Call for Art opens at noon on December 1, 2017 for all Categories
Call for Visual, Literary, Store, Stage Performance, and Installation Entries closes at 11PM on January 15, 2018. Interactive Performance entries have an extended deadline of January 31, 2018
Fees, General Guidelines
$35 for visual, installation, literary, and store artists
Early bird fee of $16 available December 1 through December 15 only in honor of our 16th anniversary
No fee for performing artists
No fee to apply if you are an artist living outside of North America
Payment of a fee covers all works submitted for a category, up to the maximum allowed. For example, paying the fee for visual art allows you to submit up to 5 artworks, and paying the fee for store art allows you to submit up to 20 types of works for inclusion in the store.
Festival Store Fees
If you have paid a fee to submit visual, literary, and/or installation art, your Store submission fee will be waived. All artists who submit works to any of the categories are encouraged to also submit works to the Store. Store submission fees are waived for artists who reside outside North America. For all other instances, the fee for Store submissions is $35.
Submission Limits and Formatting Rules
Visual Art: up to five (5) pieces may be submitted of any medium. Sculptors, multimedia artists, and painters are particularly encouraged to apply. Images must be included with all submissions.
Literary Art: up to five (5) literary pieces may be submitted — Poems; Prose; Point of View and Essay; Short Stories; One Act plays or scripts (must include scene setup). All literary submissions must be in .doc format.
Installation Art, including Artist’s Books: up to three (3) interactive installation proposals may be submitted. Proposals must be in PDF format; images may also be included. Proposals are introductory descriptions of your piece in as much detail as possible. Installations can be submitted as ideas, and need not be completed work at the time of submission. Some grant funding is available for installation ideas. Attachments and photos concerning an installation should uploaded into the artist portal or may be emailed to [email protected]
Stage & Ambient Performance Art: up to three (3) interactive performance proposals may be submitted. Performers 18 years old or older may submit for consideration for roaming and interactive performances, staged performance, and experimental interactive projects. Images must be included with all submissions.
Store Art: all artists 18 years old or older may submit items such as books, jewelry, cards, collectibles, etc. for consideration by the Festival Store. Artists may submit up to 20 items or groups of items to the Store, in quantities from 1 to 50 per item.
• Artists must make their submissions between December 1, 2017 and January 15, 2018. The submission deadline is Monday, January 15, 2017 at 11:00pm (PST). Be sure to have all of your information entered on time and correctly as you will not be able to access the system after that date.
• Artists do not need to attend the Festival to be accepted (with the exception of performance artists)
• Artists who reside outside North America, and invited artists, do not pay a submission fee
• Artists may submit for as many Calls for Art as they wish, but note that each Call for Art has distinct requirements and may have additional submission fees
• If you pay a submission fee for visual, literary, and/or installation art, it is free to apply to the popular Festival Store. We encourage all artists to consider selling work in Store
• The Festival Store Manager reserves the right to accept declined visual art into the Store
• Artists may submit work only of their own creation
• Only electronic entries submitted via our online entry system will be accepted. Paper, email, CD, and all other forms of entry will be discarded. Do not under any circumstances send original art as your entries; you will be automatically disqualified from entry and your art will not be returned
• Submissions may be edited up until their Call for Entries closes
• Submission fees are non-refundable
• Tickets and passes are non-transferable
• All artists must be 18 years old or older as of January 15, 2018
Visual Art Specific Guidelines
• Art previously accepted or exhibited at the Festival will not be considered for the exhibition but may be considered for the Festival Store
• Images must be submitted in JPEG format
• Any image with a watermark that obscures the image or identifies the artist will be rejected. Signatures on original works of art such as paintings and illustrations are allowable
• Unfinished art or “works in progress” will not be considered by the jury
• Incomplete or incorrect entries will not be considered after the close of a Call for Entries
• Submissions may be edited up until their Call for Entries closes
• After the jury review, accepted artists may make updates to details about their works via our Artist Liaison ([email protected])
• One image per visual art submission. Choosing the 3D designation for a submission, allows for detail images to be uploaded
• Substitutions are not allowed; the art submitted must be exactly the same as any accepted, delivered art
• Artists must provide a price for each submitted piece
• Artists may use a pseudonym or professional name; legal name will be kept confidential. Please be clear during the submission process about which name is to be used publicly. The “Professional Names” you have given us will be publicly listed in the Exhibition and in related promotions
• Any models depicted in photographs must be 18 years old or older
• All accepted artists who use models in photographs will be required to submit a Models Age Certification form. The completed form must be delivered with the art. The Festival will keep this information on file to comply with United States Code, Title 18, Section 2257
• For all accepted, invited, and Store art sold during or as a direct result of the Festival, the Festival receives a 40% commission fee
• The Festival reserves the right to refuse to hang any piece of art delivered for any reason
Literary Art Specific Guidelines
• Any characters featured in a sexual way must not be under 18 years of age.
• All entries may not have been previously published preceding submission. (This does not include posting on your personal blog or website.)
• All work must be submitted by the original author. Co-authors must submit together with both names listed.
• Artists may use a pseudonym or professional name; legal name will be kept confidential. Please be clear during the submission process about which name is to be used publicly. (Professional Name = publicly view-able)
• For submissions, all entries must be in .doc format only; and must follow standard manuscript format including 12 pt. font and 1-inch margins; and each page must have only the title and page number in the top right hand corner as a footnote (no other identifying information). Submissions NOT meeting these criteria may be returned for correction.
• There is no word limit on submissions.
Installation Art Specific Guidelines
• For each proposal, artists must submit an introductory description of their piece in as much detail as possible. Descriptions can be uploaded as Word documents, PDF files, or JPG images.
• If applying for grant funding, artists should include a basic budget outline and cost estimate.
• Installations can be submitted as ideas, and need not be completed work at the time of submission.
• Artists must be willing to work closely with the Festival curators with regard to appropriate lighting, size, materials, safety, etc.
• Artists should have enough experience to be self-sufficient, requiring little to no assistance or materials from Festival staff.
• Preference is given to installations and artist’s books that Festival patrons can interact with in some way. Please include descriptions of how the piece can be interacted with during the course of the Festival, including but not limited to, touching, building, dismantling, or progressive change.
• Artist’s books are encouraged, but not required, to touch on the theme of the Literary Anthology, which is to be announced.
Stage Performance Art Specific Guidelines
- Performers may be asked to attend an audition and/or rehearsals, date(s) TBA.
- Accepted performers must be at least 21 years old by April 28, 2017.
- Artists may only submit performance art of their own creation.
- Artists must make their submissions between December 1 2017 and January 15, 2018. The submission deadline is January 15, 2018 at 11:00pm (PST). Be sure to have all of your information entered on time and correctly as you will not be able to access the system after that date.
- Artist must complete an Artist Profile in the Seattle Erotic Art Festival web portal. Performers do NOT need to submit their work or pay fees through the portal, ONLY register as an artist. You may complete your Artist Profile here: [INSERT LINK TO ARTIST REGISTRATION IN PORTAL]
- In addition to registering as an artist through the Seattle Erotic Art Festival web portal, please send your submission(s) to: performan[email protected]
- Please format your email subject heading as:
“[Artist Name] [Performance Title] Performance Submission for SEAF 2018”
- If submitting multiple pieces for consideration, please send each proposal in a separate email.
- Please format your email subject heading as:
- Please include the following information in your proposal:
- Legal name (If performing as an ensemble, please select one representative for the submission process)Professional / performer name (if different from legal name)
- Under which name you prefer to be billed
- Performer Bio
- Promotional photo (If submitting as an ensemble and no group photos exists yet, please indicate this and send a photo representative of the work)
- Phone number
- Email address
- City, state, and postal code of residence
- Performance description (250 words max)
- You may wish to address the following (list is not comprehensive): Theme(s), Mood and other general aesthetic qualities, Subject matter, Performance format, Duration, Number of performers, Costuming, Props/set pieces needed (and whether you will be able to provide them), Technologies used, Influencing works, artists, techniques, etc.
- Supporting materials (please include all available): Photo, Video (YouTube link preferred), Music (if applicable), Performer website URL, Artist statement
Interactive Performance Art Specific Guidelines
• Performers may be asked to attend an audition, date TBA.
• Accepted performers must be at least 21 years old by April 26, 2018.
• Preference given to Interactive performers who are interested in creating interactive performance art that breaks the 4th wall by using the entirety of the festival space as the stage.
• Interactive performance can include dance, movement, improv, spoken word art, acoustic music, singing, pure silence, visual art, clever props, technology, costuming, body art, drawing, and many other forms of expression.
• Professional performance experience is NOT required to be an interactive performer but professionalism is
• Performances are compensated with weekend entry passes to the event for yourself and a guest.
• If requesting budget for assistance with props or costuming, please include estimates and note if budget assistance is necessary for participation.
• Please email your proposal to [email protected]. Please include the following information in your proposal:
~Share a bit about your performance background, examples of interactive performance art you’ve done, or other creative expressions that will tell us something about you. Tell us about a performance that was especially meaningful to you, either as the performer or the observer.
~What inspires you to want to do interactive performance for SEAF?
~Describe your performance idea(s)
Include the story, purpose, intended effect.
Include a description of the visual, audio, and other qualities of the performance.
Include how you imagine roaming around the festival, and how you would connect and interact with patrons.
Include the approximate length of your piece(s).
~What are you passionate about?
~Tell us what your creative skill sets are, and provide some extra details where appropriate.
Store Art/Merchandise Specific Guidelines
• Artists may submit up to 20 different items to the Store (e.g. postcards, prints, posters, jewelry, statues, etc), with a quantity ranging from 1 to 50 of each item.
• Each individual item need not be submitted for approval. Similar items that are the same price may be grouped together; a representative sampling is acceptable. (For example, if you want the Store to feature three different postcards with a quantity of 10 each, then create one submission entry for a postcard and say the quantity is 30, and then in the notes section say that there are three different images for those postcards.)
• All featured art is selected and showcased at the discretion of the Festival.
• The Festival reserves the right to refuse or limit items displayed to quantities of 50 pieces/items or less, per artist, depending on space availability.
• Unfinished art or “works in progress” will not be considered.
• Art previously displayed at the Festival may be considered for the Festival Store.
• Accepted artists are encouraged to provide display units for their work. Any small items such as postcards/cards or jewelry should, if possible, be accompanied by an appropriate display. A limited number of displays are available; priority on these will be given to artists from out of state.
• Work will be displayed on a space available basis. Effort will be made to display a sample of everything supplied, however, if a large quantity is delivered by a single artist and space limitations become an issue, items may be used as back-stock until space becomes available.
• All merchandise must arrive ready for display. Proper presentation is the responsibility of the artist.
• Prints should have a backing and be shrink-wrapped or in plastic sleeves, cards should be in sleeves, etc.
• Every effort will be made to provide the highest security possible; however, the Festival will not be responsible for any losses due to theft. Damage occurring due to customer handling will not be the Festival’s responsibility. By submitting merchandise for sale in the retail store, the artist agrees to hold the Festival, the Festival Store, the Store management, and Foundation for Sex Positive Culture harmless.