Artist Opportunities

RFQ – Uptown Chandler Vinyl Banners

Request for Qualifications
Uptown Chandler Vinyl Banners
Deadline – Sunday, August 8, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time

The City of Chandler is looking for an Arizona-based artist or artist team to create digital artwork that will be printed and installed on light pole banners in Uptown Chandler. The chosen design will reflect the character of the area. While the City is primarily seeking digital illustrations, original work by photographers, painters, drawers and printmakers will also be considered. The banners should prominently display the word “Uptown” and make use of the brand’s color palette, but otherwise the artists are free to be creative with the design.

Please read the document linked below for complete details about this opportunity.

How to Submit

Please complete the online submission form linked below. The form will require:

  1. Your contact information
  2. Bio
  3. CV / Resume / list of artistic accomplishments
  4. A brief introduction narrative explaining your previous completed projects (if applicable) and any inspirations you will draw on for this project.
  5. Up to 5 example images of your artwork
  6. A corresponding image list with size, date completed, and materials used.
Complete Details
Submission Form

RFQ – Traffic Control Boxes

Request for Qualifications
Traffic Control Box vinyl wraps
Deadline – Sunday, August 8, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time

The City of Chandler is looking for 16 Arizona-based artists or artist teams to create digital artwork that will be printed and installed on metal traffic control cabinets in Uptown Chandler and near Hamilton high school. Chosen designs will reflect the character of the area. While the City is primarily seeking digital illustrations, original work by photographers, painters, drawers and printmakers will also be considered.

Select artists or artist teams for 5 of the boxes will work with a student or students from a Chandler high school to come up with a concept, which the artist will interpret and hone into a finished design. The other 11 boxes will be designed without additional student input, but will still be subject to approval by the city.

Artists selected will be paid a fee of $1,000 per design, which will cover all design costs. Production and installation costs will be covered by the City.

How to Submit

Please complete the online submission form linked below. The form will require:

  1. Your contact information
  2. Bio
  3. CV / Resume / list of artistic accomplishments
  4. A brief introduction narrative explaining your previous completed projects (if applicable) and any inspirations you will draw on for this project.
  5. Up to 5 example images of your artwork
  6. A corresponding image list with size, date completed, and materials used.
Complete Details
Submission Form

Seeking New Gift Shop Vendors

No Deadline

Vision Gallery is looking for new artist vendors for our gift shop! If you make cards, jewelry, home decor items, or anything else unique or handmade, we’d love to talk to you about selling your items in our store. We typically work on consignment basis and split commissions 50/50.

If you think your products would fit our store, send an email to vision.gallery@chandleraz.gov that includes a brief description of your items, typical retail prices, and a few photos or a link to your website.

Call to Artists – Art Quilts XXVI

Art Quilts XXVI: Stitching Stories
Deadline – Monday, September 13, Midnight Mountain Standard Time
Juror: Ellen M. Blalock

Quilts and storytelling have always complemented one another. Quilts are blanketed in the oral tradition from construction and deconstruction to concept, purpose culture and history.

What stories do your quilts tell? Are they family stories? Utilitarian stories? Animal stories? Travel stories? Maybe a concept? Or maybe, “I got mad and cut it all up and sewed it back together” stories? Regardless of whether the narrative lies in the imagery of the quilt, the process in which you made it, or the significance of design or purpose, we want to see your story quilts.

About the Juror

Ellen M. Blalock started quilting over 20 years ago to replace what was taken from her family. As a narrative artist and documentarian, she works in several mediums: quilting, photography, film/video, and drawing. Her main goal is to tell the stories of people that have been marginalized. She is particularly interested in female identity and power and the African diaspora.

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Blalock now lives in Syracuse, NY. She has a B.F.A. from Temple University and M.F.A. from Syracuse University. She lectures on art/quilting, race and social issues. She has taught art history and studio arts at colleges and universities: Syracuse University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia College & State University, and Onondaga Community College.

Her art quilts have been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions, including: Gibbs Museum, Charleston, SC; Bundy Museum, Binghamton, NY; Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY; Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA and Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY.

Blalock has received several awards, grants, fellowships and residencies and she serves on the Syracuse Public Arts Commission.

How to Submit

For a $15 fee, artists may submit up to 3 works for consideration. Please follow these instructions:

  1. Complete artist submission form
    • Please complete the online submission form with all of the information relevant to your submission including contact and title card information. You will need the following: title, medium, year created, and sales price for all three artworks, and an artist statement with any information you think will be relevant to the juror.
  2. Email vision.gallery@chandleraz.gov with images of the quilts you are submitting. For each submitted work, include a full view and a detail view. Images should be .jpeg files up to 3000 pixels in the longest direction, and no shorter than 1000 pixels in the shortest direction. This allows the images to be considered for printed marketing materials. ***Please include your images as attachments in your email – please do not embed them in the body of the email***. Please title digital files with your full name and the work’s title. Example: Smith, Theresa_Cholla_det.jpg would indicate the piece titled: “Cholla”, detail view by Theresa Smith.
  3. Payment: the $15 submission fee can be paid either online via the button below or by calling 480-782-2695. Submissions are considered incomplete until the submission fee has been paid.
Complete Details
Submission Form
Pay $15 Fee

Unsolicited Exhibition Proposals

Installation view of the exhibition Concerned, but Powerless, by artist Safwat Saleem

Are you interested in showing your work at Vision Gallery or the Chandler Center for the Arts? We always accept exhibition proposals for both spaces and jury them on a rolling basis during the months of January and June. Please click the button below to access our submission form.

Interested artists are encouraged to contact gallery staff prior to submission with any questions they may have. Gallery staff can be reached at vision.gallery@chandleraz.gov and 480-782-2695.

Exhibition Proposal Form

Tips

  • Incomplete and improperly formatted applications may not receive a response
  • Small group exhibitions including 2-4 artists in different media organized around a common theme are more likely to be accepted than solo exhibitions. This benefits both the gallery and the artists as it attracts a wider variety of viewers, but still allows the artists to display a cohesive body of work, as opposed to individual objects.
  • Solo artists may still apply, but will be considered for both group and solo exhibitions.
  • The quality of your images matters. Make sure your photographs are in focus, well lit, and with a plain background. It is possible to take good photographs with your phone, but if you have a better option – use it! Here is a good tutorial for taking quality pictures of your artwork with a smartphone.
  • We do not have a budget for shipping artwork. If you live outside of Arizona, it may be quite costly to get your artwork to and from the gallery.
  • Take a look at our past exhibitions to get a feel for the kinds of shows we host.
  • If your primary goal is selling artwork, we might not be the right gallery for you. Although we are thrilled when artwork sells, our focus is on hosting engaging, thought-provoking exhibitions for our community to enjoy and not commercial sales.

Vision Kids Classes

The Vision Gallery offers its Vision Kids Programs in a variety of media and all classes are taught by local professional artists. The classes are offered to the Phoenix metropolitan community free of charge to the participants, and are underwritten by individuals, corporations, and grant funding.

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Gallery at the CCA

The Gallery at the Chandler Center for the Arts is curated by the Vision Gallery as part of the Arts Center Division of the City of Chandler. Both galleries are non-profit art galleries managed by the Chandler Cultural Foundation and host six to eight exhibitions per year.

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Vision Gallery in the News

The Vision Gallery, Gallery at the CCA, and Chandler’s Public Art program are regularly featured in local media outlets including the SanTan Sun News, Phoenix New Times, AZ Redbook, and KJZZ. Read recent stories and find links here.

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