Monday, August 07, 2006

Forms, Figures, Symbols Prospectus

October 21-November 28, 2006

DOWNLOAD "Forms, Figures, Symbols" ENTRY FORM HERE

Open to all artists over the age of 18 working in all mediums except for video and film. All works must be framed or finished, exhibit top level presentation, and must have been completed in the last three years. Weight limit for wall-mounted works may not exceed 25 lbs.

Gerry Riggs served as Director/Curator of the Gallery of Contemporary Art and Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for 14 1/2 years. Riggs also served as the Curator of Fine Art/Exhibition Coordinator at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center and Director/Curator for the C.B. Goddard Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Ardmore, OK. Riggs holds a Masters of Liberal Studies with Museum Emphasis degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts In Art degree from the University of Oklahoma. He is a member of the American Association of Museums and the AAM Museum Advocacy Team.

Riggs' professional accomplishments include the installation design for over 400 exhibitions. He is credited for transforming the gallery at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs into one of the region's most important contemporary art spaces. Riggs is also an accomplished photographer, session drummer, and avid skier. He continues to work as an independent Curator/Consultant.

Shy Rabbit has wisely chosen the broad themes of "Forms, Figures, Symbols" to maximize the range of contemporary expression that may be submitted. Most artists will likely find some affinity with the show's title and their existing work. Forms allows for abstraction and even work based on amorphic or undefined shapes and/or coloration, as well as realisticly rendered, non-figurative works. Figures implies tangible, but not necessarily realistically rendered life-based subject matter; figure studies, etc. Symbols allows for iconographic, even Jungian 'dream-based imagery' to be submitted; this could include imagery incorporating virtually any known symbol, logo, or other highly charged 'representative' cultural or socially-based interpretations.

Given these broad themes, I will select those submissions that I feel are the most: compelling, interesting and/or well executed; appropriately and/or professionally presented; original in style, and/or contemporary/timely in feel or tone. I will also be looking for enough work in 2 & 3 dimensional
mediums to allow for an interesting, varied and balanced installation, in keeping with the high level and broad range of contemporary work that Shy Rabbit has presented in the past.

-Gerry Riggs

Images must be submitted on CD or DVD. 35mm slide submissions will be considered but high resolution digital images are preferred. CDs/DVDs and slides will not be returned to artists so that images can be kept on file for future reference and documentation.

Digital Specifications:
*.JPG or TIFF file format
*350 ppi at 8.675 inches/22 cm width

35 mm slide specification:
*cardboard or plastic mounts only (no glass)
*protect slides in plastic sleeves
*each slide must include artist’s name and slide number
that corresponds with number on Entry Form
*add $5.oo per slide to Entry Fee for digital scanning

ENTRY DEADLINE: September 19, 2006
Entries must be received no later than 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 19, 2006. Artist notification will be by email only on Monday, September 25, 2006.
It is essential that artists have an email address and check it regularly.

Non-refundable entry fees are $25 for 1-3 images, plus $5 for each additional image, up to a maximum of 6. Slide entries must be accompanied by an additional $5 per slidescanning fee. Fees must accompany entries. Please make checks or money orders payable to: SHY RABBIT. Entries will be mailed to: SHY RABBIT, PO Box 5887, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Entry and slide scanning fees may also be paid by approved credit card (Visa and MasterCard only). Credit card payments will be processed via our DMC ARTS, LLC Merchant Account which is the name that will appear on the card holder’s bank statement.

Sales will be encouraged, therefore all artwork must be available for sale. SHY RABBIT will retain a commission of 40% of the sale price. Price your artwork accordingly, including packaging or special crating costs. Payment to the artist will be mailed within 30 days after receipt of proceeds from sales.

Artists whose work is accepted for the exhibit will be given specific shipping or hand delivery instructions in their Acceptance Notification Email. Shipping and insurance in transit to and from your address is the artist’s responsibility. SHY RABBIT assumes no responsibility and shall not be held responsible for any damage of any kind that occurs during shipping. All work shipped or delivered must include full payment (or approved credit card) for return. All return shipping fees advanced will be returned to the artist if the work is sold. Artists must pack and crate works carefully in RE-USABLE shipping containers. SHY RABBIT will insure all artworks in our possession from the time of their arrival up to the time at which they are sold or shipped to the artist. Insured value will equal the artist’s portion. We will handle work with all reasonable care while in our possession. Artwork that, upon receipt and inspection, is determined to be too fragile to handle in a public exhibition, or potentially hazardous to visitors, will not be unpacked and will be returned to the artist at their own expense.

Pedestals and gallery lighting will be provided to show work to its best advantage. Artwork may also be freestanding, ceiling- or wall-mounted. All work must be suitably prepared with proper supports, hanging devices (no sawtooth-type hangers), and clear instructions for installation.

“Forms, Figures, Symbols” will be promoted in print, online and in all available art and event calendars regionally, state and nation wide.

Images submitted—and other images of accepted work—may be used on and elsewhere in printed postcards, posters, advertising, catalogs, and other promotional materials and on the Internet, both prior to and following the exhibition. By entering this exhibition and signing the agreement, artists warrant that all artwork they submit for jurying is original to them and that it does not infringe on any other artist’s or entity’s copyrighted or trademarked work. Artists must also have received permission from the photographer of their artwork for SHY RABBIT’s use in catalogs, advertising, and for promotional and sales purposes with no additional financial obligation due to the artist or photographer.

Accepted work being shipped must be received between October 2-14, 2006, in Pagosa Springs, CO. If hand delivered, it can be received at the exhibition location on Saturday, October 14, 2006, 10:00am to 4:00pm. Work may be disallowed if it is not suitably prepared for exhibition or was not adequately represented by the image submitted for jurying. Exhibiting artists will be provided with full delivery details.

The receipt of any application will be understood to imply agreement on the part of the entrant with all conditions set forth and inferred in this prospectus.

For a .PDF file of this Prospectus and Entry Form please send a request via email to

For additional information please contact SHY RABBIT at:

333 Bastille Drive
PO Box 5887
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

(v) 970.731.2766
(f) 970.731.2659

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