Feb 8 – Call to Artists: We the People Project

7 Jun

Originally Posted on February 16th, 2009:

In a time when the arts and cultural opportunities are more visible than ever before, and with a new administration and a President who see the arts as an engine for economic development, dialogue and cultural preservation, We the People in the arts matter again.

To celebrate the victory of bringing arts back into the public policy and discourse, and in conjunction with the National Women’s History Month, I ask you to join me in a special program and exhibition Feb 18 – April 3, 2009 at Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia.

The Goal

We the People Project’s goal is to create a memorable art exhibition and performance event that highlights a unique vision of America today through the eyes of immigrant and American-born artists.

The Project’s Format and Eligible Artists

We the People Project includes a mixed media group show and a performing event on Sunday, March 29, 2009, 2-4 pm at Lorton Arts Center in Gallery W-16, that presents storytelling, poetry and music of the immigrant, refugee and American-born artists.
The exhibition is organized in partnership with Lorton Arts Foundation and is co-curated by Marga Fripp, President, Empowered Women International, Sharon Mason, Executive Director, The Lorton Arts Foundation and Marti Deppa Kirkpatrick, Exhibition Coordinator, Workhouse Arts Center.

Workhouse Arts Center is located 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079. Directions and more at http://www.workhousearts.org

Performing artists are invited to submit a short performing piece on a digital format to be considered for participation. The message of the piece must be linked with the theme of the project, and be no longer than 7 minutes. Authentic storytelling, music, and poetry reading are welcome! There are no artist fees that will be paid for performing.

Visual artists including painters, designers and other artists are invited to submit up to 5 artworks (paintings, mixed-media work, installations, sculptures, jewelry, fiber, and other fine art designs).

Invited artists are immigrant, refugee and American-born artists, current or new members of the EWI. EWI artist membership fee is $35/year and must be paid by check to EWI, 1801 N. Quaker Ln, Alexandria, VA 22302 at the time of submitting the application.

Application Deadline and Submission

For visual artists: apply by email by submitting no more than 5 photos of your artwork. Image submissions must be in digital format, JPEG only at 300 dpi. Please name each image with your last name followed by your first name and artwork title.

Fill out the entry form for all pieces submitted to this exhibition. Include Your Name, Title of Piece, Medium, Dimensions, and Retail Price. Email digital images to Marga at cfripp@aol.com

For performing artists: send an email with a video file attached or a video link to Youtube or a website that hosts the art video. Artists may also send a CD or DVD by mail to: Empowered Women International, We the People Project, 1801 N. Quaker Ln, Alexandria, VA 22302.

Deadline: All art submissions will be made no later than Sunday, Feb 8 to Marga Fripp at cfripp@aol.com

Additional information to submit with your application:

* Entry Form
* EWI Artist Member Renewal and/or New Member Application Form

* A check for $35/annual member fee

Art Sales

The proceeds from all works sold will be split 50/50 with the artists

* 50% will be paid to the artist
* 25% will benefit EWI
* 25% will benefit Workshouse Arts Center

Calendar

– The exhibition will run Feb 18 – April 3, 2009

– Artists drop off art at Workhouse Arts Center, Gallery W-16

Sunday Feb. 15th or Monday, Feb.16th 12-5 pm

– Pick up (unsold) art

Saturday, April 4th or Sunday, April 5th 12 to 5pm

– Art Event/Reception at Workhouse Arts Center, Gallery W-16

Sunday, March 29, 2-4 pm

When you drop off your artwork, please ensure that all work is labeled on the back with artist’s name, title of work, medium and price. All 2D work must be ready to hang with screw eyes and wire.

Download Forms

* Entry Form
* EWI Member Application Form

Insurance

Workhouse Arts Center at Lorton carries insurance on the works of art while on the property of Workhouse Arts Center at Lorton to prevent against catastrophic loss. Insurance policy is in the amount of $250.000.

For questions, please contact Marga Fripp at 301-693-1346, or email her at cfripp@aol.com

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