Back in January, we blogged up a brand spankin' new web-based project called 365 Artists | 365 Days. Expectations were high that this project would buck the annoying it-was-a-great-idea-but-we-got-distracted-and-crap-canned-it odds and instead keep up the stamina promised to deliver much needed attention to individual artists each and every day.
We are pleased to report that our hopes have not been dashed upon the jagged rocks of a raging sea of frustration, but rather continues to be buoyed by the unwavering commitment of creators/curators Frank Juarez of Frank Juarez Gallery (Sheboygan) and Zina Mussmann and Rachel Quirk of Greymatter Gallery (Milwaukee). Can I get a Whoot? Whoot! Thank you.
As of August 25, 365 Artists | 365 Days has featured artists from 34 States of these United as well as 8 other countries: Canada, Singapore, Scotland, Australia, Slovenia, Serbia, United Kingdom, and Lithuania. It's also clocked 64,710 blog visits, snagged 425 e-mail subscribers and accumulated 1,193 Facebook followers--you become one too here.
Seeing as we're all about highlighting projects that actually keep on keepin' on, we posed three questions to Juarez, Mussmann and Quirk, which they graciously answered in one harmonized voice.
Cricky: Have there been any surprises or unexpected challenges that you encountered during the curatorial process of submissions?
J,M,Q: We've been surprised by the variety of work that artists have submitted. This has been a pleasant surprise because we were a little worried that we'd receive too much of one medium and we'd end up over representing painting-or drawing--or video--or whatever. But the reality has been the opposite. And each artist's overall approach has been quite unique too, which we think has added to the appeal of this project. Our goal from the beginning has been to show the very wide scope that contemporary art forms take, and in meeting that goal we've been really proud to be a part of this project and continue to actively engage our readers.
Cricky: I see that you still have the submission page active. Do you anticipate closing submissions at any point? If so, what is that date?
J,M,Q: We would like to keep the submission page active as we move into 2015.
Cricky: Any plans to continue this another year?
J,M,Q: We have plans to continue this project next year. We're working on the details of what this would look like. This project has been rewarding on many levels. Our featured artists have been enthusiastically promoting their online feature via social media. We all think we're on to something great and would love to explore it further.
And with that final answer you have no excuse whatsoever not to submit your most fabulous work and possibly join the honored ranks of 365 Artists | 365 Days--not even "I'm so terrified I'm not sure I can hold my clicker finger steady enough to hit the submission button." Do It Now!
(Thanks Frank, Zina and Rachel!)