Ian Shearer, Waiting at the Crossroads

Emerging Artist Scholarship Competition Exhibition

Finalists: Josiah Bell, Nathan Campbell, Eric Chan, merkuria/Johanna Czerwińska, Ian Shearer, Kristen Thacker, and JoEllen Wang
Jurors: George Brandt, Rajaa Gharbi & Trevor Doak

July 4-27, 2019
Thursday, Friday & Saturday Noon-5 pm,
Reception: Friday July 19, 2019 5-7 pm

Welcome to our inaugural Gallery 110 Emerging Artist Scholarship Competition Exhibition – we are thrilled to bring to fruition something we’ve been fund raising and planning for the last 2-3 years. We would like to thank each and every person whose generous contribution has helped to make this program a reality.

The seven King County artists in this show have been selected from a much larger group of submissions. Each semi-finalists is in an early stage of their careers and each has work that merits a Gallery 110 scholarship membership opportunity. The final prize-winner, selected by our three-member jury, will be awarded a full 18-month membership with the same benefits and responsibilities as other members: a solo show, a Gallery 110 artist website page, and the opportunity to participate in gallery operations. We hope that our winner can leverage the experience as a springboard into a successful career as a fine artist. Please see below for more information.

ABOUT THE EMERGING ARTIST PROGRAM
Young artists starting careers have never faced such daunting odds as at present. Whether they are just finishing school or self-taught individuals committed to full-time artistic endeavors, they are “emerging” at a time when art galleries are struggling. Many small to mid-size galleries are closing, further limiting exposure opportunities for an emerging artist. We hope to play a role in helping to offset this recent trend.

We envision our Emerging Artist Program evolving as it grows, allowing selected artists to become better prepared for entering the larger art world through mutual learning from colleagues while directly engaging in gallery activities. Having such an experience early in one’s career can boost one’s confidence while dispelling common myths of “making it” in the art world.

Through this program, Gallery 110 will engage younger, experimental, and more diverse artists while providing the public who visit galleries in Pioneer Square with thought-provoking and dynamic art experiences.
We are looking for partners, seeking grant opportunities, sponsors and individual donors to help support and share in this vision. Please let us know if you can help in any manner.