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Santa Maria Arts Council

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INDIVIDUAL GRANTS IN THE ARTS COMPETITION

GRANTS AUDITION INFORMATION

Visual Arts auditions and location have changed!

GRANTS AUDITION INFORMATION
1. Along with your online application, you will upload the following:
• 12 digital images of the actual work the judges will see at your audition appointment
• A headshot of yourself, passport size or larger
See labeling information for digital images below.
2. Your appointment will be scheduled between 9:15am and 2:00pm. Please note any time conflicts in your application so we can schedule accordingly.
3. You will have 10-15 minutes to set work on tables or against a wall, 20 minutes to meet with the judges to discuss your work, and 10 minutes to remove your work. If you have an easel, bring it. Work contained in a portfolio is acceptable.
4. Auditions can run ahead of schedule. Arrive 15 minutes early and allow for a 15-minute delay.
5. You will introduce yourself and give an overview of your work. The judges will follow with questions and have you comment on your training, goals, presentation, etc.
7. Auditions are closed.

SELECTING YOUR WORK
You will present up to 12 pieces you created in the last 2-3 semesters (12-15 months)

DRAWING / PAINTING / PHOTOGRAPHY / GRAPHIC DESIGN
• 5-7 works should show your strongest medium or techniques
• 3-4 works should display breadth in your knowledge of varied techniques, processes and media
• Support materials such as sketchbooks or small portfolios of working photos count as one piece. You may flag up to 6 selected items per book to show the judges.
• If your work is generally large, such as murals or oversized paintings, you may show those images in a portfolio, on your own laptop, or in a short YouTube video.
• Label the work you present to judges. Include title, medium, when created, and information regarding the project or assignment.

CERAMICS / SCULPTURE / 3D
• 5-7 pieces demonstrating your strongest medium or techniques
• 3-4 pieces demonstrating varied techniques, processes, and media
• Any support materials such as sketchbooks or small portfolios of working photos count as one piece. These may demonstrate design concepts, processes, and idea development. You may flag up to 6 selected items per book to show the judges.
• 3-D work will be set out on a 6’ table provided. Bring your own fabric or tablecloth if desired.

VIDEO / FILM / ANIMATION
• The judges will review your work on YouTube. Include a link so they can access your work, edited to no more than 6 minutes. Separate short clips should be titled so the judges understand the project/idea/assignment you are presenting.
• Support materials such as storyboards, a collection of character sketches, and/or photos that convey processes or production can demonstrate your use of design concepts, processes, and idea development. You may flag up to 6 selected items per sketchbook or small portfolio to share with the judges. Include credits.

Labels and Digital Images: LABEL EVERYTHING YOU UPLOAD OR SHOW
• Digital Files
Your name must appear in the file name of every image you present in this fashion:
Last name_First initial_01.
Example: Smith_J_01, Smith_J_02, Smith_J_12.
• Labels for work shown at the audition appointment should include your name, the title of the piece or assignment, medium used, and any credit information.
• List credits if the work of others is involved in your finished pieces. Examples include digital illustrations which utilize images not created or photographed by you; copies or work based on that of someone else; film or animation group projects where you were part of the production team, etc.

Shooting Effective Digital Images
Judges will view your work online before audition day. Take time to shoot your work effectively.
1. Set up a clean space. A black or dark background helps in squaring the shots.
2. Use a high quality setting on your camera or cell phone.
3. Compose images so artwork is squared up and fills the viewfinder. Do NOT include framing if you are shooting paintings — show only the work, please.
4. Image files:
JPG format, 200dpi. Size so the largest side equals 6 inches at its highest or widest.
5. Label files with your last name and first initial plus the number of the shot.
Example: Smith_J_01, Smith_J_12.

ATTIRE AND PRESENTATION
Your words, diction, and carriage leave an overall impression with the judges.
Speak clearly, be confident, and wear appropriate clothing. Business attire is recommended.
Do your best to let your hard work and talent shine.
Make A Donation
Mail to P.O. Box 5
Santa Maria, CA 93455
The Santa Maria Arts Council is a 501c3 non-profit. Your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.
Tax ID # 23-7011595

Santa Maria Arts Council
P.O. Box 5
Santa Maria, CA
93455