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Are you an artist? What does "sanctuary" mean to you?

This Spring, the IRC in Tucson, the Tucson Jewish Community Center, the Tucson Museum of Art and The Drawing Studio are holding a Call to Artists to invite the community to answer this question through art. The theme stems from the IRC's FLIGHT exhibit, a special portfolio of individual works by twelve 20th century masters, including Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, and Robert Motherwell, representing their interpretation of the struggle of those who flee from their homes in search of freedom. Images of the FLIGHT exhibit are below. Read below for complete information on how to participate in the Call to Artists!

2013 Call to Artists

Sanctuary through Partnership: Artists Respond to FLIGHT

March 15 – April 16, 2013

Application Deadline: Monday, February 4, 2013 – 5PM

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Tucson, The Drawing Studio, The Tucson Jewish Community Center (TJCC) and The Tucson Museum of Art have joined forces to create Sanctuary through Partnership: A Collaboration featuring FLIGHT.  The FLIGHT exhibit is a special portfolio of individual works by twelve 20th century masters, including Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, and Robert Motherwell, representing their interpretation of the struggle of those who flee from their homes in search of freedom. The collection was organized by Varian Fry, an IRC representative in France during World War II, who rescued over 2,000 writers, artists, intellectuals and other refugees who were being targeted by the Nazis. You may view images of the Flight collection here. The next phase of this partnership will be on display at the Tucson Jewish Community Center from March 17 – April 16, 2013.

Project Description

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines sanctuary as “a consecrated place” and “a place of refuge and protection.”   This Spring, through the Sanctuary Through Partnership: A Collaboration Featuring FLIGHT Call to Artists, we are interested in seeing what sanctuary means to you.

This will be a juried exhibition exploring sanctuary; below are three driving questions to help stimulate artists’ visual ideas.

1. What is sanctuary to you? A literal or figurative place? A person or group? A state of mind? A way of living?

2. What are the risks/rewards, joys/sorrows, fantasies/realities of sanctuary?

3. How might we all help create sanctuary for each other?

The exhibition will be comprised of up to 50 works of art (two-dimensional only) to be displayed at the TJCC’s Fine Art Gallery.

Eligibility

This opportunity is open to all artists. Special consideration will be given to refugee artists.

Selection Process and Criteria

The jurors will review all applications and choose up to 50 works of art that are two-dimensional.  Criteria for acceptance will include but are not limited to: artistic excellence and originality of work.

Works must be appropriate to the venue and must be content appropriate for youth.  Only two-dimensional work will be accepted; work must be framed, matted or otherwise professionally presented/mounted, and ready for hanging.

Artists may submit up to three entries, although only one may be chosen for the exhibition.  All works of art must remain on-site for the duration of the exhibition.  The entry fee for this exhibition is $15 per submission; the submission fee will be waived for refugee artists and youth under 19.

To inquire please email Marianna Pegno at Marianna.Pegno@rescue.org.

Entries must be received by email by Monday, February 4 at 5 p.m.  Image submissions must be a 300 dpi JPEG and no larger than 800 pixels in either direction.  Please include a 500 word or less description of the work including title, dimensions, medium, and year of creation.   Additionally please attach to the email an artist’s statement and artist’s bio no more than one page in length. 

Submission fees will be accepted in the form of a personal or business check and must be postmarked or hand-delivered by February 4, 2013 to:

The International Rescue Committee in Tucson

ATTN: Sanctuary

3100 N. Campbell Ave.

Tucson, AZ 85719

Please include “Sanctuary” in the memo.

Any submissions missing the above requirements will not be considered.

Insurance, Transportation, Installation and Sale of Work

The artist is responsible for transportation to and from the TJCC and for insurance during the transport and exhibition period.  Artists agree to provide work that is ready for exhibition including any two-dimensional work framed. The gallery walls are wood covered with carpet. It is recommended that works intended for wall display have wire cable or equivalent firmly attached to the back that can be hung from nails (to be provided by artist, no longer than 2”, no screws).  Other hanging methods must be approved by the TJCC Gallery administrators prior to installation. TJCC Art Gallery will create and provide exhibition tags with artist name, title, medium, and price, provided that the artist supplies this information within two weeks of exhibition date.  Works must be installed at the TJCC on March 13 or 14 before 4:00 p.m. and de-installed on April 17 before 3:00 p.m.

Participating artists agree to pay TJCC 35% of any sales directly resulting from this exhibition even after the exhibit closes. Purchase checks and/or credit cards are to be written to the Tucson Jewish Community Center.  After the exhibition closes, the TJCC will then reimburse the artists less 35% of sales price. Participating artists agree to conduct any financial transactions regarding the sale of artwork directly with the TJCC. The IRC is not responsible for the sale and/or reimbursement of artwork.

Publicity

The TJCC and the IRC have the right to photograph the works of art for education purposes, brochures and other publicity.  In all printed materials, the TJCC and IRC will make every effort to credit the artist.  All copyrights remain with the artist.

The TJCC will host a public reception with entertainment and refreshments on opening day, March 17, 2013.

On March 24 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. the TJCC will host a gallery talk and panel discussion in support of the Sanctuary through Partnership collaboration.  Participants will include Jeffrey Cornish, Executive Director of the Tucson IRC who will speak about the history of the IRC and the Flight exhibition, IRC staff, and featured artists.

 

TIMELINE

Monday February 4, 2013 at 5pm: 

Application (all materials listed below) received by email to Marianna Pegno at Marianna.Pegno@rescue.org with subject line: SANCTUARY SUBMISSION – ARTIST NAME.

February 8 – February 15: Review of Applications

February 20: Artists Notified; announcement of accepted works

March 13 and 14: Works installed at TJCC

March 17: Opening Reception, 1-3 p.m.

March 24: From 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. the TJCC will host a gallery talk and panel discussion in support of the Sanctuary through Partnership collaboration. 

 April 17: De-installation of works of art by 3:00 pm

 

APPLICATION CHECKLIST (All items received by email, except for submission fee, which must be postmarked or hand-delivered to the IRC in Tucson)

 

  • Subject line of email must read: SANCTUARY SUBMISSION – ARTIST NAME
  • Image submissions must be a 300 dpi JPEG and no larger than 800 pixel in either direction.
  • Description of the work (500 words or less) including title, dimensions, medium, and year of creation.
  • Artist statement and artist’s biography (one page or less)
  • Submission fee of $15 per submission must be postmarked or hand-delivered by Feb. 4, 2013 to the International Rescue Committee in Tucson, Attn: Sanctuary, 3100 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719.

If you need more information or have a specific question, please contact Marianna Pegno at Marianna.Pegno@rescue.org.