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Studio Art Direct invites artists to submit work – either existing or conceptual –  for a sculpture opportunity for purchase.

The sculpture will be a free-standing, outdoor permanent public placement inspired by the theme of “The Patterns of Nature.”  The sculpture must be pedestrian and vehicular friendly and be colorful, uplifting, and vertically dominant  (preference minimum 15’0″). We encourage interaction with nature such as solar lighting or wind activation. (See Pinterest board for inspiration).

Submissions will be reviewed and sculptors will be short-listed for an interview.

Artist Brief:  This exterior sculpture will be visible from the street, entry and lobby of this modern, new 3-story healthcare medical office building located in Beaverton, Oregon. It may also become a beacon for the City. The purpose of the sculpture is to help patients and visitors lower blood pressure and reduce heart rates by providing a respite for the eye, a calming distraction, and an important physiological decompression before entering the building.  Therefore, the design should convey  a sense of peace, beauty, wonder and whimsy.  The sculpture should be vibrant during the day as well as night.  Preference for spring colors, no red.  Studio Art Direct suggests simplicity in form and materials to meet the goals of the project and budget.

Artist Responsibilities:  The selected artist will provide shop drawings, fabrication, labor, production, delivery and installation management.  Studio Art Direct will provide client and design team coordination, submittal and final shop drawing reviews, structural engineering, design review,  and permitting for selected artist.

Sites and Safety: While artistic quality is very important, works will be reviewed for durability, safety and appropriateness to the site and healthcare customers.  Artworks must be structurally sound and able to withstand an outdoor environment in a largely unsupervised area that is not protected from weather or curious viewers. Avoiding potential problems such as deteriorating rust and fading should be considered.

Selection Criteria: The three main considerations are creativity, site appropriateness and durability. Images of finished works and/or conceptual drawings can be submitted. If the proposed project is not a finished work, artists need to provide information to assure the Selection Panel of what it will look like and that it will be completed and installed as designed.  We will also consider commissioning.

Budget: $20,000

Eligibility: Pacific Northwest sculptors, preference given to Portland Metro Area artists and special consideration for Beaverton, Oregon artists. Emerging artists are encouraged to submit as Studio Art Direct provides mentorship and training to sculptors who have not had the experience of public art installations.

Application deadline: September 15th, 2018

Installation: Spring 2019 in Beaverton, OR

Submittal Requirements: (1) PDF with your complete contact information. You must include your name, email, phone, website and address.  Include up to 5 previous work examples with art title, size, medium, and artist net pricing. For completed and installed sculpture, include project name and contact for reference.  Alternately, Studio Art Direct will accept a concept design as a submission.

Include (1) paragraph overview of education and experience.

Include (1) paragraph demonstrating applicant ability to meet and conform to the demands of project schedule, budget and installation knowledge.

Incomplete submittals will not be considered.

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Studio Art Direct Inc. is currently requesting artwork submissions for purchase.  This is for a healthcare project in Beaverton, Oregon.  Artworks must be on paper (printmaking, photography, illustration, paintings, reproductions, digital art, pastels) and not to exceed 36” in height. We are looking for modern artworks with details of nature that are serene, uplifting with bright spring color palettes, and nature based — we select artwork which is proven to lower blood pressure and reduce heart rates resulting in improving patient outcomes.  You must be currently residing or have had been raised in Beaverton to qualify for this call to artists.

Eligibility: Beaverton Oregon artists only.

Deadline: July 31, 2018

Submittal Requirements:  (1) PDF with your complete contact information, up 5 works currently available with title, size, medium, substrate, and artist net pricing.

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Call to Artists: Works on Paper


Join Studio Art Direct’s Artist Collection!

Joe Futschik

Studio Art Direct Inc. is looking for new works on paper depicting neighborhoods of NE Portland or artists currently residing in these neighborhoods. Selected preferences include illustration, watercolor, printmaking, mixed media, and digital art. We will be selecting 10 different artworks by artists from these neighborhoods. We seek diversity in our artwork and request that pieces are suitable for the healthcare environment (not too abstract, positive and uplifting). Think iconic NE Portland neighborhoods – artful and unusual.
Eligibility: Portland Oregon artists only. Preference for artists residing in the following neighborhoods: Portsmouth, St. Johns, Kenton, Overlook, University Park, Freemont, Humboldt, Boise, King, Vernon, Sabin, Alberta Arts District.

Deadline: May 31, 2018
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Call to Artists: Oil and Acrylic

Join Studio Art Direct’s Artist Collection!

Irma Cerese Oil Painting

Studio Art Direct Inc. is currently seeking oil and acrylic artists for (3) commissioned 4’ x 8’ custom panels depicting soft abstracted colorful landscapes. See example shown for style composition and inspiration.
Eligibility: Pacific Northwest artists, preference for artists residing in Beaverton, Oregon.               Deadline: May 30, 2018
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Call to Artists: Pacific Northwest


Join Studio Art Direct’s Artist Collection!

Studio Art Direct Inc. is an art consulting firm in Portland, OR. We are currently expanding our network of artists and are curating new works including illustration, watercolor, gouache, mixed media, digital, paintings, and photography. We love modern, fresh, bold, graphic, hand drawn works depicting Northwest icons, Oregon neighborhoods, PNW scenes, and flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest. Works need to be positive, uplifting, and created in a spring color palette. Completely non-objective or controversial works are not suitable for our clientele. See Samples.
Eligibility: Pacific Northwest Artists only. Paintings should be a minimum of 24” high.

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What Millennials Want

When you think current, do you think of clean white lines, sans-serif fonts, and Bauhaus architecture?

Welcome to “modern” brought to you by Steve Jobs

Because millennials sure don’t.

Millennials are very disarming to people of our generation. They are running around, going to college and killing the diamond industry. They’re buying iPhones, tweeting, and only shopping at whole foods. They have weird slang and shop at weird stores, like Urban Outfitters (which is surprisingly granola for a supposedly urban store).

But wait! I didn’t mean to scare you. Come out from under your desk.

Possibly the most 80’s interior ever: mauve, pastels, metals.

The simple truth is that millennials are people, just like me and you (who would’ve guessed?). The only difference is that they grew up in a different time.

For the first 20 years of their life, millennials grew up in a world that was always talking about the things they missed out on. They missed out on the gold and pastel, big-hair days of the eighties. The jokes about Monica Lewinsky and pretzels making you thirsty went right over their heads. By the time they started really experiencing art and design, it was all Steve Jobs, all the way.

And now they’re sick of it.

This is the kind of thing millennials dig: a huge gallery wall, yet its neatly curated.

So now they have two issues: they missed out on the past, and they’re tired of the present. So what else to do but rewind?

And that’s where we are today, with millennials embracing everything the generations above them are still sick of. Hair is getting bigger, “millennial pink” and “aged gold” are all the rage, Seinfeld is popular again, for some reason.

For older generations, this is old hat. We grew up with this stuff! But for millennials its brand new.

What do millennials want? Everything you’re tired of.

Everything millennials love: dark wood, vintage furniture, hung art

Serif fonts? Yep.
Hung art? You bet.
Dark interiors? Bingo.

Minimalism is out! Maximalism is in!

If you want to go after millennials, offer what you had and they can never have. If you want to be new, go old. If you want to be fresh, go stale.

It might seem tired to you, but to millennials, it’s the golden ticket.

And just go talk to one, for pete’s sake!

Early September Sky, Mary Lou Epperson
While at first glance this landscape might not seem like the kind of thing millennial would be into, this was routinely picked by our millennials as one of their favorite pieces. The impressionistic and honest techniques Epperson applies brings the landscape into the 21st century, while the vibrant colors ensure that it ties any space together.

Check out our pinterest board Millennials Dig This for more inspiration.

A glaring new art trend – large scale art on glass installations

digital art glass installation for hotel

In this article, I explain the opportunities and challenges in this popular design trend – digitally printing custom art on glass to create space dividers, privacy walls, art windows, and full walls.  

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