Mini Art – Call for Artists
Our 2nd annual Mini Art show is right around the corner! We’re soliciting small work from local artists who feel they have new, interesting, and beautiful things to share and sell over the Holidays.
Registration Deadline: Nov 1, 2016
Show dates: November 12, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Entry Fee: $5 per artist – Why? Because organizing all of you is more than a labor of love and we need to know you are serious about submitting your work.
The Quick Details
- Must be original artwork, or made in a limited edition. All work must be signed. All mediums that meet this criteria are accepted.
- The artist must have a Rhode Island connection
- 2-D work should be no larger than 9×9, 3-D work between 2x2x2 and 6x6x6 – pieces reasonably close to these limits are welcome. Pieces must be marked with artist name and some sort of name or ID number.
- Work should be presentation ready (framed or hangers included, or able to stand on its own)
- Retail prices should not exceed $150 (but we’re ok with some exceptions to this).
- Must submit at least 3 but not more than 8 pieces.
- Work must be dropped off during a designated time slot – or mailed with return postage. While this is an open call for artists it is a semi-curated show, so please understand if we don’t immediately display all of your work. We also reserve the right to tell you your work isn’t the right fit for us. Sorry, we cannot accept jewelry.
Read on for all the in-depth info.
You, the artist, need to actually make the thing.
All works must have some level of evidence of the artist. This means we can’t accept prints of a scanned thing that you once made and now mass produce. We are looking for hand made art. In the case of photography, digital prints are accepted, but they must be signed, and ready to hang on the wall in a frame or some other permanent presentation. Ideally, you have printed them yourself, or carefully instructed the person printing them.
All two dimensional work must be presentation-ready. Three dimensional work should be able to stand on its own, or have the proper support.
There has to be a Rhode Island connection.
While we feel it is too limiting to say you have to physically live in Rhode Island to submit work to our show, we do need you to demonstrate a connection to Lil’Rhody. (Maybe you grew up here, and moved away, but you come back often to visit. Maybe you live here all summer long and source materials and inspiration from the Ocean State before wintering in the Caribbean.) Tell us your story.
Size (and price) Matters.
We’re defining “Mini” as any artwork smaller than 9” square. Two dimensional work, framing included, cannot exceed 9” on the long side (if your thing must go in an 8×10 frame, we’ll accept it, but please be mindful – space is at a premium!). Please also note, we’re not veering into micro art just yet – please keep the small dimension 3” and above. For 3-D work let’s try to stay around 2”x2”x2” and above, but less than 6”x6”x6”, if you feel your work demonstrates a reasonable exception to these rules please include your reasoning on your application.
We need to cap retail prices to under $150 per piece. As the goal is to sell your work, we want the prices to be in an attainable range for the broadest customer base. Sales follow the traditional gallery agreement. The artist will get 50% of the sale price. Please be reasonable with your expectations.
Quantity & Labeling
Artists must have a minimum of three pieces, and a maximum of 8. If work sells quickly, you will be given the opportunity to provide more pieces. Each piece needs to have your name and some sort of title or ID code on it.
You need to register to bring your work in during a designated time slot, or mail it to us with return postage.
Unfortunately, not everyone will have the right work for our show. We know you tried hard to make it, and we want you to keep making things, but we can’t automatically show it all. We reserve the right to show or not show the work as we decide is best. When we accept your work we will give you all the details in writing. Please know that if you send us things without following the rules we might not be able to send it back or keep it around forever in hopes that you will come for it.
Accepted Mediums & Eligibility
As we mentioned before, to be eligible you have make it yourself. When it comes to medium, we don’t want to put anyone in a box. The standard things like painting, works on paper, mixed media, ceramics, and glass are perfectly acceptable. Unfortunately, we cannot accept jewelry.
Exhibition Opening Party
The opening for this show will have a reception. We’d love to have as many of the artists present as possible, along with your friends and family – come celebrate, see the show and meet the people looking at your work.
Chance of a long term agreement or a solo show
Like many galleries, we have a handful of artists whose work is always available at Blink. If we really like your work, and our patrons do too, we may ask to have some of your work available year round. If one of you just completely blows us away then we may opt to offer you a solo exhibition with bigger work and another party sometime in the next year. It would be fantastic if we could find an emerging artist and give them an opportunity. If you’re an established artist, it gives you an established gallery to share your work with locals, collectors and the mysterious masses.
(When you arrive at your drop off time we’ll collect the fee, note how to pay you, get the details about your work, and schedule time to return it to you if we can’t sell it)