Story from Within – Chinese American Artists' Reflection on Their Experience in MN

Republic of China (Taiwan) Centennial Celebration Commission of MN (ROC100 MN), along with Minnesota Chinese Cultural Services Center (MCCSC), Asian Media Access (AMA), Chinese American Academic and Professionals Association in MN (CAAPAM), International Festival of Burnsville (IFB), the Burnsville Performing Arts Center (BPAC), and several other Chinese community organizations are seeking artworks to display at the Third Annual Cultural Perspectives Exhibition; this year's exhibit is titled Story from Within – Chinese American Artists' Reflection on Their Experience in MN.  

Story from Within – Chinese American Artists' Reflection on Their Experience in MN

Republic of China (Taiwan) Centennial Celebration Commission of MN (ROC100 MN), along with Minnesota Chinese Cultural Services Center (MCCSC), Asian Media Access (AMA), Chinese American Academic and Professionals Association in MN (CAAPAM), International Festival of Burnsville (IFB), the Burnsville Performing Arts Center (BPAC), and several other Chinese community organizations are seeking artworks to display at the Third Annual Cultural Perspectives Exhibition; this year's exhibit is titled Story from Within – Chinese American Artists' Reflection on Their Experience in MN.  

"The Story from Within" is part of the project - The 100 Years of Chinese American History in MN from 1911 – 2011.

"100 Years of Chinese American History in MN from 1911 - 2011" has a special emphasis on the oral and photo history of Chinese American settlers in Minnesota.

Most of the photos and oral histories from this concise/publicized history of the Chinese in Minnesota, the newest addition to The People of Minnesota series, examines the rich history of our group from the early 1900s to 1970s. Minnesota Chinese Cultural Services Center (MCCSC) would like to pick up the torch, to interview and collect more stories and photos featuring Chinese American history after 1970s, and at the same time research more photo archives and family photo collections to add on what have been already preserved.

The project will capture information about Chinese immigration history, settling experience and their memories in relationships to historical events back in the homeland. The project will include: 12 Oral History Interviews with Chinese American Immigrants in MN; Photo and Audio/Video Exhibition, May – July, 2011 (along with Chinese American Artists' works); Educational Package with DVDs; Panel Discussion about the Chinese American Contribution in MN - Sept, 2011; www.ROC100Minnesota.info Web site. 

I. Guidelines:

The Third Annual Cultural Perspectives Exhibition will feature 2-dimensional art of any media, freestanding or pedestal mounted 3-dimensional work, and textiles. This exhibit will be part of the International Festival of Burnsville set to take place on Saturday, June 18, 2010.

We are looking for artists to define or describe 100 years of Chinese American History in MN, and a place we called home and/or Chinese American community in MN through their artwork, either symbolically or realistically. Artwork may conceptually, abstractly, or realistically visually demonstrate the artist's answers to these (although not limited to) questions: What do you see your Chinese American identity?   What is your family history, home or community in MN? What is a favored memory you have associated with history, home or community in MN? Artwork will be selected based on relevance to this theme and artistic excellence. 

II. Requirements:

• Two-dimensional artwork must be framed or on gallery wrapped canvas, and ready to hang with wire hangers – no saw-tooth hangers

• Three-dimensional work must fit on one the following pedestal dimensions if not freestanding: 23 1/2" x 23 1/2", 31" x 33 1/2", or 23 1/2" x 33"

• Two-dimensional artwork must have a label affixed to the back with the artist's name and the title of the piece

• The following will not be accepted:

- Artwork previously exhibited at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center

- Kits and molds

- Copies of artwork, photographs (other than by the artist), and published or copyrighted materials such as from calendars, catalogs, or post cards 

III. Eligibility and Other Detailed Information:

Cultural Perspectives is open to all Chinese American artists 18 years or older. 

Sales: The selected art works will be displayed at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center (BPAC)' Arts Gallery free of charge. BPAC will handle the sale of artwork during the exhibit as a service to the artist. **25% commission will be charged by BPAC. 

Application: In order to be eligible for consideration, artists must submit ALL of the following:

• Name, address, e-mail address and day and evening phone numbers.

• Artist/artwork statement, specifically including a description of how artwork submitted for consideration is relevant to this specific theme

• Images of artwork you would like considered, or if artwork is in progress, images of past artwork and a thorough description of artwork in progress for exhibit

• An image list with your name, and the title, medium, price, and dimensions of each artwork

• Images may be submitted in one of the following forms:

- Photographs (label each photo with your name and title of work)

- URLs, if you are submitting a web page(s)

- CD-ROMs (label with your name)

• Return packaging and postage (if you would like us to return your work samples by mail, include sufficient packaging and postage with your application or your samples will not be returned.)

*All possible care will be taken of artwork, and all artwork will be under 24-hour surveillance. The Republic of China (Taiwan) Centennial Celebration Commission of MN (ROC100 MN), along with all other sponsors and co-sponsors are not responsible for loss or damage to artwork. Artists must arrange art insurance if desired. All participating artists will be required to sign a liability waiver at artwork drop off.

 Important Dates:

• Firm deadline for submission is 5:00 pm, Friday, May 20, 2010

• All applicants will be notified of the selection decision by Wednesday, May 25

• Accepted work must be delivered to the Burnsville Performing Arts Center and ready for installation, June 7-9 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

• Opening Reception: Sat, June 18th from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

• Artwork MUST be picked up at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center from July 18 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

• Art Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and open to patrons during events and performances 

Application materials and work samples may be mailed, dropped off, or e-mailed to: Alejandra Pelinka, Art Gallery Director, Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville, MN 55337; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Call 952-895-4685 for additional information or visit www.burnsville.org/ifb 

For general questions, please contact either of the following: Ange Huang - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 612-376-7718 Amy Shih - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 651-330-9626. 

Activity is made possible in part by funds provided by the MN Historical Society, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council from a grant from The McKnight Foundation and an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature.

Proudly brought to you by: Republic of China (Taiwan) Centennial Celebration Commission of MN (ROC100 MN), Minnesota Chinese Cultural Services Center (MCCSC), Chinese American Academic and Professionals Association in MN (CAAPAM), International Festival of Burnsville (IFB), Burnsville Performing Arts Center (BPAC), Asian Media Access.

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