The Toledo Museum of Art will begin accepting submissions June 1 for the 95th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition (TAA). This year the call for submissions has a new twist. Artists will be invited to take part in the show based on a digital portfolio of their work.
The exhibition, which will be on view Nov. 21, 2014–Jan. 3, 2015 in the Canaday Gallery, continues the Museum’s tradition of celebrating and recognizing the best work by artists in this region.
While the exhibition has been in existence nearly a century, the Museum has made a number of changes this year to keep it fresh and relevant to the growing artistic community within a 150-mile radius.
In addition to boosting prize money to $10,000—the Best of Show award is $5,000—the exhibition will be displayed primarily in the spacious Canaday Gallery, where a greater variety of media, including site-specific installations, can be shown.
Artists are asked to submit a digital portfolio of up to 10 works representing their best work in any medium. The portfolios will be reviewed by the Museum’s Associate Director Amy Gilman and Mellon Fellow Halona Norton-Westbrook, who is exhibition curator. Artists invited to take part will work with Norton-Westbrook in selecting which of their works will represent them in the show. A yet-to-be named outside adjudicator will select the prize winners.
“The new look of the show acknowledges just how seriously TMA takes the local artist community,” said Norton-Westbrook. “We want to be inclusive of artists working in different mediums and artists at different stages of their careers in this region.”
The deadline to submit portfolios is midnight June 30. Artists selected will be notified in mid-July.