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CALL for ENTRIES: Junk Metal Sculpture

2010 December 1

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There is nothing like the beginning.  My first class at Johnson & Wales was knife skills.  I will never dice a vegetable again…only brunoise.  I will never again cut matchstick size vegetables… only allumette.   This next call is from a burgeoning gallery and may give a few of you your first shot at metal sculpture.  For others, you might discover the beginning of a career in junk art.  Seize your beginning…

Check out this Call for Entries for Junk Metal Sculpture from the Shaviq Gallery in Rapid City, South Dakota.  The entry fee is cheap, the commission is unusually low, and the show length is long.  You can’t ask for better circumstances for art sales.  Take a look…

Junk Metal Sculpture

Shaviq Gallery features contemporary art and is currently accepting submissions for a Juried, Metal Junk Sculpture exhibit.  The exhibition will open in January 2011, and run through April 8, 2011. 

Learn more about the Shaviq Gallery!Many of the Shaviq Gallery artists re-purpose items in their work: Wire, metal, old house paint, vintage fabrics, & wood.   They are currently seeking metal sculpture artists. If you’re a metal sculpture artist, they want to see your work!

ENTRY FEE:   A $25 entry fee for the first 6 images ($6 for each additional image) paid by sending a Cashier’s Check, Money Order, or Paypal by sending correct amount to:

DEADLINE:  December 22, 2011

NOTIFICATION:  December 29, 2011

SUBMISSIONS:  Artists, please submit photographs of your current work, a completed application and $25 entry fee.  These may be mailed to the gallery or attached to an email. Payments can be made via Paypal online, by cashier’s check or money order.  The application can be found on Facebook.

DELIVERY & TRANSPORTATION:  The 3 chosen artists will be responsible for transporting their work to the gallery by January 3, 2011. When the show concludes May 8th, the artists will also be responsible for transporting their work back.

Learn more about the Shaviq Gallery!MEDIA & SIZE: 

Junk Metal sculpture should be no more than 10 ft x 4 ft in dimension, and not present a danger to customers in the gallery.


Shaviq Gallery will charge a 35% commission fee for artwork sold during the exhibition.

JURORS:  John Lopez, Metal Sculpture Artist.  Sculptor John Lopez was born and raised on a ranch in Western South Dakota.  His western and rodeo theme bronzes have been well received by the public and have sold all over the country from California to New York.  For the past 10 years, John has been working on The City of Presidents project in Rapid City SD, placing bronze sculptures of the presidents to guard many downtown street corners.

Learn more about Juror John LopezIn the midst of a successful career in bronze sculpting, John Lopez discovered this exciting new direction: scrap iron sculpting. See Blonde pictured right. Not wanting to depart from his bronze casting expertise, John found a way to merge the two art forms into a new hybrid sculpture of everyday objects mixed with limited edition bronze castings.

James Van Nuys is one of the finest interpreters of the South Dakota landscape.  Realist painter and sculptor James Van Nuys was born in Whittier California in 1955 and has lived intermittently in Rapid City, South Dakota for most of his life. He attended Wilmington College in Ohio, graduating in 1978 with a double major in art and music.

Returning to the Black Hill in 1982, he began to apply his formidable rendering skills to the landscape that he loves: the Black Hills, the Badlands, and the small forgotten prairie towns that dot the map of western South Dakota. 

Learn more about jewelry designer Shawn Wilson!Shawn Wilson, owner of the new Shaviq Gallery in Rapid City, South Dakota, designs beautifully unique jewelry consisting of natural stone, repurposed wire, bright colors of glass, broken jewelry, old buttons, dead watches, even tea bag tags.  (The folks over at the ever so green Toni’s Treehouse would simply LOVE her.) 

The greatest inspiration in her designs is nature itself and all it offers.  The natural rock begs to be played with and Shawn obliges.  She loves to explore new ideas, contemplate life, laugh, and play in her new space.

For all the details, visit the full Call for Entries!

Editors Note:  This gallery is brand new as of October, 2010.  They are working on a website.  Now before you email me, I know that some of you are hesitant to trust anyone except well-established galleries, but I challenge you to have a little faith folks.  It isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but it just might be yours.

2 Responses
  1. April 5, 2011

    Please put me on your mailing list if you do another junk sculpting show. Am getting into it hot and heavy. Thanks, Leslie! Zjhunk Metal (coming soon)

  2. April 5, 2011

    Leslie, we do every kind of show imaginable. You should subscribe by email or to the rss feed! –R.L. Gibson, Editor

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