Unmasking the Stage: The Visual Artists Behind the Theater Experience
Come backstage to experience the stagecraft of set designers, costumers, make-up and lighting artists as The Museums of Los Gatos presents Unmasking the Stage: The Visual Artists Behind the Theater Experience. This captivating exhibition brings you the work of talented designers from the Bay Area Theatre community and immerses you in their vision. Discover the processes these artists use to create a sense of place and time, real or imagined, for their theater audience. Unmasking the Stage runs from January 28-March 30, 2014 at The Art Museum of Los Gatos.
2014 Santa Clara County-wide High School Art Exhibition
In this third annual county-wide competition, The Museums of Los Gatos asks young artists to contemplate the idea that art is a conversation and to visually communicate their answers.
Applications are now open!
For The Museums of Los Gatos 2014 Santa Clara County-wide High School Art Exhibition, hosted at The Art Museum of Los Gatos on April 25-May 5, 2014.
Click here for a PDF version of the brochure.
Deadline for submission: Friday, February 14, 2014
Art is a conversation. What do you have to say?
Artists are continually inspired by questions and ideas provoked by other artists and artworks or by the world around them. What are the issues or conversations that spark your creativity? Here are a few example approaches, but the possibilities are limitless-follow your passion.
- Think about the ways visual artists have stimulated conversation about social or global issues. For example, check out the works by José Clemente Orozco and the Mexican muralists or photojournalists like war photographer James Nachtwey.
- Collaboration-consider how artists’ dialogue with one another enhances and impacts their work. Artist William Kentridge’s film installation, The Refusal of Time, developed and grew throughout a series of conversations with science historian Peter Galison.
- Re-presentation and sampling can be a kind of historic conversation. How does staging Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in a contemporary context impact the message? Think about how hip hop artists use classic samples to layer meaning behind their own work.
Creative individuals will gain real-world experience at presenting artwork in a competitive environment.
A jury of three university-level artist-educators will select works to be included in the exhibition.
Professional-development scholarships totaling $10,000 will be awarded in several categories.In addition to Best in Show and People’s Choice, there will be 1st and 2nd place winners in six categories: Painting, Photography, Drawings/Prints, New Media, Mixed Media, and 3D Sculpture/Ceramics.
For each student selected to exhibit their artwork, a $5 gift will be given to their art instructors to be used for classroom art supplies.
Awards will be announced at the opening reception on April 24, 2014. People’s Choice voting takes place online and in the gallery and will be announced after the exhibition closes.
Santa Clara County high School students (public, private or home schooled) in grade levels 9-12 are eligible to participate.
How the winners will be determined
After the submission deadline (midnight, February 14, 2014) a jury comprised of three university-level artist-educators will review all submissions and select artworks for the exhibition.
Student artwork selected for exhibition will be posted on the museum’s website high school page (this page) by midnight, Friday, February 28.
Once the artwork selections have been announced, students will have until April 3-6 to deliver the artworks to the museum. The artworks must be delivered ready to hang.
If artwork is not delivered by the due date, it will not be considered for awards.
The jury will convene prior to the opening reception Thursday, April 24 to determine scholarship winners. In addition to “Best in Show” and “People’s Choice” there will be 1st and 2nd place winners in each category. Winners will be announced during the reception.
You may apply online via our submission form here.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with submission questions, or if you require an alternate submission option.
File Naming: Give your file a title that includes your name and a part of the title. For example, Smith_Erin_Untitled1.tif
File Format: Save your image file as a TIFF (.tif) or high-quality JPEG (.jpg)
Resolution: Files must be saved at 400 ppi (pixels per inch)
Size: should be no longer than 6 inches on the longest side
Color space: Adobe RGB
ICC Profile: Embedded
Provide a brief artist statement about your work. Your writing should be limited to 500 characters. An artist statement is a brief description of the work you’ve created to give your audience an introduction about where your ideas came from and what your process is.
Once the artworks have been selected for exhibition, they must be delivered to the museum, framed and ready to hang, between April 3-6. Artworks not received by April 6 will not be judged for awards.
Friday, February 14: Online submissions due by midnight
Friday, February 28: Exhibition participants are announced by midnight
Thursday – Sunday, April 3-6: Students deliver artworks to museum (9am-5pm Thursday and Friday; 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday)
Tuesday, April 22, 6-8pm: Art instructors preview reception
Thursday, April 24, 6-8pm: Opening Reception and Awards
Sunday, May 11, 5pm: Exhibition closes
Sunday and Monday, May 5-6: You must pick your artwork up between the following times: Sunday, May 5, from noon-4pm or Monday, May 6 from 9am-5pm. All other pickup and dropoff times must be made by special arrangement by E-mail to email@example.com. Work that does not get picked up will be donated and is not the responsibility of the Museum.
Tuesday, April 22: Art Instructors Preview Reception – Santa Clara County High School art instructors engage with each other for lively conversations and idea sharing.
Thursday, April 24: Opening Reception – Celebrate the participants with a reception, refreshments and music as awards are announced.
Last Year’s Winners
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