Call for Submissions: The University Art Gallery Biannual Banner Project
The NMSU University Art Gallery invites artists of all levels, ages, and locations to submit digital files of original works in consideration for our UAG Biannual Banner Project. In conjunction with the exhibition opening of “Water! What is it Good for?”, the theme of this Banner Project asks artists to create pieces inspired by issues concerning water rights, drought, and water conservation. The project’s objective is to create an outdoor gallery experience, which echoes the exhibition within the UAG. All media are welcome, with no limitation on specific artist tools or techniques. Marisa Sage, Curator of “Water! What is it Good for?” and Director of the UAG, the UAG Exhibition Review Board, and Julia Barello, Academic Department Head of the NMSU Department of Art – will collectively choose up to 6 artists whose work will be reproduced onto high-quality outdoor banners and hung on the banner systems installed on the outer walls of D.W. Williams Hall. This is an exciting opportunity to have thousands of viewers see your work as they drive off of interstate 10 or 25 down University Avenue past the campus of New Mexico State University. A reception for the selected artist will be held in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition on January 21, 2016, from 5-7pm. The banners will be exhibited from January 21-May 14, 2016.
“Water! What is it Good for?” is a two-person exhibition consisting of Florida-based artist Bethany Taylor and Texas-based artist Brenda Perry. Together, Taylor and Perry create a critical space for the public to consider complex environmental issues including sustainability, water rights, and renewable natural resources. Through their art, Taylor and Perry ask viewers to grapple with the realities of environmental consciousness.
The UAG Banner Project is open to all students, as well as amateur and professional artists. All people who are interested in submitting to the January 2016 round of submissions must do so by Monday, January 4, 2016. To apply artists must submit 3-5 images of original artworks which support their project in jpg format (No higher then 5mb files, if higher size files are needed for print we will email you), a short (paragraph or less) bio, your contact information, and $20 entry fee. All files should be numbered and named with the artist’s last name and first name. All entries must be original and executed by the submitting artist. Please make submissions in proper banner format. Banner sizes are 96.125 x 48.125”, you do not need to create your art to scale until print. All banners are vertical format. Incomplete and/or late entries will not be reviewed. If your file will exceed 5mb for printing please make sure to explain that in your application and prepare a smaller document for this application- a request for a large file will be made by us upon acceptance of your work.
Please apply here via Slideroom:
There is a $20 entry fee ($20 + $5 Slideroom fee), all fees go towards printing costs, and future programming at the UAG.
You can also become an Artist Member of the gallery. Submitting to the UAG Biannual Banner Project + Membership allows artists to apply for this opportunity while becoming a member of our “Friends of the UAG” program. Becoming an Artist Member at the $30 (+5 Slideroom fee) level gives you: Advance notice of programming and events, an exhibition submission fee waiver voucher (to any future submission opportunities), discounted price on all submission fees of $20 (included in this opportunity), and one invitation to Members-only private previews.
Online Delivery and printing of work:
Printing of all banners is provided by the University Art Gallery based upon submission fees and our operational budget. No expense will be born by the artist. Each artist chosen by the exhibition review board will need to stay in contact with the UAG for appropriate banner sizes and review of files prior to printing. Artist information will be added to gallery book and all printed matter in conjunction with the exhibition “Water! What is it Good for?”
Submission agreement: Submitting your entry form via Slideroom indicates that you agree with the conditions as outlined above in this prospectus. You will be asked to click a submission agreement button at the end of your submission process, so be ready to: design your banner(s) and prepare them for digital submission.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly at 575-646-2545 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are the locations where the Banners will be installed:
Check out the banners we chose for our Summer 2015 show entitled “Re: Visioning the West” below!