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"Call for Artists: ASHES TO ART (R) - scattered"
2008-04-10 until 2008-08-01
Graton, CA, USA United States of America

Call for Artists: ASHES TO ART® | scattered presented by FUNERIA. Artists and design teams worldwide are invited to enter their new work for jurying, and the opportunity to win cash and other awards, in the 4th international exhibition of original contemporary funerary urns, vessels, reliquaries and personal memorial art. Deadline for entries: August 1, 2008. Exhibition: September 27-November 30, 2008. Opening Reception: Friday, September 26, 6-8 pm Venue: Art Honors Life (R) - The Gallery at FUNERIA. Graton, Sonoma County, California

Ashes to Art® | scattered

What will stand in for us when we're no longer here to speak for ourselves?

FUNERIA's Ashes to Art international competitions and biennial exhibitions have established a special niche in contemporary funerary art since the first light- and music-filled event opened to a waiting crowd at San Francisco's historic Fort Mason Center in 2001. They have opened new opportunities for artists to show and sell their work and they've helped the public broach a difficult subject through the most gentle and beautiful means. While funerary art remains a term applied most often to museum shows of ancient relics and burial wares, it is now a genre that is also engaging artists worldwide in issues that are timely and compelling.

Land use, carbon footprint, a shrinking planet and demographic trends are subjects that artists are exploring, even in the process of creating intimate objects that will serve individuals and families at the end of life. Artists are uniquely qualified to create work that embodies our personal mysteries and truths along with the cultural, social, spiritual, political and commercial contexts in which we live.

Apart from asking artists to fashion beautiful and finely crafted work, Ashes to Art | scattered also presents artists working in all media--clay, metal, glass, wood, stone, fiber, mixed media and innovative materials--with an opportunity to consider their larger role in contemporary culture by responding to questions such as these:

We know something about early cultures because we've studied their burial sites. How long is an urn expected to hold its contents before disappearing into the earth, water or air? What will our personal memorials and end-of-life practices tell future generations about us? If we want our bodies and ashes to dissolve into the natural environment over time in a biodegradable medium, is there one unique and artful object that will stand in for us when we're no longer hear to speak for ourselves?

Nearly 40% of respondents in a funeral industry survey said that they'd like their ashes scattered. What kind of beautiful vessels, cups or objects can survivors use that feels comfortable, meaningful, and specific to performing this service?

More families and individuals worldwide are selecting cremation over traditional burial than at any other time in history--even among people raised in a religious practice that has historically forbidden it. While many cremation urns will be buried or placed in a columbarium niche, what if there is no site to visit, or surviving family and friends are far away when it's time to celebrate, honor and memorialize ancestors and loved ones? What ritual objects and interactive processes can artists create or interpret in fresh and mindful ways that will help individuals and families connect ceremoniously with their past, present and future?

Please Download the full Prospectus, or request one by mail by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope (US postage only) to:

4th International Ashes to Art
PO Box 221
Graton, CA 95444-0221

If you have questions, you are welcome to contact us at arthonorslife@funeria.com or call 888 829 1966 (US Toll Free) or 707 829 1966 (Local)

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