Exhibition of drawings, paintings, sculpture, and other art forms not included in other salons.
The Fine Arts Salon is the official venue for exhibiting speleologically inspired artwork. Artwork can be in any medium, from painting and sketching to digitally altered photography, computer graphics, pottery and sculpture, textiles, and mixed media. The subject must involve cavers, cave life, karst and caves, focusing on the central interest of speleology.
SpeleoArt began as a SIG (special interest group) as a part of the BCRA in the UK, in response to a number of artists world wide who wanted recognition for caves in art. SpeleoArt Exhibitions was presented in Switzerland for the UIS in 1995, then Australia, Germany, and France before an invitation from the NSS, to set up a fine arts exhibiting venue for artists in the USA in 1998.
ENTRIES: All entry forms must be submitted before Convention. The number of entries is limited to 4 per person for competition; an optional additional 4 can be entered for show only fee, they must all be on a cave subject. Artwork can be displayed but not judged if the artist so wishes, but must be stated on the entry form.
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Artwork to be shipped will go to a secure address given on acceptance only a week before Convention, or to arrive in the Salon in person, by 5pm Saturday of Convention week. All artwork must be labeled with TITLE and NAME OF ARTIST. All exhibits are encouraged to be sold at Salon or entered for NSS Auction. The NSS will deduct a 20% commission from all art sold. Previously awarded work is encouraged to be exhibited but will not be judged in the Salon. Applications will be screened and artists will be notified by mail or E-mail. Additional information and the Convention address to send artwork will be supplied at time of notification.CATEGORIES: Art will be judged in 6 categories:
Paint/Pastel (All work in paint or pastel medium)
Digital Multimedia (All work in digitized photographic and reproduction programs)
Sketch (All work produced in pencil and ink mediums)
Ceramic (All work as standing sculpture or worn) This category was the old 3D category
Mixed Media (All work produced by a mixture of mediums INCLUDING 3D WORK)
Textile (All work in the textile medium) INCLUDING QUILTSThere will be SUB-CATEGORIES for CARTOONS, WRITTEN WORD, and HISTORICAL-
ENTRY FORMS - Please click logo for adult and child entry forms. They may be submitted online, or printed and mailed. Paper copies may be obtained from the salon chair at the address below. Craft and Design. Textile, and Letters entries can also be submitted on the same form. The same rules and fees apply.
ENTRY FEE - Entry fees are per person. Make checks for entry fees payable to the NSS FAS.
$15 for adults. There will be a reduction for those who can assist with Salon week (contact the salon chair).
$5 for youth (12 and under).
The number of entries is limited to 4 per person for competition. An optional additional 4 may be entered for show only for an additional $10 fee; they do not have to be themed entries. The non-theme entry is a provision for artwork to be displayed but not judged if the artist so wishes.
JUDGING - Pre-selection for exhibition will occur prior to Convention. Judging will occur Monday of convention at 9am, by two professional artists and one caver of high standing within the NSS. The Cavers' Choice Award will be by ballot which starts at the opening reception on Monday afternoon until Thursday at noon.
RIGHTS AND CONDITIONS:
All entrants retain copyright and all moral and intellectual rights to their work. Credit will be included with all objects displayed. The NSS requests the following rights, which are optional. Indicate your agreement by marking the box(es) on the entry form.
The NSS may project these images during the award ceremony.
The NSS may publish images of winning objects in periodicals for the purpose of showcasing contest winners, within one year of the contest.
The NSS may use low-resolution images of these works on Web sites to announce the winners of this competition, for not more than one year.
The NSS may use images of these works in low resolution in a CD/DVD of all entries for an indefinite period. This CD/DVD will be lent to NSS members for viewing at no charge.
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