BOSTON VISUAL ARTISTS' UNION

BVAU ARTISTS PROTEST $4 ENTRY FEE
for
"The Massachusetts Open" at Worcester Art Museum, 1977

 

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Can you identify these BVAU Artist / Protesters ?

 

ARTISTS PROTEST FEES FOR WORCESTER SHOW
by
Otile McManus, Boston Globe staff

 

Letter to the Artists Guild on June 7, 1986

"I have received the prospectus for your exhibition. I note that a condition of participation is an entry or handling fee. The BVAU (Boston Visual Artists Union), National Artists Equity, National Association of Artists Organizations, and the National Endowment for the Arts strongly oppose such fees. The major benefit to your institution and to the public you serve is the high quality art selected for your exhibition.

After the artist had spent time and money creating the work and preparing slides, you ask him/her to pay a non-refundable entry fee. Juried exhibitions that charge entry fees are largely funded by rejected artists who derive no benefit whatever. Providing adequate funding to cover exhibition costs is the function of your institution and your board. By loaning their work, accepted artists provide a considerable service to your institution.

I am sure you wish to improve the stature of artists in our society. Exhibitions do take money to mount. However, it is inappropriate for artists (accepted or rejected) to be a source of these funds. By making money a condition for possible participation in your exhibition, you exploit their need to reach a public and diminish their professional stature. The public has shown it is willing to pay for artistic performances and services. It is your institution's responsibility to garner public support for the work you wish to exhibit. Pursuing other forms of funding, gives recognition to artists and the seriousness of their commitment to their art."

Dan Wasil, Director of the San Diego Arts Resource Center

 

 

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"Artists in Exile" Mural on Boston Commons

 

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American Artists' Congress, 1936
American Congress Artists
Selected American Artists Links

 

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22" (high) x 17" (wide) poster on silver background
Inscription on bottom left: "Poster Design: Virgina J. Mason" printed in black.


2nd American Artists Congress, 1975
This congress should have been titled the "3rd American Artists' Congress"
the "2nd" Congress took place in New York City during 1941
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Signers of the American Artists' Congress, 1936 and 1941

Archives of American Art: BVAU Papers: 1970-1979

 

 

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