Community Supported Art
You may have heard a thing or two about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). It’s a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food right from their local farms. Well ASC has put a spin on CSA and you don’t want to miss out. Visual and craft artists from the Charlotte region are seasonally invited to participate in ASC’s Community Supported Art (CSA) program, an exciting model of art support and distribution that establishes lasting relationships between collectors and patrons.
How does it work? Nine carefully selected artists receive a commission of $2,000 to create 50 works of art. This work is then sold in the form of 50 “shares” to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. A “share” will consist of one piece from each of the nine artists and will be delivered in 3 monthly allocations. These are exclusive events for shareholders only that enable artists and their patrons to meet and connect.
ASC’s Community Supported Art Program is an adaptation of the successful Community Supported Art program in Minneapolis/St. Paul which was created by mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts. ASC’s model is supported in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Over the last 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, ASC is seeking visual and craft artists from the Charlotte region to participate in our Spring 2018 Community Supported Art (CSA) Season.
The CSA program is an exciting model of art support and distribution that supports artists in the creation and promotion of new work and establishes relationships with local collectors and patrons. Nine selected artists will each receive a commission of $2,000 to create 50 works of art for the program. Work from the nine selected artists will then be sold in the form of 50 “shares” to local art collectors and patrons. A “share” will consist of one piece from each of the nine artists and will be delivered in 3 monthly allocations featuring the locally produced works in the Spring of 2018. Shares will be distributed at three unique, exclusive events that will provide opportunities for artists and patrons to further connect. Those selected will be formally contracted to participate in the program and assigned to one of three Spring 2018 pickup dates (TBD – in February, March and May).
- The Community Supported Art Program is open to visual and/or craft (clay, wood, fiber, glass, metal, natural products, mixed media) artists ages 18 and up working in either 2D or 3D and residing in the Charlotte Region including Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Union, or York (SC) counties during the application and the program season.
- Artists selected for the CSA program seasons in 2015, 2016 and 2017 are not eligible to apply again at this time. Artists selected for the 2013 and 2014 seasons may apply, provided that the proposal is for a new and significantly different series of work from your previous contribution.
- ASC Staff, Board members, or their immediate family members are not eligible to apply.
- Artists must also be able to deliver (or arrange delivery) of artwork to the Arts & Science Council offices or similar location in central Charlotte, have a fully developed page in the Artist Directory on CharlotteCultureGuide.com AND attend at least 2 of the 3 scheduled pickup events.
The deadline for consideration for the 2018 season has passed. Application deadline and details will be available in June 2018 for the following year.
How to Apply
You will be required to submit the following for consideration in the program:
- Artist Statement: A brief outline of your artistic journey, possibly including details about:
- Current and past work;
- Education, employment, and exhibitions;
- Why does the CSA program interest you as an artist?
- Work Samples:
- Up to four (4) images of recent work (3 years or less) that best represent the pieces you will create exclusively for the CSA program.
- CSA Artwork Proposal: A written and/or visual proposal detailing the work that you wish to be included in the CSA program. This should include:
- 50 pieces that are produced specifically for the CSA program. These may be 50 unique items, a series of prints or editions, hand-made items from an emerging product line, or anything else that is artistically produced from the fires within your soul. Given the nature of distribution, pieces should adhere to maximum dimensions of 12″ x 12″ x 12″.
- A description of the work that will be produced;
- Reference to relevant submitted work samples;
- If the proposed work differs significantly from the submitted work samples, please include a maximum of three (3) images in this document that will help illustrate your CSA concept.
- Description of proposed packaging. All works must be individually wrapped/packaged by the artist for delivery.
Due to high volume of applicants, ASC staff is unable to provide direct assistance to applicants. However, the following resources are available:
Artist Selection Process
Proposals will be reviewed in October 2017 by a jury panel comprised of qualified artists, curators, collectors and critics.
Applicants will be notified of panel decisions by November 10, 2017, and those selected will be formally contracted to participate in the program and assigned to one of three Spring 2018 pickup dates (TBD – in February, March and May). Please hold November 13th on your calendar for the CSA Reveal and Reunion. All selected 2018 CSA artists will be invited to participate in the evening’s festivities.
• While not everyone works small, consider how you will fit your piece into a 12″ x 12″ x 12″ size. I.e. If you usually make large-scale paintings, think about how you could get a sample of your work into a collector’s hands.
• Be realistic about what you can produce for the stipend allocated. Think of it as shareholders getting a “taste” of your work so you may consider different processes or materials to keep your time and expenses within reason.
• Keep in mind that this is a commission for unique artworks. Successful applications will be those presented in their original medium rather than reproductions of original work. The stipend is not intended for the purchase of 50 commercial products.
• Also note that participating artists need to consider the packaging and delivery of their work.
For more information on the Community Supported Art program, contact Liz Fitzgerald at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-335-3053.