Dear Mr. Shark,
We are delighted to tell you that you have been nominated for a Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Individual Artist Award, the first actual Shark to be thus uhhhmmmmm......'honored'
January 18, 2008
Dear Mr. Kimler,
We are delighted to tell you that you have been nominated for a Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Individual Artist Award. Now in its eighth year, these $15,000 awards are given annually to three Chicago-based visual artists; one emerging artist, and two other artists with already-established artistic practices. You have been nominated as an established, working artist.
DON'T YOU MEAN ESTABLISHED, SWIMMING FISH?
The information below describes the award selection process and artist eligibility criteria. Please read the following information carefully and then return the candidates’ agreement letter by February 1, 2008 advising us of your decision to apply or withdraw from consideration. (Your return letter is, in part, our way of knowing that you have received the nomination packet.) In order to be considered for the award, please complete the enclosed submission packet at your earliest convenience. All materials must be received at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation office no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, March 14, 2008. No extensions will be granted.
The Individual Artist Award process:
Seventeen Chicago-area visual arts professionals (working artists, curators, academics, etc.) each nominate three candidates for an Individual Artist Award. The nominators -- who will remain anonymous – have been selected based on their expertise and commitment to the visual arts, their familiarity with current artistic trends and practices,
(YOU MEAN LIKE THIS?) and their ethnic, geographic and gender diversity.
Each nominator recommends one emerging artist (defined as an individual who, regardless of age or career span, is just beginning to attract attention) and two artists who have reached a certain level of accomplishment (they may have had shows, and may have even won other awards but they are also at a point in their careers when such support is likely to have important impact on their work.).
We asked nominators to judge artists’ past work and future promise. Our goal is to support and encourage excellence, artistry, focus, direction, maturity, and originality. There are no restrictions on how winners may use the award money.
Once all nominated artist application materials have been received, a jury panel of five artists and arts professionals will meet to discuss and review the submissions. The winners will be determined in May, at which point all nominated artist will be informed of the decision.
All artists must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for an Individual Artist Award: • Must be currently creating artwork and living as a working artist. Artist may be professionally-trained, academically-trained, or self-taught. • Must live or have lived in the Chicago metropolitan area for at least one year prior to the nomination. (For the purposes of this award, the Chicago metropolitan area is defined as the counties of Cook, DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Kane and Will.) • Eligible visual arts media include: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, video/film, fiber, book arts, mixed media, installation, representational and conceptual arts.
Ineligible candidates are: • Currently enrolled art students (full-time or part-time) in a degree-granting program • Current employees of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation or Driehaus Capital Management; • Past winners of The Richard H. Driehaus Individual Artist Award
Artists who have won this award in previous years are: Brett Bloom, Nyame O. Brown, Paola Cabal (emerging artist winner in 2006), Nick Cave, Juan Angel Chávez, Julia Fish, Gaylen Gerber -WAIT A MINUTE! THE SHARK IS FUSSY ABOUT WHO HE SHARES THE WATER WITH-),
Vanalyne Green, Gisela E. Insuaste (emerging artist winner in 2004), Judy Ledgerwood-(ANOTHER DEAL BREAKER!)), Laura Letinsky, Brennan McGaffey, Helen Mirra, Darrel Morris, A. Laurie Palmer, Dan Peterman, David Philpot, Karen Reimer, Richard Rezac, Sumakshi Singh (emerging artist winner in 2005), Christine Tarkowski.and Philip von Zweck (emerging artist winner in 2007).
Because we know it takes time and effort to submit the application materials, should you decide to apply, we will send you a check for one hundred dollars ($100.00) to help cover application costs.
SKIP THE CASH RICHARD -YOU LOOK LIKE YOU NEED IT MORE THAN I DO...HOW ABOUT SENDING ME ONE OF THESE INSTEAD??
We congratulate you on your nomination, and look forward to receiving your application. Please call or e-mail us if you have any questions.
Sunny Fischer Peter M. Handler Britton Bertran Executive Director Program Officer Individual Artist Awards Coordinator
Enc. Agreement Letter (separate document) Application Guidelines Instructions for Slides/Digital Images submissions Instructions for Video, DVD/CD submissions
The Richard H. Driehaus Individual Artist Awards Application Guidelines
Applicants must submit the following items to our office by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 14, 2008:
• One copy of proof of your residency in the Chicago area for at least one year (i.e. copy of driver’s license, voter I.D., old electric bill or rent receipt, tax returns – please black out all financial information)
• Up to 10 slides/images of your work (see instructions sheet for more details)
• AND/OR (if appropriate) a 5 minute segment of videotape or DVD/CD digital work. Please cue the segment for immediate viewing, or note specific DVD/CD tracks. (See instructions sheet for more details)
• Corresponding slide/image list
If you are sending multiple formats for the viewing of your work, please limit the number of submitted items to what would amount to a maximum of 10 items. We expect to spend five to ten minutes reviewing each artist's work. If you send a combination of slides, CDs and/or DVDs, please give us explicit instructions for watching or listening most efficiently. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the coordinator for the Awards, Britton Bertran.
NOTE: Original works of art, including photographs, cannot be accepted.
Optional attachments include:
• A written artist’s statement describing the direction, focus or the aesthetic concerns of your work.
• A current resume or curriculum vitae listing your exhibition record, grants, awards, and other professional activities, including the dates
A RESUME?....OTHER 'PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES'?
• One piece of writing done about your work (i.e. from a catalogue or a review)
NOTE: all written materials should be in black ink on white paper (to aid us in copying your materials for the jury).
Send all materials to: Britton Bertran Individual Artists Awards Coordinator The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation 203 N. Wabash, Suite 1800 Chicago, IL 60601
The Richard H. Driehaus Individual Artist Awards Instructions for Slides/Digital Images submissions
Images of work (you may choose one or more of these formats for submission): 1. 35mm Slides - Submit up to ten 35mm slides of your work • Do not send glass or thick plastic slides • 35mm slides must be clearly labeled #1-10 and placed accordingly in a clear plastic slide sheet • Place a dot in the bottom left-hand corner of each slide to help in loading the tray properly • (Label each slide with the following) o your name o slide number o title of work o date of execution o medium o dimension (height x width x depth)
2. Digital Slides - Submit up to ten digital slides for presentation in digital format (CD-R or DVD) • Digital images should be high-resolution JPEG (.jpg) format, no more than 300dpi and 7 inches square • Digital images must be clearly labeled #1–10, include the artist name and the name of the artwork • Digital image sheet (separate document) o title of work o date of execution o medium o dimension (height x width x depth)
3. PDF Document – submit a PDF document of images no more than 10 pages long (one image per page) • Each page of the PDF should be clearly labeled #1-10 • Descriptions of the images may exist either on the PDF or on a separate slide list • PDF pages may have additional digital elements, but should not exceed 10 pages (please make sure to include all applicable files for additional elements)
4. Powerpoint – Submit a Powerpoint (.ppt) slideshow of no more than 10 slides (one image per slide) • Each page of the Powerpoint should be clearly labeled #1-10 • Descriptions of the images may exist either on the Powerpoint or on a separate slide list • Powerpoint pages may have additional digital elements, but should not exceed 10 pages (please make sure to include all applicable files for additional elements)
POWERPOINT?!!$@#$%^$#%???? -YOU MEAN LIKE THIS?
The Richard H. Driehaus Individual Artist Awards Instructions for Videotape, DVD/CD submissions
Videotape submissions • Videotapes must be submitted in VHS, standard play, 2 hour mode format only. Label each cassette and case with your name and title of piece. Indicate the viewing priority of each selection by clearly marking selection #1 or selection #2 on each cassette. The cassettes must be cued to the 5-minute segment you wish the jury to view. (On a separate piece of paper, indicate the title of work, date completed, length and production credits including artist’s role for each videotape.)
DVD/CD submissions • DVDs must be labeled with your name and title of piece. Indicate viewing priority of each track by clearly marking selection #1 or selection #2 (etcetera). On a separate piece of paper, indicate the title of work, date completed, length and production credits including artist’s role for each film.
• CDs must be standard format. Indicate the listening priority for each selection by clearly marking selection #1 or selection #2 (etcetera) on the CD. Label the CD with your name and title of work. On a separate piece of paper, indicate the title of work, date completed, length and production credits including artist’s role.