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ACCR/MICA Art + Community

Maryland Institute College of Art Alumni Association invites you to participate in ACCR / MICA: Art + Community, an exhibition and project organized by The Art Connection in the Capital Region that connects artwork by MICA Alumni with nonprofit organizations throughout the Greater Metropolitan Washington, DC area.

How Did the Project Originate?

ACCR / MICA: Art + Community is a community outreach initiative organized by ACCR with the support of the MICA Alumni Association. This project serves to bring together MICA Alumni who wish to donate their artwork and carefully screened nonprofit community service agencies that qualify to receive it.

A similar project, which took place in 2004, was developed in cooperation with The Art Connection in Boston, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 by Fay Chandler, a 1967 graduate of MICA’s Hoffberger School of Painting. Operating on a similar premise, ACCR / MICA: Art + Community will place original artwork donated by MICA Alumni in the permanent collections of selected nonprofit and public service organizations throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Where In The Agencies Will The Donated Artwork Be Displayed?

The artwork will be displayed in secure public areas of the agencies where its presence will enrich the lives of those who work in and are served by such organizations. Sites will be carefully selected and screened by ACCR. The number of organizations receiving artwork will be determined by the number of works donated. A permanent plaque, with information about the artist, artwork, and the project will be displayed alongside the work both during the MICA exhibition and at the permanent installation site.

When Will the Donated Artwork Go On Display at MICA?

The project will culminate in a major exhibition in MICA’s Decker Gallery, June 5-16, 2013. The artwork will be moved to the recipient agencies at the conclusion of the MICA exhibition where it will remain on permanent display.

How Do I Contribute Artwork?

This is a juried exhibition and project. ACCR / MICA will work to ensure that all artwork is placed in a participating organization, but placements cannot be guaranteed.

To be considered for participation in ACCR / MICA: Art + Community you must complete an Artwork Submission Form and are invited to upload up to four images. The form is available through MICA’s website.

Submissions must be received no later than May 3, 2013.

Up to two works of art will be selected for inclusion. If more than one work of art is selected, ACCR reserves the right to make this work available for sale during the exhibition, otherwise, both works will be made available for donation. Proceeds from the sale of all work will directly benefit ACCR’s art donation and placement program. Please note that 40% of each sale will be returned to the artist.

Once artwork is installed, representatives from participating nonprofits will have an opportunity to tour the exhibition and select artwork for permanent display within their agencies. After the artwork has been selected, artists will be provided details regarding the placement and will be required to sign a donor form transferring ownership of the work.

If Selected, When Should the Work Be Delivered?

Artwork must be received at MICA no later than May 24, 2013, and can either be shipped or dropped off.

Who Do I Contact with Questions?

Julie Ann Cavnor, Executive Director
202 536 2607 / j cavnor@artconnection-cr.org

What Type of Artwork is Considered Appropriate for ACCR / MICA: Art + Community?

Artwork Guidelines

  • Original 2-D wall hanging art not exceeding 40" x 60" in height or width or extending in depth more than 6" from the wall.
  • 3-D wall hanging work is acceptable if its falls within all other guidelines.
  • All mediums, with the exception of video, installation and sculpture.
  • Work should be framed (if necessary). No glass should be used; use Plexi glass for framing, or for exceptionally fragile work that might incur damage in shipping or while on display.
  • Work must be delivered framed or mounted in a professional manner and have all necessary hardware attached for installation.
  • Because of the nature of the organizations that will be exhibiting the work, artwork with subject matter that might be considered emotionally disturbing should not be submitted.
  • Up to four images of artwork can be submitted for consideration.
  • Insure your artwork when shipping.
  • Make copies of all information sent to us for your files.
  • If there is a question regarding whether an artwork should be submitted, the decision will be made by ACCR.

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