Call to Artists – 2013
June Exhibit Theme:
Exhibition Dates: June 7- 28, 2013
PRIZE: Overall Best of Show, Cash Prize in the amount of $500; People’s Choice, Cash Prize in the amount of $250; Berne’s Pick, Cash Prize in the amount of $250
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is seeking submissions of 2- and 3-dimensional art work for its annual juried exhibit, with an opening reception held Friday, June 7, 2013 during downtown Fort Myers River District Art Walk. Our Annual Juried Art Exhibition asks artists to explore all things games and playing, and the nostalgia these memories bring in both 2-D and 3-D pieces. The incorporation/reuse of toys and games in an inventive way or the creation of original toys and games is encouraged. While there are no specific guidelines for dimensions or sizes of the pieces that will be accepted for exhibit, the curator encourages innovative and unique installations – art work of immense proportions can be hung from either its massive walls or from its 20-foot ceiling, or displayed on its magnificent granite floors. This exhibit will open to the general public so please submit artwork appropriate for all audiences.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center brings world-renowned artists and performers to Southwest Florida for entertainment and educational outreach programs. It hosts concerts, art festivals, charity benefits, and gala events to support the arts and local community. Its outreach programs benefit local children and the disadvantaged who would not otherwise have the opportunity or access to experience world-class cultural enrichment at such an intimate level. By providing a venue for local emerging artists, the Art Center serves as a platform for budding artists to showcase their work.
Florida Arts, Inc., founded in 1997 by Jim Griffith as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, leases and operates the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center for the City of Fort Myers. The Art Center’s season included numerous other exhibitions, gala events, and performances. Florida Arts, Inc.’s mission is to nurture innovation and excellence in the visual and performing arts through these events and community outreach programs.
In addition to its artistic mission, Florida Arts, Inc. works to preserve history and restore the building which houses The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, located in the historic former federal building in downtown Fort Myers. The historic Federal Building opened in 1933 as an United States Post Office, the building was converted to a courthouse in the 1960s. It was later vacated and left in disrepair until Florida Arts, Inc. received a 99-year lease from the City of Fort Myers to repair and revitalize it. Last year, over 100,000 visitors attended an event, performance, or art show. The structure itself is a work of art, an impressive example of neoclassical architecture, with twenty-foot ceilings and 8,000 square feet of available exhibition space.
PREPARING YOUR ENTRY
Online Entries Only: When preparing your entry, send one image per piece of artwork with up to three entries per person. All entries must be digital files uploaded via our Official Entry Form. Image files cannot exceed 500KB or 800 pixels. The file format must be JPEG.
If your piece is in progress and you do not have images of the completed artwork, please submit a detailed description of your entry and images of examples of your work.
Digital images of submissions must be received via e-mail no later than Tuesday April 30, 2013.
ENTRY FEE AND PAYMENT
$30.00 for up to two (2) pieces of art work. You may enter online using a credit card. Credit cards will be charged within 30 days of contest deadline. Your credit card charge will be notification for receipt of your entry.
Each piece of artwork must include the following information: Title of Work, Artist Name, Medium, Dimensions, Weight, Sales Price, and Artist Statement (250 words or less).
Art work in this exhibition will be judged according to presentation, artistic merit, creativity and excellence. Entries will be pre-judged and then finalists will be chosen by our panel. All work may be accepted or rejected for display at the discretion of Florida Arts, Inc.
Artists whose pieces are selected for the exhibit will be notified via e-mail on April 30, 2013. The results will not otherwise be made public until they are published on the SBDAC website.
On June 7th, a special panel of jurors will select the winner of the Best In Show. All properly prepared entries will be viewed and judged. The decision of the jurors is final. The winning piece will be announced at the Opening Reception.
The People’s Choice winner will be announce on June 21, 2013, during Music Walk.
DELIVERY OF ARTWORK AND DELIVERY DEADLINE
All accepted pieces must be delivered ready to hang, including any special hanging or displaying devices that need to be used. Attach a copy of the completed entry form to each piece. Please note that you must include return shipping and reusable packaging.
Artwork must arrive on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 to:
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
2301 First Street
Fort Myers, FL 33902
By submitting an entry to this exhibition, participants agree to insure all art work for the full sales price while the pieces are in the physical possession of the Art Center. The artist is responsible for all shipping costs and insurance costs during shipping to and from the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. We will have no liability for the protection of submitted work during shipping. We are not responsible for lost mail.
All artwork may be accepted or rejected for display at the discretion of Florida Arts, Inc./Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Florida Arts. Inc., assumes the right to photograph any accepted work for promotional purposes only, unless requested otherwise. All work must remain for the duration of the show unless otherwise agreed to by both parties.
SALE OF ARTWORK
All artwork must be available for purchase. Commission of purchases from the exhibition are as follows: 60% to artist and 40% commission to Florida Arts, Inc. Florida Arts, Inc., will process all sales and handle all State Sales Taxes.
Deadline for Online Submission: April 30, 2013
Jury Notifications of Acceptance: May 7th, 2013
Delivery of artwork: May 28, 2013
Exhibition opens June 7, 2013
Opening Reception and Announcement of Best of Show Winner & Berne’s Pick
6:00 pm-10:00 pm
Exhibition closes June 28, 2013
By filling out the form(s) below and pressing submit, you agree to the following:
I authorize the artwork described above to be shown at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center and for it and any accompanying Press materials to be utilized in promotion of the event and/or for marketing purposes.
I understand that the entry fee is non-refundable and does not guarantee selection.
I agree with the Terms and Conditions of Website Use Agreement.
I, the undersigned, hold the exhibition rights to the submission and am duly authorized to submit this artwork for consideration to be exhibited to the public.
I agree with the authorization terms above.