Art Show Specifications & Category Descriptions

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Deadline for entries is Feb. 25, 2015.

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Art Show Specifications & Category Descriptions

updated 2-2-2015

Art Society encourages the Northwestern community
to get creative and enter the 12th Annual Art Show!

Welcome to our 12th Art Show! We in the NWOSU Art Society hope that you'll be involved in our show this year. We work hard through the year to make this show happen for you. We've changed a few things… so look carefully!

We hope to see your work in our show!

1) All entries should be brought to the Library and you will be directed to the room to leave your pieces. If you live out of town, you may mail the pieces to Angelia Case, NWOSU, FA 211, 709 Oklahoma Blvd. You must provide the postage to return the piece to you, or come by the office to pick it up.
2) All Fine Arts entries may be framed. All must be ready to hang, or they will be fitted with Velcro to hang.
3) All photographs must be 5"x7" minimum.
4) All photographs must be matted or mounted. No frames will be allowed. No exceptions.
5) No kits are allowed - all work must be original including cartoon/comic characters.
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. Some matting/mounting boards may be purchased through the NWOSU Art Society. Contact Angelia Case, FA 211, for more information.

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, ink, pastel, etc.)

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

3) *Oil Paintings – Paintings done in oils.

4) *Acrylic Paintings – Paintings done in acrylics.

5) *Watercolor/Other Paintings – Paintings can be done in watercolors, even pastel (pigment must cover entire surface to be considered a painting), gouache, etc.

6) 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.

7) 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.

In Photography:

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

2) *Weather – main subject or focus must be weather-related.

3) Animals - for all photos of any animal.

4) Plants - for all photos of plant life.

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

6) 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.

7) 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.

8) 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.

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

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

11) 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.

12) *Still Life – This is the depiction of inanimate subject matter, most typically a small grouping of objects. Still life photography, more so than other types of photography, such as landscape or portraiture, gives the photographer more leeway in the arrangement of design elements within a composition. Still life photography is a demanding art, one in which the photographers are expected to be able to form their work with a refined sense of lighting, coupled with compositional skills. The still life photographer makes pictures rather than takes them. Knowing where to look for propping and surfaces also is a required skill.

13) *Special Category: SELFIE –A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media. Use of creativity, photography skills, composition, lighting, etc., will be important in judging.

*Denotes NEW or changed categories.
If, in the opinion of the judges, none of the entries in a category meet the standards of excellence, no award will be given. Judges may award any place to an entry based on merit.