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Call for Art

Bluestem Communities is announcing a Call for Art for all area artists.

A new state-of-the art assisted living facility which provides a private home for everyone, café/coffee shop, gift shop, office space, and gathering space for the community will open on the Schowalter Villa Campus in late August 2018. We desire to celebrate local artistic talent by establishing a meaningful collection of fine art by local artisans in several key areas within the building. Bluestem Communities recognizes the powerful influence of artwork in health care and community living settings.

Selections will be made on April 30, 2018 by a committee comprised of Schowalter Villa staff and residents, Hesston Community members and artists.

Rules and Specifications:

Artist/piece must be:      1) A local artist (or Hesston High School or Hesston College alumni) AND/OR
                                          2) The art piece is symbolic of Hesston or south central Kansas. Photos,
                                              drawings or other media of local business, schools, landmarks and organizations
                                              are encouraged.

Call for Art dates:             March 5 – April 29, 2018
                                           No late entries will be accepted.
                                           8 to 10 pieces will be selected by the committee on April 30, 2018

Submissions per artist:   up to three

Types of Art:                     Types of art appropriate in this setting are: photography*, watercolor, textile,
                  oils, acrylics, pastels, graphite/charcoal, fabric, pencil, metal, ceramic, jewelry,
                  stained glass, 3D/sculptural, mixed media, fiber and print-making
                  *Only submissions with high-resolution quality will be accepted. All
                  photography must be able to hold the pixilation quality up to a 16x20 or larger

Focus of Art:                     Bluestem Communities is committed to purchasing original art celebrating the
                                           talent, history, heritage, and the diversity of the people who live at Bluestem
                                           Communities and in the local area, as well as art that celebrates the Kansas
                                           landscape local attractions. All art will be displayed with the artist’s name and
                                           title of the piece only.

Final Art Purchase:          Bluestem Communities will honor the work of the artist with an honorarium
                                           dollar amount (see below). We reserve the right to revoke the offer to purchase
                                           after reviewing the actual pieces of we believe the quality of the piece is not
                                           acceptable or does not reflect the integrity of the original submission. Sole
                                           ownership and rights for use will be awarded to Bluestem Communities upon
                                           purchase. Purchases will be made in full no later than August 1, 2018.  
                                           If art has been previously purchased by another party (such as in the case of a
                                           photograph), it may be still be submitted.

Size                                      Budget                           % of Art Needed
               approx 24”x20”                   $150                                    40%
               approx 40”x30”                   $200                                    40%
               approx 48”x36”                   $300                                    10%
               3D/sculpture                       $300                                    10%

How to enter:                   Every art submission must include the following 2 items:
                                             1) a PDF or JPG image of the art
                                             2) Submission form

                                             Submissions may be sent to Bluestem Communities via:
                                             Mail:       Bluestem Communities, Attn: Call for Art
                                                            200 W. Cedar
                                                            Hesston, KS 67062
                                             In person: at the Villa Life Center, 200 W. Cedar, Hesston


CLICK HERE to download the submission form


With questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

               Tonya Keim, Executive Administrative Assistant at 620-327-3402
               Treva Greaser, Executive Director at 620-327-3426
               James Krehbiel, CEO at 620-327-3409
               or any members of the committee





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