Art of the Call

Roseville Arts Blue Line Gallery with Kathleen Mazei   posted by Chris on Jan 03, 2013

Happy new year!

Art of the Call is back - now with videos of directors, artists and curators talking about the call for entry process.

In this episode, Kathleen Mazei talks about the following:

Planning a call

The title goes everywhere - the most eye catching thing to get people to come to a call

Being really clear with the instructions
Consistency - Changes have to be very clear, keep everything in the same format

Do not repeat yourself

Make sure different spaces go together - keep things complimentary


Sponsorships from artists who want their names attached to the shows

Local banks, Galleries


Tour based around shows, students see art, hands on physical projects, relate techniques to kids, videos showing artists working

Call deadline

More submissions if the deadline is Monday or Sunday night so people have time to finish pieces

Entry Fee

Keep them the same for the entire year

Can go up if funding other organizations

$40 for 3 images and then $5 for additional images

Consider the cost of having the program plus support costs (answering questions etc)

Not the same stuff

Keep pushing artists not to submit the same art over and over

Art cannot have shown here before to be submitted

The call

Check spelling

Check deadlines that there's enough time to jury, notifications and physically get the art to the venue. 65% hand deliver but there has to be enough time for the others.

Everyone in the office has to know answers to questions

Image requirements

Keep them low so there are less questions/problems

Raise them if there's a catalog - otherwise it's too difficult to contact artists to get hi res versions later for the catalog

If the quality of the image is so bad that they can't see it then they'll tell the artist why they weren't accepted


The space is extremely important - pieces do have to fit - also have to take different events at the venue while the show is up into consideration

Artists must stick to the theme (If an artist can explain why a piece should be in a themed show then it's ok)

We use multiple jurors with point scheme, points get averaged out
Artist participation

We encourage artists to participate and interact with the community

Social media

Simply posting on Facebook does get the word out

Post the deadline!


Community wide event - all post on social media

Special hour where the artists can speak

Another 3 hours where the public comes in

They introduce the artists - again encouraging the artists to participate

It's a big deal if artists come to the opening - get introduced to curators, the public, members of the organization


Good flow of the show, work well presented


Bringing in visitors, new memberships

Education it brings to the schools - they enjoy it the most

There's more!

Lori Zimmer, writer, curator and art consultant in Brooklyn, New York

Jenn Dierdorf, Soho20 Gallery in New York, New York

Lisa Scails, Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut in Danbury Connecticut

Abbie Kundishora, Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven Connecticut

Is there democracy in art? We asked 30 artists, directors and curators across the country.

Kim Holleman, Artist in Brooklyn, New York

John Aasp, Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport Texas

Seth Boonchai, New Orleans Photo Alliance in New Orleans, Louisiana

Matthew Weldon Showman, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana

Jason Andreasen, Baton Rouge Gallery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Judi Betts, Artist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Doreen Ravenscroft, Waco Cultural Arts Fest in Waco Texas

Eleanor Owen Kerr, Photographer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Matt Werner, Arizona Artists Guild in Phoenix, Arizona

China Adams, Artist in Los Angeles, California

Jeff Alu and Stephen Anderson, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) in Santa Ana, California

Steve Lopez, ArtZone 461 in San Francisco, California

Catharine Clark, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, California

Ted Gall, Sculptor in Ojai, California

Daniel Stauber, The Crucible in Oakland, California

Karen Gutfreund and Priscilla Otani, Women's Caucus for Art

Randall Hodges, Nature Photographer in Lake Stevens Washington

Arts of the Terrace in Mountlake Terrace Washington with Judy Ryan

Marrilee Moore, Glass Artist in Everett Washington

Schack Art Center in Everett Washington with Maren Oates

Recology Artist in Residence Program in San Francisco California with Deborah Munk

Eastside Association of Fine Arts in Bellevue Washington with Charlette Haugen

Springbox Gallery in Portland Oregon with Erin Leonard

Edmonds Arts Festival in Edmonds Washington with Patti Sullivan, Dawn McLellan and JB Halverson

Newspace Center for Photography in Portland Oregon - Chris Bennett

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art with Director Rex Bruce

Nan Curtis, Artist in Portland Oregon

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts - Sally Hedman

Sandra Banister, Photographer in Portland Oregon

Mat Gleason Curator, Art Critic and owner of Coagula Curatorial art gallery in Los Angeles

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in Sacramento, California

Onyx Fine Arts Collective, Seattle Washington

Doña Ana Arts Council: Renaissance Artsfaire and Las Cruces Arts Fair

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (MarinMOCA)

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, Maine

Ground Arts and Rogue Space | Chelsea

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art

NextByDesign: Occupy: What's Next? call for posters


Art of the Call.

Chris Ritke asks the people behind art calls for entry and shows to talk about the whys, whats and hows.

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