SAAC taking Abstract Show submissions

Staff Writer

The Starkville Area Arts Council is now taking submissions for its Art in Public Places Abstract Show.

Submissions are due by Aug. 17.

"The Abstract Show is an annual gallery exhibit where we give our artists an opportunity to submit and share their work in a group setting," SAAC ExecutiveDirector John Bateman said. "It is one of our shows that we repeat every year."

Some Art in Public Shows are artist-specific, but the Abstract Show and the Holiday Showcase at the end of each year continue annually.

All types of artwork will be accepted, including but not limited to photography, painting, drawing and illustration, ceramic and three-dimensional works, fiber art and more.

All works must be for sale, and SAAC charges a 20 percent commission on the sale, along with handles the collecting and reporting of sales taxes to the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

Each artist is welcome to submit up to three pieces for the show, and pieces must be gallery ready with wire hanging by Sept. 10 at the SAAC office.

The show will be installed at 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership lobby, and a reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 7 Sept. 13.

Bateman said the Art in Public Places program is an opportunity to provide a gallery experience is Starkville.

"We don't have an art gallery, and we want to help our artists show their work and get exposure, along with the practice of showing their work to the public," Bateman said. "Also, it is a way to connect our community through free events to arts in our area who they may not be aware of."

Bateman said Art in Public Places shows also allows non-local artists into Starkville to allow them to showcase their work.

Artists from outside the Starkville area are welcome to submit their work, but they must be willing to deliver and pick up their work.

The show will run through Nov. 12.

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Bateman said SAAC has also started showing gallery works online under the AiPP Store tab on the SAAC website.

"You can go online and see some of the galleries that are already up," Bateman said. "We're just testing the waters to see how we can help these artists sell their work."