Calls To Artists

Call to Artists & Makers: The Shop at The Brick

(For Consignment: October 2022 – January 2023)

Deadline: September 11 by midnight (via ArtCall)

 

Prospectus: MCA seeks to add a variety of fine arts & artisan crafts to its Gallery Shop that showcases our local creative community. Located in the heart of downtown Ocala, The Brick Gallery has been the hub for artists and art lovers since 2001. Items are carefully selected by our Gallery Committee with an eye for quality, representation of the area, broad retail appeal, and price. Jurying artwork supports MCA’s goal be THE place to find unique, one-of-a-kind works crafted with technical capability, skill, and quality.

Eligibility: Must be an active MCA artist member. Local and regional artists can join online anytime at mcaocala.org/membership for only $30 per year.

Mediums: We are looking to showcase our region’s creative bounty by including fine arts & artisan crafts including but in no means limited to; original paintings, drawings, photographs, jewelry, ceramics, glass, wood, metal, artist-made notecards, reproduction prints, textiles, artist-made wearables, home décor items, holiday items, and uniquely Ocala items. Have something else not on this list? Contact us! We’d love to hear from you.

Compensation: The sale of artwork is split with 70% going to the Artist and 30% to support MCA’s mission of championing the arts in Marion County, Florida. Checks and a statement of sales will be available for pick up along with any unsold items at the end of the consignment period.

Important Dates: MCA rotates its consignment on a quarterly basis. The Shop will be debuting their FALL/WINTER selection of artists / artworks on the first Friday of October during MCA’s exhibit opening reception. The deadline to apply for this selection is September 11, 2022 by 11:59 pm. The selected consignment pieces will be on display through January 7, 2023.

Entry Guidelines: To be considered for The Shop, artists must apply through ArtCall by midnight on September 11, 2022. MCA’s guidelines ensure that we can represent your work fairly and display it to its best effect. We reserve the right to refuse to display any work that does not meet these guidelines:

  • Artists must set up a profile and submit each piece separately at mcashop4.artcall.org, along with high-res images, contact info, title of artwork, dimensions, sale price and a brief statement and/or bio.
  • Artists may submit a maximum of 10 original works for consideration.
  • All artworks have a size limit: suggested size is up to 20” (inches) in any direction
  • Artwork must be handmade, original art created by the artist – no kits or mass-produced items!
  • Artwork must be display-ready based on the medium and manner of presentation.
  • Specific HOLIDAY & uniquely Ocala items are encouraged for this consignment period.

Other Information: MCA Gallery Committee will review submissions made via ArtCall only, no exceptions. Artists will be notified of their status via email by 6pm on September 19, 2022. Selected applicants must drop off their items on Friday, September 23 from 10am – 4:30pm, and/or Saturday, September 24 from 11am – 4pm. Only pre-approved pieces will be added. New artists will be asked to sign a Consignment Agreement and bring a Submission Confirmation receipt for each of the approved artwork(s), which may be downloaded from the “Calls to Artists” section on our website. It is the artists’ responsibility to complete the Inventory Sheet clearly, with each piece labeled with price and inventory number. Further information and the consignment agreement will be sent along with notification of acceptance or rejection. If your art is not selected, please do not be discouraged! Space is limited and very competitive. We encourage you to try again next season!

Contact: MCA Gallery Director; Ashley Justiniano | Email: [email protected].

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10-5, Saturday 11-4. Closed Sundays & Mondays.

 

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT ENTRIES FOR THE SHOP

Call to Artists: “Through the Looking Glass” – MCA’s 4th Annual ‘Best of the Best’ Juried Art Exhibit & Competition 

Deadline: September 25, 2022 by midnight (via ArtCall)

 

Description of Exhibit: Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA) invites emerging and seasoned artists to participate in our fourth annual fine art exhibit and competition featuring the ‘best of the best’ of Ocala.

This year’s prompt is “Through the Looking Glass”, in celebration of our 15th annual Applaud the Arts; A Whimsical Wonderland! MCA’s annual celebration of local arts organizations and community art leaders with MCA cultural grants and arts awards.

Who’s Eligible: MCA Artist Members (Must be a member to enter. Anyone can join Online at mcaocala.org/membership, annual membership is $30 per year)

Mediums: We invite and encourage artists of all levels, ages 16+ working in any media to submit.

Entry Fee: $25 for up to two (2) entries | $15 for one (1) entry

Entry Guidelines:

  • Each artist may submit two (2) pieces for consideration. All work must be original; no giclee or reproductions. All entries are to be submitted digitally to https://mca4best.artcall.org/ no later than midnight on Sunday, September 25, 2022. No physical or mailed in submissions will be accepted. Artists must follow the online application process and include:
    • Artist’s Contact Info (Name, phone, address, email, and social media handles/website)
    • A brief statement about your art for each submitted piece
    • High-res images for each entry in JPG, PNG or PDF format showing the full piece

List of Awards: The judge(s) 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: The DLM recognition award, purchase awards from MCA Board Members & local sponsors, MCA staff recognition awards, community choice awards, and more!

Deadline for Submissions: September 25, 2022 (midnight)

Artists’ Reception: Friday, October 7, 2022 (6 – 8 pm) | VIP Artists & Sponsors Only: 5 – 6pm

Exhibit Dates & Location: October 7 – 29, 2022 at The Brick (23 SW Broadway St.)

Drop Off Date: Monday, October 3, 2022 (10am – 4pm)

Pick Up Date: Saturday, October 29 (11am – 4pm) & Tuesday, November 1 (10am – 4pm)

Sponsored by: The David & Lisa Midgett Foundation

Contact: MCA Gallery Director; Ashley Justiniano | Email: [email protected]

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT ENTRIES

RESOURCES FOR MCA ARTISTS:

ArtCall Tutorial for MCA Art Exhibits