Omaha Creative Institute
CSArt omaha patron level

Community Supported Art (CSArt) is a model of artistic production and distribution that supports artists in the creation of new work and helps them establish relationships with local collectors and patrons. Modeled after the concept of community supported agriculture, collectors buy a share of art at the beginning of a season that is comprised of locally-produced works by jury-selected artists. Over the course of the season, artists can meet participating collector shareholders at the CSArt preview exhibition and additional meet and greet events before the final pick-up event or “harvest.” 

 

applications open: November 9, 2017

Applications close: December 1, 2017

 

 

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10 local artists will be selected to create work for CSArt Omaha’s Patron level. Each artist will be asked to contribute existing work to a preview exhibition that will take place prior to CSArt shares being made available for sale. This exhibition is designed to entice potential patron shareholders to purchase a share by displaying work that is representative of each artist in style and content. 
 
After the preview exhibition, selected artists will receive a $1,500 stipend to create an edition of up to 50 signed and numbered pieces for the 50 shareholders at the Patron level. This must be new work described in the project proposal included as part of this application. Selected artists will have approximately 5 months to complete their work. Each of individual piece in the edition must be wrapped for shipping when finished to include in the handcrafted crate that will go to each shareholder. 

 

Eligibility

Any artist, collaborative duo, or artist collective maintaining a residence within the Omaha Metro Area including Washington, Douglas, Sarpy, and Saunders counties in Nebraska, and Pottawattamie, Mills, and Harrison counties in Iowa is eligible to apply.  Artists may submit applications that include proposals for visual (2D and 3D), sound, video, new media, literary, participatory, or experiential work. An undergraduate or graduate degree is not required to apply for CSArt. 
 
Artists may apply for both Patron and Collector levels but will be selected for only one. Separate applications must be submitted for each level. We’re looking for outstanding work at both levels that is reflective of an individual artist’s preferred workflow. If your work lends itself to the creation of multiples, consider applying for the Patron level. If you’re more interested in creating unique works, the Collector level may be more suitable.
 
For collaborative groups:
Artist collectives, collaborative groups, and duos, are eligible if:

  • All members of the group meet the eligibility requirements outlined above.
  • The primary creative output of each member of the group is generated within the group, not as an individual.
  • Members of the group are committed to working on a deeply collaborative level to advance the goals of the group, rather than those of the individuals within the group.
  • The group is not incorporated into a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Collaborative groups should submit a group resume and discuss the nature and duration of the collaboration in the artist statement.
 

criteria for selection

  • Strength of existing artistic work
  • Strength and feasibility of proposed work
  • Demonstrated commitment to expanding the parameters of traditional visual, literary, performance, or sound art practice in new and innovative ways
  • Potential of proposed work to engage widely diverse audiences

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
 

Work Sample:

  • Visual artists: Please provide up to 10 images of your work. (JPG files only, minimum of 1920 pixels on the longest side and 5.0MB maximum).   
  • Writers: Please provide up to 3 writing samples (2000 words max). 
  • Musicians: Please provide up to 2 audio examples of your work (WAV or MP3. 10MB max).
  • Performing Arts/Video: Please provide up to 2 video examples of your work (MOV or MP4. 3:00 minute combined max). 

When labeling your files, please use the following format: Lastname_Firstname_01; Doe_Jane_01.jpg, (for example).

Work Sample:

  • Visual artists: Please provide up to 10 images of your work. (JPG files only, minimum of 1920 pixels on the longest side and 5.0MB maximum).   
  • Writers: Please provide up to 3 writing samples (2000 words max). 
  • Musicians: Please provide up to 2 audio examples of your work (WAV or MP3. 10MB max).
  • Performing Arts/Video: Please provide up to 2 video examples of your work (MOV or MP4. 3:00 minute combined max). 

When labeling your files, please use the following format: Lastname_Firstname_01; Doe_Jane_01.jpg, (for example).

Works Cited Page:
Please upload a one-page document that lists the title, medium, dimensions, and an optional description (two sentence max) for each file included in your work sample.  Please make sure to list works in the same order that they appear in your work sample.
 
Artist CV / Resume:
Please upload a professional artist CV or resume that outlines your education, exhibition, publication, or performance history and any special appointments or notable awards you have received.
 
Artist Statement (300 words max):
Provide a brief artist statement related to the work sample provided. Consider describing major themes that recur in your work, your influences, how materials and/or process inform the content of your work, or how you situate your work in a broader context. 
 
Project Proposal: (500 words max): Please describe the concept/subject for the edition you plan to create for CSArt Omaha’s Patron level. Include a discussion of content, medium, and a brief timeline or production schedule for completion of the work. Are you creating object oriented work or proposing participatory or experiential work like tickets to a private performance, art walk, lesson, group painting session, etc.?

Budget: A completed budget, including estimated cost of materials and net payment to the artist, is required. This budget is not binding, but should give a general idea of how you plan to allocate the $1,500 stipend. Please note that artists must pay themselves. Any proposal where the artist does not receive payment will not be considered.
 

Jury Process:

A panel of local arts professionals and community members will review the applications and select the award winner by December 22, 2017.
 
If selected, artists must complete a contract with OCI. Artists will receive the full grant amount upon selection and are required to account for all funds spent by June 30, 2018, in a final report. Artists must provide at the time of contract execution a W-9 and completed and signed contract document. Selected artists are encouraged to attend all events to build relationships with patrons but must attend at least one CSArt meet and greet event, in addition to the final CSArt distribution event.