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Momentum Juried Competition
1838 Parkwood Ave. Suite 120
Toledo, Ohio 43604-7925

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Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: National
State: Ohio
Entry Deadline: 7/17/17
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 10
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 13

Momentum Juried Competition

Artists working in glass, glass related materials, or materials referencing glass are invited to submit work for a juried competition/exhibition entitled, Momentum, taking place in downtown Toledo Ohio, beginning September 8, 2017.

The competition/exhibition is presented by The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, in conjunction with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, ProMedica Health System and Toledo’s philanthropic community as part of Momentum, a three-day festival of music and art in the city's downtown with a focus on the revitalizing waterfront.  The goal of the event is to celebrate Toledo's rich artistic history, its promising and evolving forward trajectory, and to draw thousands to the city.  

The festival will take place September 15-17, 2017 with the Momentum competition/exhibition taking place September 8 – October 14, 2017.  The festival will also include a downtown wide music event and a festival of art, music and public art in Promenade Park.

Curating Jurors:
Michael Killoren – CEO Morean Arts Center
Jennifer-Navva Milliken – New York based independent curator and writer whose work aims to serve as a catalyst for intriguing conversations between local traditions and new approaches in art, craft, and design.
Raul Paredes – Director of New Product Development and Design at Owens-Illinois

Led by The Arts Commission, the Momentum exhibition/competition will activate three floors of the historic downtown Secor Building located a few blocks from the waterfront.

The conceptual framework of the exhibition is as follows:
With a deep background in commercial production and the birthplace of the studio glass movement, Toledo has served as a nexus between art, industry, and innovation through its historical connection to the material of glass. Momentum seeks work that celebrates this unique narrative and work that evolves it.  Jurors will be selecting entries that exemplify:

  • Experimental or interdisciplinary works using glass as a material, in the spirit of the innovative technological developments in Toledo's glass industry, and the cooperation and curiosity that drove the first Experimental Glass Workshop, precipitating the Studio Glass Movement.
  • Artworks utilizing glass that connect to industrial glass processes, or utilize industrially produced glass materials.
  • Artworks that have been informed by one’s personal affiliation or history with the Toledo area.

Any size and medium of work will be considered including two-dimensional, three-dimensional works and installation.

Entries must have been completed after January 1, 2015.

All entries must be original. No giclees of canvas art, photographs reproduced on canvas (gallery wraps), copies of artworks, or reproductions will be accepted.

With the exception of Video entries, up to 5 individual works of art with a total of 10 images may be entered. (If you are submitting three-dimensional works or installations, please offer multiple views and details within the 10 image limit.)

Video entries are limited to a total of 3.

Deadline to apply: July 17, 2017
Entry Procedure
Having the following information and images ready before logging in to café will make your application process faster and more efficient. If you do not have a CaFE account, you will need to register for one at

  • Name, address, e-mail, phone number
  • Artwork title, year, media, materials, dimensions (please note weight of piece in your artist statement if it is more than 50 lbs.)
  • Artist Statement.  An artist statement of up to 1000 words may be submitted for each entry.
  • Artist’s CV or Resume. (You will be asked to upload this.) 
  • Retail price or insurance value if not for sale (NFS). Insurance value should be 60% of retail price. If an artwork is NFS, please use the 'Artist Statement' area to indicate this.
  • Images: have ready to upload JPEGs only; no smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side; file resolution - 72 ppi/dpi; file size - 5 MB (maximum). Save as Baseline Standard.
  • Label each entry on the Café Portfolio page with Lastname_Title’ or ‘Lastname_Title_detail’
  • For three-dimensional works, please include at least one detail and/or alternate view per piece.

Accepted Works
Entrants will be notified by August 11, 2017.

Accepted artwork should be ready to install with complete instructions for installation if necessary. Works with unusual or complex installation may require artist assistance during installation. All work must be shipped or hand-delivered to the exhibition location by September 1st in sturdy, re-usable containers, which will also be used for return shipping.  If shipped, include a UPS or Fed-Ex pre-paid return label in your package.

Instructions for pick-up and delivery will be sent upon acceptance.

A shipping stipend will be available to assist with costs associated to shipping work for the exhibition.

All work will be insured for the artist's stated insurance amount (or retail price minus commission) while it is on the Secor Building premises. Artists should insure shipped work while in transit.

The juror will select Awards and one or more Honorable Mentions.
1st Place $5,000  
2nd Place $3,000
3rd Place $1,000
There will also be two, $500 Honorable Mention Awards.

Important Dates
Deadline for entry:  July 17, 2017
Notification: August 11, 2017
Delivery and shipped work dates: September 1, 2017 
Exhibition dates: September 8 – October 14, 2017
Opening Reception:  September 16, 2017
Pick-Up:  October 23, 2017 unless other arrangements are made.
For questions about the exhibition please contact Crystal Phelps,   
For technical questions about the CaFE submission process, contact

Reproduction of Images:
Permission is granted to the organizers for reproduction of artwork for promotional purposes. Entry into the exhibition constitutes agreement with this understanding.

Sales: A consignment form must be submitted by the artist upon delivery of work or included with shipped entry. Work should be marked NFS if it is not available for purchase but please include value of work for insurance purposes. Please note that price of an accepted entry may not be changed. A 40% commission of the retail sale price will be charged by the host organizations. They will handle sales transactions while work is on exhibit and will make arrangements with buyer for pick-up or shipping. All sold objects must remain at the Secor Building for the duration of the exhibition.

Accepted entries will receive mailing address and instructions


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