Eyes Got It! 2011

I took the awkward feeling from last year’s event and accepted it as part of the process. So again I set to work on producing this event for the East Austin Studio Tour.

I tried to polish the prize packages with more tangible awards, namely a video profile and cash:

10 SEMI-FINALISTS:
Jerry’s Artarama gift certificate
Domy Books gift certificate
4 FINALISTS:
Individual membership to Mexic-Arte
New Art Austin vol. 1-3 catalogues from AMOA
Studio visit/Video feature on Glasstire (produced by Los Outsiders)
1 GRAND PRIZE WINNER:
Family-level membership to Mexic-Arte
Innovator-level membership to Arthouse
Women and Their Work 1 year membership + catalogue package
Subscription to Pastelegram (1st issue signed by artist Barry Stone & editor Ariel Evans)
Individual Membership to Blanton Museum of Art
$95 gift certificate to Holland Photo
$150 cash
Solo Show at grayDUCK Gallery

With a change of venue,

1819Rosewood hosted us on November 18th in their backyard.

(l to r)
Rachel Koper
Program Director, Women and Their Work
Andy Campbell
Senior Lecturer-Art History, Texas State University
Art Editor, thedestroyermag.com
Jules Buck Jones
Artist,
Member, MASS Gallery & BoozeFox Collective

The judges panel also experienced a change up. Jules Buck Jones joined as the Artist Judge and due to unforeseen circumstances, Andy Campbell graciously stepped into the Curator Judge seat at the eleventh hour.

Since last year’s Round 1 took so looooooooooooooooooong, I automated it this time with a slideshow. As the artists’ works cycled on screen, the judges answered questions concerning the open call process. Topics included; seeing/not seeing a theme from the applicants, being familiar with an artist’s work, and whether video art had an advantage in this online review, among others.

After each artists’ works there appeared 3 faces depicting what each judge had voted.
Yes :)
Maybe :|
No :(

Although Round 2 was planned as a discussion of the Top Ten, three artists tied for the 9th spot. I made an exception and made it the Top Ten +1.
Again, the artists’ works cycled on screen. But instead of faces, the judges took turns talking about their interests in these works.
After talking about all Top Ten +1, the judges huddled to determine which artists would be eliminated and which would go on to Round 3.

For Round 3 each Top 4 artist brought in actual pieces for judges to look at during the live critique. Inside the building away from the audience (but with a camera broadcasting to the backyard) the judges gave each artist a 10 minute “studio visit”.

While the judges deliberated about the winner, special guest and last year’s winner Chloe Yingst made a special recognition. She chose Emma Hadzi-Antich from amongst the TOP Ten +1 to display work at 1819Rosewood for the remainder of EAST.

After deliberations, Hollie Brown was selected as the winner of the Grand Prize!

Special

Group Hug!!

Solo Show

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