Call for art: The other end of a rainbow

Photo credit: Banff National Park, Banff, Alberta, by David Brook Martin.

This is a call for entry for an upcoming virtual art exhibit, to open on Aug. 8, 2020.

For the last couple of years, Preslar Art Initiatives hosted LGBTQ+ Pride Month exhibits and events. This year, almost all Pride parades and events have been called off due to COVID-19. For many in the LGBTQ+ community, the annual Pride is something they look forward to every year, a family reunion of a sort, and a celebration of the communities’ resilience and strengths.

Since time immemorial, rainbows were seen as a universal symbol of hope, good fortune, divine messages and eternal life — a bridge between this world and the otherworld. In the ancient Sumerian mythology, a rainbow points to the tree of immortality. In the Hebrew Scriptures, the rainbow is a symbol of God’s promise. In Greek mythology, Iris is the messenger between gods and the human kind. In Irish legends, a rainbow leads people to a pot of gold. In many indigenous cultures, from the Americas to South Pacific to Siberia, rainbows hold special meanings as a nexus between this world and the world of the divine spirits.

We now live in a confusing time, bombarded with depressing news 24/7. Even in the midst of this global emergency, people are divided and polarized by political ideologies, religious beliefs, and competing economic interests. It’s challenging to hold onto hope these days, and this is particularly true for those on the margins of society.

This year, Preslar Art Initiatives invites artists to imagine the “other end of a rainbow.”

It could be a vision for a different, better world. It could be a memory of your loved one who passed away (because of COVID-19 or otherwise) to the other side of the rainbow bridge. Or, it can be a celebration of our resilience in spite of the crisis — so many great projects have come out of our communities and many in the LGBTQ+ community are at the forefront of them! The theme is to be loosely and liberally interpreted according to your imagination.

Deadline: Friday, July 31, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (same time zone as San Francisco and Vancouver).

Who can enter: Anyone from anywhere in the world (except for Cuba, Iran, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Syria).

Medium: Any that can be rendered and displayed digitally in a standard Web browser environment (must be mobile-friendly). It can be photographs (JPEG, WebP), photographs of 2D artwork, photographs of 3D artwork, vector drawings (SVG), raster images (JPEG, GIF, PNG, WebP), or even audio and videos and films (videos should be hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, Bitchute, DTube, etc. and should be embeddable on Web pages; audio should be hosted on Soundcloud or similar services).

Selection of artwork: This will be an open-call, non-juried exhibit. However, the curator reserves all rights to reject any artwork deemed obscene, inappropriate, or of low quality. The curator’s decision is final on this matter. This exhibit will be viewable by people around the world and by people from many different cultural norms, and should be also considered all-ages and family-friendly. In other words, no violence, no pornography, and no hate speech, among others. While we hope to include as many artworks as practically possible, if we receive too many entries we may need to be selective and may further limit the number of artwork exhibited per artist, and/or reject some artwork.

How to submit: Send an email to preslarart at protonmail dot com, with the following:

  • Your contact information: name, pronoun(s), email address
  • A brief artist’s statement (up to 750 words)
  • Up to 10 pieces of art you wish to exhibit. Important: Do not attach images or videos to email. Instead, upload to Imgur (or similar image-sharing sites) and provide URLs to your artwork. If you are submitting audio or video, upload to sites such as Soundcloud and YouTube and provide direct URLs in the email.

Entry fee: Taking into account that many people are currently unemployed, the entry fee is “name your entry fee” or “pay what you can.” Suggested $5-$25 USD per artist. PayPal, money order (from the U.S. only — sorry, no personal or business checks), and cryptocurrency (BTC, LTC, ETH, BCH, DOGE and XLM only) are accepted.

How your art will be exhibited: We will be creating a special virtual exhibit site, as well as an immersive virtual gallery experience in Second Life and OpenSim. The latter will only contain visual, two-dimensional works. Considering the time it takes to put these together, we anticipate to open this exhibit on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Copyright stuff: By entering this exhibit, all artists expressly agree to grant a perpetual, non-transferable, non-exclusive, and non-assignable license to Preslar Art Initiatives to reproduce and publish their work. Artists retain all other rights.

Other stuff: Artists are welcome to, at their options, include their contact informations to be published along their artwork for the sale of original pieces and/or availability of commissioned work. We do not take any additional fees or commissions in exchange for advertising, and we are not responsible for any transactions artists may have with the members of the audience arising from this exhibit.

Questions? Email Willow at preslarart dot protonmail dot com.

This is the official account of Willow, the curator of the Preslar Gallery.

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