Calls To Artists

Backpack Fever: Nourishing Our Future

Who’s Eligible: MCA Artist Members

Title of Event: Nourishing Our Future – Backpack Fever FUNdraiser!

Purpose: To honor beloved local artist Bob Kuperberg (he’s turning 90!) and to Raise Funds for Food4Kids

Description of Event: Marion Cultural Alliance invites artists to design and decorate one-of-a-kind white canvas backpack. Local ‘celebrities’ will model the backpacks which will be available for purchase during the silent and live auctions. The cocktail reception event is scheduled for July 23rd, 2020, 5:30-7:30pm at Brick City Center for the Arts, 23 SW Broadway Street, and is in honor of local artist Bob Kuperberg’s 90th birthday celebration. All proceeds will be donated to Food4Kids, a project of Interfaith Emergency Services with the goal of “No Hungry Children”. Food4Kids partners with schools to raise funds and collect food, pack food into backpacks for hungry children, and distribute the backpacks at school on Fridays to provide weekend food for the children the program serves. Backpacks are returned to school on Monday, and the process is repeated. The event will be advertised online, social media, newsletters, and email via Interfaith and Marion Cultural Alliance as well as other local businesses, service and social clubs.

Entry Process: The blank backpacks will be available after May 8, and finished backpacks are due back July 15. Pick up and drop-off of backpacks are at MCA’s The Brick Gallery. Artists are to submit a statement telling a story about their commitment to the event, the children, and the community, as well as set retail value of their artistically adorned backpack, and attend the event free of charge.

Mediums: All mediums are accepted and encouraged. The selection of supplies is up to each artist but must be permanent and waterproof. Backpacks will be available for pick up by appointment only. Please email [email protected] to schedule a date/time to pick up your blank backpack.

Deadline & Drop Off of Submissions: July 15, 2020 at The Brick Gallery (between 10am – 4pm)

Event Reception: Thursday, July 23, 2020 (5:30 – 7:30pm)

Event Location: Brick City Center for the Arts (23 SW Broadway St.)

Event Organized by: The Kuperberg Family

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The Art of Purpose Exhibit

Sponsored by: Angie Lewis State Farm

Who’s Eligible: MCA Artist Members & Non-Members

Title of Exhibit: The Art of Purpose; An Applied Arts Exhibit 

Description of Exhibit: The applied arts are all the arts that integrate design and decoration into everyday and practical objects in order to make them aesthetically pleasing. The term is used in distinction to fine arts, which are those whose only purpose is to be beautiful and stimulate the intellect in some way. This exhibit will be focused on artists who create original objects creatively designed with both aesthetics and function in mind. All work for this exhibit must be a functional object, produced in the last two (2) years and an original work (absolutely no mass-produced patterns or kits).

Entry Procedure: Each artist may submit up to two (2) pieces for judging and exhibition. All entries are to be submitted no later than Sunday, July 26 at midnight and sent via email to [email protected]. In your email, please include:

    • Artist Entry Form – See page 3.
    • Brief Artist Statement – Does the process / materials conjure up stories, memories or special meaning?
    • Photograph of artwork – Please send high resolution images in .jpg file format.
    • (For Non-Members) Completed MCA Membership Form – See page 4.

List of Awards: The judges will award Honorable Mention, Third, Second, First and Best of Show. Judges’ decisions will be final. Awards will be presented at the Artists’ Reception.

Mediums: All mediums are welcome, examples include: metalwork, goldsmithing, pottery, glass & enamel, woodworking, furniture making, fashion design, interior design, fiber arts, textiles, quilts, carpeting, embroidery, batik, jewelry, basketry, mosaic art, graphic art, advertising, hand-made books/journals, book illustration, photography, and industrial design.

Juried Entry Fee: MCA Members: $25 / Non-Members: $45 (membership included)

Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, July 26 (midnight)

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: Friday, July 31 (end of the day)

Artists’ Reception (TBD): Friday, August 7, 2020 (5:00 – 6:00pm)

Exhibit Dates & Location: August 7 through August 29, 2020 at The Brick Gallery (23 SW Broadway St.)

Drop Off Date: Monday, August 3rd, 2020 (10am – 4pm)

Pick Up Date: Monday, August 31, 2020 (10am – 4pm)   

 

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Pleasures 2.0 – A Juried Fine Art Exhibit

Sponsored by:

Who’s Eligible: MCA Artist Members & Non-Members

Title of Exhibit: Pleasures 2.0 – MCA’s Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibit

Description of Exhibit: MCA invites artists to participate in our annual art competition and exhibit. Artists are to create work inspired by the theme PLEASURES.

The word “Pleasure” is defined as a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment. It is the state of being pleased or delighted, it is gratification of the senses. What is your greatest pleasure? An example of pleasure is enjoying reading books, the joy of traveling, the pleasure of spending time with family. This September, let’s step out of the hustle & bustle and explore the simple pleasures that inspire us all.

Entry Procedure: Each artist may submit two (2) pieces for exhibition and judging. All work for this exhibit must have been completed in the past two years. Entry Fee is required upon submission. All entries are to be submitted no later than August 23rd and sent via email to [email protected]. In your email, please include:

  • Artist Entry Form (See last page)
  • Brief Artist Statement (Explain your piece in a few words)
  • Photograph of artwork in .jpg file format with a high resolution.
  • (For Non-Members) Completed MCA Membership Form – See last page.

List of Awards: The judges will award one Honorable Mention, Third, Second, First and Best of Show. Judge’s decisions will be final. Awards will be presented at the Artists’ Reception. Other awards include: Purchase awards from MCA Board Members, community sponsors, and more!

Mediums: All mediums are encouraged and welcomed.

Entry Fee: Active* MCA Members: $25 / Non Members: $45 (MCA membership included). Purchase here! 

Deadline for Submissions: August 23, 2020 (midnight)

Artists’ Reception: Friday, September 4, 2020 (5:00 – 6:00pm)

Exhibit Dates & Location: September 4 – September 26, 2020 at The Brick (23 SW Broadway St.)

Drop Off Date: Monday, August 31, 2020 (10am – 4pm)

Pick Up Date: Monday, September 28, 2020 (10am – 4pm)

 

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