High Kitsch

Dates are revised due to COVID-19

Revised again and again and again

Gem Center for the Arts

July 9th to approximately October 9th


What is Kitsch and when does it become high art (or not)?  Not limited to velvet Elvis paintings, back-lit poodle portraits or gold-painted macaroni collages.  Further reading: “Pop Surrealism” and “Lowbrow”.
As always, please keep it family-friendly.
Your thoughts on this topic are welcome in 100 words or less.

All 2D welcome.
Size is limited to 320 square inches, INCLUDING FRAME,
due to the limited wall space.  

Please inquire early about special display needs.
Unfortunately the library cannot accommodate 3D artwork at this time.

Application Procedure

Please read carefully, as there are some new requirements.

PLEASE MAKE SURE THIS ADDRESS IS IN YOUR CONTACTS
SO EMAILS TO YOU WON’T BE TREATED AS SPAM:
ArtCurator@treasurevalleyartistsalliance.org

You must be a TVAA member in good standing through the dates of this exhibition in order to participate.  Click here to join now if you are not yet a member.  You may submit up to three digital images of original work(s) beginning Mar. 1, 2020 with a deadline of midnight, May 22, 2020.  Please include your name, title of work, medium, dimensions for each artwork, price or value (even if not for sale), as well as your contact information.  Click the Apply Now! button at the bottom of this page to begin your application.

Late entries will not be accepted, so be advised to not wait until the last minute to submit an entry, allowing time to catch any technical issues with an application.

For tips on preparing quality photos of your artwork, please click herePoor photos may influence selection for this show.  

Selection is not guaranteed.

Digital image files must be NO LARGER THAN 1 MB and must contain the TITLE in the file name.  This will be strictly enforced. If you have technical difficulty with this, please contact the curator in advance at: ArtCurator@treasurevalleyartistsalliance.org

Acceptance of Work

Current TVAA member(s) submitting images meeting the requirements of this exhibition’s theme by the deadline are encouraged to submit artwork for this show.  Artwork selected for the exhibition must be available from the drop-off date through to the pick-up date. Substitutions will not be considered. If you think there will be a conflict in scheduling a particular artwork, please do not submit that piece.  The Exhibition committee reserves the right to exclude any artwork for any reason, including not being appropriately prepared for installation.

Hanging Devices

Each accepted artwork should have an appropriate hanging device attached. Read this article for information on professional framing and appropriate hanging devices.  If artwork is heavy, please make sure hanging device is suitable for weight and appropriate for sheetrock.  Pieces without appropriate hanging devices will not be installed.

Hanging apparatus at Meridian Library is rod-and-track.

Delivery of Artwork

Accepted artwork must be dropped off at the Gem Center for the Arts

All artwork should be labeled on the back with the artist’s name and the title of the piece.  This is important for properly identifying each piece as signatures are sometimes hard to decipher.  Artists will also be required to sign a release upon delivery of work.

Sales

Artists may provide email contact information for contact by potential patrons.    

When the show comes down if the work has sold, artists are encouraged to donate 10% to TVAA.  

Sold work must remain on exhibition for the duration of the show and will have a “red dot” on the label indicating the work has been sold.  Purchases must be arranged by the individual artists and their buyers.  

TVAA will not handle any sales.

Important Dates

  • February 27, 2020  Submission of digital images begins
  • May 22  Midnight deadline for submission of digital images of original artwork
  • May 26  Notification of accepted artworks emailed to artists
  • TBD Accepted artwork delivered to Gem Center for the Arts between 3:00 and 6:00 pm
  • TBD Opening Reception, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
  • TBD October, 2020 Exhibition closes
  • TBD October, 2020 Pick up artwork between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm
    ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO FURTHER CHANGE DUE TO CHANGING INFORMATION FROM THE LIBRARY AND STATE ORDERS FOR CONTROLLING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK.

Contact Info
Questions? Contact us at ArtCurator@treasurevalleyartistsalliance.org.