Whether your style is more mutant piñata or creative prototyping, there’s probably an artist opportunity for that in metro Phoenix. Beatrice Moore is looking for artists and other creative types to make original works for this year’s Mutant Piñata art show happening in March at Chartreuse gallery, and Mesa Arts Center is hunting for creative concepts to incorporate into its first-ever prototyping festival coming to Main Street and its surrounds in November. Here’s a rundown on both, plus details about several other calls for art. Make haste if you’re eager to apply, because deadlines are looming.
Mesa Arts Center
Never fear if you missed the first deadline for the Mesa Prototyping Festival, because it’s been extended to Monday, February 20. Mesa Arts Center is looking for creative temporary projects to feature in the City’s first prototyping festival taking place Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11, in downtown Mesa. The festival will include several projects that activate public spaces and engage the community while fostering connections and vibrancy for the region. Learn more on the Mesa Arts Center website.
Arts HQ Gallery
The West Valley Arts Council is inviting submissions for its sixth annual Floral and Botanical Art Show, taking place Thursday, March 9, through Friday, April 21, at Arts HQ Gallery in Surprise. Artworks will be judged, and awards given in several categories. Cash prizes are $200 for first place, $150 for second place, and $75 for third place. Submissions are due on Thursday, February 23. Find details on the West Valley Arts Council website.
Downtown Chandler Community Partnership
The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership is seeking one or more artists to design temporary, painted art for three crosswalks at key locations along Arizona Avenue, in a part of downtown Chandler that’s home to Vision Gallery as well as several works of public art. The project is designed to enhance crosswalk safety, beautify the area, and add a pleasant element of surprise for people exploring downtown Chandler. Submissions are due on Friday, February 24. Learn more on the Downtown Chandler website.
Mutant Piñata Show
Beatrice Moore is gearing up for her 10th annual Mutant Piñata Show, taking place Friday, March 3, through Friday, March 17, at Chartreuse gallery, where Nancy Hill now runs not only the gallery but also her Hazel & Violet letterpress business. This is an easy one for the paper-adverse, because there's just one basic form to fill out ahead of time. Simply take it along when you show up at Chartreuse with your piñata (hanging works preferred) between 5 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28. And take note: Political entries are particularly welcome this year. Find details on the event Facebook page.
Read on for opportunities with the City of Scottsdale, Herberger Theater, and [nueBOX].
Herberger Theater Center
The Herberger Theater Center is looking for artists to feature in three upcoming exhibitions happening at its on- and off-site galleries. Submissions for an upcoming “Edgy Art” exhibition being curated by AO and Connie Scott for the Herberger Art Gallery at Arizona Center are due on Friday, March 3. Apply for the “Memories of October and November” show by Saturday, April 1, and the “Visual Feasting” exhibit by Monday, May 1. Get information on the Hergerber Theater Center website.
Scottsdale Arts and the City of Scottsdale are accepting applications for the Community Arts Grant Program, which will fund select activities taking place during a one year period that starts on Friday, July 1. The grants are designed to support projects by Scottsdale and Valley nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, which serve the Scottsdale community. Submissions are due on Monday, April 17. Find more information on the Scottsdale Arts website.
The [nueBOX] new works development organizations headed by ASU alumna Julie Akerly is looking for artists to participate in upcoming Experimental Art Nights at Mesa Arts Center. It’s a laboratory-style evening for showcasing performance art and installations, some new and some still works in progress. Artists who apply are accepted on a first-come, first served basis. Currently [nueBOX] has openings for its Saturday, April 15, Experimental Art Night, as well as a summer event not yet set for a certain date. Find details on the [nueBOX] website.
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