Submission Deadline: Friday, July 23
Final Video Available for Viewing: Friday, August 20
Because the building will be closed over the summer for renovations, this year’s annual Members’ Spotlight will be presented as a virtual show, as it was last year in response to health concerns caused by COVID-19.
The annual Members’ Spotlight is an opportunity for every member of The Phipps Center for the Arts – current and new – to share their creativity by making up to two (2) submissions total in any art media or creative artform.
In addition to submissions of traditional visual arts and crafts – drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, sculpture, video, installation, pottery, jewelry, textiles, glass, etc. – we encourage submissions in all other creative areas – architecture, graphic design, clothing design, theater design (costume, sets, makeup, lighting), etc. We also seek submissions of performance-based work – poetry and other literary readings, dance, theater, music, stand-up comedy, etc.
Current members and those whose memberships have lapsed within the past year will receive a reminder of this opportunity in the mail or via e-mail. To become a member or renew your membership, go to https://thephipps.org/get-involved-2/give/donations/ or call 715.386.2305.
– To submit work in any media or creative area that would have been presented in a Galleries exhibit if the show were in person: send an e-mail to email@example.com with your name, mailing address, and phone number; the title, medium, and price of your submission(s); and attach a jpeg image of your work (see “Tips for Photographing Artwork” below.) For 3-d, kinetic, or installation work, you are encouraged to attach up to three images of each submission or a video (.mp4or .mov) of no longer than 10 seconds.
–To submit performance-based work: send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, mailing address, phone number, and the title of your submission(s). Either attach a video recording of your performance for us to include in the virtual show (see “Tips for Recording Performances” below) OR sign up for a time to perform in the Black Box at The Phipps and we will record sound/video for you. Follow this link to sign up for a Black Box recording time. During the sign-up process, you will be prompted to provide information about technical needs and asked for the approximate duration of your performance.
Tips for Photographing Artwork
- Hang your artwork on a wall in a well-lit room.
- Remove any glass if the piece is framed.
- Fill the camera frame as much as possible with the artwork.
- Use editing software to correct exposure, color balance, cropping and parallax. Most smart phones have image editing capabilities that can improve images tremendously.
- If unable to hang piece, place artwork on the floor or a table on a piece of foam core or poster board.
- Take multiple images to have a variety to choose from.
- Use the camera’s highest resolution possible.
- Try to find a neutral background to place your piece in front of or on, an empty wall works well or using foam core or poster board can work well too.
- Pay attention to shadows and move location or lighting to try to minimize harsh shadows.
- Similar to instructions above for 2-d work, use editing software to correct image and use the camera’s highest resolution setting.
- Take multiple images to capture various angles and views by moving the camera or artwork.
Tips for Recording Performances:
- Record with horizontal/landscape dimensions.
- Cell phone video is fine.
- Record in a quiet space with little wind or background noise.
- If there is a lot of echo where you are recording, try covering hard surfaces with blankets or jackets.
- Videos should be submitted as .mp4 or .mov files (your phone will likely record in one of these two file types)