Hillsborough has a lot worth your time this week! At the moment I’ve got a few really exciting projects eating up all of my time (I’ll elaborate on them later this month) so I won’t be able to detail these events. However, this is not a listing – these are my earnest recommendations. Of the all of the events happening outside of Pinellas county this week, these are the ones you need to see.
I just found out about two (2!) great opportunities for artists. If you are an artist and one or both of the calls below fit, get to work! Also, if you know anyone that can benefit from either of these pass it on.
Ringling Underground Call to Artists
John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
The Ringling Museum is seeking emerging contemporary artists currently working in Florida to participate in the Spring 2013 season of Ringling Underground, a series of events combining live music and art in a block-party atmosphere. Artists are invited to exhibit sculpture, installation, interventions, video, performance and other works in the courtyard of the art museum. Artists are encouraged to consider the context of the Ringling, its history, collections and exhibitions when producing their works, but are not limited to these as themes. The next events will take place on February 7th, March 7th, and April 4th.
Open to artists working in any discipline. Current students, groups, and collaborations are also welcome. Artists must be able to attend the event as all works must be installed and de-installed on the same day. Creative professionals do not necessarily need to identify as visual artists. Past Ringling Underground events have welcomed engineers, jewelry makers, and actors to create installations, interactive objects, and performances.
Detailed description of your piece including images, drawings, dimensions and technical needs
(Note: This is an outdoor event in the courtyard of the art museum. Power outlets are available but limited.)
Artist statement and/or statement about the proposed work
Artist bio and/or resume
Link to website (if applicable)
Email submission to: email@example.com
Subject line should include: Ringling_Month_Your Name
Include your name on all attachments
Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Opens Call for Emerging Artists for 43rd Annual Event
Artists Nationwide Invited to Apply to Showcase Works at the 2013 Festival
TAMPA, Fla. (December 3, 2012) ― The Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, one of the nation’s top-rated outdoor fine art shows, is now accepting applications from emerging artists interested in participating in the festival, which will return to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa on March 2 – 3, 2013. The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Emerging Artist Program will provide up-and-coming artists who are interested in pursuing a professional career in visual arts with the opportunity to showcase their work to the more than 100,000 art enthusiasts who are expected to attend.
Artists who are selected for the Emerging Artist Program will exhibit free of charge, and will be provided with an individual display tent as well as a $250 expense allowance. Emerging artists will not compete for prize money against artists in the main show. However, their artwork will be juried by a festival juror of national prominence, and each artist will be eligible to receive the $1,000 Robert and Elizabeth Sanchez Emerging Artist Award.
The winner of the 2013 Emerging Artist Program will also be exempt from the jury selection process for the 2014 festival and will receive an automatic invite to participate in the main show.
An artist who has previously exhibited their art in museums or major galleries, or earned a substantial portion of their income through the sale of their work, will not qualify as an applicant for the Emerging Artist Program. The application deadline is January 2, 2013. For more information / rules and to submit an application, please visit www.gasparilla-arts.com/emerging.htm.
The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation dedicated to producing an annual, premier juried outdoor art festival for the enjoyment and education of patrons, artists and guests as well as for the enhancement of the Tampa Bay area’s cultural arts. The non-profit organization relies on support from sponsorships, on-site retail sales and corporate and individual gifts to fund its programs and events. The Tampa-based organization is staffed entirely by volunteers. For more information, visit www.gasparilla-arts.com, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (813) 876-1747.
For all the vulgar excess and catering to the 1%, art love can be relatively friendly for the cash strapped (though being cash strapped in itself isn’t all that friendly). Gallery receptions and exhibit openings are generally classy yet free affairs – something that can’t exactly be said regarding film or music. The museum visits may require prying the wallet open. If well-timed, however, you can stroll several local museums with your wallet pleasantly tucked away. With that said, here is a quick museum guide for the frugal art nerd.
Tampa Museum of Art – every Friday evening – This is the first program I learned about and perhaps my favorite. Every Friday TMoA presents Art on the House – free admission between 4pm and 8pm. I should give a mention to Hill Ward Henderson for making the program possible.
Museum of Fine Art St. Petersburg – first Saturday and Sunday of each month…sort of – I should start by saying that this deal also applies to the MFA as well as the TMoA and the Florida Holocaust Museum (which has respectable art exhibits of its own from time to time). You can get free admission to the museums on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month by presenting your Bank of America debit or credit card (or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card) and a photo ID. If the Saturday or Sunday falls on the last day of the month, the deal will apply the following weekend.
Ringling Museum of Art – every Monday – $25! That’s how much you don’t have to pay if you visit the Ringling on a monday. This includes free admission to their permanent collection as well as the special exhibition galleries which currently houses Sanford Biggers’ new installation. Call in sick to work, bring two dollars for the Skyway, and how about some falafel for lunch – sounds like a rad Monday.
Polk Museum of Art – every Saturday morning – Not to be left out is the runt of the museum bunch. You can save your five bucks if you stop by on Saturdays from 10am to noon. Interestingly, local favorites Theo Wujcik and Krik Ke Wang will be exhibiting at the PMoA in a couple of months.
I’m obligated to mention that visiting the museums at these times is free of charge but not free of cost to the museum. I’m sure any of these venues would appreciate a donation if you find yourself less poor than usual. Regardless, whether you plan on making your way to a gallery or museum, it can be done on the cheap. Being sans-cash shouldn’t be an obstacle to enjoying art in and around the Bay.