become a CSArtist – CSArt Colorado

  • Interested in applying to become a participating artist? CSArt Colorado will enlist 10 emerging and established Colorado-based artists to contribute their time, creativity, commitment, and artistic expertise to the program in the upcoming season.

    CSArt Colorado provides each artist a $1,000 stipend to underwrite the production of 60 original artworks for CSArt shareholders for distribution at one of two distribution events. CSArt Colorado offers artists the opportunity to attend distribution events, meet local collectors, develop relationships with other local artists, market their work, and gain publicity throughout their communities. Play and introduce your work to new enthusiasts!

    Ten artists are selected annually by curators from the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Denver Botanic Gardens based on their craftsmanship, diversity of media and ability to execute the number of works required.

    CSArt Colorado welcomes applications from artists working in a wide variety of media and formats. Artists are encouraged to submit applications based on artwork they are already creating, but with consideration for the format of the program. Multiples are encouraged, as are pieces that adapt your normal artistic practice into a CSArt-friendly format. For example, works could include anything from a limited edition of 7” vinyl records or recordings of a performance to a run of screen-prints to a series of small tea cups to letterpress editions of a short story to original paintings.

    All artists maintaining a residence in Colorado are eligible to apply, although artists may not participate in consecutive years.

  • Applications to CSArt Colorado are submitted through Callforentry.org. The deadline for the 2016 season has passed, but keep an eye out for applications for upcoming seasons.

    Application requirements include:

    1. Samples of your current work
    • Visual artists: please submit 4-5 images. JPG files preferred, minimum of 1920 pixels on the longest side and 5.0 MB maximum.

    • Musicians: please submit 2 audio examples of your work. Indicate how you intend to deliver the final composition to shareholders. WAV,or MP3 files only; 10 MB maximum.

    • Performing arts: please submit 2 video examples of your work. Video can be uploaded or linked to in the corresponding text box. WMV, AVI, MOV, or MP4 files only; min. 640×480 resolution; 100 MB maximum.

    • Writers: please submit 3 writing samples in the provided text box. Indicate how your writing piece will be visually prepared and presented for shareholders.

    2. Artist’s proposal 
    Provide a brief artist statement as to the context of the artwork and rationale as to why the work is relevant for CSArt Colorado. Why is this work a good fit for the program? (1000 characters max)

    3. One page Artist’s CV
    CV should describe as fully as possible your credentials as a working artist.

    4. Artist’s biography
    Please include information such as where you are from, where you were trained, experience, etc. (1000 characters max.)

    5. Artist’s headshot
    Please upload a headshot to be used for publicity purposes. JPG files preferred, minimum of 1920 pixels on the longest side and 5.0 MB maximum. This image will NOT be available to the jurors during selection and will be used only for marketing purposes if the artist is invited to participate.

    6. Project Timeline
    Please describe the stages involved in creating the artworks and their expected completion dates.

  • What is CSArt Colorado?

    CSArt Colorado is a community-based program creating dynamic opportunities for residents to support their local artists through a share-based collective that encourages art production and creates new economic opportunities. The program offers curated groups of artworks created by local artists to art enthusiasts and collectors, available for purchase through “shares” containing ten pieces each in a range of media. Similar to agricultural shares, purchasers of CSArt Colorado shares do not choose the individual pieces they receive, but instead receive a selection of works created specifically for the program.

    Shareholders pick up their art shares at two distribution events, offering shareholders the opportunity to meet the artists and other art enthusiasts while enjoying food, drink and music.

    CSArt Colorado has gained awareness thanks to the work of St. Paul-based Springboard for the Arts, and is jointly supported by Denver Botanic Gardens and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.

    What size do artworks need to be?

    Artworks are accepted in a variety of sizes, but do keep in mind that works must be portable and durable enough to be handed out at distributions.While not everyone works small, consider how you could fit your piece into a 12″ x 18″ x 12″ box. If you usually make large-scale paintings, think about how you could get a sample of your work into a collector’s hands.

    Will CSArt Colorado come pick up the artwork once it’s done?

    Unfortunately, CSArt Colorado is unable to pick up artworks from the artists. Artists are responsible for delivering their pieces to the distribution site by the deadline specified in their contract, which may be in either Denver or Boulder. Please be aware that artists are also responsible for packaging and labeling their work – artwork needs to be delivered in packaging that will keep it safe in transit and does not detract from its aesthetic.

    Will any of the artworks be formally exhibited?

    There currently is no plan to exhibit artworks produced for CSArt Colorado, although an online presence may be possible.

    My artwork is more performance or time-based. Can I apply?

    Absolutely, CSArt Colorado welcomes artists working in all disciplines. For artists working in performance, film, sound, installation, etc., think about formatting your work as a commissioned object for collectors. For example, musicians might opt for a limited edition recording, or filmmakers a uniquely packaged DVD.

    What can I use the stipend for?

    The stipend can be used for materials, supplies, and other costs directly related to the creation of the artworks. Keep in mind that this is a commission for unique pieces. The stipend is not intended for the purchase of 50 commercial products.

    I want to apply, but I missed the last round of applications. When will the application open for the next season?

    Applications for upcoming seasons have not yet been released, but keep an eye out here for more information coming soon.

    I  was a participating artist last year. Can I participate again?

    The CSArt Colorado program does not allow artists to participate in consecutive years, although they are certainly welcome to apply again after a year has passed after participation.

    If you have additional questions about becoming a CSArt Colorado artist, contact us at brock@bmoca.org or call (303) 443-2122.

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