Monday, September 15, 2014

Touchstone Gallery in Washington DC Apparently Closed

Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC, is apparently no more. 

Late last April they ordered a classified ad, which we published in all versions of AOM and on the Web.

We've since emailed the director, Ksenia Grishkova, many, many times and sent messages via their online contact form seeking payment and sent other emails simply asking if they were still in business. No response. We sent messages from different email addresses, in case the first one was being inadvertently blocked or misrouted as spam. We also emailed the director's assistants, Aileen Beringer and Katya Balueva separately, but, again, were unsuccesful in raising a response of any kind.

If anyone knows whether Touchstone is still in business, please contact us. Thanks.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

International Call to Sculptors, City of DeLand FL

International Call to Sculptors, City of DeLand FL

Deadline: Sep 1, 2014. 2-yr exhibit of existing or proposed large outdoor work at the Intermodal Transportation Facility in Deland FL. $2000.00 honorarium ea. Submission requirements: No fee/3 (CD) of the work meant to be shown + 2 similar works, application.

Monday, May 12, 2014

You Got a Problem Wid That?

The rules for the 26th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest state: "CONTEST IS VOID IN CUBA, IRAN, NEW JERSEY, NORTH KOREA, SUDAN, SYRIA AND WHERE PROHIBITED."

Friday, April 4, 2014

Paying Artists Instead of Chargng Them

The City of Berkeley, CA, gives a $150 honorarium to each artist selected for a group show as well as purchase prizes of up to $3,000. And it charges no entry fee. Why isn't your town, city or local arts organization doing the same or better?

Organizations in Australia and Canada also pay fees to artists under many circumstances. the Canadian organization CARFAC  (Canadian Artists Representation Copyright Collective) says, "Artists, like professionals in other fields, should be paid for their work."
Museums & Galleries of NSW  (New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia) points out that, "Artist loan fees are paid to practitioners for the loan of their work to a public gallery or a non-selling exhibition. These fees are paid in recognition of the potential loss of income to practitioners while their work is on loan for a short or long-term exhibition and not available for sale." 

 In the US, however, many arts organizations depend on submission fees from artists in order to pay for their staff, rent and other expenses. What percent of your local arts organization's budget is raised from artists? What percent is paid out to artists for showing their work? Under the "sunshine laws" of many states in the US, you have the legal right to find out. In most cases, this simply means asking the organization.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Submission Mistakes

A few months ago, we asked readers why so many artists made significan mistakes when submitting their work to calls for art. Here is one response:

I currently teach workshops online for [name witheld] University and have been teaching "live" workshops for over 25 years. I've come to the conclusion that the reasons people make "mistakes" are many. Among them are: a basic lack of intelligence - let's be honest, most people are just plain stupid - a short drive in your car will immediately prove this; arrogance - many students think they know a better way to it, despite the fact that they are learning something for the first time; lack of attention - people think they're listening/paying attention, but their mind is somewhere else (what's for lunch, sex, or whatever). Although my instructions are clear and concise (I've written 11 books), they're rarely followed. The only way I know it's not something I do wrong, is when that rare student follows instructions (and gets results). I can't understand why people spend their hard-earned money to learn something new, and then go ahead and do it the same way they've been doing it over and over again.

Be grateful to those who do follow instructions - as I said, they prove it's not you...


--Name Witheld