Due to recent events within our community, Round Rock Arts has decided to take a step back to refocus our attention to supporting our neighbors. We have cancelled the 2022 Imagine Gala and “My Utopia” art call and exhibit.
We thank you for your ongoing support in the arts.
CALL IS CLOSED —
Call for Entries “My Utopia“
Juried Exhibition with Cash Prizes
Exhibit host: Round Rock Arts
Exhibit location: Texas State University Round Rock Campus
All Media: 2D and 3D
Exhibit Jurors: Nick Ramos, Megan Hildebrandt, and Rebecca Bennett
Round Rock Arts is partnering with the City of Round Rock Arts and Culture to present the return of the annual Imagine: An Evening of Art and Music, a gala fundraiser. We will also hold a three-month art exhibition at Texas State University Round Rock Campus. This event and exhibit is not only a gala celebration of the area’s creative community, but also an opportunity for the exhibiting artists to vie for cash prizes.
Towards growing Round Rock Arts’ mission “To create, support, and promote an inclusive community where lives are transformed and enriched through the shared experiences of art,” this event will also serve as a fundraiser for Round Rock Arts, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
As artists, we invite you to envision our exhibit theme “My Utopia.” We are seeking artwork in all media, 2D and 3D, that depicts your version of Utopia. Choose a feeling, a view, something from your heart or memory, an idea, an imaginary place, an intangible thing, or some concept evoking the best of the world you would like to live in. Our hope is that this exhibit will offer an uplifting shared experience of art. During the event and throughout the exhibit, artwork will be available to purchase.
Call Deadline: April 13, 2022, at 5pm
Exhibit Dates: May 16 – Aug. 26, 2022
Gala Reception: Imagine: An Evening of Art and Music: Saturday, May 21, 2022, 6-9pm
- All 2D and 3D mediums accepted
- 2D art for hanging on walls: Maximum weight is 25lbs. Size limitations: smallest side minimum 16″ – Max up to 7 feet tall and 5 feet wide.
- 3D art: Max 100lbs (including pedestal or stand, which must be provided by the artist)
- Small/medium- sized 3D art (to be showcased in a multi-level display case): Max 15lbs, max 8″ tall
- $25 per entry (maximum 5 entries per artist)
Prizes for Artists
Total prize money awarded will be at least $3000
Artwork previously displayed at a Round Rock Arts exhibit in the last 2 years will not be accepted. We want this event to showcase fresh, new art. Show us your best!
What Info Is Needed to Apply Please have the following info ready to submit your work in the Application Form:
- Title of work
- Media used
- Size: Height x Length x Depth + Weight
- Your Inspiration statement and how your work fits in with the guidelines of the show theme
- Any special hanging requirements (please see rules and guidelines for expectations)
- Is your art for sale? What is the dollar amount? Will you be willing to donate 25% of sale back to Round Rock Arts?
- Upload a JPG file (1 for each submission): Maximum 5MB. This is used for Juror decision and social media. Provide the best you have!
Nick Ramos – artist, professional graphic designer, arts activist (see Build Hope, Not Walls), former curator of Georgetown Art Center: https://nickramos.com/
Nick Ramos is an award-winning graphic artist who generates marketing and branding concepts by day, and who turns his doodles into sought-after artwork in his free time. Through creative living, he carves out still additional time to conjure up and produce art exhibitions and other cultural events.
Originally from Brazil, Nick attended Boston’s Massachusetts College of Art. He left in 1991, by which time he was already the Art Director at the Delamarter Advertising Agency in Concord, MA. In 1992, he started freelancing as a graphic designer, which was the very beginning of Graphismo, which started as his freelance design business and grew into a marketing agency.
Leading Graphismo, Nick is active in all aspects of the business, from concept and development to design, and following the project from the beginning to the end. One of the most important things for Nick is to ensure the quality of the final product. Graphismo’s clients range from local businesses and nonprofits to city government and overseas clients. He has created an extensive collection of marketing materials for the City of Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau, and his work for the City of Georgetown was awarded “Best Tourism Promotion” two years on a row at the annual Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus’ conference.
In 2006, Nick relocated to Georgetown with his partner, where he not only grew his business, but many art and community-building concepts too. Serving as curator for Georgetown Art Center, Nick grew the stature of the gallery over the course of many years to bring world class modern art exhibits, installations, and public art to a small Texas city, including the well-regarded “Women Painting Women: Texas” exhibit and Jenn Hassin’s “Letters of Sacrifice” (before it then went on to the Pentagon’s permanent collection). His idea for “Build Hope, Not Walls,” which started with a mere doodle, became an international art exhibition and fundraiser for multiple nonprofits.
Megan Hildebrandt received her BFA from the Stamps School of Art & Design in 2006, and her MFA in Studio Art from the University of South Florida in 2012. Hildebrandt has exhibited nationally and internationally, including: The Painting Center, New American Paintings, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Craft, Arlington Arts Center, Detroit Contemporary, HEREarts Center, Latitude 53, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, the LIVESTRONG Foundation, Hyde Park Art Center, and the Torpedo Factory. In 2018, Hildebrandt received an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the Aesthetics of Health Course she developed for Interlochen Arts Academy.
An artist, educator, and arts-in-health advocate, Hildebrandt currently lives and works in Austin, Texas.
Using the sensual qualities of oil, I create layered abstractions which explore the dynamics of color, line, and texture. The viewer is encouraged by their abstraction to interpret their experience of the work rather than the work itself. My work plays with the abstracted modern landscape often with a strong horizon line. I use light and dark, space and scale, encouraging the viewer to step into the work to react and reflect. My process is one in which the artist and paint are partners negotiating the surface of the canvas as if the paint had animated qualities.
Most of my formative years were spent in Vineland, New Jersey outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I have had the opportunity to live in many areas of the country to include Monterey, CA, Denver, CO, St. Louis, MO, and Florence, KY, (outside of Cincinnati, OH). Since 1997, Austin, Texas has been my home. When people ask how long I have been making art, I say “all my life”. Ever since I can remember I have loved studying and creating art.
In 2002, with the gift of a dedicated studio space, I immersed myself into creating artwork full time and began a professional art career. My work has found itself in residential, corporate, and hospitality collections.
- Call for Entries Deadline: April 13, 2022, at 5pm
- Artist Notifications: April 26, 2022
- Art Drop-off at Texas State University Round Rock Campus; Avery Building (1555 University Blvd.): SAT, May 7, 2022, 10am-12pm
- Exhibit Opens: May 16, 2022
- Reception Gala: Imagine: An Evening of Art and Music: SAT, May 21, 2022 – 6-10pm
- Exhibit Closes: August 26, 2022
- Artwork Pick-up at Texas State University Round Rock Campus; Avery Building (1555 University Blvd., Round Rock): SAT, August 27, 2022, 10am-12pm
- See size and weight limitations above.
- We accept only original works, created by the artist/entrant.
- Only submit work that is available to exhibit. Do not submit the same piece to multiple venues for the same dates.
- Artwork sold during this exhibit will not need to be replaced. Sales during the exhibit will need to be met by a RRA staff to remove.
- Entrants must be at least 16 years old at delivery of artwork. Parental consent required for artists under 18.
- Artwork must be hand delivered (may NOT be mailed or shipped). No storage either before drop-off dates or after pick-up dates. Shipped art will be rejected at delivery.
- Art must be family friendly as it will be displayed in a public space.
- Selected artists must agree to the Artist Agreement and Waiver of Liability (below).
ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION PROCEDURES
- Label your work with and ARTWORK TITLE _YOUR LAST NAME: for example: Starry_Night_VanGogh.jpg
- Formats accepted: jpeg, png, or gif. Max = 5 MB per image.
- Each artist may submit up to 5 images for $25 each.
- Price: use whole numbers only, no decimals or $ signs.
- Complete the Artist Information and Waiver of Liability.
HANGING & DISPLAY
- Each 2D work must have a hanging WIRE attached to D-rings (no sawtooth hangers, eye rings or loops). Make sure hanging wire is substantial enough to support it for the duration of the show. See video for hanging requirements and wiring guidelines CLICK HERE.
- All works on fragile paper must be framed under glass. Plexiglass is required for framed work over 24 inches on any side. All framed work must be in good repair with a proper picture wire on the back.
- Edge finish – canvas edges should be painted, thin canvases must be framed (if less than 1 inch).
- 3D pieces; please specify any special display needs such as pedestal (which must be provided by the artist), electricity/wall plug, or walk-around space.
- Safety in the gallery and of security of the artwork is our priority! If work is deemed unsafe or difficult to display, it will be REJECTED from the show at our discretion. Work will not be accepted at drop off or artist will be notified.
ART DROP OFF
- LABEL your work on the back. Include title, artist name, phone number and email.
- Please deliver art on the drop off DATE & TIME listed (or arrange for someone else to drop it off).
- Take all packing material home with you.
- No work is accepted that requires delivery or storage.
- RRA reserves the right to reject artwork that is misrepresented or is unsafe to display.
- Art will be rejected if the artist did not sign or submit artist agreement / waiver, either online or printed and delivered with artwork.
ART PICK UP
- We will not be responsible for loss of work not picked up at the requested time and place. We have no storage nor transportation for artwork.
- If the artist is not picking up the work(s), a signed statement or email from the artist with the name and phone number of the person picking up the work is required. This includes any information about a buyer.
- Artwork that is not picked up on the pick up date, without prior arrangements made by email four days in advance or by phone during business hours, will be deemed abandoned and property of Round Rock after three days following the close of the show.
- Artists who sell their work during the show are expected to make arrangements with the collector to pick up the piece. Collectors may bring the piece home the night of the Gala or have the artwork remain for the entirety of the exhibit, scheduling their pick-up for the day and time of the show close.
- During this exhibit, it is up to the Artist to arrange payment between themselves and the buyer.
- Since we do not have a sales commission, we kindly ask Artists to donate 25% of SOLD WORK to RRA (indicate your willingness to donate on submission form). We truly appreciate your donation.
- If your piece is sold, we will deduct 3.25% in credit card fees, minus 25% donation to RRA (if you have indicated willingness to donate). Artists will be paid by mail approximately one week after show close. Please make sure to enter your address correctly when applying to the call.
- The Artist is expected to report income to the IRS. RRA is not liable for any unpaid income taxes.
- If sold:
1) A buyer may pick up the work at art pick up date / time as stated in the call or if previously arranged with a RRA staff member.
2) The buyer is expected to pick up the work at the pick up days and times OR the artist will need to make other arrangements between buyer and artist.
EXCLUSIONS IN FUTURE SHOWS
You will be excluded in any RRA show over the next year under the following conditions:
- Failure to submit the EXACT piece after jury acceptance. Your submission image will be compared to the image on the sign in sheet at delivery.
- Asking us to replace or remove an item because the work was sold or in another show.
- Work was not delivered on the drop off date and time. It is okay to have work delivered by a friend.
- Removal of the work before the pick up date (end of show) by the artist or the buyer.
ARTIST AGREEMENT & WAIVER OF LIABILITY
Originality: In consideration of the opportunity to display my work to the public, and other good and valuable consideration, the adequacy and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, I, the undersigned artist, certify that the art that I am submitting is my original art and that I am the author and creator of such art. I acknowledge that Round Rock Arts (RRA) reserves the right to accept or deny any submission with or without cause.
Promotion and Publicity: I grant RRA permission to publish in all media my name, artwork, and location for use in promotion through print media, television, and the internet. I further allow RRA to release such information to other persons and entities. My name will be attributed to my pieces that are shown by RRA or other persons or entities.
Responsibility: I understand that RRA and its partner gallery sponsors do not assume responsibility for loss or damage to my artwork(s) or the loss or damage to frames or glass, no matter how sustained. Reasonable safety and electronic security precautions are in place to ensure added protection of my work. I also understand that RRA strongly recommends that I carry my own personal property insurance. Current partners include Williamson County Jester Annex, the City of Round Rock (The Downtowner Art Gallery), and Texas State University Round Rock Campus.
Artwork remains in the gallery until the end of the exhibit: I understand that if my artwork is accepted for the show that the work may not be removed from the exhibition until the pick up date described in the Call for Art. It is my responsibility to to notify RRA in writing or by email of a third-party pick-up of artwork at the conclusion of the exhibition. Artwork accepted by the judges, if sold prior to the exhibit, must be placed in the show. Replacement pieces are not accepted.
Sales of Artwork: I am responsible for all sales transactions and the collection and filing of applicable sales tax.
I acknowledge that I have read and understand all terms contained in the description for this Call for Art and the Artist Agreement, and agree to be bound by the terms and stated expectations.
Waiver of Liability: Once I submit this form electronically or by paper copy, I (the artist), my heirs, successors, and assigns, shall indemnify and hold the RRA and appointed officers, volunteers, employees harmless from any and all claims, costs and liabilities for any artwork damage, personal injury, death, or other property damage which is the result of handling and displaying the artwork at The Downtowner Art Gallery, Jester Justice Center, or Texas State University-Round Rock. Our partners’ employees or contractors are likewise held harmless from any and all claims from the artist, heirs, successors or assigns from any artwork damage, personal injury, death, or other property damage, and related costs and liabilities, which is the result of handling and displaying the artwork.
CALL IS CLOSED