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!

The Modbo’s Reopening in May: New Works by Lisa Deen

The Modbo’s Reopening in May: New Works by Lisa Deen

The Modbo is excited to reopen for May’s First Friday exhibit: New works by Lisa Deen, a beautiful show of linoleum block prints and paintings.  The opening reception is from 5 pm until 9 pm on Friday, May 7th.  Masks are still required.  The show runs through Friday, May 28th. In addition to the opening reception, the gallery is open by appointment.  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 costs $3. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

Lisa is an artist, wife, mother of twins, educator, and Westerner. Born in California, raised in Colorado, educated in Minnesota, she then circled back around for another go. Married in Denver, moved to Santa Barbara, and back to Colorado Springs. The geographic narrative and physical environment are imprinted on her visual vocabulary and personal aesthetic showing the strong influence of the landscape of the arid southwest. Lisa’s education includes a BA from St. Olaf College with majors in music and visual art and a MA from the University of Northern Colorado. A passionate art educator, she has taught workshops and classes for elementary through college students. Lisa currently teaches in the art department at Pikes Peak Community College. Her paintings and mixed media works have been exhibited in Minnesota, Oregon, California, New Mexico, and Colorado.

Artist Statement:

How many times have art lecturers said that artists hold up the mirror to the world? It always seems cliched and simplistic. Of course, there is more: self expression, ego, escape, desire. Maybe all when the work is honest. Two and a half years ago I began creating linoleum block prints of old trees. It was the perfect medium to express the sinewy, gnarled, textured trunks and limbs. Nearly dead and worn from wind and weather, all still had some small hold on life. A single branch or a protected corner that kept living and growing. I sought to express experience not merely representation. And then collaging the work with acrylic paintings, I explored the meditative and sublime. The work was quiet and reflective – a retreat and meditation. Loving this work, I dove deep into subtle color variations and imagery. A year ago, a pandemic took over our world. The stress and anxiety of the unknown, the separation from friends and family, the absence of social activities shocked my mind and heart. As the world became unrecognizable, The Old One at Palmer Park became nearly indecipherable in its complexity. As an introvert enjoying solitude last summer, I embarked on Roots in Color feeling freedom from expectation and planning. In the fall, Exposed took a look beneath the earth while becoming an expression of incredible sadness. Roots Exposed is anchored but uncomfortably balanced. Broken, the subject struck by lightning long ago, is a complex, layered mess of texture. My thoughtful, pre-pandemic lines and grids gave way to painting without direction – putting texture and color to surface in a desperate grasp for normalcy. Illuminated, the final work of the year, represents the moments when light penetrates the darkness.

Call for Artists for Small Works XII

The Modbo is delighted to announce a Call for Artists for its wildly popular annual Small Works Show 12, 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 23rd, 2019.

All works must be under 18 inches in every dimension, including the frame (N.B., this is smaller than in years past!). There will be a $4 hanging fee per each piece that is accepted (after an on-the-spot jurying process). All pieces must be wired and ready to hang with two screw eyes or two D-rings on the back, no exceptions.  In other words, no alligator clips or the like.

There are no restrictions on subject matter or media, though we have limited space for 3-D/non-wallhangable work.

The show will open on Friday, December 6th, 2019 in both The Modbo and its adjoining gallery, S.P.Q.R

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

 

The Small Works Show Call for Artists

The Modbo is delighted to announce a Call for Artists for its wildly popular annual Small Works Show 11, 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 24th, 2018.

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.

There are no restrictions on subject matter or media, though we have limited space for 3-D/non-wallhangable work.

The show will open on Friday, December 7th, 2018 in both The Modbo and its adjoining gallery, S.P.Q.R., and will run through January 11th.

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

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: 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.