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"New Online Art Marketplace Offers Cash Grants to Emerging Visual Artists"
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA,
USA United States of America
iTheo.com, the first online
marketplace dedicated to the needs of emerging visual artists, today
announced it has created the iTheo.com Emerging Visual Artists Grant
Program designed to support and encourage independent and emerging
artists to pursue their creative endeavors. The program will award
$12,000 in cash grants to those demonstrating merit in four categories:
painting, photography, ceramics and glass. Artists must submit their
applications by February 7, 2000.
In addition, iTheo.com invites all artists to apply to exhibit their work for free on iTheo.comís Web-based marketplace, which is expected to launch in February 2000. All artists Ė including students, independents and those affiliated with professional art associations Ė are encouraged to apply. Winners will be notified on February 15, 2000.
I just finished my MFA Program and am finding that galleries are unresponsive, said Richard Shirley, a participating artist based in Los Angeles. iTheo.com is helping me get started and get discovered.
I am excited that a company like iTheo.com is offering a cash grant to emerging artists, said Ariege Arseguel, head of Alumni Relations at the San Francisco Art Institute. Providing this kind of support, exposure and encouragement is critical for all artists.
Grant applicants will be evaluated for excellence in their respective media, creativity and originality. Artists may apply in multiple categories, but an individual can win only one award. An outside panel of jurors comprised of art professors, curators and other art professionals specializing in each media will select the grant recipients. Each of the four winners will be awarded $3,000 cash and will be featured on iTheo.comís home page.
As the first art Web marketplace to offer a grant program, our goal at iTheo.com is to work with professional art associations, schools and individuals to select the most deserving up-and-coming artists and support their growth, said Akash Agarwal, iTheo.com president and CEO. Creating an online art marketplace that represents artistsí interests provides a unique venue for artists to showcase their works to a global audience.
How to Apply
Applicants must register online to become iTheo.com artists and submit between five to 20 slides of their work. Each individual should also include a biography and artist statement by the February 7, 2000 deadline. To apply and obtain more information about the iTheo.com Emerging Visual Artists Grant Program and dynamic new art marketplace, visit online at http://www.iTheo.com or call 415.558.8900, x104.