Sunday, November 20, 2011


I know with all of the pressure of Thanksgiving and friends and family coming in and the kids running around the house screaming and the dog dragging in that dead bird and the cat throwing up you haven't had a second to think. So I thought i'd give you a reminder of a coupla contests coming your way and  maybe even a gentle little nudge so that you'll make the rest of the family clean up after the cat and while you sit down and work up an entry.

Show us why your picture matters for a chance to win a Fujifilm Digital Camera!
Enter from November - February for a chance to win great monthly prizes and a chance at the grand prize.
Upload this month's theme related photo and tell us why your picture matters.
November's Theme - Best Baby Photo
(Entry dates: November 1 – 30)

DECEMBER 2011 - Best
Holiday Photo (Entry dates: December 1 – 31)
JANUARY 2012 - Best Outdoor Photo (Entry dates: January 1 – 31)
FEBRUARY 2012 - Cutest Pet Photo (Entry dates: February 1 – 29)
Contest Prizes
• Your Photo on and newsletter
• 8x8 Printed Cover Story Book
• FUJIFILM FinePix Digital Camera

1 GRAND PRIZE WINNER - Awarded at the end of the contest to one of the monthly first prize winners:
• FUJIFILM FinePix Long Zoom Digital Camera
• FUJIFILM Digital Camera Case & SDHC Memory Card
• 12x12 Classic Photo Book 

And if that isn't enough to fire up your competitive instincts, what about some dark and slimy or at least spooky images for this little chiller?
Gothic: Call for Art

International Call for Art

Entry Deadline December 31st, 2011
February 2 - March 10th, 2012
Opening Reception: February 4th, 2012. 6pm to 10pm
Juror: Amy V. Grimm
Independent Curator and Assistant Professor of Art History & Museum Studies: Irvine Valley College
Download Prospectus

Click to enter

Online Entry Only:
You can enter up to three images for your $38.00 entry fee.

Images must be at least 1,000 pixels wide, larger than 100kb, and uploaded in .jpg format only. Video entries must be no larger than 400mb, and can be uploaded in .mov and .wmv formats.


Gothic invites submission from artists evincing a peculiar, perverse, idiosyncratic sensitivity, influenced by literature, movies, television and the tabloids, in painting, drawing, sculpture, illustration, fashion, graphic design, animation, photography, video, digital media, computer-based works, installation and performance. OCCCA's museum of the macabre will display supernatural mutations, bizarre curiosities permeated by fantastic and pathological themes.
Gothic is a mix of Medievalism, Romanticism, science fiction, Victoriana, punk, the uncanny, the grotesque, and the erotic, inseparable from despair, fear and rapture. Gothic reveals the shadow within, the skull beneath the skin.
Text by Rob Mintz

Gilda Williams, ed., Documents of Contemporary Art, The Gothic, MIT/Whitechapel, 2007.

Christoph Grunenberg, ed., Gothic: Transmutations of Horror in Late-Twentieth Century Art, Boston: The Institute of Contemporary Art/Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1997.

The Blur of the Otherworldly: Contemporary Art, Technology, and the Paranormal. Baltimore: Center for Art and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, 2006.

Juror: Amy V Grimm:
Amy V. Grimm is an Independent Curator and Assistant Professor of Art History & Museum Studies at Irvine Valley College. Grimm received her B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York in New Paltz, New York. She received a Graduate Certificate in Museum Management and a M.A. in Art History from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina. Grimm’s M.A. Thesis, is titled, Andy Warhol: An Inquiry into Self Identity and Portraiture. Ms. Grimm’s area of specialization includes Modern and Contemporary European and American Art. Grimm’s museum and academic career spans over fifteen years including work for the Albany Institute of History & Art, the South Carolina State Museum, the El Paso Museum of Art, and the Long Beach Museum of Art.
As a museum curator, Grimm has developed and supervised over 40 exhibitions including independent projects and museum collaborations. Notable exhibitions include, Out of Eden: The Sculptural Work of Harry Geffert for the El Paso Museum of Art, and Sweet Subversives: Contemporary California Drawings for the Long Beach Museum of Art. Grimm’s scholarship related to exhibition programming and independent critical reviews have been published as museum catalogs and articles in national publications such as Sculpture and Artlies magazines.
Grimm is past president of the Border Museum Association in El Paso, Texas; an organization that sponsors events to promote international arts partnerships. Working for the College Art Association, Grimm has developed annual conference programming in cities such as Seattle, Atlanta, Boston and New York. For the College Art Association’s Annual Conference in 2007, in New York City, Grimm chaired the panel Out of the Frame: Creativity and Change. This panel addressed curatorial risk taking in light of controversial topics and technological challenges. Also during the 2007 conference, Grimm curated The Media Lounge, a unique space dedicated to showing contemporary new media, such as the MIT Media Lab, Potter-Belmar Labs and several independent filmmakers and videographers.
Grimm continues to lecture extensively on topics such as Andy Warhol, Contemporary Art and Museum Studies. As an Assistant Professor of Art History & Museum Studies, Grimm is developing a new undergraduate program in Applied Museum Studies for Irvine Valley College. Students participating in the program will gain the knowledge and skills necessary for a variety of employment opportunities, in museums and other arts organizations.

Now just think of all the Thanksgivings past and remember how many of them resulted in bloody fights with family and kids and you'll have plenty of ideas for a Gothic themed work!

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