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Mayor's committee: It's time for artists to turn in their applications for Artscape.

February 01, 2000|By Glenn McNatt | Glenn McNatt,SUN ART CRITIC

A reminder to artists: The deadline for applications to participate in the visual arts exhibitions and artists' market of Artscape, Baltimore's summers arts festival, is this Friday.

Applications are available from the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Art and Culture at 21 S. Eutaw St., or call 410-396-4575.

"We have gotten some 300 applications this year, which is more than in any previous year," said Denise Tassin, arts planner for the committee. "Every year we try to reach a broader audience, and it seems our efforts are paying off."

The curators for this year's Artscape will be Claudia Gold, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania; Helen Molesworth, the new curator of contemporary art at the Baltimore Museum of Art; and Lorna Simpson, a contemporary artist from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Simpson will give a lecture at Baltimore's Contemporary Museum, which is collaborating with Artscape, on Feb. 22. For information about the lecture call 410-783-5720.

This year, Artscape's annual art car show will be replaced by an exhibit of monumental sculpture called "Byproducts: Consumer Materials and Art."

For this exhibit, artists will be asked to employ non-traditional materials to create very large-scale outdoor sculptures. These pieces may be completed during Artscape but will only exist during the three days of the festival.

The regular outdoor sculpture portion of Artscape will be curated by Gary Kachadourian, visual arts coordinator for the mayor's advisory committee. All works for this exhibition must be made to stand on a pedestal and be no larger than 30 inches high by 36 inches deep and wide. The works will remain on site for 10 months following Artscape.

Performance art at this year's show will be curated by Laure Drogoul, an artist and director of the Fourteen Karat Cabaret, in the basement of Maryland Art Place on Saratoga Street. Drogoul will select three performances to be presented in the Decker Auditorium at the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

Artscape's film and video exhibitions will be curated by local filmmakers Scott Kecken and Joy Lusco, who will select 12 films and videos on various themes that will be shown in the Decker Auditorium at MICA.

Besides the indoor exhibits and outdoor sculpture, there will be 10 outdoor viewing stations, similar to those created last year, that will be curated by Denise Tassin. The theme of this year's outdoor viewing stations will be the art of drawing, in which artists will be asked to explore non-traditional techniques and systems of drawing.

The crafts portion of this year's artists' market will be juried by Debra Bedwell, director of Baltimore Clayworks. The fine arts portion of the artists' market will be juried by Chezia Thompson-Cager, an artist and MICA faculty member.

The artists market will award three cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 in each of the categories of crafts fine art.

Artscape's visual arts exhibitions are open to all artists residing in Maryland, Washington, Northern Virginia, Delaware and southeastern and central Pennsylvania. The artists' market is open to artists nationwide.

To participate in Artscape's visual arts exhibition, artists must submit six slides of their work with the application form. In addition, artists applying for "Byproducts," outdoor sculpture, performance art and viewing stations exhibits must submit a one-page proposal describing their ideas and how they would execute them.

Artists applying to the artists' market should submit an application and five slides.

The jurying process will begin during the last half of February. Artists will be notified of acceptance by mail on March 17.

This year's Artscape takes place July 21-23.

Grab your cameras

The International Library of Photography in Owings Mills has issued a call for entries for this year's International Open Amateur Photography Contest.

The contest will award more than $60,000 in prizes in 10 categories this year. Deadline for entries is March 31. There is no entry fee.

"Everyone has at least one memorable photo that captures a special moment in time," says contest director Jeffrey Bryan.

"When people learn about our free photography contest, they suddenly realize that their own favorite photos can win cash prizes as well as gain national exposure." Contestants must enter a single photograph in only one of the following categories: people, travel, pets, children, sports, nature, action, humor, portraiture or other.

Photographs must be unmounted color or black-and-white prints no larger than 8-by-10 inches. All entries must include the photographer's name and address on the back, as well as the category and title of the picture. The International Library of Photography is dedicated to bringing the work of amateur photographers to the public's attention.

For more information, call the library at 410-363-4800, or visit its Web site at www.picture.com.

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