Art Start: OCCCA’s Holiday Art Sale
November 5 thru December 10, 2016
Receptions: November 5th and December 3rd, 6-10 pm
Greetings, fellow artists!
Do you want to get your artwork out of your studio or a gallery and into the homes of deserving art lovers and beginning collectors? Do you want to serve a good cause and make some money off your artwork at the same time? ArtStart: OCCCA’s Holiday Art Sale affords you that opportunity.
The purpose of ArtStart is to offer gallery-quality art by professional artists at affordable prices to beginning art collectors, art lovers, and the general public. We all love popular mass-produced art forms like movies, books, and music. Original works of fine art should be accessible to the public as well. Get your work out there and into the world.
Art belongs to everyone.
No entry fee!
Each artwork must be priced at or under $250
Exhibition committee will select artwork for display
Hand delivery of work only
60/40 split of sales, 60% to the artist
Sold artwork will be taken home at time of sale, you can add a new work of same size and style of sold artwork (it is up to you to monitor if work is sold and to bring in a new piece)
How to submit work for consideration:
A) Submit three (3) jpeg images by email to email@example.com
with the subject ‘Art Start Entry for [your name]’
B) Each jpeg should be titled using the following format: Lastname_Firstname_Title_ArtStart.jpg
C) Include the following information in your email:
1. Your name and contact information
2. Title of each piece
Dates to remember:
October 2: Deadline to submit three (3) jpeg images for consideration,
October 16: Notifications sent
October 30. 12-5 pm: Drop-off of accepted artwork (no shipping allowed)
Please include this entry form with your work
Image: Kurt Weston, Grim Justice
Open Call for Art, Deadline to enter December 30, 2016
February 4 thru March 11, 2017
Curators: Pat Sparkuhl, Gregg Stone, Leslie Davis
CLICK TO ENTER
+++ All media will be considered, open to all countries +++
“If you would seek vengeance above all else, be sure to dig two graves.”
– Greek proverb
The U.S. now confines more than 2.2 million people in its prisons. This amounts to 1.2% percent of its population, more than any other country and eight times more per capita than Russia. Our incarcerated citizens have become a shadow nation, hidden and often forgotten. This shadow nation is supported by a budget estimated at 64 billion annually, or nearly 6% of our gross national product. Incarceration has become a big and rigorously privatized business. Our current approach has produced a profitable if brutal cycle: poverty and the absence of economic opportunity funnel individuals into crime, prisons militate against rehabilitation, convicts re-offend following release, and after arrest are returned to prison as compliant recidivists. As a result, U.S. recidivism rates are now at 68% and increase every year. In this environment, it’s hard to tell where justice ends and vengeance begins.
How did we get here? Starting in the 1970’s, our prison population underwent rapid and unprecedented growth. In 2016, we house 700% more prisoners than we did in 1970. This increase happened in spite of steady decreases in violent crime. The growth of the prison population was fueled by the mandatory minimum sentences of the “War on Drugs”, and the accompanying “tough on crime” legislation. Prisoners are now overwhelmingly African-American and Latino, and the majority have been imprisoned for non-violent offenses. Many struggle with drug addiction and mental illness. Prisons in a single state, California, now house more of the mentally ill and drug addicted than all of the hospitals in America.
As grim as this situation appears, there are proven and equitable models for reform. In rebuke to our badly broken justice system, Germany, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden provide examples of what compassionate, evidenced-based approaches to crime and punishment can accomplish. These countries achieve exceptionally low rates of crime and recidivism with lower total and per capita expenditures. All of them provide intensive rehabilitation programs for inmates in an environment modeled closely on the communities where they will be reintegrated. This is followed by extensive coordinated support services after release.
Any path to reform will begin with a demand for justice: justice for the incarcerated, for their families, and for communities devastated by the loss of essential members. We have reached a critical moment in the struggle for a better criminal justice system. It is crucial that the chorus of voices making this demand includes artists and that these artists be willing to wield the power of art to inform, to inspire, and to heal.
Leslie Diane Davis