Contemporary Art Month: Call For Entries. Artists. Unite.

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When I moved to San Antonio a little over a year ago, the city-wide event that I was most excited about being able to immerse myself in was Contemporary Art Month. So, it is with a genuine sense of excitement that Page and I announce our partnership with CAM as a Media Sponsor. This is the first of many CAM posts you will see in the coming months. We hope to be your go-to source for all things CAM, so get ready.

Contemporary Art Month has been going on in San Antonio, in one incarnation or another, for 29 years strong now. My how time flies, right? The striking aspect about CAM is that it is essentially by artists, for artists. As I am learning, this is an extremely egalitarian group. And as such, the life-blood of this organization is inclusiveness and participation.

The Mission Statement: “Contemporary Art Month seeks to promote and raise the national profile of San Antonio contemporary art and artists by organizing and facilitating a month-long celebration of contemporary art, providing marketing support, and by organizing and facilitating public education programs.”

What it does not say, is that CAM will chase you down and beg you to participate. However, if you believe in raising the bar for contemporary art in San Antonio, you MUST participate! The organization makes it amazingly easy to do so. These are things you need to know:

  • There is a modest fee — $15 for artist run spaces, $30 for commercial art galleries, and $50 for institutions.
  • There is a deadline to be included in the PRINT CALENDAR published by THE CURRENT: February 21, 2014
  • Just want to participate in CAM OPEN STUDIO DAY on March 23, 2014? This is a FREE listing. Boom!

So, my advice? Decide what you want to do, and how you want to participate. What happens if you miss the February 21st deadline? Well, you won’t be in the print calendar (which would be a shame), but you can still get your listing onto the CAM website calendar. It will be constantly updated throughout March.

Not feeling the vibe to get on the calendar this year? Or, perhaps your thing is to absorb, and perhaps, collect? Well, then I suggest that you get out to as many CAM events as you can. I guarantee you will be inspired. You will experience energetic and motivated people. You will see work you love. You will see work you hate. You will see work that you do not get on any level. This, to me, is the beauty of the whole experience. You will be stimulated. You will be piqued. One thing you will not be is bored. And if you are, well, I can’t help you.

So, head on over to the CAM website and check things out. Hurry!

I mean it!


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