Sunday, 31 March 2013

Residency opportunity: Genesee Center for the Arts

Residency Description:

The Genesee Pottery is looking for two committed, community-minded clay artists to be a part of our dynamic studio.  Residents responsibilities include glaze mixing, clay reclaim, studio maintenance, help with load in/load out and sales in the Firehouse Gallery, and teaching classes.  The Residents are expected to contribute bowls to the Pottery's annual Great Bowls of Fire Chili Fundraiser, and to produce a cohesive body of work for a two-person show in the Firehouse Gallery.  While BFA or MFA candidates are preferred, applicants are juried by a staff panel and emphsis is put on the portfolio's quality of work and the candidates expressed desire to be a part of a community studio.  There is no bias or preference for functional work over sculptural or vice-versa.

Residents are given materials at cost, and free firing, as well as studio space and 24/7 access.  The Residents agree to a combined 15 hours of studio/gallery/teaching per week.  The residency begins September, 2012 and runs through August, 2013

To apply:

Send a cd with 15-20 images of recent (within a year) work. (300dpi jpeg).
Hardcopy of image descriptions, size, materials, titles
CV/Resume
Artist's statement
Letter of Intent
Mail to:
Kate Whorton
Genesee Pottery
713 Monroe Ave
Rochester, NY 14607

Application Deadline: April 15, 2013
Questions? Email Kate or give her a call at (585) 271-5183
(view full prospectus here)
Genesee Center for the Arts & Education
Main Office
713 Monroe Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
585 - 244 -1730
Email the main office

emerging artist: Claire Molloy






The first two images are Raku fired horsehair vessels and 'egg' forms. And the last image is a smoke fired vessel.


My web site is www.clairemolloyceramics.com and my face book is www.facebook.com/clairemolloyceramics .

I just graduated from the Crafts Council of Ireland's Ceramic Skills and Design course held in Thomastown Co. Kilkenny Ireland last July and have just set up my studio in Kilkenny. 


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Saturday, 30 March 2013

emerging artist: Didem Mert










My work explores animal symbolism and transfiguration. Much of my inspiration is derived from recording my dreams and analyzing them. As a first generation American citizen in a Turkish family I was taught that dreams identify conflicts as well as good fortune in life. In the Turkish Culture it is said one’s dreams tell the past, present, and future. It is also said that seeing the dead in one’s dreams is an omen for the living. I believe that through recording and analyzing dreams we are able to better understand the human condition.

There’s a cross between paths in which existence and the afterlife merge into infinite possibilities; the beginnings of metamorphosis. My work explores the idea of metamorphosis as a form of rebirth; a change in chemical composition, or physical appearance where the body is transferred and/or rejuvenated and the soul is carried on into a new form.




 













www.didemmert.com

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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Upcoming at AKAR

Next Show:
Silvie Granatelli & David Crane

This Friday is the opening of Virginia potters Silvie Granatelli and David Crane's show. Both are part of "16 Hands", a group of eight artists living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia. Even though they come from the same community, their work is very different, even down to the basics. Silvie's work is gas fired porcelain, while David's pieces are salt fired stoneware. Yet their ceramic work compliments each other side by side in our gallery and would look just as great in your home.

Next Featured Artist:
David Eichelberger
David Eichelberger, former student of both David Crane and Silvie Granatelli at Virginia Polytechnic and State University, is the Featured Artist this month. David currently resides in Nebraska where he received his MFA and now creates his functional pottery. David uses visual rhythms and exaggerated proportions to create work that is intended to make the viewer pause. One of his goals is to quietly challenge our preconceived notions and expectations.

Next New Work:
Nicole Aquillano

New Work artist for March is Nicole Aquillano. Nicole showed here at AKAR for the first time in 2012 and we couldn't wait to get more work from her. She recently graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with an MFA in Ceramics and now lives and works in Boston. Nicole is influenced by her longing of home which is evident in her porcelain pieces. Each piece is intended for the table and has intricate black slip inlay images of familiar architectural structures.

Silvie Granatelli and David Crane's show opens on Friday, March 29th, at 9:30 AM in the Iowa City gallery and online at 10:00 AM CST. View the show at www.akardesign.com.

April Upcoming Show:
2013 Yunomi Invitational
It's that time of year again! April 19th is our 7th Annual Yunomi Invitational! As always, each of our 200 artists sent 5 yunomi each. What exactly is a yunomi you might ask? Pronounced "you know me" is a teabowl without a handle, slightly taller than wide, and with a trimmed foot. Even with these requirements, it's amazing the variety of cups that are sent out way. Because of the massive size of this show, it is ONLINE ONLY, opening at 10:00 AM CST on April 19th. Like us on Facebook for "sneak peeks" of the show!
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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

guest post with Bart Gazzola


Today's guest post is contributed by Saskatoon's resident art critique and writer Bart Gazzola. Here he reviews INCITE INSIGHT, the current exhibition at the Saskatchewan Craft Council. Images of all of the works mentioned below and of the full exhibition can be found online at the Craft Council's website: http://www.saskcraftcouncil.org/gallery/2013/incite-insight.php 
Images used on this page are borrowed from the SCC. 

Many thanks Bart!

Cradle (Ken Wilkinson), 2013: Stoneware & porcelain clays, glass




It’s a testament to the quality of exhibitions at the Affinity Gallery, at the Saskatchewan Craft Council that I will often find myself there on Sunday afternoons. I mention this not just because I’m there repeatedly: Sunday is usually my “non art” day, where I don’t have to deal with anything cultural or artistic, since it suffuses my life nearly all other times. But the shows at the SCC this past year have often offered works by artists like Mel Bolen, or Melody Armstrong, Anita Rocamora or June Jacobs, that invite considered attention and repeated visits.

Incite Insight, on exhibition in the gallery until April 19th, continues this trend.

The statement about the show is concise and focused: “The 330 Design Group will exhibit work that has evolved and grown over two years of shared dialogue and receptive making.” It’s curated by Lee Baker, but that seems too hierarchical a distinction: it seems more, especially in the parts of the talk I heard, that it’s more about a multiplicity of voices offering suggestions and support, critiques and options that are as focused on producing strong individual works as a cohesive, engaging show. The sum is more than the parts, here, but the parts are impressive.

M. Craig Campbell’s Creatures of the Night Herd are lovely small sculptures that, when you pick them up, are fierce in their heft and weight. These were also all made from a single piece of pipe, and if you know something of metal working, that is no small feat. The three “headless” beasts have a form that appears in other works of Campbell’s, and a suggestion by a fellow 330 member led to the extrapolation of the form into these separate “animals”. Another suggestion led to another “night herd” beast in beautifully glazed copper, with patterns and textures that balance the blunt greys of the other creatures.

Paula Cooley has a work near the front of the gallery, Stag Line, with three (somewhat rotund) stags, sitting on a plinth, visible from outside the gallery through the front window. They seem to have an almost inquisitive, alive stance to each, looking about; heads raised, alert and wary like the animals they’re modeled upon. These are in glazed clay. Another work of Paula’s is Duet; with two forms that play off each other, and that have small protrusions at their tops that allude to musical instruments. From the Swell continues this exploration of form (that we saw in Night Herd) to where it will take you, as the shape of Swell has a fluidity that suggests an embrace of materiality. This is a sentiment that permeates the entire show.

Daryl Richardson’s Green Horn – like works by James Korpan in this show – have a strong sense of space, design and flow. Horn is strong and blunt in its shape, with “horns” that are minimalist and, like Korpan’s Water Watch, suggest that these forms are like an unhesitant slash of a mark. They cut space with a surety that is forceful and powerful.


From the Swell (Paula Cooley), 2013: Clay, slip, glaze, stones; hand built.


Again, it’s funny to me that I see some of the aspects of high modernism in these works, more so than in those who claim to “gatekeep” this, here, in Saskatoon. But I would revisit an ongoing debate that exists within this artistic community and beyond: the supposed distinction between “art” and “craft”, and the implied superiority of one to the other…. which is frankly academic posturing, or demands that you look at who is making the distinction to see if they are speaking truth, or aggrandizing themselves. It also seems a good point to mention a conversation I had with Paula Cooley about the contradiction of “art” that is intensely “meaningful” (we’re told) yet poorly made…but again, that’s academic posturing that has no place here.

The artists in Incite Insight have taken a different tactic, of allowing form and material to define what they do, and to have an openness and a respect for process that is fluid and appropriately vague about meaning, but more so about a progression, or a methodology, or even a route that is taken, or not.

                                                                                              




Bio - bart peter gazzola works in digital media, both moving and still his work has been exhibited at alternator gallery (kelowna), floating gallery (now platform, in winnipeg), gallery 44 (toronto) and at the mendel art gallery (saskatoon), although he is perhaps best known for the exhibition Table Manners at the Kenderdine gallery.
 

he has curated exhibits for aka and the photographers gallery, played in the collections of the art gallery of windsor and the kenderdine gallery, and worked at artcite, aka gallery, video verite and paved art + new media
 

he was also editorial chair for BlackFlash Magazine for nearly three years

critical writings have appeared in blackflash, newwest review and sundry other publications, and he is the host and producer of The A Word on CFCR 90.5 FM, which is available for download at the following link. Archived shows stretch back some time.

he is also the visual arts critic for Planet S Magazine, and a significant archive of reviews can be found at their site.



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movie day: Ron Philbeck and Amy Sanders



Ron Philbeck and Amy Sanders discuss their new work. Amy and Ron are members of Thrown Together, a group of 5 potters who promote their pottery through exhibitions, sales, and other events in Charlotte, NC and across the nation.
Visit the Thrown Together website
http://www.throwntogetherpotters.com

Maude Blais: Distant Surroundings

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MAUDE BLAIS, CERAMIST
“DISTANT SURROUNDINGS”

FROM APRIL 11 TO MAY 11, 2013
Vernissage: Saturday, April 13, at 2:00 p.m.
The artist will be present

 

Montreal, March 28, 2013 – Maude Blais suggests a lyrical route that deals with the notion of territory. Like a travel journal that documents botany and geology, the exhibition’s works echo the history of the living world, its fragility and its beauty.

The exhibition is composed of works from three series: Horizon is comprised of works that suggest an areal or bird’s-eye view. The Proxi series explores elements from miniature landscapes shown in considerably larger scale, which allows the viewer to enter into the scenery and gain the sense that its spaces and volumes communicate with us. Finally, the murals of the Topo series transport us to the infinitely large, with five thin slabs of porcelain paper clay that represent topographical views of imaginary territories.


Inspired by the marine world and by botany, Maude Blais has created works that recall the delicate curve of a stone, the rhythm of a green leaf’s veins, and the bluish tint of the oceans. Her works bear witness to the artist’s sense of belonging to her native region, Rimouski, in the Lower Saint Lawrence.

For the past few years, Blais’ research has centred on a formal exploration of vessels. Destined never to be filled, these works lead the viewer to reflect upon the function of everyday objects. This work falls within a simplified aesthetic that prioritizes clean lines and colour. Surfaces are animated by the subtle contrasts of textures and matte or glossy glazes. The artist uses coloured porcelain and hand-building techniques, such as coils and slabs, as well as wheel-thrown elements.

Maude Blais has lived and worked in Montreal since 1999. She graduated from the Centre de céramique Bonsecours in 2004. Thus far in her career, she has won the Jeunes Talents des métiers d’art / SODEC-OFQJ prize, as well as the Visual Presentation award for her stand at the Salon des métiers d’art du Québec, among other awards.

www.maudeblais.com




Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Guilde canadienne des métiers d’art
Canadian Guild of Crafts

1460-B, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal (Québec)  H3G 1K4
T : (514) 849-6091    F : (514) 849-7351
www.guildecanadiennedesmetiersdart.com
www.canadianguildofcrafts.com

info@canadianguild.com
 

Sources: Carole Dussault, Communications Coordinator
Diane Labelle, Director
            (514) 849-6091

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Call for entry: American Art Today - Figures



American Art Today: Figures
The Bascom, 323 Franklin Road, Highlands, NC, 28741


Event Dates: 9/7/13 - 1/5/14
Entry Deadline: 7/13/13
Days remaining to deadline: 109

REQUIREMENTS:

Media
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2

Entry Fee (American Art Today: Figures): $35.00

(per sample over minimum): $

View Site Details

Juror: Jonathan Stuhlman has been the Curator of American Art at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2006. He was previously the Anne and Harold Berkley Smith Curator of American Art at the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; a McIntire Curatorial Fellow at the University of Virginia Art Museum; a Curatorial Assistant in the departments of American Art and Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; a Research Associate in the department of American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago; and Assistant Director of Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, VA.

At the Mint, Mr. Stuhlman has overseen the presentation of traveling exhibitions including Encouraging American Genius: Master Paintings from the Corcoran Gallery of Art (2006) and has organized numerous in-house and traveling shows, including: Quiet Spirit, Skillful Hand: The Graphic Work of Clare Leighton(2008, with publication); Identity Theft: How a Cropsey Became a Gifford (2009, with extended brochure); From New York to Corrymore: Robert Henri and Ireland (2011, with publication); and Surrealism and Beyond , which is comprised of three exhibitions: Double Solitaire: The Surrealist Worlds of Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy (2011-12, with publication), Seeing the World Within: Charles Seliger in the 1940s (2012, with publication), and Gordon Onslow Ford: Voyager and Visionary (2012, with extended brochure). Before coming to the Mint he organized the traveling exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe: Circling around Abstraction for the Norton Museum of Art and authored its accompanying catalogue. He also oversaw the reinstallation of the Mint Museum’s collection of American Art at its new Uptown facility.

Mr. Stuhlman received his BA with honors in Art History from Bowdoin College; his MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) in Art History at the University of Virginia where his dissertation focuses on the work of the Surrealist painter Yves Tanguy.

Awards: $5,500 will be awarded at the discretion of the Juror. Best of Show-$1,600; 1st -$1,200; 2nd -$1,000; 3rd -$900; 4th -$800. The Bascom notifies artists of awards September 5 via email. Public opening and artist reception, Saturday, September 7, 2013, 5-7pm, Juror Gallery Talk and awards presentation at 6pm.

Eligibility: The Bascom’s American Art Today: Figures is open to all artists living and working in the United States and over the age of 18. Works must be original, reflect excellence and a unique vision of the maker within the genre of the human figure, completed within the past two years, and not previously exhibited at The Bascom. The Bascom is the final authority on eligibility

Size Limitations: There are no size limitations

Entry Fee and Procedures: One or two digital images may be submitted via CaFÉ for a $35 non-refundable entry fee. Secure credit card payments can be made through CaFÉ. Personal checks or money orders will be accepted via mail, payable to: The Bascom, memo: American Art Today: Figures. Mailed payments must be postmarked no later than July13, 2013 and mailed to Mary James, The Bascom, 323 Franklin Road, Highlands, NC, 28741.

Image Format: All entries, information and images will only be accepted via the CaFÉ website.
Each entrant may submit two works for consideration. Each work must be represented by only one image (no detail views or duplicates).

Image formatting details can be found on the CaFÉ website: Media Prep.

Juror’s choices for the Bascom’s American Art Today: Figures will be announced by email and on the CaFÉ website during the week of August 12, 2013. Invited artists will receive notification via email by The Bascom with an artist agreement on the week of August 12, 2013.

Shipping: Accepted artworks must be delivered to Sallie Taylor, The Bascom, 323 Franklin Road, Highlands, NC, 28741, during operating hours (9am-5pm, M-F), between August 26-30, 2013. Works must arrive by August 30, 2013. Shipping and insurance costs to and from the art center are the responsibility of the artist. The Bascom will insure works while on the campus of the art center. Works must be shipped in a single reusable carton or crate. Works must be shipped ready for installation with clear identification attached to the work. A prepaid return shipping label must be included with entry. Works will be returned the week of January 13, 2014.

Sales: Works will be for sale during the exhibition if the artist desires. Artist sets the retail price. The Bascom will receive a 40% commission on art work sold during the exhibition. Artists will receive a check for 60% of the sale within 30 days of the exhibition closing.

Inquiries: Additional information may be obtained by contacting Bo Sweeny, Exhibitions Coordinator, 828-787-2879, rsweeny@thebascom.org or Sallie Taylor, Curator, 828-787-2899, staylor@thebascom.org.

technical tuesday: fiskars craft knifes


I don't normally endorse specific products on the blog, but the other day I acquired a new tool that will dramatic improve my practice (and my patience, and the state of my sore hands). I can't remember who I saw with this tool, maybe it was at Arrowmont...I don't remember, wish I could give credit.

But anyway I was out last week and ran across this Fiskars crafting knife and thought I'd give it a try. Not the cheapest utility knife, but the small blade which can rotate 360 degrees (or not as I decided to rig it with a small piece of paper jammed inside to keep it still) and the ergonomic handle were perfect for the drawings I do on my kids line of functional ware. You can also buy replacement blades and there is a second knife you can buy which is more your typical sized knife blade. My days of sore fingers and working with pins to get the line quality I desired are over. This was worth every penny.

Below are just a few images of my process:

Carving line drawing through wax on dry greenware.
Underglaze is washed into the carved lines.
After the bisque I wet sand the pieces and then add additional colors with underglazes.
A clear glaze fired to Cone 6 and we're done!



Do you have a technical tuesday idea? Something that has changed your practice? A technique you'd like to share? 
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Monday, 25 March 2013

Eutectic Gallery- Call to Artists

Eutectic Gallery of Portland, Oregon proudly announces an open call to artists in the ceramic medium. 

Eu・tec・tic – [yoo-tek-tik] adj.: The proportion of constituents in a mixture that yields the lowest possible complete melting point; often lower than the constituents on their own.

Similar to the relationship between the components that make up clay and their proportions, Eutectic Gallery wishes to explore the relationship between an artist’s process, product, & concept, and the public’s interpretation of, interaction with, and critique of said work.

Eutectic is seeking submissions that interpret and exemplify the Eutectic concept throughout a body on work, or between two artists and two bodies of work.

The cost of submission for a single artist is $25 and $35 for a pair and may include up to 5 images.  Additional images can be submitted for $5 each.

Deadlines, to be considered for a specific month, submissions must be made by the following dates:
  • April- February 8th
  • May- March 8th
  • June- April 12th
  • July- May 10th
All submission fees are non refundable.  Submissions can be sent via US Postal Service, Fed Ex or UPS to the address below. Compact Discs, DVDs, flash drives or 8″x10″ prints can be sent with proper documentation along with a cheque for the correct amount addressed to:
Attention, Call to Artist
Eutectic Gallery
1930 NE Oregon St.
Portland, OR 97232
 
For more details please visit their website here.

monday morning eye candy: Alysse Bowd







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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Call for entry: College Clay Collective

National juried exhibition featuring the best in college ceramics. This exhibition is a showcase of original ceramic work from emerging artists currently enrolled in a college program and alumni within two years of graduation. Work submitted may be functional or sculptural.

Application deadline: April 1, 2013
 
Entry Fee: 30 for three entries
Location: New York, Rochester

Show Date: June 14–July 30
Open to: open to ceramic work by students currently enrolled in a college program and alumni within two years of graduation
Classification: international exhibitions
Slide / Digital: digital
Contact details:
Genesee Pottery
713 Monroe Ave.
pottery@geneseearts.org
www.geneseearts.org
Phone: 585-271-5183

Call for entry: 9th International Film Festival on Crafts

Application deadline: June 28, 2013
Location: France, Montpellier
Show Date: March 7–9, 2014
Open to: open to films about the craft professions and the different materials used: clay, wood, glass, paper, feathers, textiles, leather, etc.

Contact details:
Ateliers d'Art de France
6 rue Jadin
alice.postaire@ateliersdart.com
www.fifav.fr
Phone: 33(0)1 44 01 08 30

emerging artist: Grace DePledge






Grace DePledge makes intricately carved, one-of-a-kind pottery to celebrate and enhance the simple joy of our daily routines. She is inspired by nature as well as historical ornament and decorates the surfaces of her pots entirely by hand, primarily through carving. She hopes her pots bring functional elegance and everyday enjoyment to those who use them. www.gracedepledge.com


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Saturday, 23 March 2013

emerging artist: Shannon Merritt



Find out more about Shannon and her work here:  sqmerritt.com


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Next stop for ‘Fragile! In Transit’

The artists’ statements travel as postcards – here displayed in the window of Milkwood Gallery, Cardiff, as part of the exhibition

Élodie Alexandre / UK-France / ‘You are here’

Helene Søs Schjødts / Denmark / ‘Which one is the right key to balance…?’


After travelling to Northern Ireland, Denmark and England, ‘Fragile! In Transit’ – which was featured on this bloglast September – is currently showing in Cardiff, Wales.
                 
‘Fragile! In Transit’ was created as a travelling exhibition by a collective of ceramic artists who met on a Project Network residency at the International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark a year ago. A few months after returning from their residency, the nine artists each made a new piece of work, forming a collection which has been touring around Europe since summer 2012.

Each artist is responsible for organising and curating an exhibition in their city of residence. The current display in Cardiff focuses on the travelling side of the project, making use of the boxes and packaging materials as part of the display.

To follow the progress of the exhibition, please visit http://projectnetwork3.tumblr.com/ or the ‘Fragile! InTransit’ page on Facebook. Both pages are updated with information, correspondences between the artists and photographs from the exhibitions and the life of the project between destinations.

Venue: Milkwood Gallery, Roath, Cardiff – UK
Dates: 14 – 25 March 2013
Preview: Friday 22 March 2013 from 6 to 9 pm

Next destination: Helsinki, Finland

Contact: projectnetwork3@gmail.com

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Call for Canadian Artists on the Theme of Resistance

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Call for projects by Canadian Artists
Deadline : May 1, 2013

Manif d'art 7 – May and June 2014
Curator : Vicky Chainey Gagnon
Theme : Resistance – And Then, We Built New Forms
Manif d'art
Major biennial of contemporary visual arts on the Canadian scene, Manif d'art presents in Quebec City and its area the work of nearly 100 artists originating from every horizon. Approximately 30 cultural and artistic groups from Quebec City and worldwide collaborate in this must-see artistic manifestation held between May and June every two years. In addition to the exhibitions, the event offers a host of activities evolving around a central theme, unique to each edition. Manif d'art is meant for the initiated public as well as uninitiated visitors who enjoy a vast section dedicated to the discovery of contemporary art.
Theme
The guidelines of Manif d'art 7, as defined by curator Vicky Chainey Gagnon, will be deployed around the theme of resistance. The event will begin by a recognition of the critical role played by visual and media arts in the documentation of conflicts and of manifestations of resistance. As pointed out by the curator, their contribution to the expression of personal views on politics, war, social injustice and the human condition will also be examined : "Current events are marked by various disturbing trends such as extreme fundamentalism, the exhilaration of speculation and consumption, combined with rampant unemployment, through banking crises and the overheating of stock markets, not mentioning the ecological issue. Within the very recent context of a global economic collapse, it seems a favourable moment to take a look at contemporary artistic productions which bespeak the modes of expression of resistance today."
The curator will detail the theme by approaching the numerous tactics and strategies which shape radical contemporary practices. In each case, it is the political function of art, of cinema, of video and of performance which will be scrutinized.
Curator
Vicky Chainey Gagnon is the director/curator of the Foreman Art Gallery, established at Bishop's University in Sherbrooke, Quebec Province. She holds a bachelor's degree in cinema and art history (Concordia University, Montreal, 1999) and a master's in interdisciplinary studies (York University, Toronto, 2005). Until 2011, she pursued doctorate research on public museology at Concordia University's Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture.
Since 2005, Vicky Chainey Gagnon has organized numerous projects at the Foreman Art Gallery among which the series of international residencies How Does Art Teach? In 2009, she launched the Laboratoire communautaire d'art (community art laboratory), a special mediation project aimed at exploring pressing contemporary social questions from a creative point of view and the way they affect our communities directly. Her essays and other writings were published in ETC, in Curator: The Museum Journal and in works published by the Art Gallery of York University and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. She taught museology within the history and art theory curriculum at Bishop's University and was member of many committees for the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, as well as the Canadian Council for the Arts.
Contents of the digital application file :
  1. A letter of intent or project letter (250-word maximum) in Word or PDF format;
  2. A two-page (max.) document explaining your artistic approach;
  3. 10 pictures in PDF or JPG format (72 dpi) of a maximum of 500kb each, accompanied by a descriptive list including the title of the work, the medium, dimensions and date;
  4. A link to your web page;
  5. A curriculum vitae (5-page maximun) for each participant in Word or PDF format, including his/her contact details (postal address, date of birth, citizenship, telephone, e-mail).
Details :
  • Send the digital application to appel_call@manifdart.org before May 1, 2013.
  • Applications following the theme, conforming to instructions and received before the deadline only will be forwarded to the curator.
  • Applications sent in digital format only will be accepted. Documents sent by surface mail will not be forwarded or returned.
  • Do not send video files by e-mail. Supply links which allow online viewing.
  • Collectives must identify an official leader.
  • A notice of receipt will be sent by e-mail upon reception of the application. We are not responsible for unreceived applications.
  • Only candidates whose application has been selected will receive a reply.
  • This call for projects concerns Canadian citizens only. Selection of foreign artists is by invitation only.
Information :
appel_call@manifdart.org
1-418-524-1917