The UNLV Department of Art Announces Quarantine Art Challenge: 6 Feet of Art

Apr. 1, 2020

Call for Entries: 6 Feet of Art

We will accept submissions from now until Friday 4/17/20. This is a tough time. The skills that you are learning as artists, designers, and art historians could help us through it. Please share what you are making. Please share some writing about what you are making as well. Who knows, maybe we could all be better for it. The following challenges encourage you to flex the skills of critically responding to familiar or unfamiliar works of art. It is as good a time as any to get to know more about what has come before us and to consider the strategies of accomplished artists and designers. This call is open to all but designed particularly for UNLV Department of Art Students. Fill out this form and upload your entries here. No fee. A virtual exhibit will feature selected entries. All media are welcome, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, video, graphic design, illustration, animation, and whatever else you might dream up.

Entry Form: 6 Feet of Art

The Department of Art will give certificates for the most innovative approach to each challenge. Participate in any or all challenges as many times as you’d like. No limit on the number of entries per artist. 

Challenge 1: Artist Inspiration

Find some new information about an artist or designer. Watch a documentary, listen to a podcast, or read an article of your choosing. Then, create an artwork in response. Perhaps you will respond to an element of the artist’s or designer’s style or an aspect of their life. When you submit your artwork, please also share some writing about your inspiration. Suggested resources: Revision Path, a podcast showcasing Black designers; The Art People Podcast hosted by UNLV Department of Art alum Justin Favela; Design Matters podcast by Debbie Millman; Design Dedux podcast by Pete Bella,; Scratching the Surface, a design podcast by Jarrett Fuller; documentaries on Eva Hesse or David Hockney available free digitally through the UNLV Library on Kanopy with your ACE ID; articles like Foujita’s Year in the Sun by UNLV Department of Art Professor Louisa McDonald, or Playtime, a review of Barbara Kasten’s exhibit: Stages by UNLV Department of Art Assistant Professor Susanna Newbury. Conversations—artists interviewed at Bomb and Maake Magazine. And, do you read the Las Vegas online contemporary art magazine Settlers + Nomads or AIGA Eye on Design, a website that focuses on designers and design issues?

Challenge 2: Daily Challenge

10 works/10 days. We will soon post a daily prompt @unlvtheear encouraging you to create your own post responding to a wild typeface, a controversial work of art, quotes from artists and designers, etc. Turn in a group of works, no matter how many days you participate. Perhaps these prompts will reflect a particularly Las Vegas sensibility. Learn about the signs on display at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas. (Enter the password: Neon.) Get inspiration from students studying sculpture with Dave Rowe who are posting a sculpture every day on Instagram with the hashtag: #unlvsculptureaday. Also, while the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is closed right now, you can still participate in their online exhibit titled A Drawing a Day Keeps the Pandemic Away. This participatory exhibit invites the creation of artworks related to a daily prompt posted on Instagram @unlvmuseum. This article on considers the role of art in a pandemic.

Challenge 3: Remix

Reinterpret a work of art or design. When you complete your work, also tell us about what you are reinterpreting. What would the Mona Lisa look like if she lived in Las Vegas? What would Marisol make if she lived in Las Vegas today? What would Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain mean today, as a cake? Meret Oppenheim? Need we say more? Here is a list of museums you can now visit virtually to browse their collections. Works by Edouard Manet are in the collection of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, works by José Guadalupe Posada, in the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, DC, works by Lee Ufan in the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul. Learn more online about expressions of design fundamentals in the work of Josef and Anni Albers, or the photographs of Carrie Mae Weems, papermaking by Hong Hong, performance art by Xandra Ibarra, the multidisciplinary expressions of Cannupa Hanska Luger, UNLV alum Eri King, and sculptors Ron Nagle, Arthur Gonzalez, Mark Burns, and Gerald Clarke. Have you seen these prints by our friends at Test Site Projects? Or the projects of graphic designer Silas Munro? Shantell Martin uses drawing to explore the interaction of the social and the physical. Do you know about: Tabaimo, Takashi Murakami, Ai Weiwei, and Cao Fei?

Challenge 4: Free Choice

Any work of art or design! Perhaps your work will speak to our current conditions, where you are, what you are going through right now. Maybe show us a day in the life of an art student during quarantine? What is something the world needs at this time? A poster campaign sharing information about helpful resources? A zine? Humorous found object sculptures to take our minds off things? Want some inspiration? Watch trailblazing comedian Charlie Chaplin shut-in, in The Gold Rush. Chris Marker’s art film La Jetee is the story of life post-nuclear war, an experiment in photography and poetics. Both films are available free, among others, digitally through the UNLV Library on Kanopy, accessible with your ACE ID. Check out the artist Erwin Wurm. He often does a lot with a little. Or, Louise Lawler, she’s made tracings of her earlier photographs and offers them as illustrations/coloring book pages. Brown Paper Bag is a blog that celebrates the field of illustration in its many forms. Strips from the classic comic the Peanuts are available for download from the Charles Schulz Museum. The illustrations of Jasjyot Singh Hans are archived on his website, the comics of Trinidad Escobar on her website. Krystal Quiles is very interesting too. Here is an online database of zines and zine-makers, ARTZINES.INFO.

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