CALLS FOR ARTISTS

Get involved in the Colorado Springs local art community! We have only one or two calls for artists a year.  For sure, you should submit to our Annual Small Works show, which opens the first Friday in December, and the call for which is usually two weeks prior.  Other calls happen occasionally… check below to see if we have one coming up!

March’s First Friday at The Modbo: Rule Number 1: New Works by Christine Flores and Riley Bratzler

March’s First Friday at The Modbo: Rule Number 1: New Works by Christine Flores and Riley Bratzler

The Modbo presents March’s First Friday: “Rule Number 1: New Works by Christine Flores and Riley Bratzler.” The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, March 2nd.  There will be live music at 9 pm by My Name is Harriett.  The show runs through Friday, March 30th.  The Modbo is located in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs at 17C E. Bijou.  Find the stretch of Bijou that is between Cascade and Tejon, and go south down the alley. Street parking is available, but The Modbo recommends the lot on Cascade just north of Bijou, which is only a $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

“Rule Number 1: New Works by Christine Flores and Riley Bratzler” explores the theme of femininity. Although both artists created within the same theme, they worked separately to make their own bodies of work. The result is a collection of drawings by Flores and mixed media pieces by Bratzler that illustrate quiet moments of femininity. In her new body of work, Flores captures moments, people and objects that are — while not necessarily exclusive to women — representative of her experiences as a woman. Within her continued work for Visual Supply Company, Bratzler reviews thousands of sexualized images — i.e. deletes inappropriate dick pics — and as a way of coping with the emotional labor, she creates piercing portraits with colorful ornamentation.

Christine Flores is an artist living in her hometown of Colorado Springs. Inspired by storybooks, cartoons, and scientific imagery, she works primarily with dry media on paper to document and illustrate the joys and pains of her personal life. Using her art as a form of storytelling, she aims to connect with people in an intimate and tender way that is reminiscent of looking through a photo album with loved ones. As an art student at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and a gallery assistant at the Galleries of Contemporary Art, Flores dedicates most of her time to art, but she also enjoys climbing, hiking, biking, and taking care of her plants.

Riley Marlene Bratzler is a local printmaker, photographer and mixed-media artist. In 2013, Bratzler worked for Visual Supply Company, a creative start up. As a curator there, she selected various photographer’s work for both print and digital publications. She trained under Holly Garlow at Ragged Print Co., which jump started her love of printmaking. With her use of both representational and linear patterns, Bratzler creates vibrant prints that emphasize the female form. When not in the studio, Bratzler enjoys traveling, trying new food, and rock climbing.

February’s First Friday at The Modbo: “The Holes in My Heart” by Jo Carol Ciborowski

February’s First Friday at The Modbo: “The Holes in My Heart” by Jo Carol Ciborowski

The Modbo presents February’s First Friday: “The Holes in My Heart,” new art by Jo Carol Ciborowski. The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, February 2nd.  There will be live music at 9 pm by comedic piano duo Swelter and Burn.  The show runs through Friday, February 23rd.  The Modbo is located in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs at 17C E. Bijou.  Find the stretch of Bijou that is between Cascade and Tejon, and go south down the alley. Street parking is available, but The Modbo recommends the lot on Cascade just north of Bijou, which is only a $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

About the artist:

After studying art at Western Maryland College, Jo Carol dabbled in art projects throughout her years as a peripatetic Army spouse and the mom of two fabulous daughters, the most notable being the metamorphosis of a rural medical clinic in Plato, Missouri, into a cozy home.  Upon settling in Colorado Springs in 1996, she began pursuing art and taking numerous classes and workshops.  In 2000, she took a headlong plunge to make the “artist” title official by renting her first studio, and 17 years later, she now creates art at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, along with the 80 other artists who have studios there.

Jo Carol has frequently taught art to students of all ages– from preschoolers to senior citizens.  She most recently taught art to developmentally disabled adults for two years.  In her own art, Jo Carol delves into psychological issues as a way of processing life’s vicissitudes.  Her art has been juried into numerous shows in Colorado Springs, including several solo shows.  Her work graces collections across the country, especially in states where her relatives reside.

About “Holes in My Heart”

The heart, that which pumps life-blood throughout our body, has become over the centuries a symbol of the central wisdom of feeling as opposed to the head wisdom of reason.  In ancient Egypt, the heart represented life-essence and those who were mummified had their hearts preserved.  Some speculate the modern heart symbol was derived around 3,000 BC from the shape of the silphium plant seed, a common herbal contraceptive.  The heart emoticon made its first appearance in 1977 with the hugely popular “I ‘heart’ NY” ad campaign.  

Today, the heart as a symbol has a myriad of meanings: compassion, understanding, life-giving, longing, affection, the complex seat of our emotions.  “The Holes in My Heart” explores ways to observe our heart experiences– both our heart-joys and our heartbreaks– ways to observe without judgement and ways to accept fully all of our heart experiences.  Because that’s what makes us human.

A Call for Artists: it’s the Tenth Annual Small Works Exhibition!

A Call for Artists: it’s the Tenth Annual Small Works Exhibition!

The Modbo is delighted to announce a Call for Artists for its wildly popular annual Small Works Show 10, the original Colorado Springs small works exhibition!

Intake is at The Modbo and SPQR, 17B and 17C East Bijou, from 10 am until 3 pm on Saturday, November 18th, 2017.

All works must be under 24 inches in every dimension, including the frame. There will be a $4 hanging fee per each piece that is accepted (after a light jurying process). All pieces must be wired and ready to hang with two screw eyes or two D-rings on the back.

The show will open on Friday, December 1st, 2017  in both The Modbo and its adjoining gallery, S.P.Q.R., and will run through January 5th.

Questions? Email themodbo@gmail.com or leave a message at 633-4240.

Young Hot Sh*ts

Young Hot Sh*ts

The Modbo presents October’s First Friday on October 6th, 2017 with Young Hot Sh*ts, a show featuring work by young artists aged 17-25. First Friday’s reception happens from 5 pm til midnight, and the show remains up through Friday, October 27th. In an ongoing effort to foster and promote the careers and aspirations of young artists, this show features work in a wide range of sizes and media, all created by local youngsters. Don’t miss your chance to see the next wave of up-and-coming talent in Colorado Springs!

The Modbo is located in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs at 17C E. Bijou. Street parking is available, but The Modbo recommends the lot on Cascade just north of Bijou, which is only a $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

Young Hot Sh*ts: A Call for Artists aged 17-25

Young Hot Sh*ts: A Call for Artists aged 17-25

The Modbo proudly presents a rare call for artists for the upcoming Young Hot Sh*ts show!  In an ongoing effort to foster and promote the careers and aspirations of young artists, this show seeks work in all media from creatives aged 17-25.  There is no size or media limitation, but preference will be given to works that can hang on the wall, due to space constraints. Just $5 to enter up to three pieces.  All work must be brought to The Modbo, in the alley at 17C E. Bijou, 80903, between 10 am and 4 pm on Wednesday, October 4th.  

All work must be ready to hang, with two points of attachment, such as d-rings or screw eyes on the back. A frame isn’t absolutely necessary, but sturdiness is– for example, paper with two sticky tabs on the back will not suffice. A panel of jurors will evaluate the work, and decisions will be revealed at pickup the next day, October 5th. The show will open on Friday, October 6th.  Questions? Call Lauren at 633-4240 or email themodbo@gmail.com

Call For Artists – March 2017

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For just $12 (for up to three entries), you can enter your favorite fan art for The Modbo’s “Drowned in Moonlight” show, opening Friday, March 3rd. Depictions of celebrities who passed in 2016 up until the show’s submission date are welcome (e.g., Prince, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, David Bowie). Work and payment must be dropped off at The Modbo on Wednesday, March 1st, between noon and six.  Any piece submitted must be ready to hang, with two D-rings or eye screws affixed to the back of each piece — no exceptions.  A panel of three jurors will evaluate the work, and decisions will be revealed at pickup the next day, March 2nd.  Questions? Please email Lauren at themodbo@gmail.com.

Call for Artists – November 2016

Small Works 9

The Modbo is delighted to announce a Call for Artists for its wildly popular annual Small Works Show 9, the original Colorado Springs small works exhibition!

Intake is at The Modbo, 17C East Bijou, from 10 am until 3 pm on Saturday, November 19th, 2016.

All works must be under 24 inches in every dimension, including the frame. There will be a $4 hanging fee per each piece that is accepted (after a light jurying process). All pieces must be wired and ready to hang with two screw eyes or two D-rings on the back.

The show will open on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 in both The Modbo and its adjoining gallery, S.P.Q.R.

Questions? Email themodbo@gmail.com or leave a message at 633-4240.

Small Works Call for Artists on Saturday the 21st!

The Modbo is delighted to announce a Call for Artists for its wildly popular annual Small Works Show 8.

Intake is at The Modbo, 17C East Bijou, from 10 am until 3 pm on Saturday, November 21st, 2015.

All works must be under 24 inches in every dimension, including the frame. There will be a $4 hanging fee per each piece that is accepted (after a light jurying process). All pieces must be wired and ready to hang (two screw eyes or two D-rings).

The show will open on Friday, December 4th in both The Modbo and its adjoining gallery, S.P.Q.R.

Questions? Email themodbo@gmail.com .

Everything you need to know about Small Works submission.

The Modbo is delighted to announce a Call for Artists for its wildly popular annual Small Works Show– now in its seventh year! SEVENTH!!

Intake is at The Modbo, 17C East Bijou, from 10 am until 3 pm on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014.

All works must be under 24 inches in every dimension, including the frame. There will be a $3 hanging fee per each piece that is accepted (after a light jurying process). All pieces must be wired and ready to hang (two screw eyes or two D-rings).

The show will open on Friday, December 5th in both The Modbo and its adjoining gallery, S.P.Q.R.