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Contemporary Craft call for entries: Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize Award

Contemporary Craft invites artists working in found materials to apply for the 2017 Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize. Emerging artists are especially encouraged to apply. The $5,000 prize will be awarded to a work created between January 2017 and January 2018 that addresses the theme of “transformation.” This biennial award, which is given in conjunction with a catalogue, video profile and juried exhibition, is funded by the daughters of Elizabeth R. Raphael, the founder of Contemporary Craft and a nationally known figure in the contemporary art scene for many decades. Prizes are selected by medium, with the designated medium changing with each biennial award. Find the prospectus and application instructions online. All digital entries must be received by June 9 at 5 p.m.  

Call for art – Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home

scc-exteriorThe Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh is seeking artists whose work reflects an interest in topics related to home, shelter, homelessness, and displacement. Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home will convey personal stories and experiences to demonstrate the impact displacement has on individuals and society and how the arts can guide thoughtful conversation on the topic. The exhibition will highlight a variety of techniques and forms that include innovative art expressions rooted in traditional craft materials (clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and found objects).  The exhibition will run September 8, 2017 to February 17, 2018. Submission guidelines are available online. All submissions must be received by December 1, 2016. About the Society for Contemporary Craft Presenting contemporary art in craft media by international, national and regional artists since 1971, the Society for Contemporary Craft offers cutting-edge exhibitions focused on multicultural diversity and non-mainstream art, as well as a range of classes, community outreach programs and a retail store. Through its mission of engaging the public in creative experiences through contemporary craft, SCC offers meaningful art opportunities for more than 145,000 people a year through four core values: providing vital support for artists;  filling critical gaps in public education; sharing cross cultural perspectives; and using art to build community.