Call for Artists (Closed for 2015 ArtWalk)

Lawrence ArtWalk 2015: October 23, 24, 25

Dear Fellow Artist:

You are invited to participate in this year’s Lawrence ArtWalk, which will be our 20th annual open studios event! Once again, we are providing you with an opportunity to exhibit your artwork in the comfort of your own home or studio (or a fellow artist’s) while we entice as many patrons as we can to visit you through our extensive marketing campaign! This is also a great chance to sell artwork early for seasonal gifts. Last year, Lawrence ArtWalk took a hiatus but about 43 artists (including artists participating with artists’ groups) exhibited their work at 19 locations in and around Lawrence as part of a DIY ArtWalk.

As instituted in 2011, artists may once again exhibit their artwork for extended hours between Friday-Sunday in addition to the official hours of Saturday 24, 10am-6pm and Sunday 25th, noon-6pm.

As an anniversary year, The Phoenix Gallery will be hosting an exhibit to showcase Lawrence ArtWalk participants during the month of October with the kick-off reception at the September Final Friday in the fine arts gallery.  Artists may submit 1-2 works of art and the exhibit will run through the end of October. This will be a great way to get potential ArtWalk participants excited about ArtWalk and another venue to distribute maps. Phoenix Gallery will take their usual commission.

There are three categories of participation for artists: (1) Artist, whether participating solo or with others; (2) Studio with Commercial Gallery Space, which includes production studios; and (3) Collective, which includes artists’ groups. Artists must be residents of Douglas County or reside at a Lawrence address, OR have a Douglas County or Lawrence address for their studio or place of employment; and display only their own original artwork at a Lawrence-area location. Studios with commercial gallery spaces must meet Artist’s requirements for the studio portion of their business and register all of the Studio’s lead artists. Collectives must have a Lawrence-area address at which work is exhibited and display only the work of their members.

Artists’ benefits include eligibility for the Featured Artist Award, which includes a $150 cash award in exchange for using the artist’s artwork image(s) for promotional purposes; a page on the Lawrence ArtWalk 2015 website; and promotional postcards and guide maps. Eligibility for the Featured Artist Award is only guaranteed if all registration materials including registration fee are submitted by the August 1, 2015 (early bird) deadline, and artwork images are submitted by e-mail; and is limited to artists registered under the Artist or Studio categories. This year’s Featured Artist will once again be selected by all ArtWalk registrants via online voting.

The official registration deadline is August 15, 2015 (early bird deadline is August 1st). Registration form may be submitted electronically via email or via hardcopy through the U.S. Postal Service.  Registration fee may be paid via Check or Money Order or online using PayPal.  Artwork images must be submitted electronically (i.e., by e-mail or on disk) while slides and prints are not accepted. Detailed registration information is attached (PDF) and includes a link to our online registration form.

I look forward to your participation in Lawrence ArtWalk 2015. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about registering or problems in using the PDF registration form.

Anne Egitto, Director