2015 Call for Emerging Artists at 45th annual PPAF

  • Authorparkpoint
  • Date 28 April 2015
  • CategoryUncategorized

CONLON PPAFDuluth, Minn. (April 24, 2015)—As an annual celebration of art and community, the Park Point Art Fair (PPAF) has long been a showcase for juried professional artists to sell original works in a variety of media. Now the nonprofit event is opening doors to up-and-coming artists in our community with a special opportunity.

Emerging artists ages 15-30 from the greater Duluth area will have the chance to display their (2-dimensional) work in a special designated area at the 45th annual PPAF, June 27-28, 2015 in Duluth. It’s free to apply, with a chance to be seen by 10,000+ visitors during the weekend event. A jury will select one artist for a special cash award and extend an invitation to the artist & volunteer dinner.

“In the spirit of fostering more participation in the arts—and a sense that you really can follow your passion into a career—we’re reaching out to share the work of young artists in our community,” says Carla Tamburro, PPAF Coordinator. “We’ll see new works by artists in the discovery phase of their expression. As a community, it’s an opportunity to meet these artists and to support and nurture local talent.”

How to apply: submit digital photos of up to 4 two-dimensional images (painting, drawing, photo, etc) and a brief description of your experience as an artist. (College and older, please share a CV.) Apply by May 10.

A jury will select participants and notify applicants by June 5. Accepted applicants’ work will be shown at PPAF on June 27-28 and promoted online. Apply by contacting Cameron Conlon at cameronconlon@yahoo.com

“As an artist, I know how valuable it can be get exposure, in person as well as online,” says Cameron Conlon, a painter and PPAF volunteer on the Emerging Artists team. “Artists will also get a chance to learn more about promoting themselves by working with us, such as by improving their CV.”

Tamburro, in addition to coordinating PPAF for the past 10 years, has worked as an art teacher at North Shore Community School and taught classes at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Duluth Public Schools Community Education, Walker Art Center and beyond.

“Art can be a life long pursuit for us all — whether it’s via creation or appreciation. That’s part of why the PPAF exists, and why our community is excited to reach out with this opportunity.”

The 2015 event is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota Sate Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. The 2015 Festival Support grant was matched by the Park Point Community Club, a 501c4 nonprofit that has presented the art fair for 44 years.

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  • Samantha Corbett 4 years ago


    I briefly saw a poster for your call to artists outside the studio at UMD for emerging artists. Is there still time to apply? I’ve found a few dates to apply by but I wasn’t sure!

    Much Gratitude,
    Samantha Corbett