Six Calls for Phoenix Artists

Six Calls for Phoenix Artists

School's out, summer's here, and your (productive) schedule is looking a little ... empty. Luckily, there are plenty of local and national galleries, theaters, and organizations looking to put your creative skills to use.

1. "Villains, Pick Your Poison" an open platform Vinyl Toy show
Phoenix Comicon is around the corner, and art fans Valley-wide are geeking out about the latest event calendars and pseudo-celebrity appearance announcements. The Rusted Nail gallery in Mesa is jumping on the Comicon bandwagon and hosting an open-platform designer vinyl show with a "villain" theme. The gallery's accepting any kind of customizable vinyl toy (Munny, Qee, Trexi, MadL, Mighty Mugg, etc.) by May 23. See the Rusted Nail's Facebook page, or contact for more info.

2. The 2012 Heard Guild Indian Fair and Market

Phoenix's Heard Museum Guild is currently accepting applications for the 2012 Indian Fair & Market. The event is one off the state's largest cultural markets, and brings together contemporary and traditional jewelry, pottery, baskets, textiles, katsina dolls, and more. Applications can be submitted by artists in the Heard Museum database by July 30. Artists can apply to be in the database (given membership of a national or state Indian tribe) through the Guild website. More fair and market requirements can be found here.

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3. Actors Theatre Phoenix
The Actors Theatre is looking for cast members for a variety of shows in the 2011-2012 season. Open auditions will be held June 1 from 1 to 9 p.m., June 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and June 13 from 1 to 9 p.m. at the Herberger Theater Center 222 E Monroe in Phoenix. Actors should prepare two contrasting monologues of no more than four minutes in total length. One song may be substituted for a monologue. To schedule an audition, call 602-253-6701 ext. 100 or email For specific play and role information, see the Actors Theatre Phoenix Facebook page.

4. Sketching in the Galleries: Open Air Art at Phoenix Art Museum
No pressure -- the Phoenix Art Museum will host a free, open/cool-air opportunity on June 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for local artists (of all levels) to sketch in the galleries. No application and no requirements -- just bring some paper and something to sketch with.

5. Cast and Crew members at Firehouse:
Firehouse's First Friday Night Live will soon kick off its second season and is looking for sketch comics and performers to entertain audiences during Downtown's First Fridays. Auditions are on June 18 and 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Firehouse, 1015 N. 1st St. in Phoenix. Each audition will be 15 minutes and performers will be asked to do some improv, some impressions, 3 minutes of stand-up, a dance, deliver some news, sing a song, and act out a part from the scriptbook Crew members are also needed in sound, lighting, photography, video documentary, costuming, make-up, music video production, set design and prop creation.No experience necessary. To reserve an audition spot or sign up, contact Kristy Theilen.

6. Imagine PHX
Jackalope Ranch (that's us) is on the lookout for iconic images of Phoenix for Imagine PHX, a series we started today. 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 and will be accepted through July 1.

Bonus: Don't miss the call from Four Peaks Brewing for beer can art. Plus a few calls in our last roundup are still accepting applications, so be sure to check those out as well.

Looks like your summer just got a little more interesting.

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