ODC Theater: Call For Visual Artists-Due December 14, 2011

by Admin on 12/12/2011


ODC Theater, among the West Coast’s premier venues for the contemporary performing arts, announces a call for proposals for a series of six original posters for its 2012 season.  One visual artist will be commissioned to create the poster series and will be awarded a cash prize of $3000 in addition to significant exposure.

ODC Theater’s 2012 poster series aims to capture and communicate the essence of each of its artists’ presentations as well as to pique the curiosity of local arts enthusiasts.  We are open to any and all aesthetic styles. ODC Theater is characterized by forward-thinking, boundary pushing dance, music and theater. A captivating end product should feel active, engaging, kinetic and of the moment. We are a house of risk and encourage you to take risks as well.

The winning artist will be asked to create six stylistically similar poster designs between late December 2011 and May 2012.  Any and all visual media forms including graphic design, painting, drawing, photography, collage, and screen printing are accepted so long as they can be reproduced as a PDF on an off-set printer.  The poster series will be rolled out throughout 2012.  In addition to appearing in online promotions and print materials, posters will be displayed on ODC’s two-building campus which hosts close to 25,000 people annually.

Some of the performing artists included in ODC Theater’s 2012 season are dance company Holly Johnston/Ledges and Bones, opera composer and librettist team Jack Perla and Rob Bailis, filmmaker Paul Festa, and choreographer Morgan Thorson with musician Alan Sparhawk of LOW.

Submission Guidelines
•    All submissions are due by December 14, 2011. Please note that proposals must be received, not postmarked, by this date.
•    A complete application will include a concept proposal, the artist’s portfolio with at least five examples of past work, the artist’s resume with a link to his/her website if available, and the artist’s contact information including full name, email address, postal address, and phone number.
•    For electronic submissions, please address: jenna@odcdance.org.  For physical submissions: ODC c/o Jenna Glass, 351 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.

Selection Process
Decisions will be made by considering the strength of the proposal and best fit for ODC’s aesthetic at the sole discretion of ODC staff.  A select committee will review and rank proposals the week of December 14.  Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent the week of December 19.

About ODC Theater
ODC Theater has been located in San Francisco’s Mission District for over thirty years. Nationally recognized as a cultural landmark, ODC Theater’s mission is to be the West Coast’s premiere venue for the contemporary performing arts and a home to nurture and support artists.  ODC Theater core values include excellence, creativity, humanity, and dialogue.  Find yourself here.  We believe in the power of the performing arts to affect audiences.  We aim to participate in the creation of new works through commissioning, presenting, mentorship and space access; to develop informed, engaged and committed audiences; and to advocate for the performing arts as an essential component of the economic and cultural development of our community. Nationally known artists Spalding Gray, Bill T. Jones, Eiko & Koma, and Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE are among those whose first San Francisco appearance occurred at ODC Theater. Today, the Theater is home to a thriving Artist in Residence Program, an acclaimed regional and national presenting program, a mentorship program for emerging professionals, and a subsidized rental program for self-producing artists. The Theater is a founding member of the SCUBA National Touring Network, and the INNERSTATE California Touring Project for Dance. In September of 2010, the Theater celebrated its grand re-opening after completing a 9 million dollar capital campaign to renovate and expand its facility.