36 Views of Pikes Peak Submission Guidelines

Mar 5, 2014

With many apologies for the delay, here are (at last) the official guidelines for submission to the 36 Views of Pikes Peak Project along with dates for exhibition. The biggest change, for those of you who have already submitted, is that we are asksing for phsyical submissions of postcard-size images. So here goes:

36 Views of Pikes Peak Juried Postcard Exhibit at PPLD

A collaboration between KRCC, UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art, PPLD, Colorado College, and the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum:

Deadline: Postmarked by June 1st, 2014 – KRCC, GOCA UCCS, PPLD and the Pioneers Museum present a joint juried postcard exhibition under the theme of “36 Views of Pikes Peak”. The exhibition will be on display in the Pikes Peak Library District’s newest site from July – September, 2014.

The competition is open to all artists residing in the Pikes Peak Region (defined as communities in Southern Colorado that have a view of Pikes Peak). Entries must be original visual artworks in any two-dimensional media. Submitted works must be and sent through U.S. Postal Service. Each artist is limited to 5 postcards submitted each.

Works will be judged on their engagement with the original call for submissions as follows:

Based on famed Japanese printmaker Hokusai’s 36 Views of Mt. Fuji, we’re looking to explore the myriad ways that Pikes Peak draws our entire listening area together and defines us. What we love about Hokusai’s 36 Views (which are actually comprised of 46 prints total) is the way in which he uses Mt. Fuji to see and unite some of the myriad facets of Japanese culture in the early 1800s. In other words, Mt. Fuji is seldom the subject, but the excuse—an early conceptual premise (that inspired the impressionists) with which to narrate a much larger story about class, society, values and aesthetics.

Preference will be given to postcard submissions with a contemporary interpretation of Hokusai's vision, which incorporates society into the landscape. Here's a slide show of all 46 of his prints to refresh your memory:

And here's a slide show of historical examples of just a few of the the kinds of images we have in mind:

Images should also adhere to the following parameters:

  • Rectangular (vertical or horizontal orientation)
  • No more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inches thick
    (USPS guidelines)
  • Postcards must include artist name, title, media and date on the back
  • Hand-delivery is also acceptable.
  • Original and completed in the past year (2013-2014)
  • Mail or hand-deliver to:
    Attn: Big Something
    912 N. Weber Street
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903
  • We will NOT mail postcards back, but they will be available for pickup for one month at the Pikes Peak Library District's new 21C campus  at the close of the exhibition. Any postcards not picked up by October 1 will be discarded.

Up to 46 submitted postcard artworks will be selected by a jury consisting of Noel Black, Producer of the Big Something at KRCC, Daisy McConnell, Director of the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art, and Dee Vazquez Sabol of the Pikes Peak Library District. Selected cards may travel to Fujiyoshida, Japan as well as become part of a limited edition box set of reproductions made available to the public for purchase. 46 was the number of prints in Hokusai’s “36 Views of Mt. Fuji” portfolio, hence the number.

There is no entry fee
, but exhibiting artists will be responsible for all mailing expenses involved in participating in the exhibition.

Submissions must be postmarked by June 1st, 2014 and received no later than June 7th, 2014 in the KRCC mail or by hand delivery.

With the submission of work for exhibition, the artist grants permission to photograph and reproduce any accepted work for publicity purposes and for a printed portfolio of images.

There will also be a concurrent invitational exhibit at GOCA121 (downtown gallery):

The UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art downtown site, GOCA121, will be host to a collaboration with KRCC's The Big Something and the Pikes Peak Library District in Summer, 2014. The 36 Views of Pikes Peak Project was launched by The Big Something in February, 2013 as a year-long call for creative submissions under the theme. Inspired by Japanese printmaker Hokusai's famed 36 Views of Mt. Fuji series, this project challenges artists, writers, and other creative types to respond to the call with non-traditional views of our own region's iconic mountain. GOCA121 and the Penrose Library, both in downtown Colorado Springs, will be host to two exhibits featuring works created for this project from July – September, 2014.

gallery@uccs.edu, 719.255.3504