Competitions & Contests

Nature’s Way: Biomimicry in Art and Design

Entry Dates 2024-03-01T23:59:00+00:00 - 2024-01-01T09:00:00+00:00 3 Days Left

Description

Nature’s Way: Biomimicry in Art and Design

THEME:
From Leonardo da Vinci’s bat-like design for a flying machine to the way Velcro emulates plant burrs sticking to a dog’s fur, human inventions have always been inspired by nature. This process of biomimicry — looking to nature for solutions to human challenges — has applications in architecture, art, design and engineering. Coupled with recent advances in generative artificial intelligence, this way of thinking holds promise to resolve or ameliorate many of the ills brought about by our unmindful approach to technology.
Nature has evolved to be self-sufficient, with ecosystems that sustain themselves by using and reusing their most abundant resources. The waste of one creature gives life to another. At a cellular level, plant structures convey water, convert light into chemical energy and coordinate activity among many different types of tissue. If it is true, as believed by ancient philosophers, that “nature does nothing in vain,” what can be learned by observing these processes and how can we apply nature’s lessons to our human endeavors? Will society succeed at solving its most pressing contemporary problems, or like Icarus will our nature-inspired wings take us only so close to the sun? How will printmakers respond to the promise of a biomimetic approach to design? In what ways may our art raise awareness about sustainability and our relationship with the natural world?
The theme of this exhibition can be loosely interpreted. This exhibition will include the best in both traditional and experimental techniques in contemporary printmaking, including works on paper, installation, and other multi-media approaches to printmaking. Printmaking should be the primary process used to create the work for jury. 
CALENDAR: 
Submissions to https://biomimicry.artcall.org: March 8, 2024
Jury Notification: March, 11, 2024
Exhibition Dates: April 1 - April 29, 20243 
Reception for Artists: April 6, 3:00 - 6:00 PM 
Earth Day Event: April 21st, 12:00 - 3:00 PM
JUROR: 
Dale Youngman, Dale Youngman Projects/Omni Presenti/ArtExcellence
Dale is an art curator/ dealer/ consultant and former gallery owner with a two-decades long history in the LA Art Scene. She has twice been recognized with a certificate from the City of LA Mayor’s Office for her many years of achievement and art advocacy, and now spends her days doing marketing, social media and management for artists, galleries, and art organizations.
https://www.daleyoungman.com/
VENUE:  
Center for Arts Eagle Rock (CFAER)
2225 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 
Cfaer.org / info@cfaer.org / 
Director: Melinda Ann Farrell
ELIGIBILITY: Open to All!
This call is open to all printmakers! We accept only traditional printmaking techniques. Traditional techniques are Intaglio, Relief, Stencil, Planographic and Collagraph. We will accept images with less than 25% digital content. We do not accept drawings, paintings or pigment prints.
FEES:
$15 for LAPS Members in Good Standing
$25 for Non-LAPS Members
FRAMING: 
Art needs to be ready to install. Frames are optional; however artists must take responsibility to provide secure alternative installation, hardware and instructions. Once jury is complete, we can work with artists needing special installation. 
SHIPPING/DELIVERY:  
All accepted artwork may be shipped to arrive between March 25 and 27, 2024. Location: PRINT SHOP LA: 5768 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Accepted work must be shipped in a reusable shipping container or tube and include a paid return shipping label. Local artists accepted into the exhibition may deliver wrapped artwork to Center for Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041 between March 25 and 27, 2024. To schedule a drop-off time email info@cfaer.org.
INSURANCE AND LIABILITY: 
Work is insured by LAPS while at CFAER. Artist is responsible for the artwork while in transit. CFAER is not liable for any damages to artwork at any time in transit, during the exhibition and pickup or shipment back to artist, Artist and LAPS are the insurers of record for the show. 
SALES:  
Sales are encouraged, but artwork need not be for sale. CFAER will keep a 30% commission on any artwork sold. Sale price on entry form must include commission and cannot be changed after acceptance. All artwork will remain in the exhibition through April 29, 2024.
PROMOTION:
Submission to this exhibition constitutes an agreement on the part of the entrant to listed conditions and the use of images for publicity purposes by CFAER and the Los Angeles Printmaking Society. The exhibition will be posted on social media and on the website and wherever possible artist members will receive credit for artwork. We encourage our members to share the exhibition on their social media as well. 
LIMITS:
Limit of 3 Artworks for consideration. Work has to have been created within the 2 years. Work previously shown at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock is not eligible for consideration.
INSTALLATIONS: 
We ask that artists proposing installations provide detailed instructions or be on hand to help with the installation. Accepted entries that differ from the submitted image or are unfit for display when delivered, may be excluded.
ABOUT: 
LOS ANGELES PRINTMAKING SOCIETY
https://laprintmakingsociety.org/
Since its founding in 1963, the Los Angeles Printmaking Society has grown into a national artist-run membership organization that is devoted to presenting state of the art printmaking exhibitions to the public. 
CENTER FOR THE ARTS EAGLE ROCK
https://www.instagram.com/centerfortheartseaglerock/?hl=en
The mission of Center for the Arts Eagle Rock is to innovative in providing access to inclusive multidisciplinary arts to the communities of Northeast Los Angeles to celebrate the transformative power of the arts in support each other’s identities, talents and dignity. 
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