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San Jose furry art exhibition calls for entries by Dec. 31; con-badges accepted

Two galleries in downtown San Jose will be hosting open-to-the-public furry art shows concurrent with Further Confusion 2012, from January 12-21. Inkbunny is not associated with these shows, but we wanted to let you know about them, in case you wish to submit work created by or for you.

The objective of these shows is to get high-quality furry art out in the public, and to introduce San Jose's downtown gallery scene to the wealth of furry artwork. Local news media representatives will be invited to visit, and there is an open call for artwork - including con-badges, which are a special exhibit.

While artists' permission is required to exhibit or sell art, commissioners are encouraged to ask artists to participate, and con-badges may be submitted for display along with the artist's contact details. Fan art, costumes, photography, and artwork which goes beyond tasteful nudity will not be accepted.

A printing service is available, and all exhibits for the con-badge exhibition should be submitted as high-DPI scans or digital pieces rather than hard-copy original. The submission deadline for all work is December 31 - so if you're interested, now's the time!

The shows are being organized independently of Further Confusion by its Art Track events lead, B. Root, creator of webcomic The Dawn Chapel. They are hosted by the KALEID gallery and comic book publishers Slave Labor Graphics.

You can read more about the shows and enter work at the submission page.
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pharwarner
6 years, 10 months ago
Wonderful to see mainstream galleries hosting furry art, especially in conjunction with a con. It's a very positive move. I've pondered using my connections to see if a gallery in our local area would be interested in a furry exhibition but alas, I don't think we're quite ready yet.
Swampwulf
6 years, 10 months ago
They really expect to get anything decent displayed with this litte notice?
I presume that this'll end up being all advertising for/by Dawn Chapel and Slave Labor.
GreenReaper
6 years, 10 months ago
This was initially announced three weeks ago, but I only heard about it today, so the announcement came today. Sorry for the delay! You have up to about Jan 7 to get submissions physically there, you just have to arrange them now.
Swampwulf
6 years, 10 months ago
Yeah, that's pretty much my point.
You'd think that something like this would have gotten a lot more fan-based press than it did to pull in some 'names' and good art.
Someone seriously dropped the ball on this.
If you're going to have to drop the kind of money it takes to get in on a gallery showing, you don't just suddenly up and do it with two days notice.
polkakitty
6 years, 10 months ago
Well, I love the idea of doing this, but like others have said, it really needs to be announced further in advance next time.  The con staff probably should have contacted art sites like this for submissions.

It seems like a strange choice to focus so much on con badges, though.  I mean, I guess the idea is to showcase the concept of having a fursona, which is something that isn't really done outside of furry fandom (even in fanfiction circles, you wouldn't expect someone to have a consistent original character that appears in everything they write,) but my experience has been that when artists offer con badges, they typically end up being excessively similar and much simpler than the rest of their art, so I wouldn't expect that to be the best exhibition of their skills.
GreenReaper
6 years, 10 months ago
Well, conbadges are a form of easily-understood, small, wearable art, unique to fandom - though not to furry fandom - and a wide variety can be shown in one exhibit.

They are showing - and selling - regular artwork, but as far as I know, that's being done in the main FC gallery as well, and I imagine large and expensive furry pieces might be bid higher there.
Spuug
6 years, 10 months ago
I'd like to know what two galleries these shows will be at, and where they are located in San Jose.
GreenReaper
6 years, 10 months ago
I imagine the first is at the linked KALEID gallery, while the second is likely to be at the SLG HQ.

As for where those things are - Google Maps? I'm sure there will be directions at FC, too.
Spuug
6 years, 10 months ago
Thanks!  This will make pre-planning my activities while in San Jose easier.

Google turns up the following:
The SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery is located at 577 S. Market Street, San Jose CA 95113.
KALEID Gallery,  88 So. Fourth St., San Jose, CA

These are a few blocks from the Convention Center, within easy walking distance.
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