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Call for Artists: Masterpiece in a Day Visual Art Competition

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Call for Artists: Masterpiece in a Day Visual Art Competition




Call for artists: Masterpiece in a Day
Visual Artists category

The Fountain Square will host its annual Art Squared event Saturday, September 21st, with activities scheduled in the near-downtown neighborhood from 9am until 7pm. Highlights include over 50 artist vendors gathered into an Art Fair, the annual Masterpiece in a Day competition, and an Art Parade.

Visual artists are invited to participate in Masterpiece in a Day, an annual competition that is free to participate. All entries will be judged upon completion, and monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. The top ten entries will be held for a special showcase during the October First Friday Art Tour.

To accommodate the welcomed opening of the Red Line IndyGo bus down Virginia Avenue, Art Squared has shifted to Prospect and Shelby Streets and Woodlawn Avenue, just east of Virginia Avenue. Attendees are encouraged to use the Red Line to attend Art Squared to help minimize parking issues. The bus line will be free for the weekend, and also creates easy access to the nearby Hollar on the Hill, just south on Shelby Street in Garfield Park.

Rules of Participation

Entrants must be 18 years old or older to compete and win prizes. Schedule: 9:00am – 11:00am, Art Competition Check-In at 924 South Shelby Street (across from Arthur’s Music store). A separate Youth category will be open for participants 17 years old or younger, with art kits as prizes.

9:00 Art Competition Begins: Pick up registration forms at 924 South Shelby Street

3:00 Art Competition Ends

3:30 Doors locked and judging begins

3:30 – 5:00 Judging

6:15 Awards Ceremony at 924 South Shelby Street.

All artwork should remain in place to be viewable until 7pm, and must be picked up that same evening. There is no storage space to hold art outside of the top ten entrants.

Premise: Artists will spend the day outside in Fountain Square creating a work of art from 9 am to 3 pm. At 3 pm the artwork will be submitted for judging.

Subject: No restrictions other than it must be appropriate for public presentation; Masterpiece in a Day is a family-friendly event.

Entry: All entrants must sign in the day of the competition. No prior work is allowed. Work must be completed in Fountain Square between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and must be submitted no later than 3:30 p.m. All artists must transport their work to the judging site.

The work place boundaries are Pleasant Street to the north, Olive Street to the east, Sanders Street to the south, St. Patrick Street to the west, with an angled boundary of Buchanan Street down the alley to Hosbrook Street to cap off the northwest.

*2 Dimensional –Includes painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and most textiles. These entries are primarily on a flat plane.

*3 Dimensional – Sculptures and entries that occupy space and are intended to be viewed from multiple angles. These entries are not intended to be site specific. These items must be delivered to the judging area and artists will be responsible for their own display set-up.

1st Prize $1000
2nd Prize $500
3rd Prize $250

The prize winning pieces will become the property of the Fountain Square Merchants Association. Prize money is considered a purchase price for the piece.

*No “site required” installation category

Judging: Winners will be selected by a panel of three judges, to be announced.

Display: Winning entries, and the top ten entries held otherwise, will be placed on public display at a Fountain Square location for the October First Friday. Fountain Square Merchants Association will photograph and publish all works selected, and retains the right to display or sell copies of these works, and to use them for promotional purposes. Proceeds from the sale will fund subsequent years’ Masterpiece in a Day activities.

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