Welcome: Page by Page | Susan kae Grant

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Congratulations to Professor Susan Kae Grant for having her work included in the exhibition Welcome: Page by Page at The Center for Photography at Woodstock. The show ran from February 20 through April 10, 2016 in Woodstock, New York.

Welcome: Page by Page, curated by CPW’s new Executive Director Hannah Frieser, showcases artist books by an international cadre of photographers. The exhibition examines the art form of the small-edition book as a poignant expression of personal vision.


Reading with the Senses | Susan kae Grant

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Congratulations to Professor Susan Kae Grant for having her work included in the exhibition Reading with the Senses in the Roberts Gallery of the Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. The opening reception was March 24th and the exhibition ran from March 10 through April 17, 2016.

The exhibition featured 54 international contemporary artists’ books in a show curated by Ruth R. Rogers, curator of special collections at Wellesley College.

Call for Entry | Wanderlust

Due: March 19, 2016
Wanderlust | 23 Sandy Gallery

23 Sandy Gallery invites artists to participate in Wanderlust, a juried exhibition of book art about travel and place.

THEMEWanderlust is a word that can mean many things, but first and foremost it conjures travel, exploration and place. Wanderlust, a German word, made from “wandern,” which means walking, as in to take a walk, and “Lust,” desire. It can also mean a strong desire to travel or discover new places. Feel free to expand your definition of Wanderlust—explore, travel, inhabit—even if only between the pages.

MEDIA –This exhibit is open to handmade book and paper arts related works created as either edition or one-of-a-kind. Artist books, sculptural books, book objects, altered books, zines, and broadsides are all encouraged.

JUROR –This exhibition will be juried by Laura Russell, owner and director of 23 Sandy Gallery.

AWARDS – Three artists will receive Best of Show Awards. Winners are selected upon installation of the show. In addition, we will also award a Library Purchase Prize, as voted on by our library customers. This work will be purchased by the gallery and donated to one of the voting libraries.

March 19, 2016 at Midnight (PST)- Deadline for Submissions
APRIL 15, 2106 – Announcement of Jury Results Sent Via Email
MAY 20, 2016 – Artwork Due at Gallery
MAY 27, 2016 – Exhibition Opens at 23 Sandy Gallery
MAY 28, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. – Artists Reception at 23 Sandy Gallery
JULY 30, 2016 – Exhibition Closes at 23 Sandy

ONLINE AND PRINT CATALOGS 23 Sandy Gallery will publish a complete online catalog plus a full-color print catalog illustrating this exhibition. Entering this exhibition constitutes agreement that images may be used for publicity purposes.

DISPLAY OF BOOKS Here at 23 Sandy Gallery we feel very strongly that artist books need to be handled to be fully appreciated. Handi-Wipes are provided for gallery customers along with a friendly word about proper book handling. However, if your book is delicate and you would prefer it not be handled, please let us know and we will be happy to put a “do not touch” sign on it or display it behind glass. If your book is an edition you are welcome to send a display copy.

SIZE LIMITATIONS – All works are limited to 24 inches in any direction when displayed. One exception to this rule is long accordion books, which may extend out longer. Accordions allow us to shorten up the display width without losing the impact of the book.

FRAMING – Wall-hung work can either be hung framed or unframed attached with magnets and must include proper hanging hardware. If you are shipping framed work we recommend you ship the work with acrylic instead of glass.

ENTRIES – A maximum of three works may be submitted per artist. Work must be no more that five years old. Entries must be received online no later than the date listed above. All artists submitting to this exhibition will be notified via email. The gallery reserves the right to decline any accepted artwork upon delivery if the condition or quality is other than represented in the electronic entry. All submissions will be made online.

FEES – A $25 non-refundable entry fee covers up to three works and is payable upon submission. Just to clarify, the entry fee covers one, two or all three works, it is not a per work fee. When entering online you will pay via Paypal or any major credit card. You do not need a Paypal account to pay via credit card.

SALES – All work submitted must be for sale. We are a commercial gallery, and we firmly desire to support artists with more than just a line on their résumé. The artist receives 60% of the sale price. Sales sometimes happen after the exhibition. If a request to purchase artwork comes directly to the gallery after the artwork is returned to the artist, the gallery works with the artist and client to facilitate the sale. The terms of the consignment agreement herein are extended to govern such a situation.

PHOTOGRAPHS OF YOUR WORK – You may submit up to four photographs for each piece you are entering in this show. Remember, your photographs will be used not only for curating the show. They will also be used in a high-quality, printed catalog, so make sure they are high quality photographs. Most of our customers are university and museum libraries. Put your best photo forward as you never know who might notice your artwork. The 23 Sandy Blog features several articles about photographing your work. You can read them here.

PREPARING YOUR IMAGES FOR ENTRY – You may upload up to four views each of your three works submitted. Some key points to remember:

  • Name your files as yourlastname-1-a.jpg, yourlastname-1-b.jpg, yourlastname-1-c.jpg, yourlastname-2-a.jpg, etc. Your last name is followed by a HYPHEN and then the artwork number, which corresponds with the entry number on the online entry form. Another HYPHEN and then the a, b, or c letter are the additional views of that work. Like this:yourlastname-1-a.jpg
  • All JPGs must be 300 ppi, sized to 7 inches (or 2100 pixels) wide or tall in the longest direction. Images should be print quality RGB files.
  • Composite images are not acceptable. One view per image submitted only.
  • Black backgrounds on your photographs are not acceptable. Please shoot your photos on a neutral gray or white background. This allows us to present a cohesive printed catalog. (Black backgrounds are also bad because books lose shadow, dimension and scale on black backgrounds. Same happens when shooting white pages against a white background. We recommend gray for best results.)
  • Photos shot with a cell phone do not have enough resolution or quality for hi-resolution printing, which is important for our print catalogs. Please shoot with a real digital camera that has at least 8 megapixels.

SHIPPING – All artwork accepted into this show will ship to 23 Sandy Gallery. All shipping and shipping insurance costs to and from the Gallery are the responsibility of the artist and complete instructions will be provided upon acceptance into the show.

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS – Artists residing outside of the United States are welcome to enter this exhibition. The exhibition entry fee of $25 must be paid in US funds.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE – The Gallery is insured and shall be responsible for the safekeeping of all consigned artwork while in the Gallery’s possession. The Gallery shall be strictly liable to the artist for loss or damage (except for loss due to earthquake, flood or damage resulting from flaws inherent in the artwork), to the full value artist would have received from the Gallery if the artwork had been sold.

ONLINE ENTRY FORMClick here to access our online entry form for Wanderlust.

Email: 23sandygallery@gmail.com
Phone: 503-927-4409


Call for Entry | Artists Book Competition

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Due December 11, 2015

Artist Books Call for Entries 2015

The purposes of the competition and exhibition are:  to encourage the development of students’ work in the medium of Artists’ Books, to foster the creation of Artists’ Books, to reward excellence and creativity in the Artists’ Books, and to build the collection of Artists’ Books in the UNT Libraries’ Special Collections. Click here to view past winners currently in our Artists’ Book collection.

In addition to the exhibition, a $400 purchase award may be granted at the discretion of the jurors.  All eligible entries must be available for purchase into the UNT Special Collections for $400.  The item chosen for the purchase prize will become a permanent addition to the Rare Book Room collections.  Any Artists’ Books created within the last two years is eligible.  All media are welcome, although submitted work may not exceed 6′ in any direction. A maximum of three books may be submitted.  There is no jury fee.

Faculty/Staff and Community Members Category
Although entries in this category are not eligible to win the purchase award, the competition is open to faculty and staff of the University of North Texas and members of the local community. If you would like to enter up to three items in the competition, you are highly encouraged to do so. Even though the items are not eligible for the prize, if accepted, they will be on exhibit with the others from January – March 2016 in the Willis Library Forum, which will give the work exposure to the community.

Entry Procedure
A completed entry form, identification labels attached to individual works, notification form, and SASE for return of notification form must be included with the artwork.  Work will be accepted December 1st through 11th , 2015. Rules and entry forms are available to download and print.

Deadline: Friday, December 11 by 4:00pm.
Artists are encouraged to hand-deliver work to Willis Library, Library Services Desk, UNT, between 9am and 4pm Monday-Friday.

Work may be shipped in a reusable container prepaid via UPS, Parcel Post, or FedEx. It is the artist’s responsibility to include return shipping (please do NOT enclose checks or cash).

Ship work(s) to:
UNT Libraries Artists’ Book Competition
Attn: Mandy Rausch
University of North Texas
Willis Library
1155 Union Circle
Denton, Texas 76203
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 – 9:00am to Friday, December 11, 2015 – 4:00pm

Willis Library
Library Services Desk

TWU Department of Visual Arts Receives National Design Award | Susan kae Grant and Jana C. Perez

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Congratulations to Texas Woman’s University Professor in Photography and Book Arts, Susan kae Grant and Alumna and Associate Professor in Graphic Design, Jana C. Perez for being among a group of three faculty members in the Texas Woman’s University Department of Visual Arts who received a 2015 American Inhouse Design Award from Graphic Design USA for their exhibition catalog design.

The catalog “Seductive Alchemy/Books by Artists” was recognized for outstanding design in a competition with almost 6,000 entries nationwide, and only a few hundred projects selected as winners.

Michelle Hays, chair of the Department of Visual Arts, and Jana Perez, associate professor of visual arts, provided the art direction and design for the catalog. Susan kae Grant, professor of visual arts and Richard Klein created the photographs, along with a team of 10 TWU photography student assistants.

“Earning this national award validates the talent and creativity of our visual arts faculty,” Hays said. “We consistently push our students to exceed expectations in their work, and also do the same ourselves. We are thrilled by this honor.”

“Seductive Alchemy/Books by Artists” documents the Seductive Alchemy exhibit at TWU in January 2013, which featured 98 works by 80 artists from the United States, Great Britain, Europe and Australia. Ruth R. Rogers, curator of special collections at Wellesley College, served as the guest curator of the exhibit. For more information or to order a copy of the catalog visit http://www.seductivealchemy.net/about.html.

Among the other 2015 American Inhouse Design Award winners are the AARP, the American Heart Association, American University, Bank of America, Boeing, Capital One, Emory University, Gannett, LEGO, Marriott, McDonalds, Nike, PepsiCo, MTV, the United Nations, the University of Michigan, the U.S. Marine Corps and others.

Graphic Design USA, which publishes a monthly magazine for creative design professionals, has organized the Inhouse Design Award competition for nearly five decades. For more information, visit http://www.gdusa.com.

Susan kae Grant received an MFA in Photography and Book Arts in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 1975 she has produced 13 limited edition handmade books. Her most recent book, “Shadowed Memory” was created during a 2005 residency at Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester New York. She taught at Wayne State University from 1979-1981 and joined the faculty at Texas Womanʼs University in 1981 where she is currently Professor and Head of the Photography area. She is on the staff of the International Center of Photography where she teaches bookmaking workshops. In 2003 and 2005 she was the recipient of the Society for Photographic Education “Freestyle Crystal Apple Award” and “The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award” in 2004 from the Santa Fe Center for Photography.