Call For Artists:Take Action Against Destructive Agribusiness
Call for Artists
Deadline: Wednesday, April 28, 2010
RAN • ART
Take Action Against Destructive Agribusiness
For a quarter century, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has aggressively confronted multinational corporations over their destructive practices, exposing their disregard for human rights and the natural systems that sustain life. Today, RAN takes on big agribusiness corporations to address their responsibility for the vast tropical deforestation undertaken to maximize the production of palm oil, used in 50% of all consumer goods. New plantations decimate over 2.5 million acres of Indonesian rainforests every year, threatening hundreds of indigenous cultures and releasing a tremendous amount of heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere.
As part of RAN Rainforest Agribusiness campaign action in Minnesota, RAN is sponsoring an art contest and exhibition culminating in the selection of one image to be used in a billboard or public installation that increases public awareness of General Mills‘ use of socially and environmentally unsustainable palm oil sources.
Artists, illustrators, and designers are encouraged to explore the question, “What is the problem with palm oil?” as it pertains to the negative effects of big agribusiness, especially from Twin Cities giants Cargill Incorporated and General Mills. All submissions are welcome, keeping in mind RAN’s past campaigns have embraced powerful images, satire, and spoofs of all sorts. The winning concept will put a clever spin on General Mills’ marketing and well-known brand images (such as Cheerios, Betty Crocker, Pillbury, and Hamburger Helper) to make the point.
Other winners will receive awards in the form of cinema tickets and gift certificates to local businesses.
Exhibited work will be for sale at the artists’ discretion, with a modest commission benefitting the gallery and Rainforest Action Network.
The deadline for submission of artwork is April 28. This contest is open to all artists. All static, two dimensional art is acceptable, including photography. Digitally produced work must be vector or created at minimum 600dpi if it to be considered for reproduction on a large scale.
Submit digital images of your work here at http://livewithsubstance.org/ranart
Tarnish&Gold Gallery in northeast Minneapolis hosts the exhibition reception May 1. Accepted work, originals or prints, must be ready to hang upon drop off. Through popular vote and an ultimate decision by jury, one piece in the exhibition will be featured by RAN in coordination with campaign action. This promises to generate considerable exposure for the artist and contribute to a vital campaign against destructive agribusiness.
RAN ART exhibition will be on display at Tarnish&Gold for the month of May.
Direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Nolan Morice at 763-913-2192.
Rainforest Action Network: http://ran.org/
The Problem with Palm Oil: http://theproblemwithpalmoil.org
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