Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Beyond the Canvas: Marn's "sort of" Plein Air Competition

Hey Guys...I don't know what you think of this. Technically 
it is not a true plein air competition in the strict sense of plein air 
but since that is how it is positioned I felt I needed to share this.
Pre-registration is now available for "Beyond the Canvas" MARN's take
on Plein Air.  Not into plein air?  Wait!  Don't delete this message
read on:

For this event MARN hopes to broaden the scope of plein air by
including all types of media, hence the name, Beyond the Canvas.  By
expanding this plein air event to include not just traditional forms
like oils, acrylics, watercolors, and pastels but also motion picture
(time-based media), photography/digital images, printmaking, and
sculpture/assemblage we contemporize the art form.

Participants will be required to use the location to inform their work
and all assets must be gathered with in the 10-day time frame. However
the work does not necessarily need to be produced entirely on site.

Event Guidelines below and at  Registration form
available at

Ø       Open to all Media, Split into 5 Categories

o        Traditional (Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors, Pastels, Charcoal, Pencil)

o        Time-Based Media

o        Photography/Digital

o        Printmaking

o        Sculpture/Assemblage (found object from Valley or sculpted
from Valley influences)

Ø       Cash and Merchandise Awards for each category with additional
Best In Show Award

Ø       Work will be juried by Annemarie Sawkins; Haggerty Museum,
David Barnett; Barnett Gallery, & Tim Frautschi; local collector.

Ø       Pre-registration $35 through Sept 20, 2010.  $45 on-site
registration at Derse 3800 W. Canal St. Friday Oct. 1 2-6:30pm and
Saturday Oct. 2 10a-3p

Ø       Maximum dimension 36” in any direction

Ø       All artists must certify that work was conceived and executed
between October 1st and October 11th, 2010

Ø       Work will be delivered on October 11th 2010..

Ø       All artists must sign a liability waiver. Artists will be
responsible for their own health and safety requirements while
participating in Beyond the Canvas. Everyone paints at his or her own
risk. MARN assumes no responsibility for theft, damage or liability.
The artist is responsible for insurance of his or her artwork. We will
make our best effort to assure the security of the artwork once it is
at the judging and display site.

Ø       Artist’s packet will include a lanyard which should be worn
while working in the Valley to identify participants as artists

Ø       All work must be ready for presentation

o        Sculpture free standing or ready to mount

o        Works on canvas must be wired

o        Works on paper may be framed or able to be hung by spring clips

o        Time Based Media must include Mpeg4 capable digital picture
frame (which would be sold with work)

Ø       Work will be presented at silent auction closing on Oct 16th, 2010

o        Auction opens on October 15th 2010 in conjunction with
October’s Gallery Night and Day activities.  Exhibition will be at
Helios, 1207 W. Canal st.

o        Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday
October 16th, 2010 with the action closing at 8:00pm

o        Artist may specify opening bid (suggest ½ fair market value)

o        30/70 commission split (with 30% going to support MARN’s
continuing mission of professional development)

o       Abandoned art works will be considered a donation to MARN’s
Art Treasure Hunt silent auction in May 2011.  Work should be picked
up by Tuesday October 19th, 2010.

Melissa Musante
Executive Director
Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN)


  1. Hi Everyone,

    Just an update to Wendie's original post (and thanks for sharing!)

    I've very excited to announce the CASH prizes for Beyond the Canvas! We just found out the Helen Bader Foundation is sponsoring the event which means we can guarantee the following cash awards in each category:

    1st place $250
    2nd place $100
    3rd place $50

    PLUS Best in Show will receive an additional $500

    That's $2500 in cash prizes!

    So now I KNOW what you're thinking.... "Drat! I missed the pre-registration deadline!"

    Never fear, when we found out about the new sponsorship and the cash prizes it was going to allow we figured there might be some people out there who would want to participate but missed the pre-registration deadline. So, we've extended the pre-registration deadline to this Thursday, September 24th. That means you still have time to register at the $35 rate. But don't delay after Thursday you'll only be able to register in person at Derse (3800 W. Canal) on October 1st & 2nd for the regular rate of $45.

    Go to for the registration form. If paying by paypal you'll go to, login to you paypal account, and click "send money" to (we'll still need your info e-mailed to us though!). Otherwise download the form, and send a check to
    PO Box 713
    Milwaukee, WI 53201.

    Then come on down to Derse on October 1st or 2nd to get your artist's packet and get to work!

    Last but not least tell all your friends and collectors to join us at Helios, 1207 W Canal, for the show. The auction and preview will be open during gallery night and day October 15th 5-9pm and October 16th 10am-4pm with a collecting 101 lecture at 3pm. Then help us close out that auction and party the evening away at the closing reception from 4-8pm (auction will start to close at 6:45). Artists, please note, you are not flat out donating your work for the auction, you will receive 70% of the sale. And winners' pieces are also up for bids!

    Remember this event has been made possible by the generous support of our Sponsors: The Helen Bader Foundation, Menomonee Valley Partners, Friends of the Hank Aaron State Trail, Helios, Proven Direct, HGA Architects, and Derse.

    Melissa Musante (MARN)

  2. I am going to go and am looking forward to being there. Has no one in any competition completed their painting at home? Yes, plein air is different than a staged portrait or still life, but the capturing of the space, the documentation of your presence, seems like the true sense of plein air. The competitions we enjoy are not alla prima specific. So for the casting of dispersions, I find it offensive.
    jenny anderson