Important Dates for 2016 Artists
December 1, 2015, noon
Call for Art opens
January 17, 2016, 11pm
Call for Art Closes
Jury Results announced for Visual and Installation Art
Jury Results announced for Literary Art
April 22-24, 2016
Seattle Erotic Art Festival — Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 301 Mercer Street Seattle, WA 98109
April 24, 2016, 6pm-8pm
Unsold Art Pick up — Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 301 Mercer Street Seattle, WA 98109
2016 Artist FAQ
What are some of the benefits of submitting my art to the Festival?
There are many benefits to submitting your work to the Seattle Erotic Art Festival:Everyone who pays a submission fee receives a discounted admission to the Festival. Accepted visual, literary, and installation artists will:
• Receive a full pass to the three-day Festival for their personal use
• Receive an invitation for self and a guest to our exclusive Artist Reception and Opening Gala with our Art Activists, VIPs, and other artists
• Be featured in the Festival, for an audience of thousands
• Be part of an exhibition with high art sales and competitive commissions
• Be featured in a Festival catalog
• Be promoted on the Festival website
• Be offered printing and framing opportunities and artists’ workshops (for Visual artists)
• Be included in a professionally produced Anthology, and have an opportunity to be a part of the popular Poets’ Tour (for Literary artists)
Accepted performers will:
• Receive a pass to the Festival on the evening of their performance(s) for their personal use
• Receive an additional day or night ticket for their personal use
• Be promoted on the Festival website
Accepted store artists will:
• Have their artworks and merchandise offered for sale to thousands of visitors and eager collectors
• Be included in discounted printing and framing opportunities, and artists’ workshops
Why do you ask for a legal name?
Who can submit art to the Festival?
Why do you limit my bio to 300 characters? Why can’t I include my website address?
Why should I submit my art, when I submitted it in the past and it was rejected?
Submitting your work can incite the angst of possible rejection. We get this. And who needs to subject themselves to this repeatedly? Frankly, an average of 75% of the visual art works submitted each year will not be accepted into the Festival due to space restrictions. Certainly, “not-accepted” could equate with “rejected”, but there are many reasons why some art makes it into the exhibition, and some does not. Each year the jury is new–different people with different views of the world. “What is erotic?” has incredibly subjective answers. This is why we have a variety of jurors and new jurors each year so that no interpretation of erotic goes unseen. If a particular jury does not choose your art, that only means there weren’t enough jurors who liked it, not that it wasn’t good. Having your art declined does not mean you aren’t a good artist. So, if you believe you are submitting your best work, and you believe it is erotic, please try again. We want to see it.
I don’t want my friends and family to know I am participating in SEAF. Can you help me?
Yes. Many of our artists separate their erotic work from other aspects of their lives by exhibiting under professional or pen names, or pseudonyms. Our Festival systems are set up to protect your identity, and our staff and volunteers are sensitive to this confidentiality. Our administrative crew does need to know your legal name, so don’t be surprised when we ask for that when you make your art submission(s). But this is for bookkeeping and legal reasons only. All external references to artists use the name in the “Professional Name” field of the artist profile that has been designated during the submission process.
It is very important to us that you feel safe sharing your art with us and the world.
My art is fragile. How do I know it will be safe?
Our art handlers are all given training in the safe handling of all forms of art. Notes (including photographs) are taken when art is unpacked so we can recreate the original packaging in the event a piece does not sell. We encourage artists to enclose any diagrams or instructions they think would be helpful to our art handlers. A specially-trained security staff monitors our exhibitions. They are alerted to any particular concerns or requirements of a piece of art. Our docents supplement the security staff, and can help visitors interact with those works that artists deem interactive. Our Festival has safely received and exhibited a wide range of works including a 6′ x 8′ beaded portrait, living sculptures, delicate hand-bound books, and many photographs on metal. If your work can be adequately crated and safely shipped, we can take care of it once it reaches us. Our receiving staff is trained in promptly dealing with works that are damaged in transit. The damages which might occur in transit are a risk the artist must be willing to take; we cannot assume those. If your artwork would require special accommodations in the exhibition, e.g., living objects, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm that we are willing and able to make such provisions. Neither our Festival Director nor our Visual Art Manager sit on the visual art jury, so we can review your works without compromising your entry. We cannot give advice about what works the jury might accept; we can only discuss special needs a piece might have for display in the exhibition.
Who “owns” the art and therefore can submit it?
What do I do if the artwork is a collaboration and I wish to credit others?
Why can’t I enter the exact price of my art?
I will not be attending the Festival, can I give my artist pass and/or discounted ticket to someone else or get a refund?
Will you ask for model age certification?
Do you accept transparency slides?
How should I frame my art?
What does “publish in promotional materials” mean?
How do I price my work?
How should I deliver my art?
What happens to unsold art?
Artists have three options for unsold art.
- Artists can pick up artwork in person during the designated time, or have an authorized person pick it up.
- For return shipping, artists must provide a return shipping label with the original shipment of art (with the carrier of their choice). Note that shipping labels are not billed until the label is scanned and processed for return shipping, so if the art sells and there is no return, there is no charge.
- Artists can donate any unsold work to the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture, a 501(c)3 non-profit and producer of the Festival.
Note that if no return shipping label is provided and no one picks up the art, it will be considered a donation to the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture.
Do I retain the rights to my work?
I forgot to document (photograph) my work before I sent it; can I get it back?
May I contact the person who purchased my work?
Who do I contact if I have questions that are not answered here?
I’m accepted! When can I ship my art?
International artists may begin shipments at any time.
US-based artists may begin shipments for delivery on or after March 23, 2016
All shipped art must be received by April 15, 2016. Ship art to:
1608 15th Avenue West
Seattle WA 98119
In-person art drop-off of EXHIBITION, STORE, and INSTALLATION art is April 23, 2016 from 4pm until 8pm. The location is:
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
301 Mercer Street
Seattle WA 98109
Special arrangements for art shipments and drop-offs must be discussed with our Artist Liaison.
What about paperwork? Where do I get that? (Please note these are 2015 contract. 2016 contracts are forth coming.)
All paperwork that will be submitted with your art is available for download and printing. Click on the red titles below.
Consignment Contract – for all visual artists and for Store merchandise
Art Information Sheet – for all visual artists and for Store merchandise. One of these should be completed and attached to each piece of art.
Art Inventory Sheet – for all visual art and/or Store merchandise. If you have art in the exhibition and in the Store, complete one for the exhibition and a second one for the store.
Model Age Certification – Photographers, if there is a human being in your photograph, we need this form completed by you, signed, and sent with your art (one for each image that you send us). If we do not receive this form, we will be unable to display your artwork (or Store merchandise).
If you are shipping your art to us without paperwork (perhaps because you sent your work to Seattle to be framed, or the like), please prepare all the appropriate documents from the list above, and mail them in an envelope marked on the outside with your Artist ID and professional name. Mail this to:
1608 15th Avenue West
Seattle WA 98119
Some of my paperwork asks for my “Artist ID.” How do I find that?
As an artist who submitted work to the 2016 Festival, what’s my admission discount?
What are your rules about framing?
All 2D work in the Festival is expected to be framed with hanging wire on the back, with the exception of works on stretched canvases (the sides of which must be painted). The style of frame is up to you, but there are some restrictions; please review and comply with our Art Framing Guide.
Your art must arrive ready to be hung. Art that is not ready to be hung in a secure fashion may be refused, at the discretion of our Lead Art Handler or Festival Director. See the guide linked to above for more details about hanging hardware.
If your work has special hanging or display requirements, please contact our Art Liaison to make advance arrangements.
How do I pack my art for shipment or delivery?
Whether you are shipping or hand-delivering your art, it must be packaged sufficiently for transport. For an outline of packing information, please review our Art Packing Guidelines.
Artists who are hand-delivering art: you do not need to seal your packaging, because we will inspect your work upon arrival, but you must arrive with sufficient packaging for the safe transport of your work to the venue. Work that is inadequately packaged may be refused by our Lead Art Handler or Festival Director.
Where can I have my art framed?
Are there any options for printing my art?