You should be done with your spring cleaning by now, which means you have plenty of time to get involved.
Here are eight calls out for local creatives in a variety of formats/media, organized by deadline. Get going!
1. Be a SMoCA Docent
If you love contemporary art, learning, and talking to others about what you've learned about contemporary art, then you're in luck -- the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is looking for creatives to be a part of its docent program. Docents are trained by the Museum's Education Department to give tours and classroom talks, as well as to lead visitors through the space's exhibitions.
The perks: you'll get to see exhibitions before any one else, interact with showing artists, get hands-on training in contemporary art and score discounted and free tickets to SMoCA and sister-organization events. No experience necessary. For more info, check out the Museum's docent meet-and-greet, Thursday, April 21 at 9:30 a.m. at SMoCA (coffee provided). RSVP by phone 480-874-4641 or email.
4. A Show to Save the Icehouse
When local artist Hugo Medina heard the Icehouse was slated to close at the end of the year, he started gathering artists who have shown their work in the Downtown arts venue throughout its history. Interested visual, performance and literary creatives can contact Medina through email by May 23. He asks that artists donate 15 percent of sales to the space. For more information, check out Hugo Medina's page and the event site.
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6. Doodlers Anonymous' Shake It Like A Polaroid Picture
Polaroids may be the new black, or the new vintage owls, mustaches (and maybe bikes?). That said, Doodlers Anonymous firmly believes that everyone has, at one point, fallen in love with the old school photo format. The collective is looking to celebrate Polaroid with camera art, which can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name and link to a website or portfolio.
7. Become an eye lounge Member
Roosevelt Row's eyelounge gallery is currently accepting applications for new members. The collective, artist-run contemporary space was founded in 1999 and features new exhibitions by members every month, which means your work has the chance to show alongside pieces by Peter Bugg, Lara Plecas, Sarah Hurwitz, and Angela Cazel Jahn, to name a few. Applications can be submitted on the eye lounge website. Members pay monthly dues, attend monthly meetings, and manage the gallery during their month-long exhibitions. For more information, check out the member page of the eye lounge gallery website.
8. Images of Phoenix
Jackalope Ranch (that's us) is on the lookout for iconic images of Phoenix for an upcoming series. Submissions can be in a variety of media -- photography, painting, sculpture, video, installation, literary -- all we ask is for a file (.jpg, link to video, text of literary), accompanied by artist information and a small description of why the work relates to Phoenix. Submissions can be sent to Claire.Lawton@newtimes.com and will be accepted through July 1.