Tuesday, January 13, 2009

CALL TO ARTISTS: 5th annual FUSION 2009


5th annual FUSION 2009
NASHVILLE, TN – The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation announces a Call to Artists seeking submissions from local artists for a silent auction and show/sale.

We are looking for 30 artists (first come first serve) to join in our events’ art show and sale at the Cannery Ballroom Saturday, March 28th, 2009.

We are hoping to announce this in enough time for interested artists to create a collection to show and sell by March as well as letting us know how many exhibition spaces to plan for.

What is Fusion? In its fifth year, the event is an urban chic fusion of visual and musical artists, cultivating their talents to benefit cancer research and the Young Adult Cancer Survivor Retreat. Presented by The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation’s Young Professionals Committee, this unique evening will feature a live concert by an impressive roster of Nashville musicians, the fresh talents of many visual artists, a wealth of local fashion designers competing to become the next Runway Fusion Star, original Nashville short Films and a silent auction geared toward young professionals.

Art Show: In keeping with the Fusion theme, we are looking for a wide variety of artists from classic to modern, realist to abstract, we are looking for a diverse medium as well whether it be paint, photography, sculpture, jewelry. This will be a great business opportunity to:

Chat with potential buyers, hand out your business cards and display an artist statement.
One free ticket will be given to each artist.
An approximate 4’wide x 4' wide x 8’ tall display space will be provided for each artist.
All art will be hung by the artist on the day of the event.
All art must be appropriate for a public environment and meet the standards maintained by the committee. Material containing nudity, profanity, illegal activities, violence or negative depictions of social, ethnic, or political groups or individuals will not be admitted to the show.

Submission Process:
All donations are tax deductible.
Interested artists can find submission forms at www.duncanragsdale.com (under Special Events)

Please include:

1) Artist Registration Form – Acknowledging the desire to be in the show and committing to a donated art piece for the silent auction.

2) Artist Commission Agreement – Agreement to gift the Fusion Gallery a commission equal to 30% of the total sales price during the show.

3) Send 2 JPG examples of your artwork.

We look forward to a positive response and greatly appreciate your support for Fusion ’09 and The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation!

Beneficiary - Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation and Young Adult Cancer Survivors Retreat: All proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction will benefit The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation’s third annual Young Adult Cancer Survivor Retreats. The Foundation will host these retreats at the NaCoMe Conference Center near Centerville, TN. Cancer survivors, aged 18-35, will be treated to a weekend free-of-charge with activities revolving around self-esteem, leadership, recreational programming, and life-skills workshops. Because young adults with cancer are a smaller demographic, programming and support are not always available. This retreat offers a weekend of camaraderie among young adults who are otherwise, often isolated.

About the Foundation
The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity committed to funding programs that provide the greatest benefit to cancer patients and their families by supporting new programs in cancer research, education, and patient and family services. All of their efforts are in memory of Sarah Cannon, a cancer patient herself, who created the beloved character, “Minnie Pearl.”
The Foundation’s Patient Resource Center provides free counseling from oncology social workers, a library with the latest information on cancer and cancer-related issues, community outreach programs to provide cancer education, computers with book-marked cancer websites, and meeting space for cancer and other health-related groups. All of these services are free to patients regardless of geographic area, treatment facility, or type of cancer.

For more information on the Foundation call 615-467-1936 or visit www.


For more info contact Duncan Ragsdale, Art Chair, 615.294.5441 duncanrag@comcast.net

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