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7th Biennial Salmon Sculpture Competition in Memory of Pam Salmon
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Entry Deadline: 8/13/21
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Entry Fee (San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts): $20.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 9
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 3
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 9
Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: International
State: Texas

The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (SAMFA) seeks submissions for the 7th Biennial Salmon Sculpture Competition in Memory of Pam Salmon, a juried exhibition of outdoor sculpture. Open to all media suitable for long-term outdoor exposure. Up to12 large scale works will be chosen for installation at the Sunken Garden Park (South Abe Street between the Concho River and Avenue D), City of San Angelo.

Exhibition Juror – Emily Wilkinson, Director for Public Art, Texas Tech University System

NOTE: The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and the Salmon Sculpture Competition are not affiliated with the Texas Tech University System. Wilkinson is serving as an independent juror for this show.

Emily Wilkinson has served as the Public Art Director for the Texas Tech University System (TTUS) since early 2014. Working with a committee, Wilkinson oversees the Public Art Collection and Program, which solicits, evaluates, and commissions original public artworks to complement construction projects undertaken by the TTUS Office of Facilities Planning & Construction. She also handles the upkeep, maintenance, and public education of the artworks in the collection for each of the TTUS campuses, including Texas Tech University, Angelo State University, TTU Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Lubbock, TTUHSC Amarillo, TTUHSC Odessa, TTUHSC Abilene, and TTUHSC El Paso. 

Prior to her role as Public Art Director, Wilkinson was the Helen DeVitt Jones Endowed Manager of Education for the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas. She also has worked as a museum educator for the Lubbock Lake Landmark, Museum of Texas Tech University, and the Science Spectrum and OMNI Theater.

Wilkinson holds two master's degrees from Texas Tech University—one in museum science and another in education and is currently working on her PhD in Higher Education Administration with a focus on public art on higher education campuses. 
She is currently a member of the City of Lubbock’s Cultural Arts Grant Review Committee, a Councilor-at-Large on the Texas Association of Museums’ Board of Directors, and a contributing writer to Lubbock Moms.

Eligibility and Media - Open to all artists 18 and older. Artwork must have been completed within the last 5 years. All media suitable for long-term outdoor installation, and appropriate to be viewed by audiences of all ages in a public space, will be considered.  Artists must provide hardware and tools required for a safe and secure installation. Artwork submitted must be available for exhibition from October 15, 2021 through August 1, 2023.

Size Requirements: We are seeking large scale works, at least 4 feet tall (excluding the base), and a total of at least 9 feet when dimensions are added together (L + W + H). There is no weight limit.

Artwork will NOT be considered if: 1. The materials and construction will not withstand long-term display outdoors. 2. The sculpture does not meet the size requirements. 3. The content is inappropriate for children.

Entry Fee - A non-refundable entry fee of $20 per artist is required.

Cash Awards – First Prize: $2,000; 2nd Prize: $1,500; 3rd Prize: $1,000

Transportation – Artists are responsible for transporting and installing their artworks. A crane and forklift will be available to help with installing and de-installing artwork. Accepted artists are asked to schedule an installation time with SAMFA staff. Slabs or flat surfaces will be provided. A one-time payment of up to $1000, depending on distance, will be awarded each accepted artist to help defray transportation costs.

Location—San Angelo is in West Texas, 185 miles south of Lubbock, 260 miles west of Dallas, 240 miles northwest of San Antonio, and over 400 miles east of El Paso. It is not close to any state border. Please consider the distance before entering the competition.

Insurance – Artists are responsible for insurance when art is in transit. While installed in San Angelo, sculptures will be insured against property loss or damage through SAMFA (normal exclusions of inherent vice, vermin, acts of terrorism and war, and gradual deterioration and government confiscation apply).

Loan Agreement/Sales – Artists selected to participate will be required to sign a San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Loan Agreement. Artwork should be the property of the artist and preferably be available for sale during the exhibition. SAMFA will retain a 20% commission on all artwork sold during the show. 

Image Requirements – Submit up to 3 sculptures, 3 digital images per artwork. One audio file and/or one video file may be submitted, as well. All images must be in jpeg format in high resolution (at least 300 dpi). Label the images clearly with the title and “view #1, “view #2,” “detail,” etc.

Photography – Submitted photographs of artwork may be reproduced for educational and publicity purposes by SAMFA, and published on our website and social media. By entering the contest, each artist agrees to these terms of use. If the provided photo is taken by someone other than the artist, photo credit and copyright information must be included. Because of the public nature of the exhibit, we cannot control nor effectively prohibit photos taken by the general public.

Additional Programs – In conjunction with the exhibit several activities are planned. In addition to the Friday night Opening Gala at the Park, there will be a Sculpture Symposium at Angelo State University - A panel discussion concerning issues faced by contemporary sculptors will be conducted by the Museum Director, the Juror, and the exhibiting sculptor at the Angelo State University 193 Gallery. The Symposium is on Friday, October 15, 2021 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm.

Social Activities – For accepted artists, the weekend will begin on Thursday night with a pre-opening party. The Friday evening Opening Gala will be open to public and free of charge, with music and refreshments. There may be additional social activities for accepted artists and a rate discount for accommodations, to be announced.

Important Dates - 
August 13, 2021 Deadline to apply
August 23, 2021 Email notification
October 11-15, 2021 Delivery of Artwork
October 15, 2021 Exhibition Opening
October 15, 2021 Sculpture Symposium
August 2-13, 2023 Pick-up Artwork