‘Life on Island’ – Art Contest

macheteMACHETE Contemporary Art and The Basic Butchers in Gallows Bay are sponsoring a juried competition to produce an outdoor mural to be painted on the shutters of The Basic Butchers storefront in Gallows Bay.  The theme is Life on Island.  The winner will be presented with a prize of $250 and basic materials for painting the mural.  The mural is expected to remain on the shutters for at least three years.  The winning design will be chosen by a committee of experienced artists, Gallery Director Thomas Shelley of macheteMACHETE, and The Basic Butchers.


Terms of Entry:  Contest is open to all U.S. Virgin Island residents.  Artists are invited to submit a design that depicts life on island. Theme is open to interpretation, and by no means limited to images of livestock or food.  The U.S. Virgin Islands has a wealth of diverse and talented artists; your originality will be your greatest strength.  Designs cannot be an advertisement for any place of business.  A plan of execution with a two-week timetable is required, along with an artist’s statement and any relevant prior experience.  For judging purposes, design submissions should be full-color and mounted on 11” x 17” foam board – UNFRAMED.   Fee is $10 per entry.  Each 11” x 17”  board counts as one entry.  Multiple entries are permitted, but each entry should be distinct in aesthetic and motif.

Judging:   Entries will be judged on original design, creative interpretation of the theme and compatibility with the casual storefront atmosphere of The Basic Butchers. The winning entry will be selected by a jury and the winner announced Monday, October 31st.  All contestants will be notified of the winning entry by email.  Winner and honorable mentions will additionally be notified by phone.  Winning submission will be on display at a reception on Saturday, November 19th, 2011 at The Basic Butchers, Gallows Bay.  Honorable mentions will also be displayed at The Basic Butchers.

Art Space:  Wall preparation, materials, sealing and up to five colors of artist’s choice in paint will generously be provided by Gallows Bay Hardware.  The attached diagram shows the dimensions of the paintable space.  The measurements are as follows:

four spaces measuring 49” x 24.5”

two spaces measuring 80” x 33”

Artists are encouraged to visit the site for an advantageous perspective.  Allotted time for painting is November 1st – November 16th.  Art must be finished by Wednesday, November 16th, 2011.  Prize money will be awarded, pending completion of the project, at the November 19th reception.

How to Enter: Entries may be submitted to The Basic Butchers, Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10am – 6pm, along with your entrance fees in the form of cash, money orders or checks made out to The Basic Butchers.  If you are mailing in your submission and entrance fee, please send to PO BOX 223751, Christiansted, VI 00822.  On the back of each entry, include the following information: first and last name, phone number, email address, mailing address.  Other than an artist’s signature, do not put any personal information on the submission images.

For more information or any questions regarding the contest, contact thomas@machetemachete.com.