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2010 American Bamboo Society Arts & Crafts Competition
Award Information and Application Guidelines

Application Period:

January 31st, 2010 to July 1st, 2010 at 11:59 P.M. EST

General Information and Eligibility Requirements:

The American Bamboo Society seeks applicants for awards totaling $1,500. Possible award categories are “Celebrating bamboo's personality”, “Bamboo as a design motif”, or “New and innovative work using bamboo.” Artists working in any art or craft may apply: crafts, fine art, design, literature, and performing arts.

Award recipients and award amounts will be determined by a review panel based on artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in bamboo. Each applicant will receive a digital copy of Bamboo, the ABS magazine for one year.

Who May Apply:

Anyone living in or outside of the U.S.

Eligible Work:

Crafts, Fine art, Design, Literature, and Performing Arts.

Examples of Non-Eligible Work:

Any project, proposal, or entry made as a class project or for class credit.  Any industrially mass-produced item is also not eligible. Applicants who have won an award, cash or honorable mention in the last two years are not eligible.

Notification and Publicity:

Award recipients will be notified prior to the 2010 American Bamboo Society Conference. Names of award recipients and panelists will be posted on the ABS Web site following the 2010 conference. ABS retains award recipients’ image files and supporting application materials for our records, the ABS Web site and our publication, Bamboo. Other applicants’ files will be purged from our database in December 2010.

Recipient Responsibilities:

When the award recipient participates in public activities with the funded work (performances, exhibitions, etc.) the recipient shall give credit to the American Bamboo Society with the following credit line: “This project is supported by the American Bamboo Society.”

By September 1st, 2011 award recipients are required to write a short statement describing how the award impacted her/his continued work efforts with bamboo. This report will include photo documentation. This statement will be read at the annual meeting of the American Bamboo Society in the fall of 2010 and published in the magazine, Bamboo, and on the ABS Web site.

Online Application Information:

A completed application consists of the following information & files:

Applicant Profile:

Name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

A two-page résumé:

This should pertain to any art or bamboo-related work done.

Project Description:

No more than a one-page description of the proposed project or the body of work the applicant wishes to extend. Be sure to describe how and why you chose bamboo.

Work Samples:

Five to 15 JPEG photos approximately the size of 6” x 8” at 300 dpi. Images must be JPEG files with the .jpg extension. Please put a title on each file with your last name and the title of each piece. Do not send original artworks.

Performing Arts entries may send video or audio recordings.

Work information page:

Text descriptors for each image: Title, Year Completed, Medium, and Dimensions. Performance art entries information should include Title, Year Completed, and a short explanation of pieces.

A short bio:

1,000 words maximum. In the case of an award, this bio will be published.

Artist Statement:

(one page maximum) the purpose of the statement is to give the review panel a better understanding of your work, while they are viewing it. Your statement should be clear, concise and relate to the work samples you submit.

Support materials:

You may include any articles either by photocopy or digital file. You may send material samples such as dyed swatches of cloth.

Going Green:

In order to reduce the amount of paper, plastic, and fuel used in the application processes please do not send your application in a binder or folder.  Everything should fit on a single CD.  If you have no access to modern digital equipment you may send photographs and an application printed on paper.  If you would like materials to be returned, please send an SASE with the correct amount of postage.

Please submit your application to:

Charissa Brock
ABS Arts & Crafts Coordinator
Bamboo Garden
18900 NW Collins RD
North Plains, OR 97133
Or digitally to: artsandcrafts@americanbamboo.org

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