Opportunities - Exhibitions

Call for Artists – Prairie Art Alliance Gallery

Deadline May 15: The intent of this juried exhibition is to showcase the best in contemporary ceramics. The Springfield Art Association’s (SAA) M. G. Nelson Family Gallery offers nearly 1400 square feet of high quality exhibition space in Springfield, Illinois. Cash prizes ($500, $300 and $200) will be awarded. The Springfield Art Association is the oldest visual arts organization in Central Illinois and is dedicated to the support and promotion of the visual arts.
Please visit www.springfieldart.org for more information.

All entries must include ceramic components.

Entries will be accepted online through Call for Entry, CaFE. The link is,
and can also be found on the Springfield Art Association’s website www.springfieldart.org.

A $30 non-refundable entry fee is required. Members of the Springfield Art Association pay only $15.

May 15 Deadline for entries
May 30 Notification of acceptance
July 18-Aug 1 Receipt of Work at the SAA
August 5 Exhibition opens, Opening Reception from 5:30 to 7:30pm
September 3 Exhibition closes

Works need not be for sale; however, the Springfield Art Association will retain a 35% commission on any work sold during the exhibition.

All artwork is insured while in the possession of the SAA. Artists are responsible for insurance on in-bound and out-bound shipping.

Artwork must be shipped (at the artist’s expense) via UPS, Fed Ex, or USPS in a STURDY, reusable container. (Breakage in shipping was a big problem two years ago.) Please double box your work with plenty of padding. (FYI, the wooden crates fared the worst.) No COD shipments will be accepted. All accepted work shipped and hand delivered must be received between July 18 and August 1, 2016. Hand delivered work must arrive during office hours: Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm. Accepted
artists shipping their work must include prepaid charges for return shipping.

Springfield Art Association ▪ 700 N. 4th Street ▪ Springfield, IL 62702

(217) 523-2631 ▪ director@springfieldart.org ▪ www.springfieldart.org

The Springfield Art Association (SAA), a community based, non-profit organization, promotes and supports the visual arts, provides art education opportunities for the greater Springfield area and preserves and interprets historic Edwards Place and the collections of the SAA.
Erin Furimsky is currently teaches ceramics at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois. She exhibits her work nationwide along with presenting workshops and lectures. She earned her BFA in ceramics and studio art from Pennsylvania State University and her MFA in ceramics from Ohio State University. Her work is meticulously hand built sensuous forms that incorporate multiple layers of pattern of texture.

Being invited to jury the Shapes of Influences Contemporary Ceramics exhibition and to award prizes is an incredible honor. I welcome art that is created in the multifaceted and long-established roots of utilitarian and sculptural ceramics, as well as works that push the boundaries like those incorporating mixed media or employing digital processes. With my selections, I will try to showcase outstanding artists and create a resonant grouping of work representing the stimulating and versatile field of contemporary ceramics. Ceramics is not being created in a vacuum. Larger social, political and cultural trends shape clay within the framework of its rich craft history. I look forward to seeing your work.

Saturday and Sunday, August 27 & 28 9am to 4pm
at the Springfield Art Association’s Ceramics Lab
Limited to 12 students.
Get your ceramic surfaces in shape with this two-day boot camp with Sergeant Erin Furimsky. Erin will cover a variety of techniques in this hands-on workshop. Participants in Erin Furimsky’s workshop will discover strategies for creative expression through surface embellishment, by incorporating, pattern, image, text, and color onto leather hard clay tiles. Erin will demonstrate techniques for slip trailing, direct image transfer, inlay, sgraffito, and stamping, all while using underglaze to create layered and colorful surfaces. Attendees will have time each day to try out the methods that Erin demonstrates. The techniques and discussions will be focusing on surface development, and will be beneficial for any ceramic artist striving to create a more comprehensive and cohesive relationship between form and surface.

Opportunity posted on: April 5, 2016