Art as Defiance in a Time of Pandemic

Cumberland Arts Gallery Showcase
A Cumberland Arts 2020 Gallery Event

A Cumberland Arts Competition

As the world immerses into the surreal life of the COVID-19 pandemic, how does it impact the look and feel of the Town of Cumberland?  In order to capture this moment in history, Cumberland Arts Inc. (CA)  is sponsoring a unique art competition that blends several artistic styles with the challenges of social distancing.

Theme – Artists are invited to find an “indoor or outdoor” scene of inspiration in Cumberland that typifies to them the way in which the pandemic is playing out on the economic, physician and mental well-being of the Cumberland community.  The scene of inspiration must be within the Town of Cumberland limits.  Scroll down to see a map of Town limits.

Type of Media – Cumberland Arts is seeking two and three-dimensional artworks in all media with the exception of photography, jewelry, or digital art. No photography, jewelry or digital art allowed in this competition.

Inspiration – Artwork must convey the theme based on insights inspired by Cumberland’s community, town and atmosphere during the 2020 pandemic.

Registration – Deadline to submit registration is May 5, 2020.  The registration fee is $25.00 + $1.50 handling fee (total $26.50.) Each artist can submit up to two entries under the one registration fee.

Challenge – Artists should unveil the pure expression of their talent in showcasing the impact of COVID-19.  

Artist Guidelines and Important Dates

Guidelines:

  1. Artwork must convey the theme based on insights inspired by Cumberland’s community, town and atmosphere during the 2020 pandemic. Artwork must be based on an “indoor or outdoor” site/inspiration within the Cumberland Town limits. Scroll down to see a map of Town limits.   
  2. Artist may work from studio or in outdoor areas where safe and social distancing is practiced. 
  3. Maximum Size Requirements – 2D works 16×20; 3D works 12x12x18
  4. Submitted framed art needs to be ready to hang with wire attached to the back. Submittted three-dimensional art should be secured with a display base or appropriate stand. 
  5. Submissions (up to two per registered artist) are due June 27 – July 6, 2020.  Entries will be judged and then showcased to the public at a Reception (date TBD.) Artist will be allowed to have other limited works for display and sale.  

Please Note

Cumberland Arts, Inc. understands that there could be a delay in getting works of art framed due to state re-opening guidelines.

The artist is asked to attend the sale event so that there is a celebratory atmosphere with the interaction between the attendees and the artists. There is also the hope that attendance by the artists will promote the sale of the artwork.

Artists’ Terms of Agreement

Artist will:

  1. Submit registration by May 5, 2020.
  2. Complete “Art as Defiance in a Time of Pandemic” artwork per competition guidelines.
  3. Turn in completed artworks on June 27 through July 6, 2020 to Cumberland Arts, Inc. at Cumberland First Baptist Church, 116 S. Muessing Street, Cumberland, IN 46229. Drop off times to be arranged.
  4. Submitted framed art needs to be ready to hang with wire attached to the back. Submitted three-dimensional art should be secured with a display base or appropriate stand.
  5. Maximum Size Requirements – 2D works 16×20; 3D works 12x12x18 
  6. Up to two submitted works to be displayed and sold at event. (Date TBD based on relaxation of social distancing.)
  7. Agree to have art displayed within the Town of Cumberland (art can be sold on display.)
  8. Agree to a retail price commensurate with your normal pricing structure.
  9. A 25% commission on all sold works to be retained by Cumberland Arts, Inc.
  10. All sales will be handled by Cumberland Arts, Inc. 
  11. Allow images of artwork entered in competition to be used by Cumberland Arts, Inc. for publicity purposes. Artist can submit a high resolution image of work or arrangements can be made for Cumberland Arts to obtain the image.