Monday, July 9, 2012

Call to artists for "Common Sense" - a political art show during RNC

Call to Artists - “Common Sense”

Phone: Moira Shiver 813-505-8802

Show Dates: 8/27/128/30/12
Application Deadline: 7/25/12 Midnight EST


Images: Up to 5

Jury Fee (Application Fee): $25.00


West Tampa Center for the Arts presents, ”Common Sense” a premier art event taking place in Tampa during the Republican National Convention. “Common Sense” will be held Monday August 27 through Thursday August 30. This show will display a range of work by local and national artists and will feature art from New York artists Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese (  The show will highlight current sociopolitical issues and document current public sentiment as seen through the eyes of the artists.  
West Tampa Center for the Arts is a Florida Non-Profit, 501(c)(3) located in Tampa’s historic Santaella Cigar Factory.  Nestled just minutes from downtown Tampa and the Tampa Convention Center, West Tampa Center for the Arts resides in what’s considered to be one of the oldest zip codes in Tampa.  Facebook:!/events/240258552758610/

2012 Show Dates

Monday August 27th “Morning in America”, a temporary monument by Ligorano/Reese (Tampa site and time TBD)

Monday August 27th from 10 am until 6 pm (Soft Opening – “Common Sense”)
Tuesday August 28th from 10 am until 10 pm (“Common Sense” Artist Reception 6 pm – 10 pm)
Wednesday August 29th from 10 am until 6 pm

Thursday August 30th from 10 am until 4 pm (“Common Sense” Closing Day)
Deadlines and Fees:

• Application Deadline- July 25, 2012
• Acceptance Notification- August 5, 2012
• Application Fee- $25
West Tampa Center for the Arts retains 30% of all sales.

• Interested artists may request an application via email at 

Rules and Standards:

• Work will be accepted on its own merit.

• The show will provide docents throughout the show, but artist is encouraged to attend (at least) the opening reception.
• All work must be original and handcrafted and must be sociopolitical in nature.
• All art shown must be representative of the work submitted in their application.
• All work shown must be for sale.
• All work will be hung by a curator designated by the show.

Digital Image Requirements:

Your application submission must be accompanied by up to five (5) digital images of your artwork. Digital images must be current and show artwork completed within the past two years.

Digital image quality is essential and can make a difference in your acceptance. The selection committee has only your digital images with which to judge your work. The best image is one that is full framed, is well lit and is representative of work intended for exhibition. Your submitted images stand as a visual contract between you and the “Common Sense” show depicting the quality, medium and work you intend to exhibit at the show.  West Tampa Center for the Arts has the right to refuse submitted work if those standards are not followed.

Note: Your digital images are your portfolio. Please use great care as you select art and prepare images.  Images may be used for publicity and affirmation purposes before, during and after the event.

Please be sure to carefully read and understand all dates, fees, requirements, rules and standards. Your completed application serves as your agreement to all terms and conditions of West Tampa Center for the Arts “Common Sense” Art Show.

Please contact with any questions.

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