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Showcase Noir: African American Artist and Designer Market
Showcase Noir
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
803 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Unspecified
State: Unspecified
Event Dates: 6/2/12 - 6/3/12
Entry Deadline: 6/2/12
Application Closed
Media Images:4

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Extended Deadline May 15, 2012

Application Fee: $0
Display Fee (due upon acceptance): $50

Showcase Noir display space, consisting of a 6 foot table and 2 chairs, is awarded by jury. The display area will be sheltered by a beautiful large canopy on Penn Avenue and Eighth Street in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District, in between two stages during the Pittsburgh Jazz Live Internation Festival, and during the Three Rivers Arts Festival. Artists who are interested in participating in Showcase Noir and who fulfill the eligibility requirements described in this prospectus must submit a completed application, an artist’s biography, and digital images of their work using

Saturday, June 2; 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 3; 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
(Overnight security is provided.)


The goal of Showcase Noir is to emphasize high quality artwork being created by contemporary African American artists. To ensure that we maintain the integrity of the show we establish standards that each artist must meet in order to be accepted. These stands are common to most fine art, fine craft shows. The work shown and sold in Showcase Noir must be of the same nature and quality as the images submitted for jurying. If an artist is working in a variety of styles within one medium, the application should reflect these various styles. All work shown in your submission must be representative of the work you plan to present at your table and for sale or available for order. The Showcase Noir staff reserves the right to request the removal of any work that differs from the slides submitted and accepted, as well as any inappropriate work or display.

ALL WORK MUST BE ORIGINAL, designed and crafted by the applicant. We do not accept work made from commercial molds, kids or patterns, nor other commercial methods. Copyrighted designs not owned by the artist are not permitted. No factory-made items are permitted. Absolutely no “buy-sell”. All artwork must be completely handmade by the artist. Showcase Noir is open to all African-American artists from within accepted medium categories (see categories below). All work must be original and designed and crafted by the artist.

All entries will be juried by the Showcase Noir Committee. Decisions will be based on quality, originality, and craftsmanship.

Since interaction between the artist and the public is fundamental to the event, the artist must be present during the entire event. No commercial agents, dealers or salespeople may operate the artist’s booth.

Collaborations/ partnerships are permitted, however all artists must represent this to the public and to Showcase Noir in your application. Artists may not display or sell work by apprentices or employees, only their own original work.

ASSISTANTS: Please bring an assistant or helper to help you set up, and so that you may take breaks as needed.

MEDIUM CATEGORIES: The following are accepted categories of artwork.

• Ceramic – original clay work other than jewelry
• Drawing – two-dimensional works in pencil, chalk, pastel, charcoal, pen & ink, etc.
• Wearable Fiber – any wearable work crafted from fiber, excluding leather and jewelry
• Non-wearable Fiber – non-wearable work crafted from fiber including fabric and paper
• Glass – works of glass that have been crafted by glass blowing, molding, casting or kiln-forming
• Precious Jewelry –jewelry crafted from precious materials (gold, silver, gemstones, etc.)
• Non-precious Jewelry – any jewelry crafted from non-precious materials (wood, clay, glass, etc.)
• Leather – any work crafted from leather other than jewelry
• Metal – any work crafted from metal other than jewelry
• Mixed Media – two and three-dimensional works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production (ceramic/fiber; wood/metal; assemblage, collage, etc.) Do not enter in this category if the range of your work includes more than one medium such as watercolor paintings and pen and ink drawings. You must apply in both of those categories separately. If work submitted is created in more than one medium please choose a category that represents the majority of the medium you use.
• Musical Instruments – original, hand-crafted, functional musical instruments
• Painting – two-dimensional works in paint including acrylic, oil, watercolor, etc.
• Photography – photographic prints created from the artist’s original negative that have been processed by the artist or under direct supervision of the artist
• Printmaking/Graphics – original works created using traditional printmaking methods including lithograph, block, serigraph, etc. as well as computer generated art
• Sculpture – three-dimensional original work created in any medium
• Wood – original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved

Deadline for applications: April 30, 2012
Showcase Noir will be juried by Pittsburgh arts professionals. The jurors’ decision will be announced on May 4, 2012. Application materials will not be returned.

Loading instructions will be sent upon acceptance.

A signed application is a commitment to show if your work is selected. Cancellations are discouraged. Notification must be received in writing to Showcase Noir by May 20, 2012. Works selected for display may not be removed until the event’s conclusion. Failure to comply with the cancellation policy may result in denial from future events.

Please do not:
• Submit artworks that do not fit the eligibility requirements as described in this prospectus
• Send hard copies of images of works
• Email your application

If you have questions regarding the application process, please email Showcase Noir at
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