12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
A National Juried Exhibition of Artist Books
Exhibition dates: March 4-April 2, 2011
Location: The Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon
Deadline for entries: October 1, 2010
Submission deadline for postmarked entries is October 1, 2010.
The Arts Center will host a national juried exhibit of book arts, to include all book art practices. We seek “books” of all shapes, forms, and media – altered books, bindings, unique pieces, samples of small editions, books with imagery, books with calligraphy and so forth. With the exhibit we will introduce the medium of artist books in its broadest sense to the Corvallis community; it will show the range of what an “artist-book” could be.
The title and theme of the exhibit “Un-speak-able” refers to the fact that a word can have many interpretations, and at times a picture is worth a thousand words. A few definitions for the term are…”communication beyond the spoken word, miscommunication, inadequacy of the spoken word, incapable of being described in words, unbelievable, restricted speech, nonsense, lost languages, appalling.” How would you define “unspeakable”?
Juror: Barbara Tetenbaum, Professor and Book Arts Department Head at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, is the founder of Triangular Press, her artist book imprint. Her books are exhibited and collected in the United States and abroad. In turn she is an avid collector herself. She is the recipient of the 2010 Sally Bishop Faculty Fellowship at the Center for the Book in New York City as well as a 2010 RACC Project Grant. Other awards include an Oregon Arts Fellowship, other RACC grants and two Fulbright Fellowships. Tetenbaum earned her MFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago.
Awards: The juror will select cash awards from the actual work, while having selected participants from digital images.
Fee: There is $15 submission fee. Invited artists are asked to pay all shipping expenses. The fee will be used for juror’s fee and cash awards for artists.
For complete Entry Guidelines go to: www.theartscenter.net/exhibitions/call-to-artists/un-speak-able
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Join us for an artist talk with Diane Jacobs about her installation in the gallery this month called Bowing to Paradox. Part installation, part meditation, Diane’s work is thought provoking and heart warming. Diane says of the leaves at right, “light is shown and shadows are cast to honor the memory of a beloved friend and her poetry.” This is a great chance to experience the installation through the eyes of the artist.
Whew. It’s been a trying couple of days!
Some of you may have noticed that we had a few glitches with the online entry form for Pop-Up Now. Our most sincere apologies to anyone who was frustrated and “demoralized” as one of our favorite regular artists reported. After paying a web programmer to develop a slick online entry system to make our lives easier it turned out to be more trouble than it was worth!
So, we’ve decided to extend the deadline for entries through Friday, July 23 at Midnight. Just in case you needed more time, you’ve got it.
Complete information about this show can be found here: http://23sandy.com/popup/callforentries.html
Thank you for your patience and for your continued support.
P.S. If its any consolation, the entries so far are marvelous! So many creative ideas out there. Thanks, everyone.
How to Photograph Your Artist Books
by Linda Kiley, 23 Sandy Gallery
We understand that in today’s DIY world, you’ll probably want to try shooting photographs of your books yourself instead of hiring a professional. If you have some time to spare, give it a try. In this world of quickly advancing technologies, cameras are getting better and better all the time. Trial and error are the watchwords. You may need to do a few experiments before you are happy with your images, but here are a few tips to get you started. The first step is to take a good photo in camera. To borrow a cliché, software can’t make a silk book out of a sow’s ear!
Equipment and tips for optimum success. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
Editing Your Photographs on the Computer
First and foremost: find out the size and resolution requirements for the show or gallery submission. Some venues require only web-ready images, which are much lower resolution than print-ready images. If a juried show will be producing a print catalog, as is very common these days, they may require “hi-res” or print-ready photographs. Web-ready images will generally be 72 dpi or ppi (dots per inch or pixels per inch, which are used interchangeably). Print-ready photographs will need to be 300 ppi. Always check these requirements before you start shooting. Here are the basic steps for editing your photographs:
A Checklist For Good Quality Photographs
Now you’re off! Good luck and we hope to see a few great photos of your work sometime soon!
Image credit: Photobooth by Barbara Gilbert.
Whether you are using a photographer to shoot your work, or you are doing it yourself, keep these basic details in mind:
I know, I know, the first thing you’re going to say is “how much?” My response, is how much is your time worth per hour? You may find the services of a professional are cheaper than you think. Look at it this way: the return will be good exposure (no pun intended) and perhaps a sale that you might not otherwise have made. Check around and find out who is doing this type of work in your area. Try to get some idea of prices and go from there. This way if you are experiencing frustration while photographing and editing your own work, you’ll be better able to weigh the financial pros and cons of delegating this to a professional.
When searching the web for professional services start with the terms “photography services, advertising, commercial, or product photographers”. This should get you pointed in the right direction. Ask other book artists for references. One of the benefits of book arts is portability. Perhaps you can ship your books to a photographer if you don’t have one nearby. Another option would be to check art schools in the area for students that might be looking for the experience and to add to their portfolio. Through school they probably have studio access as well.
Remember with all these above options there are pros and cons, but keep focused on your real objective to have your work presented as strongly as possible. Put your best foot forward. You never know who might see (and purchase from) that web site or print catalog even years down the road.