Guest Juror - Alex Beard
The 5x5x5 Showhttps://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=7027
River Oaks' small art spectacle returns for 2019 for its 4th year! This remarkably fascinating showing of miniature works coincides with the gift giving season. Guest Juror for the 2019 Triple 5 is New Orleans artist, author and gallery owner Alex Beard.
Alex Beard is an American artist born in New York City who is now based out of New Orleans. His work ranges from simple and representational to abstract. He frequently draws and paints African wildlife using his unique gestural style. Beard attended Tufts Universityand received a degree in history and literature. He also studied classical drawing and painting at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Bostonand was an active participant in the New York Studio School's drawing marathon. In his early twenties Beard moved to New Orleans to study advanced painting at The New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. He most strongly credits all of his world travels for helping him develop his artistic skills and broadened perspective. Alex worked as a writer, artist, and photographer for Tribe Magazine, a small New Orleans magazine publication in the mid-nineties. It is in New Orleans that Alex opened his first gallery and open studio in the French Quarter. Displaced from New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina, Alex and his family moved back to New York City. Beard ran a studio in SoHowhich doubled as an exhibition place from 2006 to 2009. In 2009, Beard returned to New Orleans.
American painter and author Alex Beard is best known for his elaborate wildlife compositions created in his signature style of gesturalpainting, which he has coined “Abstract Naturalism.” Raised in a family that fostered philanthropy, creativity and exploration, Alex has traveled extensively around the world. The diverse cultures, colors, and climates of Africa, India, China, the Americas, and Australia have profoundly influenced both his professional and artistic practice. While earning his BA from Tufts University, he studied painting and drawing at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In his early twenties Alex moved to New Orleans to continue his formal training at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. Fueled by curiosity about the cultures and wildlife he had been exposed to in his early years, Alex has spent much of his life traveling to the some of the world’s most remote wildlife outposts - paintbrush in hand. His time in nature enables him to continually hone his style – creating complex compositions in which abstraction and figuration collide, while exploring themes of cultural and environmental interconnectivity. Alex’s work figures prominently in several private and public collections and he has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, including solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and abroad in Hong Kong. An impassioned conservationist and philanthropist, in 2012 Alex established The Watering Hole Foundation – a public charity engaged in saving endangered wildlife and preserving their environments. His documentary, Drawing the Line, fused his artistic talent with his dedication to preservation, chronicling the plight of the endangered Wild African Elephant, as seen through the eyes of a conservationist artist. In addition to producing a series of short films, Alex has authored and illustrated a critically acclaimed trilogy of storybooks published by Abrams. The series, Tales from the Watering Hole, includes The Jungle Grapevine(2008), Monkey See Monkey Draw(2009), and Crocodile Tears(2010). Alex’s studio in the heart of the New Orleans’ creative Magazine Street district. It is both the creative hub of his artistic practice and a successful enterprise. The studio is open to the public to encourage and foster interaction between the artist and his audience. Alex lives in New Orleans with his wife, two children, two dogs, a cat, and a mess of other critters at The Pink Elephant in the Garden District.
•2D and 3D works accepted. •Open to all media •Original works only •$15 artist entry fee
$500 Best in Show. 3 Merit Awards $100 each. Honorable Mention.
• Image size should be no larger than 5x5 or 25 square inches.
• Three dimensional work should stay with in the same size range 5”h x 5”w x 5”d - open to all media
• Original works only
• Open to all media
• When/if matting, the mat should be off-white or white in color.
• There is no color or material restrictions for framing. Framing should suite the piece and be ready to hang.
• Entry artists are allowed to submit 1 - 4 (max) pieces
• ALL SPECS SHOULD BE FOLLOWED IN ORDER TO BE INCLUDED.
• River Oaks receives a 30% commission on works sold.
• ROSAC reserves the right to photograph exhibited work/utilize digital images for reproduction in both printed and electronic materials for publicity.
Artists are responsible for shipping/insurance cost to/from the Art Center. Please have accepted artwork delivered by 5 pm Friday, November 8. All work must arrive w/ return shipping label. If no return label remitted, the item will remain in River Oak’s Gallery Gift Shop following the featured exhibition. Gift shop inventory - 30% commission rate will still apply. Entries will be returned in the same wrapping in which they were received (no peanuts please).
Alex Beard Workshop, November 13 & 14
Louisiana Artist, Author & Gallery Owner, Alex Beard ….
River Oaks Square Arts Center (ROSAC) is a contemporary visual arts and fine crafts center comprised of three galleries and resident artists studios. Since 1984, the Art Center occupies a near one block square lot in Downtown Alexandria's Cultural Arts District. Comprised of two complexes, one located on the National Registry of Historic Places and the other a 15,000 square foot Studio Annex, the organization houses 25 studios, 3 galleries, an on-site arts academy, gallery gift shop and rental space. During 2019, nearly 300 contemporary visual artists will be featured in exhibitions, artist calls and workshops. For over 35 years, the Center's primary mission is promotion of contemporary visual art and fine crafts; stimulating interest in, exhibition of, education through and appreciation for national, regional, resident artists and their work.
5x5x5 Show Dates Deadline to Enter: 10/12/19 Jury Acceptance Notification: 10/25/19 Deadline for Shipping: 11/8/19 Exhibition Opening Reception: 11/15/19 Exhibition Dates: 11/15/18 - 2/8/20 Return Shipment of Unsold Works: 3/7/20 No entry payment refunds.