Artist Opportunities

CALL FOR TEACHING ARTISTS – Vision Kids Fall 2020

Deadline: Sunday, July 12

Vision Gallery is looking for proposals for our Fall 2020 Vision Kids season. You are invited to submit one or more proposals for classes you would like to teach!

Vision Kids has been central to Vision Gallery’s programming since 1997. These visual arts classes for kids age 6 – 16 are free to anyone who would like to participate, providing important access to arts education that our community’s youth may not be getting in school. We believe that all kids deserve an outlet to be creative.

Program Details

  • This program focuses specifically on visual arts classes, but we will also consider creative interpretations that involve other forms of art.
  • Classes are 2 hours each, and are held in two separate sessions on Saturdays (10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm) with an hour break in between. Class projects must be completed in the 2-hour session.
  • Vision Gallery will provide all supplies
  • Teaching artists are paid a stipend of $100/teaching hour. Payment is made the week following completion of the class, up to a total of $400.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Fall classes will happen via Zoom. We will provide all necessary equipment to make this possible for instructors.
  • Currently we are programming for September – December for 7 total classes.

How to Apply

The proposals should be sent to vision.gallery@chandleraz.gov by Sunday, July 12 and must include:

  • Your name, mailing address, email and phone number
  • Resume
  • One to two paragraph description of the project, including a rough class timeline
  • Supply list, including approximate prices, of what will be needed to complete the project for 40 total students (20 students in each class)
  • A photo example of the completed project that we can use for marketing, should your class be selected.

Interested, but need more information? Does this sound daunting? Caroline Hudson-Naef, the program coordinator, is happy to answer any questions you have, go over your proposal ideas with you, and provide feedback. Please don’t hesitate to reach out by calling 480-782-2695 or emailing vision.gallery@chandleraz.gov.

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CALL FOR WORK – Art Quilts XXV: Fleeting Moments

Deadline: Monday, September 14 at midnight

Description:

Within the swirl and frenzy of life, there are ephemeral moments that remind us of our inner beauty, our strength, our fragility, earth’s wonder, and the cycle of life and decay. Remnants of debris on a pathway, a faded color on a crumbling wall, a glimpse of light and shape in a darkened space, an unexpected texture, a footprint in sand. Being mindful of these moments and capturing them reminds us of the connections that live eternally beyond us.
Submit your most significant work to this annual exhibition of contemporary art quilts, showcasing some of the finest textile art on display in the regional Southwest. This exhibition will take place at Vision Gallery.

Now in its 25th year, this annual exhibition has grown from a local and regional quilt show to a respected vehicle for contemporary works. The yearly exhibition draws national and international entries and allows hundreds of visitors each year to experience quilting as an art form.

Entry Requirements:

For a $15 fee, artists may submit up to 3 works via email with the subject “Art Quilts XXV” to vision.gallery@chandleraz.gov. Entries MUST be accompanied by the following information:
1. Artist name and contact info: Your name, email address, physical mailing address and cell phone number.
2. Images of art quilts: For each submitted work, include a full view and a detail view, meaning one image of the quilt as a whole and another zoomed in view of details you would like the juror to notice. 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. Information and Description: A .pdf or .doc file describing the artworks which includes: artist name, piece titles, dimensions in inches (width x height only), sale price (or “NFS” and insurance value), techniques/materials used, and a brief artist statement about your work as a whole. Please share whatever will help us understand your particular artwork and how it pertains to this exhibition.
4. Payment: the $15 submission fee can be paid either online at visiongallery.org or by calling 480-782-2695. Submissions are considered incomplete until the submission fee has been paid.

COVID Considerations:

Planning for exhibitions during this unpredictable time is a challenge for us all. We are committed to keeping an open line of communication with exhibiting artists about our plans and policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic. If we must cancel the exhibition, we will gladly refund submission fees. We are also imposing a Shipping Start Date so that artists do not ship their works to us before we are sure the gallery will be open. Additionally, we will host a virtual reception and produce a catalog of the show. Please contact us with any questions!

Submission Information
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West Valley Arts Council looking for Gallery Director

The West Valley Arts Council is looking for a Gallery Director. The primary function of this position is to coordinate and oversee the programming and display of visual arts for the West Valley Arts Council HQ and The City of Surprise City Hall. This position also manages the gallery operations.

Resumes can be sent to: Info@WestValleyArts.org

A complete job description can be found here.

Unsolicited Exhibition Proposals

Unsolicited exhibition proposals for both the Vision Gallery and Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery are accepted for jury bi-annually during the months of January and June. 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

Artists interested in being considered for exhibition must submit the following, collated into a
single PDF
, to vision.gallery@chandleraz.gov.

  • Up to 10 digital images of artworks
  • Artist statement, resumé (including contact information), and biography
  • Narrative of up to 500 words explaining your exhibition concept, background, and any important details If the PDF is too large to send, artists can send a link to a folder on dropbox, google drive, or a similar cloud-based service.

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!
  • 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.

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

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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