Art and Design Chapter

The CMU Alumni Art & Design Chapter was created in 2018 and aims to connect the community to art, design, and talented alumni. Monthly creative events are open to the public at no charge, and special events fees provide current students scholarship opportunities. Please see our Facebook page for the most up to date event and meeting information. 

In the first year the Art & Design Chapter held more than ten events and the first ever Alumni Art Show at 437CO. The chapter helped design and create a mural at Mesa Mall and held pop up galleries at alumni events. To get involved please contact us at alumni@coloradomesa.edu. 

Chapter Leadership
President - Emmi Farris, '15

Vice President - Cassie Fortman '20

         

 

The Art and Design Chapter is on Facebook and Instagram. Follow us to see chapter updates and upcoming events!

FOUND 2021 Call for Artists

second annual call: FOUND: A CMU Alumni Art & Design Show

437CO, Colorado Mesa University’s Art Gallery
July 2021

FOUND is a national juried exhibition hosted by 437CO, Colorado Mesa University’s Art Gallery in downtown Grand Junction, Colorado and Colorado Mesa University’s Alumni Association: Art & Design Chapter. The exhibition is open to US-based artists 18 years of age and older working in 2D and 3D media. The exhibition will be juried by Graphic Designer & Multimedium Artist, TJ Smith. There will be $400 in awards with a first place award of $200, bragging rights, custom pencils, stickers, and swag from our sponsors.

For questions or information, contact

 

KyoungHwa Oh, Director CMU Art Gallery,

437CO at koh@coloradomesa.edu or 970-248-1300

About:

FOUND is a national juried exhibition hosted by 437CO, Colorado Mesa University’s Art Gallery in Grand Junction, Colorado and Colorado Mesa University’s Art and Design Alumni Chapter. FOUND is defined as “having been discovered by chance or unexpectedly,” and artwork submitted must relate to the topic of FOUND in either a conceptual or literal way (ie. found material is used as a canvas/medium, the piece is representative of a time/place where something is “found,” etc.). The exhibition is open to US-based artists 18 years of age and older working in 2D and 3D media (All forms of 2D and 3D art are accepted including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, graphic and digital art, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, and metal arts). Works must be comfortably carried. Entries must be original works created within the last five years, align with the following definition, and not previously exhibited at the CMU Art Gallery.

 

 

Artists may submit up to 3 works with a non-refundable $15 entry fee. Please note the $15 entry fee covers up to 3 works submitted, and fees collected are applied to awards for FOUND 2021 and the Operating Budget of the CMU Alumni Art & Design Chapter. Accepted works will be exhibited at 437CO in downtown Grand Junction, Colorado, July 2021. 437CO and CMU Art & Design Alumni are pleased to announce that the exhibition will be juried by TJ Smith. TJ Smith is a multidisciplinary artist who has lived in Grand Junction for the past three years. “One who travels is one who experiences. TJ Smith was born between the trees of Pennsylvania, destined for a future of westward exploration. He lives in the balance between art, design, freedom, and athletics. His current projects are inspired by roaming the land and blurs the line of minimalism and surrealism. He experiments with both digital and analog mediums, however his methodology for refinement is consistent. He shares his work in the hopes that it inspires others to lose themselves in nature, surrendering to the simple beauty around them. Forever rooted in pleasure and aesthetics.”

 

There will be $400 in awards with a first-place award of $200, bragging rights, custom pencils, stickers, and swag from our sponsors. 437CO is CMU’s art gallery in downtown Grand Junction. The gallery features national and international guest artist work and works by graduating seniors from the BFA Studio Art Program.

Timeline:
Entries due: Monday, May 31, 2021
Notifications sent out: Monday, June 7, 2021
Shipped works received by: June 21-25

Works delivered in person at 437 CO ART GALLERY June 24-25 12pm - 5pm
Show opens: Friday, July 2, 2021
Opening Reception and Award Ceremony: Friday, July 2, 2021
Show closes: July 30, 2021

Unsold shipped works returned: August 13-16, 2021
Pick-up unsold works: noon - 5pm, Saturday July 31 and Monday August 2.


Awards:
1st Place Award: $200
2nd Place Award: $150
3rd Place Award: $75

  • Bragging rights, swag & more!

Shipping and Delivery of Work:
SHIP WORKS TO:

Colorado Mesa University

FOUND 2021 Annual CMU Alumni Show

Attn: KyoungHwa Oh

437 CO Art Gallery

1260 Kennedy Avenue

Grand Junction, CO 81501‚Äč

 

Hand Deliver in Person To:

Colorado Mesa University

FOUND 2021 Annual CMU Alumni Show

Attn: KyoungHwa Oh

437 Co Art Gallery

437 Colorado Avenue

Grand Junction, CO 81501

 

 

Shipping and delivery instructions will be emailed following the jury process. Accepted work must arrive by June 21-23 for shipped works, and June 24 for works dropped off in person; works arriving after those dates may not be included in the exhibition. Works must arrive exhibition-ready, complete with hanging wire—no saw-tooth hangers or clip frames accepted. Works that differ significantly from the submitted images, are poorly framed, and/or are structurally unsound/extremely fragile/breakable, may be disqualified. Shipped 2D works in frames must use plexiglass or acrylic, not glass. Three-dimensional works must be able to be comfortably carried by one person, and should not be submitted unassembled. Works must be shipped with a reusable container and packing material, and must be accompanied by a prepaid return shipping label. Hand delivered works not picked up by August 2 will become the property of 437CO and/or CMU Alumni Association. All shipped or delivered works must have an identification label attached with the artist’s name, title of work, date, medium, and sale price. Artists will receive a loan agreement upon their acceptance, this loan agreement must be sent with the piece, or mailed or emailed directly to the gallery.

 

 

Submission:
Submit your $15 non-refundable entry fee at
https://www.supportingcmu.com/found-artist-call. Upon submission of entry fee, you will be emailed a receipt with a link to a google form to submit your work. If you do not have a Gmail account to upload your work, you will be provided a word document to complete along with an email address to send your files and completed word document to. Please submit JPEG files. Prepare your files according to the following guidelines.

 

Maximum File Size of 2 GB

JPEG file

Labeled: “LastName_FirstName_Title.jpeg”

 

 

You may submit up to 3 works for a non-refundable $15 entry fee. For each work, you may also submit up to four detail images. If more than three works are submitted, only the first three will be considered.

Eligibility:
The exhibition is open to all artists 18 years of age and older, living in the United States. All forms of 2D and 3D art are accepted including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, graphic and digital art, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, and metal arts. Pieces should be able to be comfortably carried. Entries must be original works created within the last five years, and not previously exhibited at the CMU Art Gallery. All accepted works must remain in the custody of 437CO for the duration of the exhibition.

Sale of Artwork:
Sales are encouraged. 437CO Gallery will retain 40% of the commissions.

 

Publicity:
437CO may use images of art work accepted into the exhibition for publicity purposes. Artists agree to allow images of their art (either the artist’s digital files or photographs taken during the exhibition) for educational, publicity, and archival purposes.

Insurance & Loan Agreement:
Artists must insure their work during transit to and from the gallery, and for the duration of the exhibition. 437CO is not liable for any damages caused during transit to and from the gallery. All works must be accompanied by a signed loan agreement. The loan agreement must arrive by June 23, 2021. The loan agreement will be provided upon acceptance of work.

 

 

Rubrics for Artists

  • How to Digitize Your Artwork - 970West Studio Handout
  • How to Photograph Your Artwork – CMU Handout
  • 437CO Gallery reserves the right to reject any artwork arrived that does not meet the above quality expectations or match the provided digital submissions.

 

CRITERIA: THIS IS WHAT THE JUROR IS LOOKING FOR

Materials used have been found; clay, plant matter, sap resin, trash, repurposed canvases, glass, metal hangers and other textiles of similar nature; these are materials that’s first life is not part of this composition.

Sustainable Impact; Is the earth better off by you creating this work of art? By collecting trash from the wild, I have cleaned a small portion of Earth. I have also given a second life to objects from the past.

Overall Message; Using components derived from nature, and transcending the original use of man-made objects, your work should be a representation of turning common, overlooked, and discarded objects into a statement of profound self-awareness through the lens of sustainable impact.

 

 

EXAMPLE BY TJ SMITH, 2021 Juror

 

Title: Single Use Impact

Dimensions: 11x14

Process: Check out this process video of TJ's piece!

 

Gathering of Materials:

During a day-long wondering throughout Bangs Canyon, I happened upon trash and soil. I collected the garbage and dirt and carried it out in a discarded Target bag. While rummaging at a thrift store, I found, yes FOUND, a tin to complete the gathering of supplies for this project.

 

Assessing Materials:

Returning to my studio, I placed all of my findings on the table. Upon observing my gathered supplies, I began to think about the process:

• I want BRIGHT RED. How do I get that?

• I want to SEGMENT the Earth. How do I contain?

• I need to fasten this together somehow. How much store-bought adherence do I allow without moving too far away from the concept of FOUND?

Each step of the process should be considered when composing your piece(s) for FOUND.

• This work needs to tell a story. By collecting trash from the wild, I have cleaned a small portion of Earth. I have also given a second life to objects from the past. How does my work tell this story? If the bag I use as the focal point of my composition is made of 40% recycled material, then by reusing the bag in a work of art, the bag itself is not suffocating the environment by taking 500 years to decompose in the landfill. The 40% recycled bag/materials are now 100% art.

 

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR NON-REFUNDABLE ENTRY FEE.

Upon receipt of payment, you will be emailed a link to submit your work via Google Form.

 

Suck Less Mondays Book Club

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Mesa Mall Mural, 2019

 


FOUND: Juried Art Show, July 2019