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Call to Artists Exhibition in Print 2011: Prizes and Judges

On 10, Aug 2010 | One Comment | In Uncategorized | By man-admin

From the Exhibition in Print 2010
Bull’s Eye Sophie Drouin (Canada)
28h x 33w x 6d inches Marble, gold, onyx, travertine, scheelite, quartz, selenite, raku shards, copper foil and wire, glass, smalti, brick, Eco smalti, black and mahogany obsidian, terra cotta, dichroic glass, stained glass mirror, opal, sandstone, slate, calcite.

To enter or not to enter, that is the question. We are devoting three blog posts to our Exhibition in Print (EIP) 2011 hoping to inspire you, the contemporary mosaic artist, to answer the question with a resounding “Yes”.

If the prospect of . . .

  • Having your work reviewed by one of the most influential art dealers in the US, one of mosaic’s most revered artists and teachers, and an art historian and BBC commentator
  • Having four pages of a high-quality mosaic magazine read by thousands around the globe devoted to you and your work
  • Winning cash prize(s)
  • Being promoted in print, on the web, and in mailings to thousands of arts influencers

. . . appeals to you, then please consider entering. We are hoping for no less than a breakthrough moment for contemporary mosaics and the artists who make them. We sincerely hope that mosaic artists of all genres around the world will be represented in EIP 2011.

The entry deadline is October 1, 2010. If you would like to go directly to the EIP prospectus in English, French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese, click here.

In our last post, we looked at the success of MAN’s first competition, EIP 2010. In this post, we’ll cover what the EIP 2011’s selected artists will receive, meet the judges and show you six more of the winning mosaics from 2010.

2011 Prizes

If you are selected by one of our jurors, you will receive:

  • A 4- Page Article in MAN 2011 devoted entirely to you and your work. The article will feature 3 of your mosaics in full and detail photographs plus an expanded Artist Statement and descriptions of each work.

An example of what your article might look like:

For a closer look at the sample article, click here.

More prizes:

  • A chance to win one (or both) of two $500 cash prizes (see Meet the Judges)
  • A listing on the Mosaic Art NOW website with links to you
  • Continued promotion throughout the year in the MAN Blog, Facebook Page and Twitter
  • Promotion of your work to art blogs, magazines and institutions

Meet the Judges

Bernice Steinbaum, PhD — The Bernice Steinbaum Gallery Miami, FL (Portrait left by Gwen Williams)

Bernice Steinbaum is one of the United States’ foremost art dealers, curators, jurors and advocates. She first opened the doors of her gallery in Manhatten’s Soho District in 1977 where for 23 years she championed artists whose work spoke eloquently about the issues of gender, race, culture and identity. In 2000, Steinbaum moved her operations to Miami, FL. The global climate of today prompts the gallery to be a microcosm of this multi-cultural, visual environment.

The gallery boasts representing two Macarthur “Genius” award winners; Pepon Osorio, and Deborah Willis, five Guggenheim, multiple National Endowment Winners, two Annenberg fellows, among other awards. In addition the gallery regularly organizes group shows which travel to various museum facilities, an unusual activity for a gallery which occurs primarily because of the director’s own academic art history background.

Currently, the Gallery’s clientele is made up of 50% museum acquisition funds, 30% corporate collections, and 20% individual collectors. Ms. Steinbaum has acted as a juror and curator for prestigious institutions and exhibited several times in Art Basel Miami . Catalogues for many of Steinbaum’s exhibits have been published. She also wrote the book on The Rocker.

Ms. Steinbaum’s preferred portrait

Generous, outspoken and passionate about art, Steinbaum is respected and revered by the artists she represents. Her enthusiasm for emerging contemporary artists is legendary and her ability to identify that new talent is prized by collectors at all levels. As someone said to us recently, “If you ever wanted to get contemporary mosaics noticed by the larger arts community, then Bernice is the person who can make that happen.”

Ms. Steinbaum will select one EIP 2011 artist to receive a $500 Best in Show prize. Links to more information on Ms. Steinbaum will be found at the end of this post.

Emma Biggs and Matthew Collings

Emma Biggs is a professional mosaic artist working in London. She established Mosaic Workshop in 1987 — the UK’s most thriving mosaic studio. She is Senior Tutor in Mosaic at West Dean College and has written a number of books on mosaic including the best-selling Encyclopedia of Mosaic Techniques. She has both lectured about and taught mosaic internationally. Her work is held in public galleries, museums and private collections. She has appeared on television and radio, including recent appearances on BBC Radio 4’s flagship culture program Front Row.

Recently, she has taken ceramics as a creative tarting point. Five Sisters (left) a project she made with collaborator Matthew Collings, was shown in York Gallery’s project space, York St. Mary’s. this was a 13th century church in the heart of the city. The show featured paintings by the couple and a mosaic entitled Clay End made from 13th and 14th century pottery shards from a collection held by York Museum Trust.

Matthew Collings is Biggs’ husband, art collaborator and a well-known artist and writer based in the UK. His film “What is Beauty?” aired on the BBC2 in November 2009. He is currently working on a major series about the Renaissance also for BBC2. Collings is a contemporary art commentator and critic who is valued for his candor and “well informed and sneakily intelligent style (that) make his work a joy to read.” (David Gauntlett, Professor of Media and Communications, University of Westminster) Collings’ has written numerous articles and several books including “This is Modern Art” and “This is Civilization.”

Said Collings in a 2006 column in the Sunday Times: “I want to demystify the art-world mindset to reveal to ordinary educated readers that there may be aspects of how the art world operates that have quite simply never occurred to them. “

Ms. Biggs and Mr. Collings will select one EIP 2011 artist to win a Best in Show $500 prize. (Two prizes total will be awarded)

Links to more information on Biggs and Collings will be found at the end of this post.

EIP 2010 Review

Here are six more of EIP 2010’s winners with comments from our juror, Dr. Scott Shields, Chief Curator for the Crocker Art Museum.

No! Piotr Czapracki (Poland)
100h x 90w centimeters. Hand-made ceramic, glass

” . . . No! suggests through the actions of a child a universal human frustration with our lack of control over politics, the system, and our destiny.” Dr. Scott Shields

Keep Me Warm Julie Dilling (USA)
22h x 17.5w x 2.5 inches. Smalti, stained glass, glass beads, millefiori.

“Rippling mosaic squares become the drapery folds of a quilt that figuratively offers a traditional sense of family and community.”

Miss Willendorf Karen Kettering Dimit (USA)
36h x 22w x 22d inches Gold smalti, smalti, stone, rhinestones, sodalite, bahia blue, kyanite, hardware, mirror, metal, resin.

“Other artists found humor and whimsy in their medium and attained it by appropriating the past. The glitzy Miss Willendorf uses mosaic to fashion an updated, and far more secular, version of an ancient fertility idol, a comment on the consumerism and superficiality of contemporary society.”

Carterton Lily Pond Gary Drostle (United Kingdom)
2h x 2w meters. Unglazed vitreous ceramic (porcelain) and vitreous glass.

“Other artists approached their mosaic layers not as sculptors, but almost as painters. Carterton Lily Pond takes on an old subject, yet is distinguished by the freshness of its approach.”

Bull’s Eye Sophie Drouin (Canada)
28h x 33w x 6d inches Marble, gold, onyx, travertine, scheelite, quartz, selenite, raku shards, copper foil and wire, glass, smalti, brick, Eco smalti, black and mahogany obsidian, terra cotta, dichroic glass, stained glass mirror, opal, sandstone, slate, calcite.

“Others took advantage of their medium’s ability to assume three dimensions by richly layering forms, as in the case of Bull’s Eye and also Notturno, both of which breach the picture plan into luscious sweeping forms and patterns.”

Late Bloomer Pamela Goode (USA)
23h x 36w x 8d inches. Smalti, turquoise, minerals, gemstones, shell, meta, silk threads, glass on carved styrofoam base, carborundum on wire mesh branch, beaded insect leg.
Photo by Mark Fortenberry

“(Some artists) looked to nature for inspiration, finding harmony and universality in its microcosm. Late Bloomer is cocoon-like, incorporating silk fibers into the ‘skin’ of a pod that also includes shells, turquoise and gemstones.
In our next post, we will look at how to enter 2011, explain the judging process, and show the final six winners from 2010.

Enjoy — Nancie

For more on Bernice Steinbaum:

For more on Emma Biggs and Matthew Collings

To download the Prospectus for the Exhibition in Print in English, Italian, French, Spanish or Portuguese, click here.

To see our previous post on the Exhibition in Print, click here.

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