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2016 July 25

Learn more about the FL3TCH3R exhibit!circus FOOD

Popcorn is the nightly snack of choice at my home, but lately it has taken on a more symbolic nature.  The current election climate has left me feeling disconnected from the political process –as though my voice and vote don’t count.  It feels like I’m watching a movie, eating popcorn and yelling at the innocent girl to warn her that the bad guy looms just around the next corner.  This next Call strives to connect people to the political and social issues that comprises contemporary culture.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from the Reece Museum at ETSU (Johnson City, TN) for The FL3TCH3R Exhibit. Here’s your chance to speak your mind without media restriction. Don’t miss this chance…

Learn more about the 2016 FL3TCH3R Exhibit!CALL for ENTRIES:
FL3TCH3R 2016


The theme of THE FL3TCH3R EXHIBIT is focused on work with strong social and political content. Work entered in the exhibit should reflect current issues that affect contemporary culture and investigate societal and political concerns. Diverse media and approach to the theme are encouraged.

ELIGIBILITY: U.S. artists age 18+

MEDIA: All 2D, 3D, performance & installation & video art are eligible. Due to space & logistical considerations, large-scale & complicated installation is not encouraged.

DEADLINE: August 22, 2016 (late deadline August 31, 2016)

NOTIFICATION: September 16, 2016

ENTRY FEE: $40 for up to 3, $10 ea. add’l (by August 22). OR $45 for up to 3 & $10 ea. add’l (from August 23-31).

JUROR: Dr. Eric Avery is a celebrated printmaker and recently-retired physician who for decades has practiced medicine and art in tandem. His complexly layered work connects issues of printmaking and art history with social concerns of public health, human rights abuse and responses to HIV/AIDS, death, sexuality and the body.  Creating powerful historical records of experience with patients, he changes the ordinary role of a doctor into an artist inspired by healing, fusing the space between art and medicine.  Before his retirement, he was clinical associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and member of the Institute for Medical Humanities, The University of Texas Medical Branch, specializing in issues related to HIV/AIDS.  In addition to being the subject of numerous gallery exhibitions, Avery’s work is found in many prestigious permanent collections.

AWARDS: Best of Show $300, 2 Awards of Excellence $100 ea & Appalachian Artist Award (TBA)

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

Learn more about the FL3TCH3R exhbit!


ARTIST of the DAY: Hank Willis Thomas

2016 July 25
"I Am A Man" by Hank Willis Thomas

“I Am A Man” by Hank Willis Thomas

“This series of paintings was inspired by a 1968 photograph by Ernest Withers of marchers during the Memphis sanitation workers March.  Martin Luther King was assassinated while there in support of the March.  The men carried signs which read ‘I am a Man’.  I found it fascinating that the the phrase I grew up with was ‘I am THE Man’.  The collective statement became individualistic in the age of integration.  Reflecting on American history I wanted to riff and remix the text, ultimately ending with the revelation ‘I Am. Amen.’  MLK showed us that our greatest gift is our consciousness and it is up to us what we choose to do with it.” —Hank Willis Thomas


I implore you to listen.  Listen. Understand your privilege, whatever it may be.  Being defensive doesn’t serve you. Don’t just look at people; SEE them. Love people for their humanity — both strengths & flaws.  Respect the space each person needs to work and speak and react to community in which they live.  Recognize that people have the right to be who they are, regardless of, and even in spite of, your expectation of them.  I am inspired by the work of today’s AAAD Artist of the Day, Hank Willis ThomasYou can change the world. Start with you.


Explore your truth with AAAD Artist of Day, Hank Willis Thomas!


CALL for ENTRIES: Points of Departure

2016 July 24

Learn more from the Points of Departure Exhibit from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center!FRUITY fantasy

Food transports me.  While I travel a lot regionally, I spend far less time west of the Mississippi, much less outside the U.S. borders, than I would like. If I can’t be there or go there today, or this year, food offers an escape to places far and near — both past favorites & those destinations yet untraveled.  This next Call wants to discover the places to which you depart.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI) for Points of Departure: An Exhibition without Borders.  No entry fee. Easy submission process. Fantastic theme…


Learn more from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center!CALL for ENTRIES:
Points of Departure
from JMKAC


ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists

THEME:  A place of escape—whether it is a psychological space in one’s own imagination or a physical place to venture off to.

MEDIA: Open to all 2-D or 3-D media

DEADLINE:  August 19, 2016


JUDGING:  Submissions will be evaluated based on their relevance to the exhibition concept, overall quality & adherence to submission rules.

SALES:  The Arts Center will retain 25% commission on all sold work.

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

Learn more from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center!


ARTIST of the DAY: Anthony Garratt

2016 July 24
"Container 1" & "Container 2" (oil, acrylic, rust & charcoal on canvas) by painter Anthony Garratt

“Container 1” & “Container 2” (oil, acrylic, rust & charcoal on canvas) by painter Anthony Garratt

“The more I paint, the more I realise that we are at the mercy of the landscape and elements . . . In a world where we are obsessed with ownership and control, it is humbling and important that we are reminded to respect the weather, sea, hills and landscape on which we rely.” Anthony Garratt


The work of today’s AAAD Artist of the Day, painter Anthony Garratt, from large scale installations to smaller works on paper and canvas, remind us that we are at the mercy of the physical world in which we live.  As a resident of the Great Smoky Mountains, I remain mindful of the seemingly random willfulness of nature — both the beauty and the danger.


With the sun in your face & the wind at your back, explore the work of
AAAD Artist of the Day painter Anthony Garratt!


CALL to ARTISTS: Purchase Award

2016 July 23

Learn more from!fast FOOD

Groceries arrived at my door this week.  You see, we chose to become a one-car family years ago.  We live fairly remotely –2.5 miles from the closest two-lane road and nearly 10 miles to a minor four-lane highway.  So, when the water pump on our car erupted in the driveway, getting groceries became a challenge for the weekend. Luckily, we have access to a grocery delivery that costs less than the taxi to and from the grocery store would cost.  Some days, you just need a little help.  This next Call wants to offer a little help to artists.  Take a look…

Check out this Call to Artists from for the $1000 Purchase Award. $25 entry & send a link. It doesn’t get any easier. Don’t miss this one…

Learn more from!CALL to ARTISTS:
Purchase Award


ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists

MEDIA: Open to all visual media, including but not limited to drawing, painting, conceptual, installation, prints, sculpture, glass, new media, mixed media, photography & video. (no dance or performance at this time)

DEADLINE: July 31, 2016

ENTRY FEE: $25 for up to 5

AWARDS: If selected as the winner, the award recipient must exchange one of their original works or smaller series of original works for inclusion into a collection, in return for the award. Work considered by the artist as of equal value, and available for acquisition can be negotiated upon receipt of the award. Shipping costs will be paid by

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

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ARTIST of the DAY: Ronan Considine

2016 July 23

from Rectilinear series by photographer Ronan Considine!

“They change drastically as hard edges become soft lines and muted colors become vibrant.” Ronan Considine


Context.  Election coverage has reminded me, once again, of how context matters.  Today, almost anything can known; however, without context, any statement can be made to mean anything.  Are we training people to be mistrusting?  Vigilant?  Both?   The photography of today’s AAAD Artist of the Day, Ronan Considine, employs long exposures to create ethereal, painterly images.  I find the Rectilinear series, purposefully devoid of context, make me want to know the context.  I want the how.  But would the context rob me of the joy of experience alone?  Again, context.


Explore the astounding range of AAAD Artist of the Day,
Ronan Considine!


CALL for ENTRIES: OPA Summer Showcase

2016 July 21

Learn more about the Summer Showcase from OPA! cobbling a PIE

My kitchen is filled with a bounty of tomatoes –from itty bitty yellows to big meaty reds.  After performing at a farmers market, the generosity of vendors left me trying to decide between tomato pie & tomato cobbler.  Tomatoes truly are a showcase of the goodness of the season & reflect the best of a region’s agricultural offerings.  This next Call wants to showcase your best this Summer.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from Oil Painters of America for their Summer Showcase.  Only $14 per entry. Open to representational oil painting only.  Take a look…


Learn more about the Summer Showcase from OPA!CALL for ENTRIES: OPA Summer Showcase


ELIGIBILITY:  Open to artists residing in the U.S., Canada or Mexico that are OPA members.  Click for membership information.

MEDIA:  Representational oil painting

DEADLINE:  August 15, 2016

ENTRY FEE: $14  per entry

JUROR:  Anne Blair Brown was born in North Kingstown, Rhode Island and currently resides in Nashville, TN. Her work centers on both rural and urban landscapes, people, and interior spaces. While she enjoys the quiet solitude of her studio, she delights in painting on location.  Anne Blair Brown is past president of the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast and a Signature Member of both The Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. She is also an active member of The Cumberland Society of Painters and The Chestnut Group, a nonprofit group of artists dedicated to preserving endangered ecosystems, historic locales, and aesthetically and environmentally significant places.

AWARDS:  $3,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place and $500 for third place for OPA Associate Members.  10 honorable mention awards will also be awarded.

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

Learn more about the Summer Showcase from Oil Painters of America - OPA!