Visual Art Exhibition
The 2012 visual art exhibition will feature up to 300 works of art selected by esteemed curators and jurors. Selected art will be showcased throughout the two-weekend event, to up to 10,000 attendees. The Festival sells more art than any other erotic art festival, consistently selling an average of 25% of the work featured in the exhibition. The Festival stands by its mission to support living artists with low submission fees and competitive commission rates. All exhibiting and invited artists are also encouraged to sell their work in the popular Festival Store.
All artists age 18 and older are encouraged to submit up to five (5) works of erotic art of any medium. Sculptors, multimedia artists and painters are particularly encouraged to apply.
The jury will select pieces based on: quality of execution, depth of emotion, originality of subject, and thought provoking elements that instigate conversations about sexuality, erotica, art, and/or societal mores.
A different and new Festival jury is appointed every year, with careful consideration. To increase diversity of the selected art, the jury consists of an erotic artist, an art professional, an art collector, a sex positive activist, and a Festival committee member. Art is selected by a blind jury; jurors never know whose work they are reviewing during the process. Unknown and famous artists alike are given equal consideration and opportunity. Click here for more information about how the art exhibition comes to life.
The 2012 jurors are: Dan Savage, author, media pundit, sex advice columnist of “Savage Love”, and co-founder of the nationally recognized It Gets Better Project; Daniel McGlothlen, erotic art collector, bondage photographer, performance artist, and previous Festival artist; Ellen Forney, celebrated cartoonist and frequent Festival artist; Jim Duvall, award-winning photographer and founder of the Seattle Erotic Art Festival; Mistress Matisse, columnist, sexuality activist, and previously accepted Festival artist.
In order to show the work of successful and international artists who no longer choose to submit their work to juried shows, the Festival does include curated and invited artist sections as well. If you are a career artist who no longer enters work in juried exhibitions but would like to participate, please email exhibition@SeattleErotic.org for information.
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