Watch the Mesmerizing Dance of Uranium Emitting Radiation

As artists sometimes the smallest sources can have large effects on inspiration and creativity. Some of the smallest and unseen process of our world can have the most captivating effects. Never is this more true than with this breathtaking capture of uranium emitting radiation. 

A device known as a cloud chamber is filled with a vapor made of alcohol. This chamber is ket at a pressure and temperature which creates an environment where any change, however miniscule, will cause the vapors to condense. As the radioactive particles are emitted from the uranium and shot through the vapor, the molecules in front of the particles are upset, causing these mesmerizing vapor trails. 

The natural processes of our world can be beautiful even on a minuscule scale. Where do you find inspiration? What natural processes get your creative wheels turning?

Check out the video below for the full process!

3D Printing with a Sweet Tooth

3D printers have become another tool in the arsenal of artists. Many artists have created captivating and innovative projects utilizing them. One machine has been modified to print using chocolate instead of plastic. 

This 3D printer allows for the creation of sweet sculptures. Pushing the boundaries like this is what art is all about. If you had a 3D printer, what would you print? Check out the process below!

Weekly Calls for Photographers and Graphic Designers

Specto believes in artists having as many opportunities available to them as possible. Below you will find a list of upcoming deadlines for artists working in photography, digital art, and graphic design. Have an opportunity to add? Contact us!

Calls for Art Ending This Week

Gimme Shelter

We all need shelter be it a physical place to lay our head or the resilience to weather the storms of life.  Please submit your 3D, 2D or video artwork relating to any inspirations around Gimme Shelter!

Deadline: June 23, 2017

Entry Fees: $30

Awards: $1000

Websitehttps://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4428


Texas Photographic Society National Photography Award

exas Photographic Society is delighted to announce a new award program for artists residing in the United States who have a consistent body of photographic work. The recipient will be awarded a $2,000 cash prize; a solo exhibition at Red Maple Gallery, a new Participating Space during FotoFest 2018 in Houston, Texas; a solo exhibition at LHUCA in Lubbock, Texas; and international exposure in the photo community! This call is open to all subject matter, aesthetic approaches, and photographic processes. Two-dimensional work is preferred, and submissions from artists of all levels are encouraged.
 

Deadline: June 23, 2017

Entry Fees: TPS Members pay $35 for up to 10 images. Non-Members pay $45 for up to 10 images. The entry fee can be paid online or by check

Websitehttps://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4422


BI-ANNUAL COMPETITION FOR NEW WORKS @ WHITWORTH ART GALLERY

Looking for works dealing with childbirth. 

Deadline: June 25, 2017

Awards: In addition to being part of the collection, the prize winner will be awarded a two-week residency at the BRC, and will also obtain a stipend of 250 pounds.

Entry Fees: Possibly, Unclear

Website: http://www.birthritescollection.org.uk/


IMITATION OF LIFE

The book for which it calls for the participation of photographers and graphic designers want to be an occasion for reflection on cultural codes and behavioral patterns that restrict an authentic approach to reality, a subject that sees a direct connection on the role of the image and its sharing in the contemporary society.

Deadline: June 25, 2017

Entry Fees: Free

Awards: Publication.

Websitehttps://www.loosenart.com/pages/calls


BLUETS 

Submit work exploring this theme inspired by the writer Maggie Nelson, who has written that to love the color blue was to fall “under a spell, a spell I fought to stay under and get out from under, in turns.” Blue is commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, confidence, distance, infinity, the imagination, cold, and sometimes with sadness. References to the color include blue chip, blue collar, the wild blue yonder, having the blues, singing the blues, out of the blue, once in a blue moon. The color blue has been said to physically calm and sedate, cool, and aid intuition. “There is no blue without yellow and without orange” — Vincent Van Gogh.

Deadline: June 26, 2017

Entry Fees: $35

Awards :Juror’s Award: The opportunity to be featured as a guest artist in a future GearBox Gallery exhibit. GearBox Gallery Award: An opportunity to exhibit in the Inner Room at GearBox Gallery.

Websitehttps://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4298


Renaissance Photography Prize 2017

The annual prize discovers talent and celebrates the best in photography, giving image makers access to new opportunities and a world-wide audience for their work. By entering you will support charity, and you could enjoy valuable international exposure and excellent prizes. With judges from The Photographers' Gallery, HOTSHOE Magazine, Foam, The Guardian and many more, entering gives photographers the chance to have their work seen by a panel of some of the industry's most influential photography critics.

Deadline: June 26, 2017

Entry Fees: £18 (€22 / $25)

Awards: Renaissance Photography Prize 2017

Websitehttp://www.renaissancephotography.org/


Portals

For our purposes, a portal can be an architectural feature: a gate, a doorway, a window, a mirror, or a tunnel, that frames or isolates or adds a new dimension to the image. In a fictional sense, a portal is also a magical doorway that connects two locations in space or time.

For “Portals,” we’re looking for images that use these devices in intriguing ways. All capture methods and processes are welcome.

Deadline: June 26, 2017

Entry Fees: $35 for up to 5 images, $6 each additional

Awards: Aline Smithson will jury Portals. She will select 35 images for exhibition in the gallery, and an additional 45 images for exhibition in our online gallery. 
The Juror’s and Director’s Awards and up to three Honorable Mentions will be awarded.
All 75 selected images will be reproduced in the exhibition print catalog and remain permanently on our website, with links to photographer’s URL. Gallery exhibition opens August 16, 2017. 

Websitehttp://photoplacegallery.com/portals/


The Natural World

For this competition artists and photographers are invited to submit any art and photography that depicts elements of the natural world. Natural and/or geographical objects and environments, wildlife, or anything that is from nature and/or not created by or substantially altered by man are all acceptable subject matter for this art competition.

Deadline: June 26, 2017

Entry Fees: $25

Awards: Cash Awards

Websitehttp://fusionartps.com/natural-world-art-competition-july-2017/


Water 2018

Water is a prominent theme in the art of photography both visually and conceptually and across a multitude of photographic genres. We welcome images about water issues and images of water in all it’s many forms, e.g. fog, oceans, snow, drought, etc. All artist renditions on the water theme, genres, capture types and photographic processes are eligible for the exhibition.

Deadline: June 28, 2017

Awards:  

JUROR”S AWARD: $400
DIRECTOR’S AWARD: $200
Honorable Mention Awards: 1-year membership and submission to a Call for Entry.

Entry Fees

MEMBERS | $29 for the three images.
NON-MEMBERS |  $36 for the first three images.
ADDITIONAL IMAGES may be submitted for $9 each for members and $10 each for non-members. There is no limit to the number of images that may be submitted.

Website: http://www.c4fap.org/exhibitions/water-2018/?


As always, Specto has several calls for photographers, digital artists, graphic designers, and more each month. This month we are excited to announce our Anything Art Grant, a $1000 grant for artists to do anything they want. Check out our calls for art for more information!

 

Black & White 2017

Deadline: July 10th, 2017

Entry Fees: $30

Awards: $700 in awards!

Websitehttps://spectoartspace.com/juried-call-for-entry-black-and-white


The Surreal Show

Deadline: August 10th, 2017

Entry Fees: $30

Awards: $700 in awards!

Websitehttps://spectoartspace.com/surrealshow


Anything Art Grant

Deadline: Rolling Basis

Entry Fees: $35

Awards: $2000 in awards!

Websitehttps://spectoartspace.com/anything-art-grant


Featured Artists Solo Exhibition 2017-2018 Season

Deadline: Rolling Basis

Entry Fees: $35

Awards: Solo show exhibition + curate/juror an international juried show. 

Websitehttps://spectoartspace.com/featured-artist-call-for-entry

 

Check back every week for more upcoming deadlines open to photographers, graphic designers, or digital artists. For updates about our calls for art here at Specto Art Space, sign up for our newsletter! We'll send you deadline reminders about our shows!

An Edible Canvas: The Pastry Art of Dinara Kasko

The Pastry Art of Dinara Kasko

Dinara Kasko is an amazing pastry chef from the Ukraine. The 28 year old chef started baking with simple cakes and pies, but found that she had a talent and vision beyond the norm. She went to school to be an architect-designer, and its clear influence breathes life into her captivating designs. 

Dinara designs her own molds on the computer and prints them using a 3D printer. This allows her to create stunning creations harnessing the rigid structure found in architecture. Dinara says, "I prefer simple plain geometric shapes like cube, triangle and sphere. I like black colour, as well as red and white. I like sharp straight lines."

Pollution Popsicles: Using Art to Raise Awareness

Cool Treats with a Cooler Purpose

Three Taiwanese student artists have created a fascinating project capturing the water pollution found across their city. The three students from the National Taiwan University of Arts decided to record the state of pollution in their city with clever and deceptive inedible popsicles. The project, called Polluted Water Popsicles, consists of over 100 popsicles created from different water samples found across their city, as well as individually designed popsicle wrappers for each.

"Through observation, we found that people did not attach great importance to water resources around but often ignored [them]," Hong Yi-chen

The project was quite an undertaking, but the results are fascinating. The students collected samples and froze them, after which they coated the popsicles in a polyester resin, transforming them into popsicles of pollution, frozen in time. 

Check out more about the project, and follow them on Facebook here

Virginia Artist Spotlight: Danielle O'Brien

Introducing a new series featuring Virginia artists. Our first is a talented artist and inspiring art educator. 

Danielle O'Brien

Danielle O’Brien is an emerging maker living in the Washington D.C. metro area. As an art educator, she balances her passion for art advocacy and education with an active studio practice. She received her BFA from James Madison University with a concentration in sculpture and minor in art history. Danielle has had her work featured in national and international exhibitions including at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, the University of Cincinnati, and McLean Project for the Arts.

Recently, she was awarded a residency at Proyecto Ace, a non profit artist residency based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in their SUB30 program specifically designed for artists and makers under 30 years old. This is an incredible opportunity for her to further investigate and develop her work in a new environment and spread her art internationally.

Please consider donating to Dani's upcoming trip to Argentina! Support artists! Click here now!

Calls for Art for Photographers and Graphic Designers

Specto believes in artists having as many opportunities available to them as possible. Below you will find a list of upcoming deadlines for artists working in photography, digital art, and graphic design. Have an opportunity to add? Contact us!

Calls for Art Ending This Week

International Eye of the Camera 2017- Regional Juried Photography Exhibit

Deadline: June 8, 2017

Entry Fees:

Maximum of 4 entries
EPAA or IMA members fee
$25 – 1 entry
$35 – 2 entries
$45 – 3 entries
$55 – 4 entries

Non – Members
$35 – 1 entry
$45 – 2 entries
$55 – 3 entries
$65 – 4 entries

Awards: Over $1000

Websitehttp://elpasoartassociation.com/

 

“Machinery” Images Call for Entry

Eggers Gallery presents its Spring Artist Call for Entry. This call’s theme is “Machinery”. Machines are a part of our every day lives. They are meant to make our lives easier. How does machinery impact your life and art?

Deadline: June 9, 2017

Entry Fees: No Fee for up to 3 Images

Websitehttp://www.eggersgallery.com/2017/05/spring-call-for-entry.html

It's a Sign - Photography Exhibition - International Open Call

Deadline: June 11, 2017

Entry Fees: $35 for five images / $5 each additional image

Website: http://1650gallery.com

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Deadline: June 11, 2017

Entry Fees: $50

Awards :Artists selected as finalists will have their work exhibited (and available for purchase*) at Gallery19 for the month of August, 2017. 

Websitehttps://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4084

Center for Photographic Art - 2017 Members Juried Exhibition

Deadline: June 14, 2017

Entry Fees: $70 ($50 Member Discount)

Awards : $1000 in cash awards! 

Websitehttps://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4242

As always, Specto has several calls for photographers, digital artists, graphic designers, and more each month. This month we are excited to announce our Anything Art Grant, a $1000 grant for artists to do anything they want. Check out our calls for art for more information!

Black & White 2017

Deadline: July 10th, 2017

Entry Fees: $30

Awards: $700 in awards!

Websitehttps://spectoartspace.com/juried-call-for-entry-black-and-white

 

The Surreal Show

Deadline: August 10th, 2017

Entry Fees: $30

Awards: $700 in awards!

Websitehttps://spectoartspace.com/surrealshow

 

Anything Art Grant

Deadline: Rolling Basis

Entry Fees: $35

Awards: $2000 in awards!

Websitehttps://spectoartspace.com/anything-art-grant

 

Featured Artists Solo Exhibition 2017-2018 Season

Deadline: Rolling Basis

Entry Fees: $35

Awards: Solo show exhibition + curate/juror an international juried show. 

Websitehttps://spectoartspace.com/featured-artist-call-for-entry

 

Check back every week for more upcoming deadlines open to photographers, graphic designers, or digital artists. For updates about our calls for art here at Specto Art Space, sign up for our newsletter! We'll send you deadline reminders about our shows!

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How To Choose What To Submit to Calls for Art

Applying for art opportunities can be daunting. Specto is here to help dispel some mystery about the process and offer advice to new and seasoned alike. These tips are great for beginners or professionals hoping to brush up on their applications. 

Last week we covered how to choose a call for art. Check it out here

Part 2: How to Choose the Right Pieces

After deciding what shows you are going to apply for, the next step is choosing what pieces you are going to apply with. This is your chance to make an impression, so don't be afraid of being harsh on yourself and challenge yourself to edit and question. 

Make Cohesive Choices

If you're having a hard time deciding what to submit for an application, always lean towards cohesion. You want everything you submit to go well together and display your unique artistic voice. Say you have up to 10 images to submit, but you only have 8 photos that you really like and go well together. Submit just the 8 images. Adding the extra two might seem like a good idea, more is better right? Not always. Those two may detract from the 8 and make the reviewer confused. 

You can also submit with two smaller bodies of cohesive work. Say you can submit up to 10 images but can't decide between the black and white landscapes or the portrait series. Submit both. Choose the best 5 of each set and submit those. This allows you to show two different options, but also show the best you have. 

Do Your Homework

A lot of art opportunities can be very specific in what they want. Some places will not consider you if you don't follow their directions to the finest detail, so watch out. One careless mistake can cost you an opportunity and an entry fee. 

Make a list of all the required documents and deadlines so you don't miss out on any possible opportunities. If you plan on applying to several calls for art keep reformatted files, necessary documents, and your resume in one place. Resizing and naming files can leave you with copies on copies on copies of similar files. Avoid this by keeping all necessary files contained to one place. 

Reformatting Images

Most calls for art will have specific file requirements. These can be a real pain, but they are important to pay attention to, because like I've said, you don't want to be rejected without your work being seen!

Calls for art will usually specify how large your file can be, what format it needs to be in, and how it is named. 

  • Size: resizing files can be a pain, especially if you are an artist that doesn't use computers much. DPI or PPI is a term you may see in association with apply. This is a term that refers to the resolution of the file on hand. PPI is how many pixels are present per inch, lower numbers are smaller files, but these files usually still look fine on a screen. When printed low DPI/PPI prints will be blurry or pixelated. Larger resolution files print better. 
  • Name: rename your files to the necessary format, sometimes things like Lastname_Firstname. Even if no file name is necessary it's still a good idea to rename your files into something uniform. This can help the organization to handle your files more easily and can help reduce potential problems. 
  • Crop: If applying with photographed 3D pieces, make sure to crop out any unneccessary parts of your photos. Try to photograph your pieces on a neutral or white background, and crop out anything extra. Use natural light from a window for quick and easy beautiful lighting. 

Reformatting photos can be done with several programs, but our favorite at Specto is Adobe Lightroom. You can access this via creative cloud subscription. It costs money, but can be worth it! Adobe can be overwhelming but Lightroom is very user friendly. This program allows you to resize, rename, and crop photos in an efficient manner. Lightroom allows you to resize images and set specific. 

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Artists Statements

When choosing a body of work, its always good to consider your artists statements. A lot of artists can find artist statements to be a daunting task, but these documents can give you an edge when applying for shows. Artist statements allow you more space to explain why you deserve to have your work seen.

When structuring an artist statement be creative, but make sure to hit the main points important to your body of work. Why have you created this? What is the purpose? Is there something specific you are trying to say? Why have you made the choices you have? What do you want the viewers to think about when looking at this work?

We'll be posting a more in depth post about writing artist statements in the future, so keep an eye out for that.