Calls to Artists: Expose Yourself—Possibly for Money


Modern Art organizers and participants Amy OBrien and Kerry Tullis.

What's that sound? Is that one of several opportunities for exposure and possibly some cold, hard cash knocking at your door, you hardworking artist? Why yes it is. Maybe you better answer it.

Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Festival
The annual Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Festival in Ketchum happens Aug. 12-14 this year and organizers are looking for artistic and crafty participants. To apply, visit or and click on Events. The deadline to apply is Monday, Feb. 28, at midnight.

Sun Valley Center for the Arts Annual Wine Auction Fundraiser
The SVCA is also looking for barrel artists to help celebrate the 30th Anniversary Wine Auction fundraiser.

Artists are asked to submit a proposal in which they show how they'll create "artwork made from wine barrels," which will be provided by SVCA. From the proposals, 10 artists will be chosen to create barrel art, which will then be auctioned off. Each of the 10 artists will receive $500 and one, chosen by vote, will receive $1,000.

To be eligible, there are a few rules to heed and the deadline for proposals is Tuesday, Feb. 15. Again, visit for details (and rules).

We Art Women
We Art Women, which benefits the WCA Crisis Center, happens again this year at Visual Arts Collective on Thursday, April 14, from 6-9 p.m. This is a juried exhibit, with local artist Surel Mitchell serving as this year's juror. If you need a prospectus, entry form or more information, e-mail Zella Bardsley at

The deadline to get your entry form in is Monday, March 7. Letters of acceptance will be sent out on Monday, March 14.

Modern Art
Modern Art takes over the Modern Hotel again this year on First Thursday, May 5. Artists of all disciplines are invited to apply for entry, and entry forms are currently available only at the Modern Hotel front desk. Said forms are due back at the Modern Hotel by Tuesday, March 1.

For more information, e-mail Modern Art organizers Amy O'Brien or Kerry Tullis at

BCDAH Performing Arts for Cultural and Community Celebrations Mini-Grants
If your mind is your palette and your body the canvas, the Boise City Department of Arts and History would like to give you a hand in the form of a new mini-grant pilot program.

The new Performing Arts for Cultural and Community Celebrations grant will offer funds "specifically
for hiring performing artists and for associated costs, such as renting sound and stage equipment."

A total of $12,000 is available and interested parties can request grants of $500 up to $2,000 for events taking place between May 1 and September 30. According to the BCDAH, the grant is for "neighborhood groups, cultural organizations, artists’ collectives and other organizers who have a sincere interest in creating or continuing existing community celebrations and events. In order to qualify, the performance component of the event must be free to the public up to the capacity for the venue."

The grant program is now open and the deadline for applications is Friday, March 11. For more information, visit