Friday, August 26, 2011

2011 Annual Benefit

Call for Artists

Hosted by: Chelsea Art Museum

Curated by: Pamela Auchincloss, David Cohen, James Kalm, Gregory Volk
Deadline: September 1, 2011

Submit Work

Questions? Email

The annual NURTUREart Benefit will be held at the Chelsea Art Museum, 556 West 22nd Street, on October 11, 2011.
All artists are invited to submit work. In keeping with our organization's mission to support emerging artists, our benefit event provides an entry point for artists to present their best work in a curated and prestigious public setting. We are proud to announce that Pamela Auchincloss, David Cohen, James Kalm, and Gregory Volk will serve as this year’s panel of distinguished jurors. These curators will review all the works submitted online and select pieces for exhibition and sale at the Benefit, with all proceeds going to fund essential NURTUREart programming. We sincerely appreciate everyone's generosity and support.

Artwork can be in any 2D or 3D medium, framed or unframed, maximum 20” in any direction including frame. All artworks must be able to be hung on a wall; sculptors may include a small shelf for display. Please upload a jpeg file—no larger than 150 KB and no more than 600 pixels in any direction—to our benefit submission page for the curators’ review. Only one submission per artist, please; multiple submissions from an artist will not be reviewed. Online submissions must be received by midnight, September 1, 2011. We will notify all artists by email in mid-September whether or not work has been selected.


You will be responsible for dropping the selected work off at the NURTUREart Gallery in Brooklyn during regular gallery hours (Thursday through Monday from noon to 6 pm) by Wednesday, October 5th. There is NO option to drop off work in Manhattan, so please do NOT bring any artwork to the museum. No exceptions. If you plan to ship the work, please be prepared to follow our mailing guidelines and ship early. We can only accept works via UPS, Fed Ex or another private courier. No USPS please!

Everyone who buys a ticket to the benefit will select an artwork to take home; tickets are $200 for early purchase, and $250 closer to the event date. An additional artwork ticket can be purchased for $150. If your work is selected to be included in the benefit, you will receive one free entry to the event for yourself and a coupon for $25 off of the regular entry ticket price of $75 for a guest (this ticket price does not include selecting an artwork to take home)

About the Curators

Pamela Auchincloss has dedicated her entire professional career to work in both the commercial and the institutional fields of the art business. From 1980 through 1993 she owned and operated a commercial art gallery, first in California and then in New York City. In 1993 she reorganized the business, directing her interests and efforts towards education and curatorial services. During the next twelve years, Pamela Auchincloss/Arts Management organized and circulated more than 75 monographic and thematic group exhibitions to university art galleries, regional art museums and contemporary art centers. In addition to exhibition management, the company also advised on strategic planning, publication planning and distribution and board development.

Ms. Auchincloss has served on numerous community and arts-related boards including the University of California, Santa Barbara Board of Governors and the Board of Trustees for the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, the University Art Museum, UCSB, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, Housing Works, Inc. and Pratt Institute. She is also a member of the Council on the Environment of New York City, a mayoral appointment.

David Cohen is Publisher/Editor of artcritical magazine and moderator of The Review Panel at the National Academy. He was art critic of the New York Sun 2003-08 and Gallery Director at the New York Studio School 2001-10. He is the author of books on Alex Katz, Serban Savu and Jock McFadyen.

James Kalm (aka Loren Munk) began painting as a child when his mother brought home a paint by number set for his fifth birthday. Growing up in the Rockies he had little opportunity to know artists, visit art galleries or museums so he taught himself, by reading American Artist Magazine. During the height of the Vietnam War, he volunteered for military service and was stationed in Germany for two and a half years, visiting the great museums of Europe. Returning stateside, Munk moved to New York to continue his studies at the Art Students League on the G.I. Bill, and has remained ever since. His column in the Brooklyn Rail is the longest running and most consistent coverage of the Brooklyn art scene available, and his "James Kalm Report" channel on YouTube has over four hundred programs and a worldwide cult following.

Gregory Volk is a New York-based art critic and freelance curator. He writes regularly for Art in America, and his articles and reviews have also appeared in many other publications, including Parkett and Sculpture. Among his recent contributions to exhibition catalogues are essays on Ayse Erkmen (Hamburger Bahnhof, 2008,) Joan Jonas (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2007), and Bruce Nauman (Milwaukee Art Museum, 2006). His essay on Vito Acconci is featured in Vito Acconci: Diary of a Body, 1969-1973, published by Charta in 2007. Together with Sabine Russ, Gregory Volk has curated numerous exhibitions, including Carnival Within at UferHallen in Berlin (2009), Agitation and Repose at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York (2007), Public Notice: Paintings in Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis (2005-2006), and Surface Charge at the Anderson Gallery in Richmond, Virginia (2005). Gregory Volk received his B.A. from Colgate University and his M.A. from Columbia University. He is also Associate Professor in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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