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The State of Water
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Entry Deadline: 3/12/20
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 3

Entry Fee (FIRST Object $25 Entry Fee - additional entries must be submitted separately. ): $25.00
Entry Fee (SECOND or THIRD object entry only - each additional object requires $10 fee ): $10.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 1
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 4
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: Florida
Event Dates: 3/20/20 - 3/29/20

"Water is life’s matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.” – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, M.D.

We are intrinsically and deeply tied to water, especially in Florida. The waters that surround us in the landscape, the waters that flow underneath our feet in the aquifer -- they nourish us, connect us, divide us, and inspire us. The works in this exhibition explore various “states” of water, from literal to figurative -- whether physically transcending states from liquid, to solid, to gas; to a flowing state of a winding river; to an emotional state flowing down a cheek; to a state of advancement from rising seas.

In anticipation of World Water Day on March 22nd, the State of Water will showcase up to 50 original works of art by the most talented artists residing in Gainesville and in surrounding communities. Established and emerging artists who reside in the North/Central Florida region are eligible to submit entries for consideration. The State of Water exhibition will be held at Cypress and Grove Brewery from March 20th - 29th, 2020 and coincide with the World Water Day Festival at the brewery on March 22nd and Art Walk on March 27th. Brewery address: 1001 NW 4th Street, Gainesville, 32601.

$1,000 in awards presented to the winning artists (see below) and event sponsor donations will be presented to our selected nonprofits that work hard to protect our waters! The nonprofits participating in the event are Florida Springs Institute, Kings Of The Springs, and Current Problems, Inc. 

Established and emerging artists in the Gainesville area and in the surrounding central and north Florida areas are eligible to submit up to 3 different objects for consideration for the exhibition. First object entry is $25 and 2nd object entry is $10 and 3rd object entry is $10. You can submit up to 3 photos of each object entered. The exhibition is open to two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of original art in most media, including painting, drawing, illustration, photography, print media, ceramic, sculpture, video and mixed media. Each entry must be completed via CaFÉ and must include a high resolution digital image of your original art. Only entries representing completed works of art will be considered. Jurors reserve the right not to exhibit a work if the object received is different from the one proposed with the application.

Entry Process
Each entry must be completed online via CaFÉ and must include an application, a nonrefundable entry fee of $25 for the first object, and a high resolution digital image (3 max) of your original art (uploaded to CaFÉ). Each additional object for consideration requires a nonrefundable entry fee of $10 and a high resolution digital image. There is a limit of 3 objects per artist. Digital images should be suitable for publication in promotional materials related to the exhibition: well-lit, well-focused, at least 300 DPI and 1200 x 1800 pixels. All entries must be submitted via CaFÉ by 9:59pm EST on March 11, 2020.

Entries will be reviewed by three jurors who will then select the final submission to be included in the exhibition. Jurors will also score exhibited art independently for prizes.

Juror 1: Tina Mullen, Director of UF Shands Arts in Medicine. 
  • Tina Mullen is the director of UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine in Gainesville, Florida where she leads a team of multi-disciplinary artists who specialize in delivering the creative arts to patients, families and staff in a complex health environment. For the past 28 years, Tina has been a leader in the growth of arts programming at UF Health, and influential in the arts in health discipline nationally through consultation, research and publications in program advancement, professionalization of the field and the impact of the arts and creativity on individual and community health.
Juror 2: Mimi Stocker, Community and School Outreach Coordinator, Harn Museum of Art. 
  • Mimi Stocker graduated from the University of Florida with her Bachelors of Art Degree in Art History in 2015. She has since worked in various art institutions including the Perez Art Museum Miami and the Harn Museum of Art. She is currently pursuing at graduate degree from UF in Art Education. 
Juror 3: Logan Marconi, Guest Curator, Gainesville FL. 
  • Logan Marconi’s artistic practice focuses on issues of existence and spirituality, particularly as this relates to immanence and transcendence, the meaningfulness of the self in the world, and the relationship of individual to environment.
In addition to selecting the exhibition artwork, jurors will award cash prizes for First Place ($500), Second Place ($250), Third Place ($150), and Honorable Mention ($100). Art will not be separated into categories for judging. 

Exhibition Rules
Works must be existing objects completed in the last three years. No substitutions are permitted and the jurors reserve the right not to exhibit a work if the object received is different from the one proposed with the application. Artworks should include a price or NFS. All works sold during the exhibition have a 20% commission retained from the sale price. The commission is divided among Cypress & Grove Brewing Company retaining 10% and Play Hard Florida, LLC retaining the other 10%. Play Hard Florida, LLC (PHF) does not participate in the sale of artwork. Cypress & Grove Brewing Company (C &G) staff will sell the art for its listed price and will not negotiate price with interested parties. The sale transaction will be handled by C &G staff - keeping record of sales and then mailing payment, less the 20% commission, to artist's address before or by April 30th, 2020.

Artwork will be installed by PHF staff and must be available for the entire run of the exhibition. 

Upon art delivery the artist is required to sign a "Release of Liability".

Two-dimensional art: All accepted 2-D artwork must be delivered to Cypress and Grove properly framed and with hanging hardware, such as wire, D-rings, or cleats (no sawtooth hangers). 2-D works must be no larger than 60”H x 60”L x 10”D.

Three-dimensional art: All accepted 3-D artwork must be self-supporting, stable, no sharp edges, weigh less than 60 pounds, and be no larger than 60”H x 40”L x 40”D. Video/Multimedia Art: All accepted artwork must have all technology necessary to project/run/display and be self-supporting. Staff reserves the right to reject work that is not properly presented for installation.

Image Use / Copyright: Artists retain all copyrights to submitted images and represented artwork. Artists selected for the exhibit grant event managers rights to use the submitted image/s on printed materials and on social media for promotional purposes only. Event managers retain no copyrights. 

Liability: Every care will be exercised in handling of works submitted. However, Play Hard Florida, LLC and Cypress & Grove Brewing Company will not be responsible for loss, claims or damages resulting from exhibiting your work. Insurance is the responsibility of the artist.

Delivery and Return of Selected Artwork
Method of delivery and return will be the responsibility of the artist.  
Delivery of selected art: Accepted works of art must be delivered to C & G on March 15th 1:00-4:00 p.m. or March 18th 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Pick up on April 18th 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. or April 19th 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. 
*If artwork needs to be picked up earlier, please contact CJ Oliverio at

Important Dates:
March 11, 2020 Submissions due online by 9:59pm EST
March 14, 2020 Notification of acceptance via email
March 15th (1-4pm), 18th (5:30-8:30pm) 2020 Art due at Cypress and Grove Brewing Company
March 20, 2020 Exhibition opens
March 29, 2020 Exhibition closes & public picks up their purchased art after 5pm
April 18th (1-4pm) or 19th (1-5pm), 2020 Dates to pick-up art 

Contact information:
For questions related to submitting to The State of Water, please contact Mimi Stocker, Community Art Show Curator 954-326-3686

Application Requirements

Eligibility Criteria