2014 National Convention
Art Show & Silent Auction
For the second year, American Atheists will welcome artists from all over the world to our Art Show & Silent Auction. Artists are invited to brings one-of-a-kind original works to display and auction. The theme of this year's art show is "Think Again".
To apply to exhibit your art at the 2014 Art Show & Silent Auction, please see below.
In 2013, six artists from across the United States exhibited and auctioned dozens of pieces of art including original paintings, portraits, sculptures, and others. These artists included Adam Brown, Amy Davis Roth, Simon Kregar, and Cristina Rad.
All pieces featured during the art show will be available for purchase via a silent auction. Participating artists have generously agreed to donate 10% of all proceeds to charity. In 2013, American Atheists and the artists made a donation of $1,400 to the Foundation Beyond Belief. In 2014, American Atheists will ask all artists to donate 10% of all proceeds to Ogden OUTreach Resource Center, which provides educational, health, and enrichment opportunities and support for 350 LGBT and allied youth ages 14-23 as well as community services for LGBT and allied adults; or another charity of American Atheists choosing.
The Art Show & Silent Auction will begin at 5pm on Thursday, April 17 at the American Atheists Life Member Reception and Cocktail Party. Artists will be on hand to meet and greet American Atheists members and guests. Bidding at the silent auction will continue until 12pm on Sunday, April 20. At that time, winning bidders will be contacted by the exhibiting artists to arrange pick-up and payment.
rules and requirements to participate
American Atheists welcomes artists from all over the world to apply! Artists are invited to bring one-of-a-kind original artwork to display and auction.
Artwork displayed in the Art Show and Silent Auction must be one-of-a-kind items, not available elsewhere and available to be sold by silent auction during the Art Show and Silent Auction at the National Convention. No reprints, copies, additional pieces, smaller replicas, or additional works of the artwork in the Art Show and Silent Auction can be sold at this convention. Artists wishing to sell a large quantity of merchandise through traditional means may purchase a vendor table separate from the Art Show and Silent Auction during the National Convention. Only artwork which is available for auction will be permitted in the Art Show.
Artists must also agree to the following:
- Be able to accept payment by credit card.
- To donate 10% of the proceeds of their auctioned items to Ogden OUTreach Resource Center, which provides educational, health, and enrichment opportunities and support for 350 LGBT and allied youth ages 14-23 as well as community services for LGBT and allied adults; or another charity of American Atheists choosing.
- Be able to and agree to send a complete list of items to be auctioned with titles and mediums to Amanda Knief at [email protected] by April 1, 2014.
- Sign and return the application.
The application to participate in the 2014 American Atheists Art Show & Silent Auction is available here.
Art Show Applicants must submit an application form and 3 high resolution images to American Atheists (2 images of individual artistic pieces and 1 image of the applicant’s booth. If the applicant does not yet have a booth, the applicant may photograph a group display of artistic pieces representative of the work that would be present at his or her booth.
Completed applications should be sent to Amanda Knief at [email protected] and must be received by American Atheists by January 13, 2014.
Artists who are invited to exhibit (invitations and registration links will be sent by January 20, 2014) must be registered and have paid the nonrefundable booth fee of $100 by January 31, 2014. Failure to register and pay booth fee by January 31, 2013, will result in having that artist’s spot offered to another applicant.
Exhibit booths at American Atheists Art Show & Silent Auction will be awarded at the sole descretion of American Atheists. We will make every effort to ensure that as many of the following categories of art are represented. American Atheists seeks a balanced show that equally showcases works of fine art and craft art as well as diversity of media. However, American Atheists has no quota or preference for any media category.
- Ceramics: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted.
- Digital Art: This category includes any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category.
- Drawing: Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are included in this category.
- Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns, or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, may be exhibited.
- Glass: No forms of mass production are permitted.Jewelry: All jewelry, whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic, or other materials must be entered into this category. No commercial casts, molds, or production studio work is allowed. As stated above, these must be unique items.
- Metalworks: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metal. No production studio work is allowed.
- Mixed Media: This category includes works, both 2- and 3-dimensional, that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.
- Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category. Originals only; reproductions are not allowed.
- Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist’s original image, which have been processed by that artist or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes. As stated above, reprints are not allowed.
- Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work done in any medium.Wood: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned, or carved are accepted in the wood category.