated staff  
Todd Anderson
Department of Art
College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities
Clemson University

For more information on applying to Clemson University's BFA in Art program, go to:  

Summer On-Line Graphic Design at Clemson University, May 17-June 23, 2017

David Gerhard will be teaching two on-line graphic design courses for Clemson University this summer, ART 2150, Beginning Graphic Design (CRN 53001), and ART 3150, Graphic Design (CRN 52783), during Summer I 2017, May 17- June 23.

He earned his MFA in Visual Art (printmaking emphasis) from Clemson University and his BAs (with Distinction) in Studio Art and Communications Studies from Sonoma State University. Gerhard has taught in the Art Departments at Clemson University, Furman University, Anderson University, as well as the Printshop and the Greenville County Museum of Art.

Gerhard is passionate about contemporary printmaking, new media art, graphic and web design, art theory and global art history.  Gerhard has made public artwork in Greenville. Providing creative work for diverse clients, Gerhard's work has been exhibited, collected, and contracted for clients regionally, nationally, and internationally.

To see images of his work, go to:

Clemson Summer Key Dates:

Clemson Summer Course Search:

Thursday, November 3, 2016

ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 9th: Visions 2017 Art Exhibition, "Food for Thought" at High Point University

High Point University
Sechrest Art Gallery
5th Annual Invitational Exhibition
“Visions 2017: Food for Thought”

Exhibition Dates: January 17 – March 2, 2017
Opening Reception on Thursday, February 2nd 2017 from 4-6PM. Presentation at 5PM by Curator Greg Shelnutt
The Sechrest Art Gallery seeks submissions for the exhibition, Visions 2017: Food for Thought. Our Fifth Annual Invitational exhibition ties in with the university’s Common Experience theme for the academic year. In January the emphasis will be on Exercising Food Justice, looking at connections related to injustice, and hunger as well as food production. In February the topic will be The Culture of Food which is about food diversity. This exhibition will address those issues and more. It will be curated by Greg Shelnutt who is the Chair of  the Department of Art at Clemson University. Awards to entry winners of 1st place $200, 2nd place $100, 3rd place $50.

  • Entry Deadline EXTENDED:  
  • December 9, 2016
  • Jurying and Notification: December 12-14, 2016
  • Accepted Work Due: January 7, 2017
  • Shipped Work returned:  Artists are responsible for the costs of shipping their works to the Sechrest Gallery in North Carolina.  You must provide a pre-paid shipping label for works to be returned. All shipped work must arrive by January 2-4, 2017
  ENTRY FEES: $35 entry fee for two submissions, $10 for each subsequent entry, 4 entries maximum. Checks for entry fees made payable to : High Point University, purpose: Sechrest Gallery.

Submit work to Ariel Morgan:


Sechrest Art Gallery, Drawer 54

*Attn: Diane Stenersen* 
One University Parkway
High Point, NC 27268  


Sechrest Art Gallery 
One University Parkway  
High Point, NC 27268