Who is this? My name is Jessie. I’m a mixed media artist from Boston, now living an hour outside New York. You can visit my blog here: http://agirlcalled672.tumblr.com/
What is this? First Friday a la Web is an online gathering of artists from anywhere. That means YOU can submit your work to be featured in the online gallery. The gallery itself is a TUMBLR blog, and each first Friday of every month, I want to showcase between 5 to 10 artists. Each artist is responsible for giving me enough information about themselves, their work and contact info if a visitor likes what you do and wants to commission you.
Why are you doing this? Many artists have the luxury of renting/owning a studio space, often in a large building with other artists. Every First Friday, many open their doors to let in visitors, which is awesome. But not everyone can do this. I personally have no money, therefore, no studio space. And while I have a blog, it’s not always easy to get new waves of people to see it. FFalaW is about showing your work in a First Friday style that exposes your work to anyone who visits the FFalaW blog.
Where is this? The URL is http://firstfridayalaweb.tumblr.com/ You can follow it through your own tumblr, if you have one. You can sign up for a blog for free!
When is this? Every First Friday, all day. No time restrictions. Throughout the month, if there are enough artists participating, we can spotlight an artist and get an interview with them. It could even be you!
What does it cost? NOTHING! I can’t afford to pay even five bucks, so why should you have to? There is no money involved. All you need to do is give me information, found on the blog at firstfridayalaweb.tumblr.com. Copy, paste, fill it out and email it back to me at email@example.com. It’s that simple! No commission fees, no showcase fees. It’s not about money. It’s about you and your work.
Am I guaranteed a spot? Not necessarily. The point of the blog is to showcase working artists who are original, new and risk-taking. If I don’t think it’s ready to be shown, I’ll tell you why and how you can get me to change my mind.
College/Grad students: Feel free to submit work if you have an cohesive body of work, such as your thesis. No 30 minute figure drawings, please. I’m open to all mediums.
What do you accept? Sculpture, fashion, digital art, illustration, graphic design, textiles, architecture, paintings, drawings, mixed media, photography, printmaking, encaustic, etc…!
Do I have to live in America? NOPE. I don’t care where you come from. Send me your info and that’s all I need.
Do I need to be employed in the arts? NOPE. If you make art and you’re proud of it, then show it off. You could work at Home Depot, and it wouldn’t make a difference.
What info do you want, Jessie? Go to the blog: http://firstfridayalaweb.tumblr.com The first post there will be ready and waiting for you to fill out. Simply copy, paste, fill out and email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fill out all the required info. Missing info will result in not being included in First Friday a la Web. If I see it, I will let you know I need you to refill the form out.
Why didn’t you accept my work? Do you just hate me? You suck, Jessie! The most important thing about First Friday a la Web is that it’s for working, active artists who can’t afford a studio or membership to associations that would allow them to show their work live. As such, this online gallery’s function is to expose their art the same way a venue would.
That means that if you submit a pile of unfinished sketches of your dog napping, or a few studies of watercolor flowers, I can’t accept them. They are not ready for public consumption because you may not have put enough time or effort into them. Each unaccepted artist will receive an email from me stating why their work didn’t make the cut, and how to get in later. If you think I’m out to get you, then you are free to never visit the blog ever. No one’s going to force you to look, and no one is going to force me to show work that’s not ready.
So are you ready to show your work? Awesome. Send me the above info, and please double and triple check to make sure everything is filled out. Still confused? Let me know, and I’ll try to explain as best I can. Share this open call for work with everyone. Print it out and post it all over your city, your school, your local art galleries and museums (but no vandalizing!) Let’s get as many artists involved to exhibit their work for free online!
See you soon!