Calling All Artists: Brooklyn Open Studios and Contest

June 11, 2012

The Brooklyn Museum is reaching out to all artists in Brooklyn (with studios) with an interesting new crowd sourcing project called GO.

I just heard about this today. My friend Eleanor Traubman of Creative Times is helping to organize this. It’s called GO and it’s sponsored by the Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn-based artists are being encouraged to open their studios to the community on September 8–9, 2012.

Curator Sharon Matt Atkins had this to say on the Brooklyn Museum blog: “We wondered if there was a way to reach even more artists and to give the public greater access to Brooklyn artists. The Brooklyn Arts Council registry alone lists 6254 artists working here—too vast a number to be able to approach. We needed to figure out a way to access more of the great talent right here in our neighborhood (albeit an 81.8 square mile one!). At the same time, we also want to give the community a voice in the process and to see whose work you find interesting.”

Hello: GO.

This weekend long event is a combination Brooklyn-wide open studio weekend and contest to decide who should be included in an art show at the Museum. The ten artists with the most nominations will receive studio visits from Brooklyn Museum curators.  Two or more nominated artists will be chosen by the curators to have their work displayed as part of a Brooklyn Museum group exhibition opening at Target First Saturday on December 1, 2012

Talk about crowd sourcing.

If you’re an artist, you can get involved. If you just like looking at art, you can get involved, too.

And here’s how it works. On your mark, get set, GO:

–Community members registered as voters will visit studios and nominate artists for inclusion in a group exhibition to open at the Brooklyn Museum on Target First Saturday, December 1, 2012.

–Artist registration begins online June 4, 2012, and ends June 29, 2012. To participate, artists must have a studio in Brooklyn and be present during the open studio weekend, September 8–9, 2012.

–During the open studio weekend, voters will visit your studio and check in using text messaging, the GO mobile app, or the GO mobile website by entering a unique number identifying your studio.

–After voters have checked in to at least five studios, they will be eligible to nominate three artists from their visits for inclusion in an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum.

–The ten artists with the most nominations will receive studio visits from Brooklyn Museum curators. Two or more nominated artists will be chosen by the curators to have their work displayed as part of a Brooklyn Museum group exhibition opening at Target First Saturday on December 1, 2012

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