Now accepting applications for the 2015 season!

How CSA STL works

Artists will be selected by a jury of art professionals. Participating artists will receive a $1000 stipend, great connections to local collectors, and promotional support. Selected artists will create 50 pieces for the program. A typical share will consist of a work of art/object of artistic production — multiples are encouraged. Creative ideas that translate your practice into this format or connect to themes like sustainability, farm, or food are also welcome. Possible examples include, a limited edition of vinyl 7", a run of screen-prints, a series of small tea cups, a limited edition run of photographs, tickets to an upcoming performance or event, letterpress editions of a poem or short story, or even 50 small original paintings. Collaborations between artists or work by collectives are also welcome.

Interested collectors will purchase a share (aka a membership or a subscription) and in return receive three boxes of locally produced artwork at intervals this season. The pick-up events will be co-hosted by local organizations, will feature music, food, and entertainment, and will provide an opportunity for artists and members to interact.

To apply for consideration, please submit the following materials via email to csart.stl@gmail.com by February 28, 2015:

  • Resume

  • Artist Statement

  • A proposal for the work that you would create for the project. Keep in mind that the work needs to be limited to the CSA (i.e. one of a kind objects, or limited edition runs of the work) and you will need to create 50 pieces. Why is this work a good fit for CSA STL? How will this work fit in to your current practice?  (One page max.) 

  • Samples of your current work:

VISUAL ARTISTS: 5 images at 72 dpi jpegs, 900 pixels or less in the longest direction.

MUSICIANS: 3 MP3 audio files (images must also be included to illustrate format and packaging).

PERFORMING ARTS – VIDEO: Provide links to 3–5 video examples of your work hosted at an outside site.  For example, YouTube, Vimeo, etc.

WRITERS: Please provide 3-5 writing samples in either PDF or Word doc format. (if applicable, images must also be included to illustrate format and packaging).

Guidelines:

  • Proposed work must be completed by June 1, 2015
  • Full stipend will be made payable after completion of the work
  • Work should be easily transportable and must be delivered to CSA STL
  • Works should be something made exclusively for the CSA share
  • Artists are encouraged to attend future CSA events, including pick-up parties to meet our members
  • For questions regarding the program or application process, contact csart.stl@gmail.com

Benefits of CSA STL include:

For Artists

  • Support for the creation of new work

  • Assistance establishing relationships with local collectors and patrons

  • Participation in an exciting new model of support and distribution

For CSA STL Members

  • Receive multiple works from local emerging and mid-career artists at a fantastic value

  • Develop relationships with local artists and the local art community

  • Discover new artists and explore a variety of disciplines

  • Support local artists' careers and become involved in a vibrant community

CSA STL timeline 2014

Submissions due: February 28

Artists notified: mid-March

Work completed:  July 1

Pick-up #1: mid-July

Pick-up #2: mid-August

Pick-up #3: mid-September

This timeline is subject to change

 

This local project is modeled on the Community Supported Art program in Minnesota, created by www.mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts.