Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Tohono Chul Park is seeking submissions by Southwest artists for an upcoming exhibit:

Artful Insects and Inspired Arachnids
May 22 – August 17, 2008
Free Artists’ Reception: Thursday, May 22, 5:30 – 7:30pm

We are surrounded by a universe of fluttering moths and butterflies, hovering dragonflies and honey bees, industrious harvester ants and paper wasps, lacy web-making spiders, and a plethora of other insects. Quite simply, as we hustle about our daily routines, we often do not notice the various bugs and spiders that are denizens of our environment. Perhaps they get our attention when we get bitten by one or when they have munched the leaves in our garden. And yet, if we take a closer look at the complex beauty of the six- and eight-legged critters—their artful camouflage, their delicate, iridescent wings—and the various roles they play—as they pollinate plants which feed the planet and loosen and fertilize the soil-- we may gain a greater appreciation of these diminutive creatures.

This group exhibit will focus on a wide range of paintings, drawings, jewelry and beadwork, works in clay, fiber, metals, mixed media, and photography inspired by the insects, spiders and creepy crawlies primarily from our region. From realistic renderings to artful fancy, the diversity of artworks helps us all to be aware of and look a little closer at the tiniest creatures in our world and see them a little differently.

Tohono Chul Park, where nature, art and culture connect, is a not-for-profit organization located in a residential setting in northwest Tucson. The Park is a 49-acre desert garden with a charming 75 year-old restored adobe building providing space for changing displays. It has an active art and cultural exhibits program and a family-oriented audience. Gallery hours are 9:00 am-5:00 pm daily. Our website is http://www.tohonochulpark.org/.

Submissions accepted: through April 8, 2008; No Entry Fee; No limit on number of works that can be submitted.

Slides, photos or CDs of completed work may be submitted by mail to: (Please include SASE)
Vicki Donkersley, Curator of Exhibitions
Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson, AZ 85704

Or digital entries will be accepted by email to: vickidonkersley@tohonochulpark.org

Please print the form below and mail with your entries or reproduce the form and send digitally.

Entry Form

Artist’s Name:_____________________________



Phone: (_____)______________ email:_________________

Submitted by: Mail______________ Email___________ Date submitted_________

Type of Media submitted: Slides_________ Photos__________ CD_________


Number of entries: ___________

Title: ________________

No. Images: ___________

Medium: _____________

Size (H x W x D): _______

Please include short statement about your work as it relates to the theme of the exhibit with your entry form.

Entry form
Slides or photos identified with artist name and title/or jpegs on a single CD
A self-addressed, stamped envelope with enough postage for return of mailed materials
Short statement about the work as it relates to the theme

Contact Vicki Donkersley, 520 742-6455 x218
or email: vickidonkersley@tohonochulpark.org

If works are offered for sale, Tohono Chul pays artist 60% and keeps $40% commission. Works do not have to be for sale. Sales are handled through the Museum Shop. All work must remain on display until the end of the exhibit. Work is insured while on display at the Park.

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