A Celebration of Life
Call to Artists/Invitational
April 6 – May 26, 2018
Curated by Mark Noll
Artists explore remembrance and celebration of those who have left us but not restricted to traditional motifs.
April 6, 5:30- 8:30 p.m. Opening reception
Come during the exhibition for parties, lectures and face painting.
May 26, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Closing reception
CALL TO ARTISTS
Día de los Muertos
A Celebration of Life
Exhibition Dates: April 6 – May 26, 2018
Application Deadline Feb 28, 2018
Artists are invited to submit work for an exhibition showcasing original artwork that represents the theme: “Día de los Muertos, A Celebration of Life.” It is an national juried call-to-artists curated by St. Petersburg-based artist Mark Noll.
Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) focuses on gatherings of family and friends to celebrate and remember those who have passed on. It is a joyous occasion; it’s a time to gather with loved ones, those alive and those dead.
The theme should be expressed through the artist’s vision in a variety of fine-craft media, including clay, wood, glass, fiber, metal and mixed media.
The exhibition will be judged by Dirk Armstrong, curator for the Dali Museum. Cash prizes will be awarded.
Artists and art lovers attending the opening are invited to dress up in costume. Face painting and masks will be available at the gallery for a fee that will go towards children’s programming.
An after party is being planned at the Red Mesa Cantina a few blocks away. Join us for a celebration!
Artists, 18 years of age and older, are eligible to submit recent work related to the theme. Eligible media are those related to fine craft art clay, fiber, wood, metal, glass, jewelry and mixed media. Crafts using manufactured parts, pieces, or fabrics, can be included if these materials are secondary to the total design and production of the artwork.
Email your images and application to: Exhibition@FloridaCraftArt.orgNon-refundable entry fees are:
Florida CraftArt members: $25 for up to three works
Nonmembers: $40 for up to three works
Membership is payable online at floridacraftart.org/membership,
by phone (727-821-7391) or by mail to:
501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33701Jurying process: A jury panel will use digital images to select entries based on originality, creativity, quality and complexity of workmanship, artistry and impact as represented in the images submitted.Prizes will be awarded.
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE.
Submission deadline: February 28, 2018
Notification of acceptance via email: Week of March 5, 2018
Artist(s) bio, headshot and artist statement to FCA: March 12, 2018
Selected artwork due at Florida CraftArt: March 21, 22 and 23, 2018
Opening reception and award announcements: Friday, April 6, 2018 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Closing reception: Saturday, May 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.Unsold work picked up by artists by appointment: Sunday, May 27 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, May 29 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.For general exhibition information or questions related to the call to artists, contact us at: exhibition@FloridaCraftArt.org, or call the curator, Mark Noll at (727)515-6352.
Departing from the confines of the traditional motifs, artists will explore remembrance and the celebration of those who have left us. The exhibition is a study of the past from a place in the present. A requiem for our loved ones and friends.
The artists in this exhibition will be diverse in both medium and style, each bringing a unique perspective to express it in their own style. It is our hope that you not only gain a better understanding of the traditional holiday, but that you can also view death with a new perspective.
Opening Reception: April 6, 5:30- 8:30 p.m. Guests and visitors are encouraged to dress up in costume for the opening. Face painting and finished masks will be available for purchase. An after party is planned as well.
In addition to the juried artwork, 100 skull-shaped wood plaques will be decorated by invited artists to raise funds for children’s programming.
Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey, the show is about celebration of the lives of those passed.
The Aztecs developed the ritual some 3,000 years ago because they believed one should not grieve the loss of a beloved ancestor who passed. Instead, the Aztecs celebrated their lives and welcomed the return of their spirits to the land of the living once a year. They celebrated with food, drink and music ofrendas, or offerings.
During the Día de los Muertos celebration, mourning was not allowed because it was believed the tears would make the spirit’s path treacherous and slippery. “This day is a joyous occasion; it’s a time to gather with everyone in your family, those alive and those dead.”