Call for artists: Art inspired by the Special Collections at Kelvin Smith Library.
In conjunction with Octavofest, the Kelvin Smith Library of Case Western Reserve University invites artists from the Cleveland community to create artworks inspired by books in Special Collections (second floor, KSL). The selection of books for this competition can be viewed on the following days: September 9 and 13 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, or by appointment. There are several dozen books and some are on continuous display Mon.-Fri., 8:00 to 5:00 PM. Also, an online version is coming soon!
Octavofest (http://www.octavofest.org) held during the month of October throughout Cuyahoga County includes a series of activities that celebrate the love of books and the book and paper arts in many various forms. Libraries, museums, artist-led presses, binderies, local book stores, and regional conservation institutions join together to promote and publicize the creative and supportive community of book enthusiasts. Octavofest is funded in part by a generous grant from the George Gund Foundation.
The competition is open to all residents of the Northeast Ohio community eighteen years and older. There is no entry fee. Both amateurs and professional artists are encouraged to submit entries. Staff and their families of the Kelvin Smith Library may participate but are not eligible to receive awards.
This is a juried competition and works will be selected based on creativity, technical execution, and the relationship of the artwork to the book that inspired the artwork. The jury will consist of Cleveland area art professionals.
Works submitted for the competition will be on exhibition throughout October on the first floor lobby of Kelvin Smith Library.
Kelvin Smith Library will make purchase awards to the top three entries. The granting of awards is solely at the discretion of the jury. Monetary awards will be offered for the purchase of the work for $500 for the first place, $250 for the second place, and $100 for the third place. Submission deadline: September 30, 2011 by 4:00pm, Kelvin Smith Library, Administrative Office, 2nd floor, Room 201
Submitted artwork will be on Exhibition: October 3 – October 31, 2011
NOTE: The Call for Artists Form has Exhibition Guidelines and more information about the exhibition timeline, item & format requirements, restrictions, security details, plus the Entry Form for the Description of Work, Artist Statement, and signature that completes the Agreement with the Kelvin Smith Library.
You may use this convenient online Call for Artists entry form—please note that you'll be required to sign a printed version of this entry form when you bring in your artwork.
The notation "Siegal" in the online catalog refers to the Aaron Garber Library of the Siegal College of Judaic Studies at 26500 Shaker Blvd. Cleveland OH 44122. The Aaron Garber Library is the academic library of the College and the central library of the Cleveland Jewish community. It includes 30,000 volumes, plus periodicals, language tapes, music and text CDs in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. The Library's electronic catalog is part of the online library system managed by Case Western Reserve University, and is included in OhioLINK, the statewide electronic academic catalog system. Online borrowing privileges are reserved for students registered at Siegal College. Community members are welcome to browse the catalog, visit the Garber Library and borrow materials.
For further information, contact by email, or call 216-464-4050 x131 or 132.