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2023 Life in the City

Front Street invites all visual artists, 18 years and older, of all mediums, styles, and techniques, from across the world to apply to the "5th Annual Life in the City" juried exhibition. 
Applicants should provide a brief artist statement, as well as a statement about how your work relates to "Life in the City."  
Artists are encouraged to submit original work that represents the remarkable architecture, rich history, and/or modern urban lifestyles experienced in cities across the world. 
We are excited to announce this year's guest juror, Scott D. U. Gibbs. 
About Scott: A master painter and a Dayton, Ohio native, Scott Gibbs has been creating his works for many years. Scott is known for his “word” paintings in which he writes words all over the piece and works with paints until the words are no longer recognizable. These days, Scott has moved on to rely less on the linear quality of the letters, but in the forms of the negative spaces. Though the paintings look nothing like the earlier work, the initial concept is the foundation of all works.
Scott has had many exhibitions around Dayton and across the country, and won numerous awards, including two Montgomery County Art and Cultural District grants. Although primarily an artist, Scott has worked extensively with juveniles involved with the court system and many schools to bring the visual arts to children from a wide range of backgrounds. He has been an Artist in Residence at various Dayton public schools and at K12 Gallery & TEJAS.
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One artist will be awarded "Best in Show" for best representation of "Life in the City."  This artist will receive a $500 cash prize and a solo show at Front Street to be held April 2024 during our outdoor season kickoff!
Application Fee: $25 - all applicants will receive a free Front Street T-shirt.  You will receive a notification to pay your fee, once you have submitted your application.  Application fees are due by JULY 17th at Midnight to ensure your application is reviewed by the jury.
Application DEADLINE:  July 17, 2023 at Midnight
Notice of Acceptance: July 21, 2023
Artwork Drop Off Dates: July 24 -28, 2023
Artwork Pick Up Dates: August 21 - 25, 2023
(Office Hours Mon - Fri 9AM - 4PM)
Artist's Reception
August 3, 2023 | 6PM - 8PM
Enjoy live music, light refreshments, and mingling with fellow artists at the private Artist's Reception.
Opening Reception
August 4, 2023 | 5PM - 9PM

Enjoy live music, dinner from a variety of food trucks, and a walk through the complex touring surrounding art studios and other gallery openings.  The night is free to attend and offers free, onsite parking.  

Closing Reception
August 20, 2023 | 11AM - 4PM

Enjoy live music and peruse the surrounding market, studios, and galleries!  The day is free to attend and offers free, onsite parking.  The food truck accepts cash and card while vendors and artists vary.

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