Monday, March 5, 2012

CALL FOR ARTISTS: To See as Artists See the Frist. Deadline 4-1-12

CALL FOR ARTISTS: To See as Artists See the Frist. Deadline 4-1-12
Participate in an online Facebook exhibition inspired by the current exhibition To See as Artists See and the Frist Center, itself.

As an artist, what do you see when you visit the Frist Center for the Visual Arts? Is it the Boaz Vaadia sculpture that greets you when you make your way from the parking lot into the Turner Courtyard, or is it the Turner Courtyard? Are you inspired by the hustle and bustle of guests in the magnificent Grand Lobby, or is it simply the Art Deco architecture?

 We are seeking works of art inspired by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts to fill an online album of adult artists’ works for our Facebook Fan page. Over the next few weeks, when you visit the Frist Center, arm yourself with a sketchbook and a pencil (only pencils may be used in the galleries) or with your iPad using an app such as Penultimate. Take a look around while you dine in the CafĂ©, peruse the galleries and lobby, or sit in the Turner Courtyard. Select something that stands out to you at the Frist Center and sketch it!

 Once you return home (or to your studio), choose from one of the 10 thematic groups from the current exhibition To See as Artists See: American Art from The Phillips Collection and listed below and create a two-dimensional work of art that depicts what you, the artist, sees when you visit the Frist Center.

10 Thematic Groups from To See as Artists See
 Romanticism and Realism                                          
 Forces in Nature
 Nature and Abstraction
 Modern Life
 The City
 Memory and Identity
 Legacy of Cubism
 Transition to Abstract Expressionism
 Abstract Expressionism

Scan or photograph your artwork and submit your image by clicking the box below. All entries should be 300 dpi JPEG images and the file should include the title of your piece. Be sure to include your name, email address, title of the work, medium, and the theme you have chosen with your submission.

This call for artists is for artists 18 years of age and older. Entries will be juried by members of the Frist Center staff; selected images will be posted on Facebook in an online exhibition. Only 50 entries will be selected for the online album. Fans of the Frist Center Facebook page will then vote for their favorite entry. The image that receives the most “likes” from Frist Center Facebook fans will be awarded “Best of Show” and receive a Frist Center gift packet and a yearlong Frist Center membership.

 You must be a fan of the Frist Center Facebook page to view and participate in the voting of this exhibition:

Deadline for submissions is Sunday, April 1, 2012.

 For more information or questions about this activity please contact Emily Beard, community relations manager, at               615.744.3331       or


To See as Artists See: American Art from The Phillips Collection, on view in the Ingram Gallery through May 6, 2012, features more than 100 works by 75 important artists, including outstanding paintings by Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, Maurice Prendergast, John Sloan, Edward Hopper, Arthur Dove, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Sheeler, Stuart Davis, Jacob Lawrence, Adolf Gottlieb and Robert Motherwell. Many of the artists in this exhibition were influenced by the world around them and captured in their work some of the biggest changes transforming society during their lifetimes: the rise of industry and new modes of transportation, the growth and electrification of cities and the invention of everyday objects.

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