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Treasure Valley Artists Alliance
The TVAA Gallery

CALL TO ARTISTS

                                                     


MASKS

 An Art Exhibition by TVAA at
TVAA Gallery

July 16 – Oct 15, 2024

 

Opening Reception:
TBD
TVAA Gallery, 2417 Bank Drive, Boise, ID

 

Photos by Fernand de Canne, Vlad Hilitanu, History in HD, Sarah Donaghy, Engin Akyurt, Przemyslaw Smit, Aleksandr Kadykov, Alireza Javdani, Sander Sammy, Julian Wan from Unsplash.com


Prospectus

 

“I reveal myself one mask at a time.”
– Stephen Dunn,
from the poem “Mon Semblable”
[link to poem here]

 

We explore contrast of our public facade with our inner life, cultural potency of masks, public vs. private persona, cults of personality.
Where do we find masks: clowns, theater, industry, avatars and of course the wish-we-could-forget pandemic mask.
What are our social media images of ourselves?
How do we use cosmetics and costumes as forms of masks to present ourselves to the world?
How are “masks” used in the technique of making our art?
What are the different uses of masks – to hide, to adorn, to enhance, to make believe, to protect, to reveal?
Who are we?  Who we aspire to be?

Creativity with everything is always encouraged. We are asking for a maximum of 3 pieces per artist. Multiple artworks from a series are encouraged. Artist’s statement is important. Please include an artist’s statement that tells what drives each work or describes your journey (75 words or less). You may also provide a separate artist’s biography or general statement (75 words or less).  Note that brevity fits better on the wall tags!

  • All 2D (wall mounted) or 3D mediums will be considered.
  • While there is not a size limit, priority will be given to work that is 432 square inches or less for for each piece, (ie. 18×24), including frame, due to the limited wall space.
  • Any subject matter will be considered which addresses the theme.
  • Please inquire early about special display needs.
  • This is a curated show with limited space. Not all submissions will be accepted.

Application Procedure

A TVAA member at the Exhibiting Artist membership level in good standing through the dates of this exhibition may submit for no additional fee. TVAA members at the Artist membership level and non-members may pay a $25 submission fee to be in this show. Acceptance is not guaranteed.

Click here to join now if you are not yet a member and would like to join the TVAA. Annual membership is $75.

  • Provide your name and contact information. 
  • Please provide your artist’s social media handles and website links.
  • Please include title of work, medium, total dimensions including frame for each artwork, price or value (even if not for sale).
  • Please include an artist’s statement.
  • You may submit up to three digital images of original work(s).
  • See below for submission period and deadline.
  • Image files should be named as follows; artists last name followed by title and submission entry number (example: Smith_Hero_01.jpg)
  • Image files must be in JPG format and no larger than 2MB. Please see the article on Photo Tips for preparing quality photos of your artwork. High quality photos are strongly encouraged, since this is how your work will be evaluated. There may also be an online version of this show using the images you send in with 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.
  • Click the Apply Now! button at the bottom of this page to begin your application. Submission confirmation email will be automatically sent. If you do not receive this email, please contact curator or resubmit application.

Click the Apply Now! button at the bottom of this page to begin your application. Submission confirmation email will be automatically sent. If you do not receive this email, please contact curator or resubmit application.


PLEASE MAKE SURE THIS ADDRESS IS IN YOUR CONTACTS
SO EMAILS TO YOU REGARDING THIS SHOW WON’T BE TREATED AS SPAM:

artcurator@treasurevalleyartistsalliance.org


Acceptance of Work

See Application Procedure above for fees related to this exhibition. Artwork selected for the exhibition must be available from the drop-off date through 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 and Presentation

Each accepted artwork should be ready to hang with securely mounted D-rings and framing wire. Sawtooth hangers are not acceptable. Read this article for information on professional framing and appropriate hanging devices. The Treasure Chest Gallery uses a hanging system of cables and hooks which will not work with other types of hanging devices. Pieces without appropriate hanging devices will not be installed.

Frames need to be securely attached to artwork and in good condition. Unframed artworks, such as gallery-wrapped canvases, are acceptable as long as they have presentable edges (example: no visible staples and intentionally finished).

Please contact curator in advance for special display needs, such as especially heavy artworks, electricity needs, etc.


Delivery of Artwork

Accepted artwork must be dropped off during specified time and place (see below). All artwork should be labeled on the back with the artist’s name, the title of the piece and any special hanging instructions. This is important for properly identifying each piece, as signatures are sometimes hard to decipher. Artists will also be required to fill out and sign a release waiver and drop-off sheet upon delivery of work. Please take your packing materials home with you, as there is no storage available.


Sales

Each venue has specific policies regarding artwork sales, posting of prices and artist’s contact information. Neither TVAA nor the Gem Center will handle any sales.

When the show comes down, if the artwork has sold, artists are encouraged to donate 10% to TVAA, retaining 90% of the sale for themselves. Sold work must remain on exhibition for the duration of the show and can have a “red dot” on the label indicating the work has been sold.  Purchases must be arranged between the individual artists and their buyers.


Important Dates

  • June 1, 2024 Submission of digital images begins
  • July 6, 2024 (Sat.) Midnight deadline for submission of digital images of original artwork
  • July 9, 2024 (Tues.) Notification of accepted artworks emailed to artists by this date
  • July 16, 2024 (Tues.) Accepted artwork delivered to TVAA Gallery, 3pm–6:00pm. 2417 Bank Drive, Boise, ID
  • DATE TBD Opening Reception 6-8pm, TVAA Gallery
  • Oct 15, 2024 (Tues.) Exhibition closes, pick up artwork at TVAA Gallery, 3pm–6:00pm. 2417 Bank Drive, Boise, ID

Note: TVAA Gallery was formally known as The Treasure Chest Gallery

 

Questions? Email artcurator@treasurevalleyartistsalliance.org