Saturday, November 10, 2012

$50,000 prize for Texas Painting or Drawing

This is one of the largest prizes, $50,000, offered to any artist in the US and certainly the largest limited to a single state, in this case Texas.

The prize is for a two-dimensional painting or drawing by a legal resident of Texas at least 18 years of age or older by August 1, 2012. The prize is for a specific work, not a body of work. The artist's bio is irrelevant. There is no fee. The additional requirements are --
  • Submit a single, two-dimensional painting or drawing not exceeding 72 inches on any side (including frame, if any)
  • Provide a digital file in JPEG format – no less than 1 MB and no greater than 2 MB in size
For more details, see the Hunting Prize ad on the AOM site.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

List of University/College Galleries Looking for Work

Q: Do you happen to have a list of museums and university/college galleries which accept proposals from artists? I know you occasionally have these listed with the opportunities newsletter but if there is a master list somewhere, would be helpful, thanks! 

A: Sorry, we don't keep such a list, primarily because there are too many changes. Some of the schools post one call, then no more. Many tend to change their policies every year, as faculty and budgets change. Your best bet is to send inquiries to the schools and museums nearest you (search for the school then do a site search for "gallery"). Then email to find out their current needs. Also, some that don't normally accept proposals will have cancellations and need a replacement.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Use of media by Art Opportunities Monthly Subscribers

The statistics below represent the percentage of AOM subscribers who work in each medium, not necessarily the percentage of subscribers who identify primarily as practitioners of that particular medium. In other words, a public artist might also do painting, so she would get credit in both categories. Or a sculptor might also do photography. Like that.

Painting, 32%
Sculpture, 12%
Photography, 12%
Mixed Media, 8%
Drawing, 5%
Installation, 4%
Fiber, Fabric, Textile & Quilting, 3%
Watercolor & Watermedia, 3%
Printmaking, 2.5%
Public Art, 2%
Video & Film, 2%
Miscellaneous, 1.5%
Collage, 1.5%
Ceramics, 1%
Digital, 1%
Glass, 1%
Murals, 1%
Pastel, 1%
Book Arts, 1%

Less than 1% each: Performance, Mosaic, Jewelry, Graphic Design & Illustration, New Media, Furniture, Craft, Animation, Conceptual, Assemblage, Wood, Curatorial, Comics.

Geographic Distribution of Art Opportunities Monthly Readership

United States , 82%
Canada, 3%
United Kingdom, 3 %
Italy, 2%
France, 1%
Germany, 1%
Australia, 1%
Mexico, 1%
Russia, 1%
Spain, 1%

Less than 1% each: Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Finland, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Monday, September 10, 2012

What does No Fee/10-20 (CD) mean?

Q: Benny... If you could, please, tell me what they are saying when the listing says something like "No Fee/10-20 (CD), resume ... etc." Are they saying they want 10 to 20 copies of CD's of relevant work history?  I would appreciate any info you can give me,  Thanks!

A: Good question. It means they want 10-20 images on a CD. If it says "(email)", it means they want that many images by email, etc. The listings are merely capsulized versions of the actual calls-to-artists, so it's important to read the actual prospectus or information page to get all the details. If the administrators get a submission that doesn't follow the rules, they usually disqualify it immediately -- because they always have more than they can handle, and they can't take a chance on trying to correct something but then getting it wrong.

A key to the general layout is  in the box on page 2 of each issue. It reads:

Media: (See Key) Deadline: (Date due) || editors rating if any (+ or ~) || professional-appropriate symbol (#)
Local restrictions, if any || Short description || Entry fee and/or number of
images being requested ||Award–what is being offered || Jurors, if named || => Contact name || Title of show or call || Address. Phone #; Fax; Email; Web address.

It is also in the cover letter, in the instructions about halfway down. But in neither place does it explain what the information inside the parentheses is. Thanks to your question, I've now change that so it will deal with it in the future.

CD or DVD Made on a Mac but Readable on a Windows PC?

Q: What does it mean when they say in the application that the CD should be formatted for Windows. I have a Mac so I don’t know what the difference is.

A: Means it should be able to be read by a PC. See for how to do that on a Mac.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Are Juried Shows Running Con Games?

A subscriber writes:

I have a general question.  How do I know that various competitions I apply for that cost money aren't pre-selected?  I keep getting the feeling that there is a strong possibility that no one actually looks at my work, they just take my money.  Are there any rules in place to prevent this from happening?

We answered:

It's very unlikely that it happens with any legitimate call for artists. I've been around the art world for years. Have been a juror, have helped organize shows and know many people who have been jurors and who work for organization who put on these shows and other competitions. I have no first or second hand knowledge of this happening.

On top of that, as a practicing artist in the past I have been admitted to many shows and even won prizes -- all from shows to which I was a complete stranger. And I have know dozens upon dozens of artists who have had similar experiences and hear from many more each month.

What can happen though, and does, is that if someone submits to a show but fails to follow the rules, his/her work will probably not get to the jury. In most cases, the organization is understaffed and doesn't have time to contact the artists who have made the mistakes and cannot try to fix the errors or try to guess what was really intended, especially because to do so might only make things worse. And then they would be to blame.

The most prevalent mistakes are: CD won't open (because it is for a different system than specified), wrong medium, failure to include payment, living outside of specified geographic area, missed deadline, failure to subemit proper forms or incomplete applications.

What you can do is contact the organization after you have been rejected. They can't tell you why the jurors rejected you -- they usually don't know and the jurors were only there for the time it took for them to do their work -- but they can tell you if your work actually got to the juror or if it had been held back because some part of your submission did not meet the rules.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

You copy it, you bought it

If you discover your work has been copied — perhaps someone has used an image on their website or blog — you feel violated. But the fact is: you have made a sale. Since US and European laws deem your work to be copyrighted the moment it sees the light of day, the person who has used the image has bought a “use license.” They just haven’t paid for it — yet. Your job is to collect the payment. Having a notice about licensing your images on your site makes it a bit easier but if you but you can still decide upon a fair price and begin your attempts to get paid.

The person or organization who has used your work is a fan — they think it’s great, which is why they picked it. If you don’t want to pursue payment, keep this in mind and think about what you can do to help your fan promote your work. At the minimum, your name and a link to your site.

TinEye is a (free) reverse image search. It also exists as a plug-in for Firefox, Chrome and IE. It finds exact matches even if they have been cropped, edited or re-sized. It won’t necessarily find your images: they have to be its database, which is constantly expanding, but it’s a start. Of course a Google search for your name or the title of your work might prove some leads, too.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

War Art, Warscapes

Warscapes contains art and writing dealing with current armed conflicts, especially in regions that have low or no attention within the mainstream media. It is currently accepting (until June 30), images to be used for its "cover." Contact editor Bhakti Shringarpure for details.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mail-art and delivery systems project

Read All About it! Interesting project from a subscriber in Croatia:

Papergirl Zagreb is planned to take place in June in Zagreb, Croatia. Papergirl is, in essence, a mail-art and delivery systems art project that is participatory, analogue, non-commercial, and impulsive.

Submitted artwork is distributed like a newspaper - the artwork is rolled up into bundles of 3 pieces or more and distributed to random people in the street from bicycles, paperboy style. The idea is to surprise people with an unexpected present and brighten up their day with art.

Everyone Can Participate and Anything Can Be Submitted: originals, copies, prints, photos, drawings, paintings, collages, mixed media, zines, writings, textiles, stickers, etc. Format, style and technique are free. We want anything you make and we encourage you to send multiples of your work, so it can be put into many art rolls. The only requirement is that the art be flexible enough to be rolled up! Each roll will contain several different works, meaning that each one holds a unique combination of works.

All received artwork will be shown on the blog, and exhibited at a venue in Zagreb before being distributed.

Deadline for submissions: June 1st, 2012 (arrival date!)

Mail your works to:

Papergirl Zagreb
c/o Ivana Rezek
Jackovina 27
10000 Zagreb

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Online Art Fairs

An artist trying to sell her work in "the mid five figure range" wrote us: With the traction that the VIP Art Fair gained this year, I am hopeful that there is another way to reach collectors: online marketing. Certainly it's unproven territory, but I believe it's a new business model worth investigating.

We replied: Online art marketing has been around since at least 1996. In my 18 years on the Internet, I have seen major online galleries and other "art fairs" come and go. So far selling art work on line has not proven profitable for artists in general, although it often has been for promoters who charge artists fees for representation rather than relying on commissions from works sold.

So far, except for some rare quirky incidents, what has sold on line are low-priced decorative works, low-to-medium-priced images of celebrities (usually movie or sports stars) and work where the buyers already own or have personally seen work by that artist. There are online sales that are simply dummy sales -- artists and dealers "selling" to each other or to themselves in order to create the appearance of sales.

Missing from online marketing is not only the lack of a physical object for the potential buyer to relate to in a way he/she cannot do with a jpeg, and, where there is no dealer involved, the "stamp of approval" that most collectors require before making purchases that cost more than pocket change.

An online presence is a very important tool for exposing your work and perhaps getting potential buyers motivated to see it "in the flesh." But we are a very long way from significant sales at significant prices unless there is a substantial change in human nature or the advent of an Internet that can present objects in a thoroughly convincing virtual reality, perhaps accompanied by the ability to converse (also in virtual reality) with trusted dealers and experts.

As far as the alleged success of the VIP Art Fair, you might be interested in a review of it in Forbes Magazine.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Phony Biennale "Invitations"

We recently received an email recently from an artist who had gotten an "invitation" from the two businessmen brothers who run what they call the "Florence Biennale." She was proud and excited they were offering her the chance to be in their Effetto Biennale, a newer venture. (It translates to "Effect Biennale.")

She had initiated a Kickstarter project to raise money to participate and wanted us to contribute. We replied that we couldn't help her out, that it was a vanity venue and she had not been singled out for her artistic accomplishments but, along with who-knows-how-many-others, for the chance that she might fall for the sales pitch. She responded that she had read that some other artists who had attended the previous EB said they had met other artists from different parts of the world and that some of the work in it was good. While she did have doubts about it, she continued, and wouldn't pay for it herself, she thought it would be fine if she raised the money from other people and let them pay for it.

Vanity Venues

If you get an email saying you have been invited or selected to participate in a show or a book and it turns out you have to pay to be in that thing, what you have gotten is simply a sales pitch, not an invitation as the term is normally meant in the art world. The sender is preying upon your vanity and naivety and hopes you will not understand you have simply been been invited to give them money, as have tens of thousands of others who have gotten similar emails. Those who fall for such a pitch should avoid mentioning it on their resumes lest they turn off curators and collectors who would see it as the mark of an amateur.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

AOM Subscriber Countries

While the majority of AOM subscribers to the paid Professional Edition are from the US, we also have subscribers from the following:

Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Canada, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Moldava, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, S. Korea, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, UK, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA.

For the Free Edition, there are also subscribers from: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belguim, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, Turkey and Ukraine.