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Carded: Miniature Masterpieces

February 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm - February 23, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Carded: Miniature Masterpieces

Curated by Cesar Aguilera

carded: miniature masterpieces

by Danielle Branchaud

The Artist Trading Card project builds on different traditions. Miniature art has been in existence for centuries tracing its heritage back to the illustrated manuscripts of scribes in the Far East and Europe prior to the 15th century. The origin of the modern trading card is associated with cigarette cards first issued by the US-based Allen and Ginter tobacco company in 1875.They were the precursors of the sports cards and other trading cards. However, the first artist trading card dates back to 1997 in Zurich and started as a collaborative cultural performance. In “Carded: Miniature Masterpieces” SWFL artists create their own artist trading cards for exhibition in the 2nd floor Capital Gallery, opening February 5th.

Opening: Friday, February 2nd • 6pm – 10pm
Closing: Friday, February 24th
Capital Gallery • Free to Attend

An important influence on the ATC concept were art movements of the 20th century which advocated a more popular art: Art not for museums or auctions but from and within everyday life. In this respect, the ATC project has an affinity with the Fluxus movement and with Robert Filliou’s notions of a “fête permanente”, a “création permanente”, or an “eternal network”. The “art of participation” as an interactive process can be traced back to the 1950s, and it developed within different genres like performance art and happenings, action art, mail art, or later computer art.

Artist Ndola Pensy introduced the artist trading card idea to Swfl in 2017 with great reception among artists of different mediums in the area. Now the first artist trading card show will happen in February, Friday 2nd, 2018 in the prestigious Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, in the Capital Gallery.

Call for artists of all mediums to participate!

The rules are simple:
-Cards MUST be 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches (64 mm × 89 mm) in size
– No limit on the number of submissions
– No frame.
– Any medium is accepted.
– There’s no specific theme.
– No prints or reproductions. (unless it is digital art)
– Cards will not be for sale, but we will have a trading party at the end of the show. (not required)
– Deadline for submissions is Friday, January 19th, 2018.
– Deadline for delivery of accepted work is Friday, January 26th, 2018 at the SBDAC
– Artist name, medium, and title on the back of each art piece.
– Submit your good quality images to cesar@cesaraguilera.com with your name, medium, and title of each piece.




February 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm
February 23, 2018 at 5:00 pm
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Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center


Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
2301 First St.
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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