Important Announcements

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CALL FOR ARTISTS 6th Annual Climate Crisis Art Exhibit

Hosted by the Waco Friends of the Climate at Art Center Waco  

Greetings Climate Crisis Artists:

The Waco Friends of the Climate is pleased to present the complete instructions
for artists for the 6th Annual Climate Crisis Art Exhibit (see below). Most of you have entered previously and much information is the same. However, are few changes should be
noted:

We are requesting this year that artists email their demographics for each piece, along with their division by March 15. This will greatly help us have the exhibit ready for opening on April 4th.

The Art Center Waco is requiring that they receive a 40% commission, with 60% of sales going to the artist. This is an Art Center requirement and is beyond our control.  A commission will not be applied for artists under 19 years of age.

Art drop off will now be 2 days, March 31 and April 1.

We are excited to have a live reception on the evening of Earth Day, April 22.  Awards will be announced and this will be a fun event. 

We are also excited to have an interactive display, designed to involve our audience in climate action and solutions -- the ultimate goal of this exhibit.  

Best wishes as you work on your entries in this year's climate crisis exhibit.  With the severe drought in Waco in 2022, we witness the crisis becoming more dire.  Your voices and inspiration are more critical this year. than ever.  


OVERVIEW

The Waco Friends of the Climate is a local non-profit organization dedicated to direct action and education to combat anthropogenic climate change.  The goal of the art show is to raise awareness of the climate crisis, emphasize that climate change is a global emergency, portray the ongoing effects, and suggest hopeful solutions.  We believe that art, through its emotional/spiritual/mystical impact, enhances the scientific understanding of the subject.  All submitted art should address some aspect of the climate crisis.  To encourage all artists, professional and amateur, to consider submitting their work, this 6th annual show will take place at Art Center Waco,  requires no entry fee, and offers cash prizes. 

The following are aspects of the manmade climate crisis that could serve as topics for submitted art:

  • Temperature increase of air, water, land
  • Heat exhaustion, heat stroke, death
  • Melting polar sea ice with loss of habitats (polar bears)
  • Melting glaciers
  • Sea level rise
  • Flooding, submerged island nations
  • Increased heavy rainfall with freshwater flooding
  • More severe hurricanes (superstorms)
  • Increased tornado clusters and more Eastern US tornados
  • Flooded cities around the globe
  • Worsening wildfires with longer wildfire seasons
  • Coral bleaching and death, worldwide
  • Ocean acidification with damage to shelled creatures
  • Ocean dead zones
  • Altered ocean and atmospheric currents
  • Deforestation
  • Forest damage due to increased temperatures
  • Drought
  • Crop failure
  • Air pollution secondary to burning fossil fuels
  • Famine
  • Emigration and internation conflict
  • Water shortage
  • Loss of species, the 6th mass extinction, biodiversity collapse
  • Spreading diseases, especially spread by mosquitos, ticks, other insect vectors
  • Melting permafrost with methane release
  • Fossil fuel company funding of misinformation to delay regulation of greenhouse gases.
  • Impact on the military, with flooded bases, threat “multiplication”
  • Renewable energy, including photovoltaic (solar panels), solar thermal (concentrated solar), hydropower, wave, tidal, geothermal, biomass and biofuels, waste-to-energy
  • Geoengineering, including atmospheric aerosols (sulphates), carbon capture and storage, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS)
  •  Electric cars, electric buses, electric trucks, hybrid cars, hydrogen fuel cell cars
  • Solar and electric aircraft, sustainable aviation fuels
  • Batteries
  • Other forms of storage, including green hydrogen, concrete blocks,  hydro, and flywheels.
  • Plant-rich diet
  • Soil and forest restoration including regenerative agriculture
  • Green buildings, including green roofs, LED lighting, smart thermostats
  • Household recycling and composting
  • Alternative cement
  • Refrigerant management
  • Floating cities
  • Extinction rebellion symbol (climate change symbol):  a circle containing an hourglass, as a metaphor for the limited time remaining to take action.

This  list is not comprehensive, as the climate system is extremely complex.  Any topic related to mitigation of or adaptation to anthropogenic climate change is welcome.

SHOW TIMELINE                                                                                             

Entry Information March 15.  For the 6th Annual show, we are requesting that if possible artists email to me the demographics for each piece, and your division (adult, college, high school, middle school, or elementary school).  The demographics are artist name, title of piece (year completed), medium, dimension in cm., purchase price. Email: anorthc@aol.com

 Delivery of Art for Entry:  All art should be delivered to Art Center Waco, 701 S. 8th St., Waco 76706, March 31 and April 1, 2023.  

      Art Entry Deadline:  April 1.

     Installation of  Art:  April 1,2 & 3 (Waco Friends of the Climate)      

     Official Show Opening:  April 4      

Voting for People’s Choice Award:  once the show officially opens,  voting for the Peoples’ Choice Award will begin and will be open until the reception is held. Voting will be possible during the first hour of the reception, April 22. 

Public Reception with Awards:  Earth Day, April 22, 5pm until 7pm, Art Center Waco.  

Closing Date of Show:  April 29 is the last day to view the art.    

Pick-up of Art:  April 30 and May 1.


PRIZES 

Judging will be performed by members of Waco Friends of the Climate and a professional artist, and results are final.  Art will be judged on relevance to the topic of the climate crisis, artistic merit, and originality.  The number of awards was increased in recent years in light of abundant worthy entries. The following are the anticipated awards for the 6th Annual Show.  The number of awards  may be altered if needed.  Note that Honorable Mention awards are typically multiple.  Awards: People’s Choice ($400), Adult 1st ($1000), Adult 2nd ($600), Adult 3rd ($400), Adult 4th ($200), Adult Hon. Mention ($50), College 1st ($500), College 2nd ($250), College 3rd ($100), College Hon. Mention ($50), High School 1st ($350), High School 2nd ($175), High School 3rd ($100), High School Hon. Mention ($50), Jr. High 1st ($250), Jr. High 2nd ($150), Jr. High 3rd ($100), Jr. High Hon. Mention ($50).   

  RULES

  • Age: there are no age restrictions for entering this art exhibit.
  • Geography: entries are limited to those with residence within the state of Texas.
  • Number of entries: three (3) entries are allowed per artist.
  • Media: the show is focused on visual media that would usually be displayed on the walls of an art gallery. Thus, entries range from paintings to digital art to photography to fabric creations. Small sculptures are allowed, keeping in mind the available space in the Art Center Waco.

Mounting:  each piece of art must have a secure hanging wire in place at the time of delivery.  For  entries in which wire mounting is not feasible, please attach other mounting hardware allowing safe, secure hanging.     

Each piece should be delivered with an index card or paper of index card size attached, with the following information in this format:

  • Artist name 
  • Title of piece (year created) 
  • Medium Dimension in cm. 
  • Price to purchase, or NFS

An artist statement is also allowed and must be typed. Please email the artist statement to ensure the greatest accuracy of transmission to: anorthc@aol.com.  Be sure to identify the artist name and the title of the piece the statement accompanies

Shipping:  if the artist needs to ship her/his piece to the venue, the cost will be paid by the artist.

Insurance:  the Waco Friends of the Climate is not responsible for any damage to the art.  Upon entering this exhibit, the artist recognizes this and accepts financial responsibility for the piece. The artist may consider purchasing insurance.  However, in the 5 years the show has been held, only one small area of possible damage was noted to one piece of art.

AI Art:  Artificial intelligence-generated art  is an interesting development of recent years. Since its role in art competitions is unclear at this time, such entries are not allowed in this 6th Annual show.   

Sales:  For the first five years of the exhibit, no commission fee was involved in art sales.  However, a commission is Art Center Waco policy,  and we must include this for the 6th annual show.  For sales involving artists over 18 years of age, 60% of the sale price will go to the artist, and 40% will go to Art Center Waco.   

Public Relations:  the host of the show reserves the right to use images of any submitted art for PR purposes.     

The Waco Friends of the Climate encourages all artists to consider entering this exhibit.  There are many art shows in Waco.  However, this climate art exhibit allows artists to utilize their artistic skill to play a role in combating mankind’s greatest challenge of the anthropogenic climate crisis. Artists may help preserve a livable biosphere for their descendants and for all the children of this world, recognizing that climate education and inspiration are precursors to action.

 

 For any questions or concerns, please email the Director of our organization, Alan Northcutt, MD at anorthc@aol.com 

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