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I am a painter in search of an audience! Here are words to catch search engine hits: painting artist RISD New England Longmeadow Amherst Boston...more as I think of them. Check out my portfolio on a seperate website. The link is on the top of the righthand column

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I Am Getting Cranky!

Fresh New Rejection From The Folks @ New American Painting.
I keep telling myself I am not going to enter sweepstakes anymore. On the other hand my 50 dollar entry fee does entitle me to a five dollar discount on the magazine I am not in. We ( I ) have to get smarter about all this.  I am thinking of starting a "Competition"-let's call it The Artmark Gallery Invitational- with an entry fee of only 35 dollars. I know a good space I can rent to put the show up for a month. Any takers. Sorry I'm just bitch'in. I can't really speak to the validity of The New American Painting magazine (though they did take in $60,000 in artist fees alone) but every Tom,Dick and Harry is running an entry fee scam. I saw a listing the other day for a gallery in some university student union charging an entry fee! And of course there is a commercial gallery in CA that is charging just to look at your work (or rather charging to reject your work). It takes 30 seconds to look over the slides or dvd and  send out a rejection postcard. It would take a flunky a half hour a day to make us think someone is looking. I best stop ranting now. Luckily very few people read this blog. I also have an idea for a Gallery Show scratch ticket

October 2011
Dear Northeast Artist,
We apologize for the delay. I regret to inform you that our juror did not select the work you submitted for this year’sNortheast issue. Over the years our competitions have become increasingly competitive. Only 40 artists could beselected from the nearly 1,200 who applied. We hope that you will compete again next year. Many artists submitmore than once before being selected for publication.Thank you for competing. The deadline for next year’s Northeast entries will be August 31, 2012.
Steven Zevitas

If you would like a copy of the New American Paintings (#98) in which this competition’s winners will appear, you can
order one directly from us at the discounted price of $15 (regularly $20). Please fill out the form below and return it
to us. We will ship you the book when it comes off the press in February

I guess the poor photography doesn't help.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Mark,

    I don't think you are being cranky at all. I think you've hit the nail on the head! It seems o be more about money making than anything else. I get the feeling many of these "opportunities" are more about opportunity for those creating them than for those that would like a a chance... You have to very careful - there are many who will take advantage of your hope i.e. they are out for easy pickings.