TWITTER ART EXHIBIT: ORLANDO
OPEN TO ALL PROFESSIONAL & AMATEUR ARTISTS WORLDWIDE WORKING IN 2D MEDIUMS
Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando
Benefiting The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Classes
Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 6-9PM
Show runs March 20 - April 11, 2014
February 21, 2014
CityArts Factory, Magic Gallery | Orlando, Florida, USA
IMPORTANT: DO NOT MAIL ART TO CITYARTS FACTORY!
Robin Maria Pedrero
Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando is an international exhibition of original postcard art benefiting The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Classes, a nonprofit (501)©3 organization dedicated to dance education and outreach. The Special Needs Classes include customized exercises that expand the student’s range of motion, creativity and social skills. Class work is further designed to enhance skills in memorization, problem solving and communication. Belinda Balleras, whose son takes classes every week, says: “He has a new sense of creative fulfillment and an additional pathway to productively express emotions.”
Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando is the fourth installment of an open international exhibition of handmade postcard art for charity, donated by hundreds of participating artists from around the globe.
While the first two exhibitions were held in Moss, Norway, the third installment held in Los Angeles marked the global launch for the concept by founder David Sandum, a Swedish-born artist who conceived Twitter Art Exhibit as a vehicle for doing good through social media and online community-building. The idea is simple: artists around the globe receive a call through Twitter social media to create original postcard-sized art, which they mail to a local curator, who then exhibits and sells them to benefit a local charity. Artists must have a Twitter account and interact with exhibition organizers to participate, and help seed the event.
In its first year, Twitter Art Exhibit received postcards from over 260 artists in 24 countries, raising funds to buy 221 new children’s books for a struggling library in Moss, Norway. The second installment received entries by 360 artists in 32 countries, raising $4,000 USD for an abused women’s shelter, also in Moss. The 3rd exhibition held in Los Angeles raised $7,000 for an organization mentoring underprivileged young adults in preparation for careers in the visual arts, attracting 502 artists from 35 countries, with a total of 726 postcard entries received.
Social media plays a major role in Twitter Art Exhibit. It is our intention to tweet, share, seed and promote our artists to thank them for their participation, and to make this event a huge success.
The event will be highly publicized and well attended by art buyers and enthusiasts, members of the press, local artists and the community, as well as by The Center for Contemporary Dance Students and Faculty.
PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
Pay special attention to the materials, size and medium requirements described below step 5. Artwork that does not meet these requirements will not be accepted.
1) You must be a Twitter user to participate in Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando. Make sure to follow @twitrartexhibit, as well as the hashtag #twitterartexhibit. Don’t forget to visit www.twitterartexhibit.org for updates!
2) Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading Twitter Art Exhibit Orlando to indicate your interest in participating. This is your pre-registration, and allows us to plan ahead for the exhibition. You are fully registered when your work is received at the destination.
3) Create a postcard-sized original piece of art. Standard postcard sizes are required: 6 x 4 inches or 16 x 12 cm MAXIMUM (see detailed size, medium & material requirements below).
4) Include complete information on the back of each card: a) real name, b) @twittername, c) city, + country d) e-mail, e) website and f) title (if applicable). This will be helpful to buyers and organizers alike, and will be used to print gallery labels placed next to each card at the gallery. We have been able to connect many artists with buyers, so make sure your information is up to date!
5) Mail your postcard in an envelope via regular First Class Mail (or international equivalent) to the following address:
The Center for Contemporary Dance
3580 Aloma Ave #7
Winter Park, FL 32792
U. S. A.
Avoid surfaces that couldn’t be considered postcard material (canvas or canvas board, wood, ceramic, etc.). Thick or good quality paper is preferred, but thin cardboard will also do. Sketch or print paper is much too flimsy and will not be accepted. We suggest you pick up a postcard from a store near you, and try to match its format and thickness. Keep in mind, the postal service isn’t generally recognized for “gentle handling”; we want your postcard to sell and to be in the best shape possible, so make sure to ship it in an envelope and pack it well for the journey.
Postcards must be SIGNED, HANDMADE ORIGINALS in any of the following mediums: Watercolor, acrylic, oil, ink, gouache, mixed media, collage, charcoal and pastel. Please use spray fixative for gritty mediums (messy!), and remember to properly prime/gesso your paper if you work with oils, allowing them to fully dry before shipping. Linocuts, woodcuts, lithographs (printmaking) are accepted IF they are the correct size, hand-signed and “one off” originals (1/1). NOT ALLOWED: Photographs*, digital art, art that is laser/inkjet or machine-printed, any copies or duplications or reproductions (computer or otherwise). A printed promotional postcard does not constitute an original piece of art and will not be accepted. And please, nothing perishable, toxic or otherwise harmful. *In recent years we have decided to steer away from photography and digital art due to the large amount of low-quality prints received, and so as to focus on the “handmade”.
We’ve received several inquiries of late wondering if it’s OK to submit original art to Twitter Art Exhibit, but keep issuing/selling reproductions of that original (prints, gicleee, etc.). Although we can’t obviously stop you from doing that… it’s not really in the spirit of Twitter Art Exhibit. This being a fundraising exhibition, collectors who attend the event expect to buy original pieces, for which there are NO other copies or reproductions existing. So we ask you to donate your original art in the spirit intended by Twitter Art Exhibit and founder David Sandum. Donate it because you want to help, then let it go. Don’t reproduce it later (which will probably irritate your buyer or collector)… it’s for a good cause.
This is an exhibition of postcard art, so your artwork should resemble that (art on one side, your info on the other). For the overall look of the exhibition, it’s important that the cards are close to each other in size. This is key to including as many cards as possible. The maximum size allowed is 6.3 x 4.7 inches (16 x 12 cm). Please try to stick to standard postcard sizes/proportions. Slightly smaller versions are fine.
NO JURY, NO THEME (OPEN EXHIBITION):
Any professional or amateur artist in reach of our voice is invited! Although there is no jury and no theme, please send your best work. This is a public event that will draw media and public attention, so please paint/draw something that represents your style. As children may be present, we ask that you consider making the subject matter appropriate for all audiences. The definition of “appropriate” is up for debate, but please use common sense.
NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS PER ARTIST:
Please send only ONE card per artist. Yes, this has changed from previous years. As Twitter Art Exhibit grows, it is becoming impossible to anticipate what the response will be. The number of cards shown will depend on overall participation, and available space. Our goal is to show one card per participating artist. Beyond that, we cannot say. The goal of the first exhibit was 140 (symbolic of 140 Twitter characters), but we ended up with 260 cards from 24 countries. The second time around, we had 360 artists from 32 nations. In the 3rd exhibit, 502 artists from 35 countries sent a total of 726 postcards. Please understand that the exhibit is a piece of art in itself, and that it will be up to the organizers to ensure that the show ”works.” So please send only one card per artist, and enter early. Additional cards sent to us will simply be donated to the charity.
DEADLINE & FEES
Postcards must be received by mail at the above address by February 21, 2014 to be included in the exhibition. Late entries will not be accepted. Allow at least 10 business days for shipping if you reside within the continental United States. Allow at least two weeks (14 business days) anywhere else. If there is a problem or concern, please contact us at email@example.com
NO PARTICIPATION FEES:
As this is an exhibition for charity, there is no fee to enter. Every participant, from artist to organizer, is involved on a voluntary, unpaid basis. The goal is to share our collective talents for a good cause. 100% of proceeds go to charity.
The sale price will be $35 USD per card. Many, if not all of these cards are worth a lot more, but this will allow the general public to purchase them easily.
Please ship your work, well protected in an envelope, via regular first class mail as this worked best in past exhibitions. If you choose to send your work by courier or other fast methods, DO NOT ASK FOR SIGNATURE CONFIRMATION as this always creates additional problems. For instance if staff isn’t immediately on-hand to sign for packages and they are returned to the courier company or post office, we are not able to run back and forth to these locations to sign for and pick up packages.
CityArts Factory and The Center for Contemporary Dance will not accept in-person artwork drop-offs. Kindly mail your piece to the above address.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
WHEN ORGANIZERS RECEIVE YOUR POSTCARD, THEY WILL:
1. Capture the image and send you a Twitter shout-out using the hashtag #twitterartexhibit (check the @connect tab on your Twitter account for your mention)
2. Post it on www.twitterartexhibit.org (visit us to see if your card has arrived).
3. Enter your info in a database that will be used for printing labels, which will be placed next to the card at the exhibit.
Please know that organizing this exhibition is a tremendous task. The number of pieces alone makes this a very time-consuming endeavor for the curator, as well as bringing together all parties to make the exhibition a success. We will do everything in our power to tweet and blog about your contribution promptly, but we ask you to be patient if your card doesn’t show up right away.
ONE POSTCARD = MANY TWEETS » SPREAD THE WORD!
Our Twitter account is @twitrartexhibit. Please follow us! We appreciate RTs and mentions. We suggest you post a pic of your card on Twitter before mailing it, and use the hashtag #twitterartexhibit so that we can share the love! If you wish, curator Robin Pedrero may be reached @robinpedrero. Founder David Sandum is @DavidSandumArt and organizing board member Nat George @natgeorgela
AFTER THE EXHIBITION:
All work received will be considered a donation and will not be returned to the sender. Online sales will be available after the opening. Thereafter, any unsold art will be donated to the charity to use as they see fit (i.e. create a mural with remaining pieces to commemorate the event, or sell remaining work at future fundraisers). It’s up to them.
VIDEO / BOOK:
A video of the event will be made, and a book project is being discussed. This is not only done to help the cause, but also to promote our participating artists. Local organizers will be in charge of this and will scan your images as they arrive in the mail. Again, please make sure to include your complete information in the back of your card.
FUNDING LEGITIMATE CHARITIES:
100% of funds raised by Twitter Art Exhibit go to the chosen charity. Benefiting organizations are vetted by Twitter Art Exhibit’s local organizers, as well as by our organizing board. One of our biggest concerns is doing our due diligence and taking every precaution to make sure our initiative does not exploit anybody, and that schemers do not make off with our concerted efforts.
By participating in Twitter Art Exhibit (in any city), you agree to our terms. This means any art submitted to this exhibition can be sold to raise money for our chosen charities, with 100% of proceeds from art sales going directly to the charity. In addition, your art could be featured in a video about the event, or included in a book, which may be sold to help raise funds to help cover the organization’s operating costs. If you do not agree to these terms, refrain from participating.
We thank you for participating in Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando!
With your support, we can really make a difference for The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Classes. This is a unique opportunity for the global artistic community to come together and support a new generation of artists who need our help!
We look forward to receiving your beautiful postcards, and to join our voices to yours in expanding the Twitter Art Exhibit concept to new locations around the world.
Robin Maria Pedrero
Curator, Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando
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