In an extension of our programming, PA is excited to launch The Self-Taught Artist Fair, which draws together artists from a myriad of backgrounds and practices beyond an institutional art community.
Flying Like A Rock, the first exhibition under this umbrella, aims to include works from artists who identify as ‘self-taught’, who make work independent from formal training in the arts, and whose work resonates with this year’s theme. The title, Flying Like A Rock, comes from a portland based artist who coined the phrase to describe his feeling of being unseen by society at large. He urges us all to make eye contact. This show seeks work that makes contact as an expression of how the artist wants to be seen, touched, heard, or felt as an individual flying in full self-expression.
The Call Public Annex is seeking work for the first annual Self Taught Artist Fair - Flying Like a Rock. The Self Taught Artist Fair will include works from artists who identify as self taught, make work independent from formal training in the arts, and whose work relates to this year's theme, flying like a rock, a celebration of what it means for a person to be received in full self expression.
Artist are invited to consider: What does human contact mean to you? How do you experience barriers between people? Do you ever feel known or unknown?
Eligibility The show is open to all 2D, 3D, craft and time based artwork made by anyone who identifies as being ‘self-taught’, makes work independent from formal training in the arts and has had limited ability to share their work with a broader audience. All artworks must be original works of art or craft. We are accepting new and existing artworks.
Calendar Registration/Art Drop off—Saturday September 2, 2017 10am-1pm
Opening Reception—Thursday September 7, 2017 6pm-9pm
Panel discussion—Date TBD
Closing of show—Friday September 29, 2017
Artwork Pickup—Saturday September 30th from 10am-1pm
Opening Reception The opening reception will be held in conjunction with Portland’s downtown First Thursday Art Walk on September 7th. There will be refreshments served and all artists are encouraged to invite their communities to come and celebrate with them.
Sales All artwork will be for sale, unless otherwise indicated. Artists will receive 70% of the sales. Public Annex will receive 30% commission on the sale of artworks. Artists are invited to indicate the prices for their own work on the registration form, at the time of drop off. After the show is taken down, checks will be sent to the address submitted with the registration form.
Registration Requirements -Suggested submission fee of $10. *Need based fee-waiving upon request, contact lara[at]publicannex[dot]org -Please only submit finished, original pieces (all works must be dry and ready for exhibition and sale). -Be able to provide title, price, dimensions, date and personal contact information -Artwork is hung as is. We will not be able to frame artworks. -If you have video/audio pieces, please bring all necessary equipment and cords for your equipment to work properly. -If you have an installation piece that requires special considerations, please contact lara[at]publicannex[dot]org -All artwork that is not sold, will need to be picked up on Saturday September 30th between 10am and 1pm. We will only contact you if your artwork has been sold, otherwise please come for pick up.
Contact For event and participation or exhibition questions: Lara Ohland: lara[at]publicannex[dot]org
We look forward to seeing what you have to submit!
RuPaul by Dawn Westover [Image Description: Colored pencil drawn abstract portrait of RuPaul. Large green eyes, pink face, grey mouth, brown ears, black hair, blue neck and shoulders.]
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Your generous donations will help us: -Ship artists' work -Provide registration fee financial assistance -Provide panelists with a stipend for thier participation -General operating
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