Just to recap the past 48 hours:
Let me make it clear that I did not win, the winner was Gracelee Lawrence, and she spoke beautifully about her work and about art in general. So please check out her work and her exhibition at grayDUCK next year.
But, I was chosen by last year’s winner, Jason Webb, to put up a show at Big Medium Gallery (at Bolm Studios) for East Austin Studio Tour (E.A.S.T.), approached about an interview from a contemporary art blog, offered free ink from Gamblin/Ampersand, and am in talks with someone about purchasing a print of mine. Plus! I got all these super cool gifts for getting into the Top 10 and Top 4 (super awesome magazines, free paint, gift cards, and museum memberships) , and am in two additional salon style exhibitions with the other contestants! So in this moment I feel like I did win. This was nothing but a blessing.
Even though I did frame from 11pm-4am, and managed to plan out a performance piece from my Conceptual Drawing class the next day. I slept for an hour, hung my show, drove back to class, and then went back to Austin for E.A.S.T., I am literally without a drop of energy. But good Lord have the past few days been killer.
Weâre Ba-aaack! New Location! New Judge! New awkwardness! Eyes Got It! is an open call art competition inspired by American Idol and other arts based, reality-TV game shows. Eyes Got It! was created by Salvador Castillo as an event for the 2010 East Austin Studio Tour. In contrast to traditional, juried call for entries, a panel of esteemed, local arts professionals will conduct their review process in front of a public audience and after 3 rounds of elimination will award one artist a solo exhibition. ROUND 1: AmericanIdol-style Yes/No voting. Each judge gets a vote. ROUND 2: Judges will critique Top 10 semi-finalists and eliminate 6. ROUND 3: Judges Q&A the final 4 artists in a studio visit. Judges deliberate and choose one winner. (Finalists must be present for Round 3) Through this public critique and its subsequent exhibitions, Eyes Got It! seeks to demystify the juried show process, illuminate critical reviews and highlight artists within the Austin community. For more info: http://eyesgotit.wordpress.com/
The competition I’m in tonight will be streamed online, 6:30/7:00pm to 9:30pm CST
Wish me luck! (Also, my buddy Enoch Rios is in the competition so cheer him on too)
Thank you so much, and yes I’m about to graduate.
I got my email just now that I am one of 10 artists that moved onto round 2 of the Eyes Got It! competition.
You should definitely come to the event this Friday, hang out and support some great local artists in the Austin area.