Art Show Specifications & Category Descriptions

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Deadline for entries is Feb. 25, 2015.

(updated entry forms coming soon!)

Art Show Specifications & Category Descriptions

 Art Society encourages all to get ready for the 2015 show!

 1)  All entries should be brought to the J.W. Martin Library. There will be a space available upstairs to drop artwork off.  If you live out of town, you may mail the pieces to Angelia Case, NWOSU Library, 709 Oklahoma Blvd.  You must provide the postage to return the piece to you, or pick it up.

 2)  Photographs must be 5"x7" minimum.

 3)  All photos must be matted or mounted.  No frames will be allowed. No exceptions. 

 4)  No kits are allowed - all work must be original. 

Matting/mounting can be purchased for a reasonable fee at the frame shop in downtown Alva, or empty mats may be purchased at a local discount store. 

See entry form for more rules and information.

Questions may be sent to:

 In Studio Art:

 1)    Drawings - drawings in any medium (ex: pen, pencil, charcoal, pastel, etc.)

 2)    Mixed Media - pieces done with more than one medium (ex: a work on canvas that combines paint, ink, and collage.)

 3)    Paintings - can be done in oils, acrylics, watercolors, even pastel (pigment must cover entire surface to be considered a pastel painting)

4)     Design -includes original poster design, original postcard design, original flyer design, book or journal cover design, designs done in photo editing or design software. All concepts and work must be the artist's own. Artwork should be submitted in a high resolution, print quality form - mounted or matted for display.

5)      Cartoons/Comics - Cartoons could include a sketch or drawing, usually humorous, as in a newspaper or periodical, symbolizing, satirizing, or caricaturing some action, subject. Comics, also called sequential art) is an art form that features a series of static images in fixed sequence, usually to tell a story. All concepts and work must be the artist's own. Artwork should be submitted in a high resolution, print quality form - mounted or matted for display.

In Artisan Crafts:

 1)      Functional Art - art created for a useful purpose, can be of high artistic quality and/or craftsmanship; Functional art lets us bring incredible works of creativity and beauty into our everyday lives.

 2)      Jewelry - items made to be worn as ornaments (ex: necklaces, bracelets, earrings or rings)  Concepts and design must be original.  Beads may be purchased.

 3)      Non-Functional - created purely for aesthetic purposes. Contemporary craft-based works that transcend functionality to enter the fine art world. Works originated as functional objects--a teapot, a clock, a wooden chest of drawers, a lamp, a glass vase, a rug--and yet have abstracted their original purposes to become works of fine art. Oftentimes this comes at the expense of functionality.

 4)      Textiles/Quilts/Needlework - is work that engages an artist to create his or her art by utilizing different types of fibers, threads or fabrics to make practical or decorative objects.

 5)      Recycle, Re-use, ReArt - The majority of the art piece to be entered in this category should be made from something that would otherwise end up in the landfill, like grocery bags, newspapers, magazines, pop cans, plastic bottles, lids, coffee filters, CDs and CD cases, scraps of fabric, old kitchen utensils, old computer parts, puzzles, coffee cans, candy wrappers, food packaging, etc. Search on the Internet for terms such as recycled materials or trash art for more ideas. Be creative!  (NEW! – This category is now part of a regular division and CAN compete for top prizes!)

In Photography:

 1)      Landscapes - for all photos including landscapes, sunsets, urban landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes and farms, etc

 2)      Animals - for all photos of any animal.

 3)      Plants - for all photos of plant life.

 4)      Black and White - for all photos black and white only.

 5)      Conceptual - is a photography genre in which the artist makes a photograph of a concept or idea. Usually the conception of the idea precedes the realization of the photography. It is, first and foremost, about the concept of the photo. A conceptual photographer is trying to bring some message about to the viewer, be it a political or a social commentary or an emotional outcry. There is some level of abstraction, thus, in a conceptual photo: the image is not an explicit example of the concept, but a general expression of the idea. Images may be set up and also may be altered/enhanced digitally.

 6)      Elements of Design - Artistic images that make good use of elements of design. These photos must emphasize the use of line, shape, pattern, form, texture, perspective, etc. It can be any subject matter as long as it is a photograph; no graphic illustrations made in a program like Adobe Illustrator or digital creations for this category.

 7)      People - These are pictures of people in all walks of life - parenting and family, children, baby pics, couples and relationships, models / fashion, sports, portraits and the like.

 8)      Photojournalism - Images shall consist of a picture with informative content and emotional impact, including human interest, documentary, sports, and spot news. The journalistic value of the photograph shall be considered over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, photographs that misrepresent the truth, such as manipulation to alter the subject matter, or situations that are set up for the purpose of photography, are unacceptable in photojournalism competition.  Photojournalism is devoted to recording current events or situations to preserve them for the future. News, features, man and man's environment, human interest...all are included.

 9)      Ranger Surprise – must be related to Northwestern in some way, whether it shows school spirit, events, activities, campus, etc.

10)      Photomanipulation - original photo images created or drastically altered in software like Adobe Photoshop and other image enhancing software or by traditional special effects (i.e. hand coloring, toning, bleaching, etc.). All original photos must either be your own, provided to you by someone else with permission, retrieved from free stock photo sites or purchased from stock photo sites. A copyrighted image taken from the Internet, etc., is unethical and most likely illegal. Do not violate copyright of someone else’s image to use in your piece. Please provide an original photo to show the manipulation process.

 11)  Macro –  Extreme close up photography usually of small subjects in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size.

 12)  Abstract – Abstract photography is unlike most other types of photography - rules, such as composition and accurate focusing hold no values. By definition abstract photography is an aspect of photography that does not depict subject as they would appear in natural world.  Abstract photography has three essentials: form, color, and curves. Form: Form refers to the shape of objects. Form functions as the structure upon which an abstract image is created. Fundamentally, form creates the heart of an image while color and curves add enrichment. Consequently, it is very important that an abstract image begin with good form. This can be accomplished by selecting objects with pleasing, interesting, or dynamic shapes.  It is necessary to find objects with forms that create an emotional reaction.  Color: Color grabs the attention of the viewer and stimulates the viewer’s perceptual system. Not only does color grab the viewer’s attention, it also serves to hold the viewer’s attention for an extended period of time.  Curves: Curves can help to spice up an abstract image. That is because curves control the movement of the viewer’s eyes.