Call for artists – Now See Hear 2018

Open to all visual artists, focus is Mid and West Lower Michigan

Coordinator: Smitty (Dudley) Smith, Folk Alliance Region Midwest

Submission Deadline (for participation): August 6, 2018

Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) is looking for visual artists (professional or amateur, experienced or beginner) to participate in Now See Hear. This project will provide a song to each of 16 visual artists, and ask them to create a work inspired by that song. Works will be displayed at the FARM folk music conference in Grand Rapids, MI, October 25 to 28, 2018.

Works will be created between August 15 and October 15, 2018. Art that can be displayed during the conference is preferred (under 200 pounds, smaller than 3 ft x 3 ft x 3 ft, typically painting, sculpture, video, collage, digital art, drawing, photograph, etc.), but if needed hi resolution images will be displayed. FARM will work with the artist to transport the art to the conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Art remains the property of the artist (and may be offered for sale during the conference or later – but FARM will not manage art sales). FARM retains the right to use images of the art on their website and in other ways. Art will be available for return to artists on Oct. 28, 2018

The songs will be written by the 2018 FARM Official Showcase musicians, who are chosen by a juried process and who will perform during the FARM conference. Artists will be encouraged to attend the musician’s performances (although the song used to inspire their art may not be performed that night).

FARM’s intent is to ask other musicians attending the conference to then write new songs based on these works of art. This would create a cycle of music and art that may go on forever. 2018 is the first year of this project – this year’s participating artists will be there at the beginning.

Interested artists should send an email to Smitty Smith at including the following information:
Subject line Now See Hear Submission
Artist’s Name and phone number
Artist website (if you have one)
Describe why you are interested in being part of this event
Describe what sort of art you typically create
Tell us how music has inspired your art in the past.

Artists selected to participate will be notified, and provided a song, by August 10th.

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