Call-for-Artists

Amador County Arts Council promotes artists and connects the community with innovative creators.

CALL FOR POETS – Amador Poet Laureate Program

Deadline: 8/14/2020

Nominations are open for the Amador Poet Laureate Program. As established by AmadorArts, the position is meant to respect local outstanding poets, integrate poetry into the community, enrich the education of our young people, and enhance the County’s position as a cultural center. The Poet Laureate is a two-year, volunteer, honorary position. Submissions may come from individuals or organizations within or outside the county. The poet must reside in Amador County, and poets may self-nominate.

Each nomination should contain:
1. Cover letter from the nominator identifying the nominator and/or the nominating organization with the recommendations for the nominee.
2. Name and short biography of the poet nominated (or resume) with contact information, a website address (if applicable) and a statement of interest by the poet (if not self-nominating).
3. Three to six poems by the poet.

The Poet Laureate’s named duties over the period of appointment include:
1. Presentations of poetry at an Amador County Board of Supervisors meeting.
2. Presentations at other appropriate public events, at least once each quarter.
3. Advocacy of poetry in the community, including, but not limited to, bringing poetry to school children, projects or programs that promote the appreciation of poetry, or poetry workshops with underserved populations in the community.

A qualified selection committee will convene in August and make the Amador Poet Laureate announcement in September. If the person selected has limitations, AmadorArts will assist in accessibility for public presentations.

To receive more information contact AmadorArts at amadorarts@gmail.com or call 209-256-8166. Nomination packets may be mailed to 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson CA 95685 OR P.O. Box 206, Sutter Creek, CA 95685 OR emailed to the above email address.


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Heart of Hope Art Show

Deadline: 8/10/2020

Show dates: 8/17-9/11/2020

Artists Reception: 9/10/2020 (LIVE VIRTUAL EVENT on Zoom @ 6PM)

The Amador County Arts Council, in partnership with the Amador County Department of Behavioral Health and the Amador Coalition for Suicide Prevention, is proud to announce HEART OF HOPE—an art show celebrating the hope, perseverance, and awareness of mental health and wellness. This art show will be partly online. Visit our Heart of Hope Art Show page!

Join us for a LIVE VIRTUAL RECEPTION via Zoom on September 10th at 6PM. This Zoom event will be hosted by Executive Director Meghan O’Keefe and will feature the art and music of the show, mental health resources and presentations from Amador SPEAK, Department of Behavioral Health, and certified wellness-arts facilitators. This event will also be live on Facebook, and the recording will later be made available on our website and YouTube.

Worldwide, all artists of all skill levels, all media, and all ages are welcome to submit works of visual, performing, music, multimedia, and literary arts. Pieces must be delivered by August 10th, 2020 to Amador County Arts Council, ready to hang/present, and with no exposed jagged edges or glass.

Artists may include artist bio and statement, maximum 500 characters. Works may be for sale, with a suggested donation to Amador County Arts Council. Artwork, a signed gallery form, along with bio & statement must be delivered to the Amador County Arts Council no later than August 10th. No fee to enter show. Questions can be directed to Program Coordinator, Alyssa Vargas at alyssa.amadorarts@gmail.com. This show is made possible by the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.

Heart of Hope Art Show Entry Form PDF


CALL FOR ARTISTS: MASK UP Online Art Show

Deadline: No deadline, will continue throughout COVID-19

Show dates: Ongoing

We want YOU to create and share your masks with us in this online art show! Make masks that are safe AND fashionable, fun, and industrious!

AmadorArts is putting on an online art show titled ‘MASK UP,’ which brings together fashion, safety, and creativity. Artists of ALL modalities are welcome to enter and create a mask that expresses their individual talents – painting, sculpting, writing, crafts and collage – the sky is the limit! Submissions can even be in video or film format, so if you are a performance artist or have a song about masks and safety you’d like to share, we encourage you to enter! Find out more information regarding this show on our MASK UP Online Art Show page.

Masks can be used to celebrate your cultural heritage, your individual style, and your commitment to a SAFE AMADOR. Masks can accentuate and spotlight your unique personality, as well as expand your opportunities for individual expression.

There is no deadline for this show, as it will continue throughout COVID-19. Artists may include an artist bio and statement, maximum 500 characters. No fee to enter show. A signed show entry form will need to be submitted for entry. Local artists who wish to sell their work in this show must have a profile on the AmadorArts Directory. Artists outside of the area who wish to sell their works must also be donors in addition to having a profile on our directory.

Questions can be directed to Program Coordinator, Alyssa Vargas at alyssa.amadorarts@gmail.com. This show is made possible by the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.

MASK UP Online Art Show Entry Form PDF


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Latinx Art Show

Deadline: 9/14/2020

Show dates: 9/21-10/16/2020

Artists Reception: TBD

Amador County Artists Council is hosting an art show celebrating and honoring Latinx contributions opening September 21st from 8:30am to 4pm at the Amador Senior Center. We invite artists who self-define as Latinx, artist collaborations and allies of Latinx immigrants to submit their work for an exhibition of original paintings, photography, sculptures, mixed media pieces, quilting, poetry, or music compositions. We are looking for 25-30 Latinx artists who can show our community what Latinx heritage, struggles, or contributions means to them. It is an open theme. We hope to create a space for celebration, critical reflection, and visions for a better future!

Worldwide, artists of Latin heritage of all skill levels, all media, and all ages are welcome to submit works of visual, performing, music, multimedia, and literary arts. Pieces must be delivered by September 14th, 2020 to Amador County Arts Council, ready to hang/present, and with no exposed jagged edges or glass.

Artists may include artist bio and statement, maximum 500 characters. Works may be for sale, with a suggested donation to Amador County Arts Council. Artwork, signed gallery form, along with bio & statement must be delivered to the Amador County Arts Council no later than September 14th. No fee to enter show. Questions can be directed to Program Coordinator, Alyssa Vargas at alyssa.amadorarts@gmail.com. This show is made possible by the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.

Latinx Art Show Entry Form PDF


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Safe Space Art Show

Deadline: 10/19/2020

Show dates: 10/26-11/20/2020

Artists Reception: 11/20/2020

The Amador County Arts Council, in partnership with the Tri-County LGBTQ Alliance, is proud to announce Safe Space—an art show celebrating queer culture in rural Americas. Safe Space will have a public reception on November 20th from 4-7pm.

Worldwide, all queer and ally artists of all skill levels, all media, and all ages are welcome to submit works of visual, performing, music, multimedia, and literary arts. Pieces must be delivered by October 19th, 2020 to Amador County Arts Council, ready to hang/present, and with no exposed jagged edges or glass.

Artists may include an artist bio and statement, maximum 500 characters. Works may be for sale. If sold, 30% of sales price is a contribution to Amador County Arts Council. Registration must be submitted to amadorarts@gmail.com by October 19th. This show is made possible by the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.

Safe Space Art Show Entry Form PDF


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Art Show TBD

Deadline: TBD

Show dates: 12/07-1/15/2021

Artists Reception: TBD

Worldwide, all artists of all skill levels, all media, and all ages are welcome to submit works of visual, performing, music, multimedia, and literary arts. Pieces must be delivered to Amador County Arts Council, ready to hang/present, and with no exposed jagged edges or glass.

Artists may include an artist bio and statement, maximum 500 characters.Works may be for sale. If sold, 30% of sales price is a contribution to Amador County Arts Council. Artwork, signed gallery form, along with bio & statement must be delivered to the Amador County Arts Council no later than (Date to be determined). No fee to enter show. Questions can be directed to Program Coordinator, Alyssa Vargas at alyssa.amadorarts@gmail.com. This show is made possible by the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.


CALL FOR ARTISTS: ROOTS: A Black Heritage Art Show

Deadline: 1/11/2021

Show dates: 1/18-2/26/2021

Reception: 1/18/2021

During Black History Month, AmadorArts is proud to present “ROOTS: A Black Heritage Art Show”. This landmark exhibit will celebrate the contributions of Black Americans with a presentation of art and artistry by our fellow citizens. The celebration of art and culture in America recognizes the contribution of all our various citizens over the course of our history.

Black History Month is an established, nationally recognized observance that honors the lives, experiences, and history of Blacks in America. For almost 50 years, it has reminded us of the extraordinary men and women who achieved incredible things often in the face of unimaginable injustice and inequality. All too often the contributions of Black Americans, as well as those of women and other marginalized groups, have been forgotten or purposely relegated into the obscurity of a lost history amid bigotry and discrimination. Since Africans arrived on the shores of North America some 400 years ago, they have made significant contributions to the American motif in various fields including art, music, science, politics, technology, geographic exploration and industry.

This year, whatever your background and whoever you are, we hope that you will embrace Black History Month and everything it represents. AmadorArts would like people to have a better understanding of African American culture and what it means to be recognized for contributions to the community in which we live. “Roots” is a perfect art show for all artists who want to nurture intercultural and inclusive rural communities.

As an interesting tidbit, local historians report that Alex Haley made the final compilation of his famous novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family from within the old Volcano Schoolhouse, which he rented for that project. In addition, here is a link “Documenting The History Of African-Americans In The California Gold Rush”: http://www.kolumnmagazine.com/2016/09/19/documenting-history-african-americans-california-gold-rush/

Worldwide, all artists of all skill levels, all media, and all ages are welcome to submit works of visual, performing, music, multimedia, and literary arts. Pieces must be delivered by January 11th, 2021 to Amador County Arts Council, ready to hang/present, and with no exposed jagged edges or glass.

Artists may include artist bio and statement, maximum 500 characters. Works may be for sale. If sold, 30% of sales price is a contribution to Amador County Arts Council. Artwork, signed gallery form, along with bio & statement must be delivered to the Amador County Arts Council no later than January 11th. No fee to enter show. Questions can be directed to Program Coordinator, Alyssa Vargas at alyssa.amadorarts@gmail.com. This show is made possible by the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.

ROOTS Art Show Entry Form PDF


The curating team of last year’s ROOTS Art Show was comprised of local and regional artists and arts lovers who are proud of their Black Heritage, including:

  • Dr. Jim Armstead – Actor and historical interpreter, retired professor, and California State Guard emergency planner
  • Deja Douglas – President of the Argonaut High School Art Club and AmadorArts Council Student Director
  • Betzaida Arroyo – Veteran, PhD candidate, and Victory Village board member
  • Darreon Brooks – Manager, Raleys Jackson CA
  • Joy Tribble – Arts Technician with City of West Hollywood Arts Division
  • Sarah Stepney – Visual Artist and graduate of Berkeley High School

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Art Show TBD

Deadline: TBD

Show dates: 3/08-4/02/2021

Artists Reception: TBD

Worldwide, all artists of all skill levels, all media, and all ages are welcome to submit works of visual, performing, music, multimedia, and literary arts. Pieces must be delivered to Amador County Arts Council, ready to hang/present, and with no exposed jagged edges or glass.

Artists may include an artist bio and statement, maximum 500 characters. Works may be for sale. If sold, 30% of sales price is a contribution to Amador County Arts Council. Artwork, signed gallery form, along with bio & statement must be delivered to the Amador County Arts Council no later than (Date to be determined). No fee to enter show. Questions can be directed to Program Coordinator, Alyssa Vargas at alyssa.amadorarts@gmail.com. This show is made possible by the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Art Show TBD

Deadline: TBD

Show dates: 4/12-5/07/2021

Artists Reception: TBD

Worldwide, all artists of all skill levels, all media, and all ages are welcome to submit works of visual, performing, music, multimedia, and literary arts. Pieces must be delivered to Amador County Arts Council, ready to hang/present, and with no exposed jagged edges or glass.

Artists may include artist bio and statement, maximum 500 characters. Works may be for sale. If sold, 30% of sales price is a contribution to Amador County Arts Council. Artwork, signed gallery form, along with bio & statement must be delivered to the Amador County Arts Council no later than (Date to be determined). No fee to enter show. Questions can be directed to Program Coordinator, Alyssa Vargas at alyssa.amadorarts@gmail.com. This show is made possible by the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.


 

Miwok Patriots Art Show

Show dates: 5/24-7/04/2021

Reception: 5/25/2021 and 7/04/2021

The Amador County Arts Council, in partnership with The Miwok Heritage Center (MHC) is excited to announce an art exhibition of Miwok artifacts from May 24th, 2021 – July 4th, 2021. The Miwok Heritage Center, located in Ione, was founded to preserve, promote and interpret the history and culture of the Miwok people. AmadorArts invites you to learn about the role Miwok people played in the war efforts in history. This exhibit will include pictures and information about the Miwok people and patriotic acts in which they participated. Little is known of these acts or that, in many instances, they were not citizens of the countries that they represented in these skirmishes. Miwok people were proud of their participation and were happy to serve.

From the MHC website, here is an interesting excerpt on the superstitions & taboos of the Miwok people:

The Northern Miwok people were very superstitious people. Superstitions and taboos were the heart and soul of the culture. Every aspect of Northern Miwok culture had some component of superstitions and taboos. Unfortunately, I’ve witnessed this aspect of the Northern Miwok culture die out in my lifetime. Some aspects of superstitions still exist today, but not to the same extent that it had existed in the 1970s and 1980s. My grandparent’s generation, people born prior to the 1930s, really were the last generation where superstitions were part of everyday life. The families that lived in native communities were the last one’s to retain the superstitions and taboos. Families who assimilated and lived amongst non-Indian people did not retain these superstitions and taboos to the same extent they survived in the native community setting. A revival of sorts has taken place with the sharing of knowledge that transpired in the 1970s and later through venues and organizations like the Amador Tribal Council and Chaw Se Indian Grinding Rock State Park. For ther most part however, the true belief in these things has died out. What I mean by “true belief” is when you talked to people like my grandpa you could see it in their eyes and hear it in their voice, that they really believed in it. Even though they never personally saw Chihilumche or Yawlu they believed it existed whole heartedly. To them it was as real as a mountain lion not something from a story like a unicorn.

The belief and fear of superstitions and taboos controlled the entire way Northern Miwok people lived their lives. Fear of getting sick from not following the rules or fear of someone else getting sick from you not following the rules governed every aspect of life. From gathering materials for making things such as baskets and tools to getting doctored before eating newly ripened foods, every aspect of Miwok culture was impacted by superstitions and taboos.

Read more here.

Questions can be directed to Program Coordinator, Alyssa Vargas at alyssa.amadorarts@gmail.com. This show is made possible by the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Art Show TBD

Deadline: TBD

Show dates: 7/12-8/06/2021

Artists Reception: TBD

Worldwide, all artists of all skill levels, all media, and all ages are welcome to submit works of visual, performing, music, multimedia, and literary arts. Pieces must be delivered to Amador County Arts Council, ready to hang/present, and with no exposed jagged edges or glass.

Artists may include artist bio and statement, maximum 500 characters. Works may be for sale. If sold, 30% of sales price is a contribution to Amador County Arts Council. Artwork, signed gallery form, along with bio & statement must be delivered to the Amador County Arts Council no later than (Date to be determined). No fee to enter show. Questions can be directed to Program Coordinator, Alyssa Vargas at alyssa.amadorarts@gmail.com. This show is made possible by the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.



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