Saturday, June 15, 2024

7th Annual ARTfall seeking artist submissions through end of month

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WILMINGTON — A juried art show next month is recruiting 2D and 3D artists for participation. The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center will host its 7th annual ARTFall Sept. 16 to 24 and submissions are due Aug. 31.

ARTfall Juried Art Show and Sale is part of American Craft Walk Wilmington, a celebration of visual and performing arts at various locations downtown. The weeklong celebration culminates in the walk, a large outdoor vendor show, Saturday Sept. 17.

The exhibit at Hannah Block Historic USO will be open Monday through Saturday, Sept. 16 to 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free to the public. There will be an artist award presentation and reception, also open to the public, in the lobby of the Historic USO museum Thursday, Sept. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. Awards will be presented for first, second and third places as well as honorable mention and people’s choice. Cash prizes total $525.

Original artwork created within the last two years will be accepted for consideration. The piece must be the artist’s sole creation and not in any way a copy of another person’s work or photograph. Preference will be given to artists from the Lower Cape Fear region.

Due to space limitations, not all artwork may be exhibited, but it will all be juried. Artists will be notified by Sept. 2.

The submissions will be judged by award-winning artist Madison Creech, art and art history teacher at UNCW and co-owner of Fried Fruit Art Gallery in the Cargo District. Creech holds a master’s in fine arts from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree of fine arts and Bachelor of Science in textile, merchandising and fashion design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

If artwork is chosen for installation, the artist is responsible for completing a consignment agreement with a member of the HBHUSO/CAC staff to include a complete inventory of work. The HBHUSO/CAC will collect 25% on all sales during the exhibit.

The guidelines for submitting artwork include:

  • A $15 non-refundable registration fee
  • Up to a maximum of five digital images, which must be in JPEG or TIFF format, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, not to exceed 1080 pixels
  • Additional support materials to consider including are a resume, exhibit history and artist’s website
  • Work must be suitable for viewing by the public
  • Photographically or commercially reproduced work is acceptable but must be limited editions, signed and numbered by the artist
  • All 2D art must be framed or gallery-wrapped and wired for hanging (glass clip frames or saw tooth hangers not acceptable)
  • 3D works can include high relief, pottery, sculpture, kinetic, and 3D art created in metal, paper, wood, stone, fiver, plastics, glass, ceramics, found objects or any other materials; must not require special installation

The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is located at 120 S. 2nd St. in downtown Wilmington. It’s owned by the city and managed by Thalian Association Community Theatre.

For additional information or to download submission guidelines, application and exhibition details, visit the show’s website.

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