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CALL for ENTRIES: 52nd Masur

2014 December 4

Learn more from the Masur Museum!EARLY
to rise?

Breakfast is beloved in my house.  Everywhere I have ever lived, including some time in the Virgin Islands, breakfast has been the biggest meal of the day because it was always the cheapest.  Even tiny islands in the Caribbean can raise chickens instead of importing eggs.  So, a cheeseburger might be $18, but breakfast was always under $5.  Those days have passed, and breakfast can be a pricey endeavor.  It is apparently even more expensive if you get up a little later and call it brunch.  Start your morning with this next Call because it is definitely cheaper than brunch. :)  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries for the 52nd Annual Juried Exhibition from the Masur Museum of Art (Monroe, LA). $10 entry fee, no commission, and the gallery is stunning.  This is a great opportunity!

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Learn more from Masur Museum!CALL or ENTRIES:
Masur Museum
52nd Annual Juried


ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all US artists 18+

MEDIA:  Any media

DEADLINE:  January 1, 2015 (online) and December 27, 2014 for postmarked entries

NOTIFICATION: January 21, 2015

ENTRY FEE:  There is a $10 per work with a minimum of 2 and a max of 5 entries

JUROR:  Sandra Q. Firmin was Curator of the UB Art Galleries, gallery of the University of Buffalo SUNY, a position she held from 2003 to 2014.  Firmin is currently the Director and Chief Curator, Colorado University Art Museum.

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Firmin holds an M.A. from Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies, and was awarded a Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative Fellowship at Arcadia University Art Gallery.  At the UB Art Galleries, Firmin established an annual residency program in which artists are presented with an empty gallery to transform over time while open to the public. These commissioned projects aim to forge meaningful interactions between artists and diverse groups of people while acknowledging a turn toward research-based and ephemeral site-specific approaches in contemporary art.  In 2014 Firmin co-chaired (with Julian Cox) the Association of Art Museum Curators’ annual conference in Detroit, and moderated the panel Urban Ecologies and Cultural Exchange.

Learn more from the Masur Museum!AWARDS:  Best in Show is $1,000, and total awards are $3,200.00.  The People’s Choice Award is $200.00 and will be voted on by visitors throughout the run of the exhibition. Best Packed: This award will honor the artist who packs their art in the most professional manner.  The award is $100.  *No packing peanuts, feedbags, loose papers as packing materials, no cigarette butts, etc.  These types of things will disqualify you!  This prize will be decided by the Masur Museum staff.  Ithis!

SALES:  The Masur Museum of Art does not receive a commission on sales.

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

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2014 December 3

Learn more about Featured Artist painter Emily Mitchell!CORNY
fun results

The December mayhem has set in, and we’re only 3 days into the month.   And my own art has taken a back seat to other commitments and tasks once again. It seems I can’t every find the time to plot and illustrate and plan and follow through on those plans.  I vow this year will be different.  I’m putting up a real tree (rare in my household), and this month’s artist has inspired me to string popcorn in addition to my well-planned and plotted decorative theme.  And this year, art will happen IN ADDITION TO and inspite of all the holiday mayhem.  AND without all the traditional plotting and planning.  I am excited to see where it goes…

This month’s artist has spent years learning the art of letting go and production through play.   Her work reflects a deep connection to the beauty of nature without hidden agendas–just connection and PLAY.

Learn more about Featured Artist Painter Emily Mitchell! is proud to claim Emily Mitchell as this month’s Featured Artist. This work spotlights home and family and parenting and human connection–life, really.  And, I really needed it.  Please let it sink it and consider it a holiday gift.


Emily Mitchell


For the past 20 years, Emily Mitchell has been working as an art educator, and holds a M.A. Ed. in Art Education.  The joy of teaching artists has allowed her to thrive on inspiration from others including teaching High School Art, including AP Studio Art, at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburgh, Vermont.  Mitchell had the opportunity to work with John Crowe from Massachusetts College of Art, and with Peter London, Professor Emeritus of Art Education, UMass Dartmouth.  “I am eternally grateful to them both for allowing me to simply play in my work.”

The Village by Featured Artist Painter Emily Mitchell!When not making art or managing family, Mitchell can often be found swimming with the BASS Masters Swim team, riding her bike with the kids,  battling weeds in the garden, GF baking, obsessing about acappella music, reading, or exploring a small corner of Vermont.

How has the teaching art to others informed your own approach? Has years of teaching informed your sense of play?Without question, I love making art with people, and I find that interacting with them, through is invaluable to my own art. My mind works in a very spiral manner – my train of thought will go from a process, to thinking and making connections through art history – helping others grow. Right now I teach adults and do the occasional workshop. But before this, I spent 16 years teaching K-5 in Massachusetts, and then 9-12 here in Vermont. Back in 2000, after reading “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds to my 4th graders, I saved their responses to the story, and often, when I am stuck, or frustrated, I will look at it. Its truly magic, free, full of joy, and THAT feeds me! Plus, kids are hilarious – and I learn so much from what they bring (mainly joy and abandon) to art making!”

My Friends are Leaving Soon by Featured Artist Painter Emily Mitchell!Talk to me about your paint process. For example, which comes first, the title and concept or the work?  “The process I currently use is an amalgamation of three amazing art course I have taken in my life – plus about 40 years of making art. The first was called “Vigorous Play for Artists/Teachers” and it was taught at UMASS by John Crowe.  I took the course in the summer of 1998, and it changed my life–Crowe did not talk for the entire week!  He pushed us through readings, critiques, and playful challenges, which for me, resulted in a wonderful body of artists books, and a show of my work and the work of my elementary students. The second was called “Drawing Closer to Nature” with Peter London – that one was hosted by Kirpalu.”

Garden City by Featured Artist Painter Emily Mitchell!“The third class I took just last year in January of 2013.  Flora Bowley’s e-course, Bloom True, reinvigorated all that I “knew” in terms of process, approach, but had neglected, forgotten and moved away from after 8 years of teaching more “formal” technical drawing.  Most importantly, Flora’s class helped me let go of needing to know what my work was going to look like.

“Now, I literally feel my way through my work…”


“…working in layers, responding to colors, patterns, textures, feelings, a word in a song… the title could come from any of those things, or simply a feeling weeks later (or if I’m hanging a show and I’m like, “Crap! I need a title fast!”).  I find that the final pieces really reflect a mood or idea in my own life, and the visual result is part of the process of understanding.”

You seem to have VISUAL connection to nature?  Is there a deeper underlying meaning or connection for you?  I spent 5 summers working at summer camp in Connecticut.  I found that this place helped me find myself more than college or traveling ever did.  It was a place of deep personal growth and connections–and it happens to be on its own private lake, surrounded by trees.  The light & sounds there are unlike any other.  I still hear them in dreams.  Now, I am lucky enough to live in Vermont (where it gets damn cold!), but there is beauty everywhere here–in the food, in the woods.

While I love the culture of cities,
I need space, air and green to fully breathe and live!


Horizon 2 by Featured Artist Painter Emily Mitchell!

Detail of Horizon 2 by Featured Artist Painter Emily Mitchell!

What are you trying to say with your work? How does it connect to your need to explore human connection?  “Because I do not plan anything at all, I really feel like each piece is a response or story about the paint, my heart, and everyone’s desire to feel connected to others.  While the characters in the work may be realistic (birds, trees) or abstract (bubbles or circles) the connection and harmony within the space is there and somewhat intentional.  Ironically, I need to plan less in my daily life–but that’s hard to do with two busy kids!”

Nebula by Featured Artist Painter Emily Mitchell!What style or school of art do you think work fits into?  “My work is probably Realistic Expressionist, maybe?  Color is certainly predominant in the art, but so is space and depth.”

What is your favorite food addiction?  “Ok, this is going to sound really boring, but I actually LOVE salad with roasted veggies, my own greens, chicken and either goat or feta cheese. I essentially chop up whatever I have in my veggie drawer season with “slacker herbs” (aka Mrs. Dash) and a bit of oil. My husband also makes a mean maple balsamic dressing – I DO live in Vermont so any excuse to use Maple…We also have a pretty large localvore movement here in Vermont with about 10 CSAs (community-supported or shared agriculture) I can think of right around me! I have a garden, where I grow purple carrots, beans, lettuce, etc. and when possible, I do try to purchase as much meat and produce locally.”  You are a woman after my heart.  Veggies rock my world sometimes, and we certainly have goat cheese in common.  But honestly, I’m going to pick chocolate every time.

Roots by Featured Artist Painter Emily Mitchell!What if your favorite snack food obsession?  “Popcorn. I could easily eat about 12 cups of it. We make it old school with Oil in our “Whirly Pop”, and I use an herb salt on it, and when I’m feeling really VT hippy, I also toss a bit of nutritional yeast on it.”   Okay, I edit responses to questions–usually only for length.  So, most readers have NO IDEA how often I hear about nutritional yeast.  Clearly, I am going to have to give in and try it.

On a more personal note , most of my readers know I don’t’ eat gluten due to the ugly presence of Celiac disease in my household–2 of the 3 of us. So,  if you don’t mind my asking, how long have you been GF?  *Editor’s Note:  Published with full permission of the artist.  “I have Thyroid Disease, and it was suggested I try being GF to help my thyroid function. It was also suggested to ditch dairy to be truly on the anti-inflammatory free diet…but man I LIVE IN VERMONT–there is NO WAY I am bailing on cheese!  We have so much amazing cheese!  So I limit cheese and diary but skip the wheat.  Ironically, my asthma went away after eliminating wheat.”  My son’s lactose intolerance completely disappeared, and he is happy to trade gluten for cheese any day.

What’s coming up next for you?  “I have this idea for 20-30 small wood panel paintings to be displayed together – I may do this as part of an upcoming art-a-day event.  I have also been pushing myself to do two portrait drawings per month to keep the ‘classical’ drawing skills fresh!”

Thank you, Emily, for reminding us that
play is productive.

Learn more about Featured Artist Painter Emily Mitchell!

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CALL for ARTISTS: Pricing your ART!

2014 December 1

Give us your feedback at!RECIPE
for success

I hoard recipes in a little Campbell’s Soup box on my kitchen counter top.  I also post them to a private group on FB & pin them to a board in Pinterest too.  Honestly, I rarely follow a recipe, but I learn so much from how other people cook.  Art should be the same way.  I hope you are out there looking at art online & OFF line.  Share & try not to be afraid of copy cats.  Remember, what makes your work YOURS can’t ever be duplicated.

If it weren’t for sharing, this blog wouldn’t exist.  Just in case you forgot how it all got started in the first place, here is a link.  I share my experiences, recommendations & cautionary tales about food and art with all of you.  But, I also share it in a series of career development workshops at the Arts & Culture Alliance in Knoxville, TN.  I have one coming up in February on How to Price your Artwork, and I would love to have your input.  The “right” answer is… whatever works for you.  But, the real question is… does is REALLY WORK for you?  Are you selling art?  So, this call asks that you share your recipe for success…with me.

Check out this Call for Artists from AAAD for Pricing your Art, a call for feedback.  Yours truly needs your help making sure that I am passing along a recipe for success to novice and emerging artists.  Don’t worry, there’s a reward…

Give us your feedback at!CALL for ARTISTS:
Pricing your ART!

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists

MEDIA:  Open to all media

DEADLINE:  December 15, 2014

NOTIFICATION of AWARDS:  By December 23, 2014

ENTRY FEE:  None, of course

AWARDS:  I will choose 1 out of every 5 feedback forms (at random) to award a FREE Artist to Love listing & post ($15 value).

*Editor’s Note: The only REQUIRED information below is your Name, Location & Pricing strategy.  I will NEVER give away or sell your information to anyone EVER.  I will not reveal your pricing strategy to any with your name attached.  The information will be aggregated to form a range of working options and prevailing theories for new artists that need the assistance.  I will be the ONLY ONE that reads the information you fill out below.  Please note, when you submit the form, it will be emailed to me at  If you are uncomfortable using the form below, feel free to email the information to me directly.

I want to encourage you to share your best practices below.  Do you price on whim?  Do you track your studio time?  Do you have a formula (cost of materials+ 2x hourly labor–for example).  Do you have an average cost per square inch that you apply generally.  Do you charge the same amount when you are not paying commission?  Please tell us more(continues below the form)

Tell us how YOU price your artwork!



After the February workshop, I will publish all the information so that everyone can benefit whether you are in Knoxville or the other side of the planet!

Give us all the details for a chance to be an Artist to Love!

CALL for ENTRIES: Animals

2014 November 27

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Grass or corn or both?  Research on how to feed the animals we choose to raise after the move to the farm continues.  Most commercially-available feed consists of a high percentage of cornGMO corn.  Feeding our chickens and goats and sheep GMO corn really negates the reason behind raising our own animals.  So grass fed, right?  Why not just turn them out into the field since it has green stuff growing on it? Well, it is more complicated than that.  You have PLANT and sometimes re-plant that field of “grass” in most cases. Then, what variety do you plant.  If we are what we eat, they are what they eat.  In the end, the animal depends on the plant.  Interesting.  This next Call depends on only the animal.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from (online) for Animals.  The entry fee is as little as $15, and the prize packages are fantastic.  Don’t miss the opportunity…

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ELIGIBILITY: All artists age 18+

MEDIA: Painting, drawing, mixed media, photography or digital medium

THEME: Animals” Wild, Domestic, On Land, In The Air or Under The Sea.
The image should intrigue and fascinate the viewer with the artist’s vision and interpretation of the animal’s beauty, elegance, strength, speed, delicateness, size, and or its environment.

DEADLINE:   December 15, 2014

NOTIFICATION: December 19, 2014

ENTRY FEE: $15 for 1, $30 for 3, $60 for 7

AWARDS: 1st Place $500 cash & other awards valued at $5200. 2nd place – $125 cash & other awards valued at $1625. 3rd Place – $75 Cash. 4th Place – $50 cash.

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

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CALL for ENTRIES: 47th Octagon National

2014 November 26

Learn more from the Octagon Center for the Arts!rocks

What’s behind the naming of state foods?  The obvious answer is that it honors a crop vital to a state’s economy and/or identity, right?  Wisconsin has milk. Florida has oranges.  And so on.  But what about the dozen or so U.S. states that does not claim a state food.  Iowa has a state rock (the geode) but no state food.  If you have any idea why, I’d love to know.  In the meantime, here’s a Call from an arts organization that Iowa should be proud to claim.  Investigate…

Check out this Call for Entries from Octagon Center for the Arts (Ames, IA) for the 47th Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood National Exhibition.  This all media show has a great juror.  Take a look…

*Editor’s Note: If you have read the personal portion of this post, CALL for ENTRIES: 47th Octagon National, anywhere other than by email subscription or on, it has been published without permission and is considered theft.

Learn more from the Octagon Center for the Arts!CALL for ENTRIES:
47th Octagon Nat’l


ELIGIBILITY:  All artists 18+ residing in the continental U.S.

MEDIA:  Any Media is eligible including paintings, photos, jewelry, sculptures, etc.

DEADLINE:  December 5, 2014

NOTIFICATION:  December 15, 2014

ENTRY FEE:  $30 for up to 3 ($25 for Octagon members)

JUROR:  Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, a native of the Netherlands, received her BFA (1982) in Fine Art from the Maryland Institute and her MFA in textile design from the University of Kansas (1995). After teaching at the University of Kansas she joined the faculty of the Kansas City Art Institute, where she has been developing the area of constructed textiles since 1997 and where she chairs the Fiber program.  She is a leader  in the use of new technologies in hand-weaving and has researched using industrial looms in The Netherlands & the US.  Most of her weavings span several feet in both directions & comment on the nature of woven surfaces.  Through structure, material, image and/or surface treatments, she demonstrates that weaving is unique in building an image.

AWARDS:  Winifred V. Brown Best of Show: $1,000, 1st Place: $500, 2nd Place: $250, 3rd Place: $100, & (3) Honorable Mentions:  $50 ea.

SALES:  The Octagon retains a 40% commission on any artwork that is sold, so price accordingly on entry form. Artwork not for sale must be marked NFS and have a value for insurance purposes.

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

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CALL for ENTRIES: Indie Grits

2014 November 25

Learn more about the Indie Grits Film Festival!simple

I have grits for breakfast 3+ days per week.  I have a favorite brand of organic, non-GMO grits that never cease to inspire.  On a busy morning, it is scrambled eggs over the top of cheese grits.  The next morning, the refrigerated left over grits are cut into cakes that are sauteed and used as the base for Eggs Benedict.  This morning it was Charleston-style milk grits with a poached egg & chorizo.  There is no end to the independent spirit of this simple staple.  This next Call is an inspiration of grits proportions as well.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Proposals from the Nickelodeon Theatre for the Future Perfect themed Indie Grits Film Festival.  Entries/Proposals ARE NOT limited to film.  No entry fee either.  Don’t pass this one by…

Learn more about the Indie Grits Film Festival!CALL for ENTRIES: Indie Grits


THEME:  Future Perfect.  What is Future Perfect? It is the new southern city, urban design for tomorrow in a technological environment, cars that drive themselves, plastic biology, thought-controlled machines, seeds that produce sterile offspring, invisible cities, roads that drain the sun, utopian daydreams, eminent domain, an electric imagination, drones, highly efficient minimalism, living architecture.  Future Perfect is what we will make it.

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists with a connection to the Southeast United States.  It is up to each applicant to make an argument for a valid connection.

MEDIA:  ALL disciplines of art are acceptable: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, sound, video, installation, mixed-media, etc. Artwork can be pre-existing, but it must have a connection to the 2015 theme of Future Perfect. In the application each artist must describe how their proposed work ties into Future Perfect.

DEADLINE:  December 5, 2014

NOTIFICATION:  January 16, 2015


AWARDS:  The Indie Grits Film Festival is a program of the Nickelodeon Theatre, a non profit  with a tight budget; please mke an effort to hold down costs.  They will select 15-25 artists/collaborations.  Projects will receive $50 – $1000 with most being on the low end of that spectrum.

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

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CALL for ENTRIES: 18th Woman Made

2014 November 24

Learn more from the Woman Made Gallery!BACON

The creativity of food preparation has fundamentally changed on a mainstream level in the past 20 years.  A larger segment of the population cooks with abandon now.  The great divide between foods destined to be either savory or sweet seems to have slowly disappeared.  Chocolate is as likely to show up in an entree as bacon is to show up in a dessert.  This next Call encourages you to explore and challenge boundaries presented by both materials & concepts.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from the Woman Made Gallery (Chicago, IL) for their 18th Int’l Open.  This is a special gallery with a fantastic history of well-curated shows, and I have a soft spot for this year’s juror.  Do your homework, ladies…

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Learn more from the Woman Made Gallery!CALL for ENTRIES:
18th Int’l Open


ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all female artists

MEDIA: All themes, styles, and media will be considered– explore & challenge conceptual & material boundaries!

DEADLINE:  November 28, 2014

NOTIFICATION:  December 17, 2014

ENTRY FEE:  $30 for up to 3 images

JUROR:  Gill Gatfield has MFA & Bachelor of Laws from Auckland University.  In 2011, she won a major national public art competition for a site-specific sculpture in Auckland NZ.  In 2012, she was nominated as a member of Global Women, a multi-sector organization of women leaders with global perspectives.  A monograph on her practice, ‘Abstract Figure: Gill Gatfield,’ was released at the 2013 International Sculpture Centre Symposium.  Gatfield’s work blends abstraction with conceptualism, and contemporary with classical. Trans-disciplinary in approach, she uses diverse media to create interconnected series of texts, frames, and monochromes. Her work is held in collections in NZ, Australia, USA, Canada, UK, Germany and Switzerland. *Many of you are slacking off on doing your homework on jurors.  Don’t skip this step!

AWARDS: 1st Prize:  Solo Show in 2016 at WMG; 2nd Prize: $500 ; 3rd Prize: $250

SALES:  WMG will retain a 40% commission

For complete details, Download the Prospectus!Download the Prospectus from Woman Made Gallery!