Call Detail
2012 TACA Biennial: The Best of Tennessee Craft
c/o TACA
P.O. Box 120066
Nashville, TN 37212

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Call Type: Unspecified
Eligibility: Unspecified
State: Tennessee
Event Dates: 8/24/15 - 10/21/15
Entry Deadline: 5/17/13
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Entry Fee (2012 TACA Biennial: The Best of Tennessee Craft): $35.00
The Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA) seeks entries for its Biennial Exhibition, The Best of Tennessee Craft, to encourage and promote a high standard of excellence and design among Tennessee craft artists and to provide public visibility and recognition for the quality and diversity of crafts found in Tennessee. The exhibition is open to original works of craft created by craft artists 18 years or older, who are current residents of Tennessee, including students. Eligible craft categories include: basketry, clay, fiber, glass, wood, metals, leather, handmade paper, mixed media, other, printmaking, and photography. Up to 100 pieces of artwork will be selected for this fine craft exhibition. The 2012 Biennial Exhibition will be hosted by the Tennessee State Museum, located in Nashville, Tennessee. Dates for the exhibition are August 24 through October 21, 2012. A public reception will be held the evening of Saturday, September 29. GUEST JUROR Martha Connell, owner and director of the former Connell Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia will select works for the exhibition from submitted entries. Connell currently curates, consults and represents selected artists to place their work in museum collections. Ms. Connell has curated a number of museum exhibitions dealing with art quilts, figurative ceramics, studio furniture and woodturning, including an exhibition of turned wood that traveled in Europe as a cultural presentation of the United States through the USIA Arts America Program. She has served as juror and judge for many arts festivals and craft shows, including the Philadelphia Craft Show, Smithsonian Craft Show and Winter Park Arts Festival. She has also been a featured lecturer on many museum, university and art school programs and panelist at arts conferences. She has served on the Boards of Atlanta Landmarks, Inc., the Arts Festival of Atlanta, Studio Art Quilt Associates and is currently on the Board of Governors of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. ENTRIES AND ELIGIBILITY Artists may submit up to three (3) pieces for jurying. Each piece should be represented by one image; no detail views or images depicting the same piece from multiple angles. The competition is open to all craft artists 18 years or older, who are current residents of Tennessee, including students. Work must be original, completed since August 2010, not previously exhibited at a TACA Biennial, and within generally accepted craft categories. Printmaking and photography are acceptable; however, paintings and drawings will not be accepted. No person shall be excluded from entry on the grounds of race, national origin, sex, disability, or age. AWARDS Guest juror will select works to receive cash awards, including a $500 Best of Show. JURYING Jurying will be conducted solely from images submitted through CaFE’ (, an online application system for exhibitions maintained by WESTAF, the organization that maintains and manages Zapplication. Artists need only a computer with Internet access and an email account. Registration and answers to frequently asked questions at ENTRY FEE A single non-refundable fee of $35 ($30 for current TACA members) for image(s) of up to three (3) works, payable by credit or debit card, must be included at the time of application at CaFE’. DEADLINE FOR ENTRY All entry forms must be electronically submitted no later than midnight May 17, 2012. SALES The Tennessee State Museum will handle all sales with a forty percent (40%) commission taken at the time of purchase. Museum staff will use information provided by the artist on the entry form to follow up with each invited artist regarding REQUIRED LOAN AND SALES CONSIGNMENT FORMS which artists invited to exhibit will need to complete, sign & return to the Museum. The Tennessee Museum Store will arrange either for the buyer to pick up the work after the exhibition is over or for artwork to be shipped to the buyer (at the buyer’s expense). The artist also agrees that the Tennessee Museum Store will receive forty percent (40%) of the sales price established by the artist on the Museum-provided forms [note, this may be different from the insurance value communicated to the museum on the loan form, or it may be the same] and that payment of the artist’s sixty percent (60%) will be made only after the close of the exhibition. Artist payments will mailed in the form of a check issued within 30 days of the exhibition’s closing on October 21, 2012. In order to receive payment, a Social Security or FEIN number is required on the Museum-provided form, along with the artist’s signature. Artists will be notified of sales of their work only at the end of the exhibition. Note: If invited to exhibit, more detailed sales-related information will be provided to each invited artist. TRANSPORTATION/DELIVERY/INSTALLATION Work must be ready to hang or display. The artist must furnish any special hanging or display devices, including a mount if it is necessary for display, or, if it is meant to hang, including hanging equipment (e.g. a measured slat with pre-attached Velcro). Hanging pieces without hanging equipment (e.g. cleats/Velcro and corresponding slat/hanging rings, etc.) will not be displayed, or if there is available space, and at the Museum’s discretion, they may be laid flat. Note any special handling or care of your exhibit entry on a separate sheet of paper and include it in the shipping container with your entry. Each artist is responsible for the cost of transporting artwork to and from the Museum as well as insurance while in transit to and from the Museum. Artwork may be shipped or hand-delivered. If shipped, all artwork must include an artist-provided return shipping label included in the shipped artwork at the time the work is received by the Museum. Note: FedEx is the shipping company of choice. All work must be packed in strong reusable containers. Neither TACA nor the Tennessee State Museum will be responsible for breakage due to incorrect packing or inadequate containers. Artists will be notified immediately regarding work which arrives in damaged condition. Damaged work, or work that is damaged in transit, will not be exhibited and will be returned to the artist using the artist-provided shipping label. Alternatively, the artist may pick up the damaged work from the Museum in person. If shipping, artists are responsible for checking with the shipper regarding insurance and correct packing procedures. All artwork shipped must include a return shipping label provided by the artist at the time the artwork is delivered to the Museum for exhibit. Additionally, please make certain that the package will not arrive at the Museum on the weekend, when there is no certified registrarial staff on duty to receive it and take it to secure storage. Ship to: Attn.: Registrar Tennessee State Museum / TACA Biennial 505 Deaderick Street Nashville TN 37243-1120 Artists wishing to hand-deliver their artwork to the Museum may do so between August 06 and August 10 during Museum business hours (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST) and by reservation only. Reservations must be made no later than August 01. To make a reservation or for any specific hand-delivery instructions, contact Museum Director of Fabrication and Operations Ben Sanderfur at 615/253.0115 or All work to be exhibited, whether hand-delivered or shipped to the Museum, must be received between August 6-10, 2012. The Tennessee State Museum will use the same shipping/delivery method used by the artist for return of artwork, unless artwork has been sold. Unsold artwork will be returned using shipping label(s) provided by the artist or may be picked up in person. If picking up artwork, artists must make a reservation for pick-up on a weekday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CST during the week of October 22–26, 2012. To do this, they must contact Ben Sanderfur at 615/253.0115 or by October 17 to schedule a date and window of time for pick-up. Note: If invited to exhibit, more detailed artwork delivery-related information will be provided to each invited artist. LIABILITY The Tennessee State Museum will insure the exhibit entries fully against physical loss or damage for the insurance value indicated on the Museum’s Loan Form. The work cannot be insured if no value is indicated. Coverage is from the time of receipt at the Museum until it is shipped out again after the exhibition. The policy contains the usual exclusions for loss or damage that occurs by any event beyond the control of The Tennessee State Museum. During return shipment, the insurance regulations of your selected method of return will be in effect. The artist must provide any additional insurance if needed. IMPORTANT DATES May 17 Deadline for receipt of entries May 30 Notification of selection August 6 - 10 Receipt of selected work at the Tennessee State Museum August 24 to October 21 Exhibition open to public September 29 Public reception 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. CST October 22-26 Work returned to artist using artist- provided shipping labels or may be picked up in person
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