Sunday, December 12, 2010

Call for Artists- Whitney Museum of American Art curator

If you want the curator of a major museum to see your work, to be offered a solo show in Smoyer Gallery , or simply to be part of Marginal Arts Festival-then THIS is a golden opportunity!

Carter Foster, curator for the Whitney Museum of American Art will be the juror selecting pieces for Roanoke College 2011 Biennial. In addition to cash prizes, the first prize will be a solo exhibit in the college’s Smoyer Gallery during the 2011-12 season.

MAF is pleased to announce Roanoke College will include the Biennial in the 2011 Marginal Arts Festival! The showing of selected works begins with a Juror lecture/award announcement at 6 p.m. March 4 and the show will run through April 2.

Artists from within a 100-square mile radius of Roanoke are eligible. All fine arts media including painting, sculpture, graphics, ceramics, textiles, mixed media, and photography are accepted. The work must be original and executed within the last two years.

Deadline for receipt of formatted images, entry form, entry fee, and SASE is January 7. This is not a postmark deadline. All materials must be in Olin Hall Galleries by 5 p.m. The works will be judged, and selected artists will be notified starting Feb. 4. The winner will receive $500 and a solo exhibition in Smoyer gallery during the 2011-12 season.

For more information on entering or to receive an entry form, contact or leave a message Ronda Philips: (540) 375-2354 Talia Logan: (540) 375-2332

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Event Organizers

Hi everyone,
I know this is a busy time of year, and we are all swamped with stuff to do. We are trying to get everything together for the festival guide in the next few days, and I may have already contacted you about this. It would really help a lot if you can get this to us asap so we can get a guide together for a January media launch. Sorry if you are receiving this for a second time.
We need the following from you ASAP - ideally by December 10 - let us know if this doesn't work for you.

1. Name of event or exhibit, time and date, location, ticket price, audience size expected.

2. Names of artists involved, with bios (or links to bios).

3. High-res image (or information on where we can get one).
A dozen high- or low-res images for Facebook event invites would be good too.

4. Curator's Statement that describes the work, exhibit or performance (be as SPECIFIC as possible) and...
answers the questions:
Why is this marginal?
What makes it unique?
Is it a first for Roanoke?
in 100 words or less.

We also need the following, nearly ASAP but not as immediately:

5. How would you classify this event (concert/exhibit/etc.)?

6. How many volunteers do you need?*

7. What logistical support do you need?
- Monetary budget
- Materials

8. Who needs to be acknowledged (sponsors, special assistance)?

9. How many artists are involved?*

* Volunteers will be receiving T-shirts and artists will be receiving passes.

Thanks so much :)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Marginal Arts Wants you to Know

Ruth and Marvin Sackner share their love of words and images with an intimate tour of their Miami Beach home/museum -- the largest private collection of its kind. Over sixty-thousand objects from around the word speak volumes about a compulsive and joyful life of collecting art, poetry, and artist books.

Helpers Needed for Vexilloid Project

Help your neighborhood to design its own flag!

First, we’d like to listen to your stories, and to hear the many voices of individuals and communities in your neighborhood. We also want to identify the creative individuals of the neighborhood: the artist and writers, poets, musicians, and crafts people of course, but also the unusual or overlooked eccentrics, the seamstresses, dancers, decorators, enthusiasts, activists and cartoonists. We want to talk to the historians, archivists and honored personalities, as well as troublesome renters, ‘tweens and teens, immigrants, and the homeless. We want as many different perspectives on the notion of “neighborhood identity” that we can get. We want to record the conversations and collect them into a document for public record. The flag will be designed by neighbors, and assisted when necessary from outside, using the documents gathered as a source. We need help in making this a neighborhood project. As many volunteers as possible are needed to gather stories, and collect responses to a few standard questions.

Friday, December 3, 2010

New Look WebSite

Professor Aristotle, the chicken mascot we appropriated from legitimate post neo artists, is now in a nascent state! Our new look website is up and running AND you will soon be able to view all of 2011 Marginal Arts Festival's events, artists, venues, and ticket sources there. We will have tee shirts for sale and more!