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VAST Vision December, 2020
VAST December 2, 6:45pm
Join Us! Our Artist is Ashley Leon, Fiber Art
Members are welcome to Zoom in our December 2 VAST meeting which will start at 6:45pm on Wednesday. This month we delve into the world of fibers with Ashley Leon. 

Ashley Leon is from Oklahoma but moved to Texas to attend the University of North Texas where she obtained her Bachelor of Art Degree in Studio Art, with a concentration in Fiber Art. 

Ashley Leon specializes in both 2D and 3D works focusing on people and their identities. She considers her works to be portraits capturing the processing of hope or trauma. They are not exclusively visually humanoid in nature but the works range from symbolic objects to sewn figures. Placing artistic function into proactical objects, she highlights the structure and weathering shown in the many components and fibers. Fiber art can be identified narrowly to a regulated and confined role but she hopes to use her art to broaden this role and explore the ways people can be identified by fiber-based art.
Zoom Meeting Details
Wednesday's ZOOM meeting! It will be open to members and interested community. Due to rude random Zoom disrupters, we don't publicize the meeting details. You may pass the information to your friends privately, however. Meeting at 6:45 pm.

VAST is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Vast members meeting
Time: Dec 2, 2020 06:45 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Become a Part of the VAST Critique Group!
The critique group of VAST has an opening for 3 new members beginning in January. The group meets once a month on the 4th Thursday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm., September through December and January through May. You must be a current member of VAST. The cost for the session beginning in January is $60.00. The group currently meets in a large space at the Global Spheres Church in Corinth in a space that provides safe social distance. At this time masks are required.  

For more information call Jackie Haugen, coordinator at 972-672-0188, or email at 
VAST 31st Annual Members Exhibition Awards
Yes! You may visit the 175-Mile in person!
Check out the details at
175-Mile VAST Exhibition
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton
Exhibiting through December 12
Closing Reception, Saturday, December 12, 2-4 pm
Awards Presentation at 3pm

175-Mile Exhibition, formerly known as the 125-Mile Exhibition, is a juried showcase of 2-D and 3-D artwork from artists in North Central Texas and Southern Oklahoma. 

You can visit the exhibition in person in the Meadows Gallery at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center or online at
Interested in the Visual Arts Society of Texas
VAST Artist Day Out (VADO)?
For those interested in VADO: Open Studio by GDAC is back on Thursdays, but for a very limited number of participants. If you are interested, please contact Fran Shurtleff at Names must be submitted to GDAC on the Tuesday before. Social distancing and masks will be required.
You sure can Renew Your Membership or Join NOW!
2020-2021 VAST Membership Levels
$17 - Student    $27 - Educator*   $37 - Individual   $47 - Family 

Download form below. Make checks payable to VAST; mail to VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton TX  76202

You may renew by the following methods:
  • Download membership form below. Dues can be mailed to VAST, PO Box 1281, Denton, TX 76202. Make checks payable to "VAST." 
  • Pay by PayPal on our website, under the "Join" dropdown menu.
  • Pay by credit card, check or cash at our meetings. Meetings start in September.

For membership questions, please contact Mary Wright at
VAST Calendar Artist for November
Member Workshops, Classifieds, Want Ads, Etc.
VAST Members have the opportunity to advertise art related information in the newsletter 2 times per VAST year - June 1st through May 31st. This business card-sized ad must be sent to the editor by the 15th of the month and is subject to the approval of VAST. VAST reserves the right to edit.

Members in the News
Please let us know if you have gotten in a show or publication, or are having an exhibition!

Angelia Ford's solo exhibition, Hopeful Wanderers is on exhibit at the Festival Hall, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton. See her graphite and four-color intaglio works now!
VAST's Revolving Exhibitions
Please contact the coordinator for the exhibit(s) that you would like to be considered for.
"Off the Shelves" exhibition at Emily Fowler Central Library

New artist work up at Emily Fowler library! Dina Good's work is up at the library through mid-November. Even though the library is not yet open to the public, the employees are enjoying the new art! Watch for the opening for patrons.

Coordinator for exhibit: Carol Stoecker 
If you are interested in showing, please contact her at
The Emily Fowler Central Library is located at 502 Oakland Street, Denton TX, 76201

"Through the Ages" exhibition at the Denton Senior Center
Aurora Cabrera Dawson is the coordinator for this exhibition. If you are interested in showing, please contact her at
The Denton Senior Center is located at 509 N. Bell Ave., Denton, TX 
Hours: M-F 8:00 am to 9:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

"Stoked About Denton" Exhibition, 
608 E. Hickory St., Suite 128. 
This exhibition space is currently under construction.
Carol Stoecker is the coordinator for this exhibition. If you are interested in showing, please contact her at
Art Around Town
A Creative Art STUDIO
227 W. Oak Street, Denton, TX
"A Creative Art Studio and Gallery" on Facebook or

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201 
For more information:
Texas Woman's University Art Galleries
East Gallery and West Gallery 
University of North Texas Art Galleries
CVAD Gallery
Paul Voertman Gallery
For more information: UNT galleries 
Art Opportunities and Proposals
ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition
Exhibition: February 11/12 – March 12, 2021
Deadline: December 27, 2020 

ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events and ACIT Venice – Italian-German Cultural Association, is selecting all interesting photo, painting, video art, installation/sculpture and performance art works to include in the next exhibition THE BODY LANGUAGE – ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition 2021 that will be held in Venice during the period of Venice Carnival 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, from February 11 to March 12, 2021, and at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello from February 12 to March 12, 2021.

THE BODY LANGUAGE analyzes the hidden parts of our identities, through an immersive experience inside the fascinating universe of the complex labyrinths of our consciousness. The human body is a changing system that connects us with other bodies and spaces to perceive the surrounding reality; a strong communication system with its own language and infinite ways of expression. The exhibition will be presented during the period of Venice Carnival 2021 and we invite artists to be inspired by the magical power of Venetian costumes, exploring the connection between desires, needs, fears through rituals that brings human kind to change, to transform and to evolve their inner world.

To take part in the selection, send your works’ submissions with a CV/biography, some still images (for video-art), links of videos/films/performances and pictures of artworks by e-mail to
Submitted by Ilaria Peruzzet. Email:
Dallas Metro Arts Contemporary Presents
Modern Art National Juried Exhibition
Entry Fee:  $35 minimum two images, $5 per each additional entry up to five entry maximum.
Deadline for submission: Nov 22, 2020
Exhibition Dates: Dec 15 — Jan 9, 2021
Closing Reception: Sat Jan 9, 6:00-7:30 pm 
Location: 1100 Annie Oakley Drive, Anna TX 75409
Fee: $35.00 (Modern Art National Juried Exhibition)
Entry Deadline: 11/22/20 – Apply through CaFE:
$1500 Cash Prizes
Juror: Director Jerry Smith
Dallas Metro Arts Contemporary studio/gallery, 1412 14th Street, Plano TX 75074.

Modern Art: Noun–“Art which rejects traditional, historical and academic forms or traditional media”; Art which does not portray realistic observation of a a landscape, portrait or still life.”

Inquiries: Director of DMAContemporary, at 214-938-3362 or
Oil Painters of America, 30th Annual Exhibition Call
Oil Painters of America will be holding its 30th National Juried Exhibition of Representational Oil Paintings, April 9 – May 16, 2021 at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, California.
Awards: $25,000 Best of Show, over 30 awards to be given, with around $100,000 to be given out.
Juror: Master Artist Jeffrey Watts OPAM.
Deadline: January 22, 2021. 
To enter, artists must reside in the U.S., Canada or Mexico and be a paid 2021 member of OPA at an annual fee of $70. OPA is currently accepting new member applications.

National Exhibition entry fee: $30 for one entry, $45 for two entries; $60 for three entries; only one painting may be accepted. Maximum size limit is 1200 sq. in. 
For a prospectus, visit our website at
Submitted by Liz Pusch. Email:
Arts Council Wichita Falls CALL for ENTRY:
17th Annual Sculpture Garden Exhibition
Event Dates: 5/8/21 – 5/5/22
Entry Deadline: 1/17/21
Entry Fee: $25.00
Location: The Arts Council Wichita Falls, 1300 Lamar Street, Wichita Falls, TX 76301 940.767.2787

The Arts Council Wichita Falls’ year-long Sculpture Garden Exhibition at the Kemp Center for the Arts is in its 17th year. The juror will accept 10 pieces for exhibition. Artwork is exhibited for 12 months. In addition to installation stipends, there are three cash prizes awarded by the juror/judge at the time of installation.
All forms of outdoor sculpture will be considered, provided it meets the requirements of the prospectus. The exhibit space surrounds a public building; artwork will be placed throughout the site at the sole discretion of the contracted installer and Arts Council staff. The juror for this event is Waco artist Robbie Barber. Mr. Barber’s resume and work can be seen on his website here:

Installation Location:
The Kemp Center For The Arts
1300 Lamar Street
Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Contact for further information.
National Portrait Gallery Is Accepting Entries for the 2022 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition
Calling all artists!
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is hosting an open call from October 5, 2020, through January 29, 2021, for submissions to its sixth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

Established in 2006, the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition invites artists living and working in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, American Samoa, and the US Virgin Islands to submit one portrait for consideration by a panel of experts.

Submissions from each finalist will form The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today exhibition, which will be displayed at the Portrait Gallery from April 30, 2022, through February 26, 2023, before traveling.

The triennial competition welcomes all media and focuses on broadening the definition of portraiture while highlighting the genre’s wider relevance to society. It aims to bring together works that attend to the country’s diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and other conditions that shape the individual and collective identities of artists and sitters.

The first-prize winner will receive $25,000 and a commission to portray a remarkable living American for the Portrait Gallery’s collection. Additional cash prizes will be awarded. Past first-prize winners include David Lenz (2006), Dave Woody (2009), Bo Gehring (2013), Amy Sherald (2016), and Hugo Crosthwaite (2019).

Taína Caragol, curator of painting and sculpture and Latinx art and history, is the director of the 2022 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Guest jurors for this competition are Kathleen Ash-Milby, curator of Native American art, Portland Art Museum; Catherine Opie, artist and professor of photography at the University of California, Los Angeles; Ebony G. Patterson, artist, Chicago; and John Yau, critic and professor of critical studies, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Portrait Gallery jurors include co-curators of The Outwin 2022 exhibition Caragol and Leslie Ureña, associate curator of photographs, and Dorothy Moss, curator of painting and sculpture.

For more details on requirements and to apply, visit
Texas Cultural Trust Request for Qualifications:
The Texas Cultural Trust (TXCT) invites artists and creative teams residing in Texas—as well as those who have previously lived and worked in Texas—to submit their qualifications for the development of a new Texas Medal of Arts.
Applicants should submit their qualifications only, and not proposals. Once an artist or creative team is selected, they will be invited to create and propose full ideas, concepts, and artwork for the Texas Medal of Arts. 

The selected artist or creative team will be invited to:
  1. Propose any combination of materials, wearable dimensions, and imagery;
  2. Propose, create, and contribute full ideas, concepts, and artworks; and
  3. Work in collaboration with a Texas Medal of Arts designer to deliver a final, fully designed and fabricated medal.
The stipend for this commission has been set at $5,000.

This project is open to all artists and creative teams who:
  • Are current or former residents of Texas;
  • Have created or produced artwork in Texas for at least three (3) years; and
  • Have experience in the fields of public art, craft, sculpture, and/or other forms of object fabrication.

  • Friday, October 23, 2020: RFQ Opens
  • Sunday, November 29, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (CST): RFQ Closes
  • Wednesday, December 2 – Friday, December 4, 2020: Committee Review
  • Friday, December 4, 2020: Artist Selection

Qualifications must be submitted, via online form, by Sunday, November 29, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (CST). Emailed qualifications will not be accepted. Late and incomplete submissions will not be considered.
For more information, Check Here.
Dallas Center for Photography Presents:
The Human Portrait: Call For Entry

They can be self-portraits or portraits of others; posed or candid; studio or environmental; camera original or digital composite. Selections will be featured in a virtual exhibition on the DCP website. We are also planning to have an exhibition catalog in book form that will be available for purchase.

DCP will host a virtual opening reception on Friday, December 11 that is free and open to the public. Juror Jennifer Spelman will be in attendance to discuss the winning entries.
Deadline: November 29
Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third winners.
  • First place: $500
  • Second place: $350
  • Third place: $150
Jennifer Spelman is a freelance editorial and documentary photographer based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a fluid traveler and is equally at home in rural villages and cosmopolitan cities. A sensitive photographer of people, she strives to create images with energy and insight.
Jennifer is a patient educator who has co-instructed with National Geographic Expeditions and taught workshops in Santa Fe, India, Mexico, and Cuba. She is thrilled to lead passionate photographers on ridiculously fun adventures around the world with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.
For full details, Check Here.
Visual Arts League of Allen (VALA) Presents…
“Hindsight 2020”
This Juried Exhibit that expresses Reflection on the past year 2020

Deadline to enter : NOV 12th 2020
Location: The VALA Gallery in the Historic Cotton Mill of McKinney
Entry Fee for non-members is $35 (this fee includes a 1 yr VALA Membership) and FREE for VALA members, for up to 4 pieces.
(3) - $500 Awards for Judges Choice of Best of Show!
(3) - $100 Awards 1ST, 2ND, 3RD
(4) - $50  Awards Honorable Mentions
Reception Event – Jan 2021 (Date/Time TBD)
Show Runs : Nov 17th 2020 – Jan 10th, 2021
Information and entry through