Specto Announcements July 2017

First of all, thank you to everyone who has supported us so far by applying for a show or art opportunity! We are excited to be able to bring together the work of so many artists from around the world, and we hope we can continue to provide more opportunities for artists.

Specto Art Space is dedicated to creating a space which allows artists to exhibit their work in a professional, and hassle free manner. When we started, we had hoped to have our doors open by September, but now we are realizing we have to push that back a little. We thought we had found an ideal space, but it didn't work out. We found a second space, which was nice but not perfect for our needs. We weighed the idea of opening our doors just to meet our initial deadline, to just jump into a space as quickly as possible. Creating something like Specto is a continual lesson in compromise. However, there is one thing we won't compromise on, and that's the quality of the exhibition space. We want to create a space which is professional, polished, and focused on allowing the viewer to see your work in the best possible manner. And with that in mind we have to continue our search for the perfect place for Specto to call home. We do this in favor of finding a space which is better suited to our needs and free from limitations which would compromise the integrity of the exhibition of artwork. 

Our new hope is to find the perfect space, renovate it to our needs, and open our doors to the public by Fall 2017, January 2018 at the latest. We're being a little generous with this window because we don't want to promise something we can't deliver.  We hope to open our doors as soon as possible, but it depends on a lot of factors. In the mean time, we are excited to soon announce our first decisions in featured artists for our upcoming exhibition year.

Everyone who has already applied - Thank you! Our first shows are going to be phenomenal and we're very excited to get started showing this amazing work. 

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please contact us!


Director, Specto Art Space

Moving Pictures Monday: Stop Animation Graffiti

This is part of our continued Moving Pictures Monday series, bring you an interesting moving picture art piece every week. Check out more here. 

Moving Pictures Monday: Stop Animation Graffiti

Talk about an amazing undertaking. Artist Blu creates stop animation videos using photographs of shifting graffiti pieces. Blu takes the viewer through urban landscapes, using multiple surfaces and items to create a variety and interaction that makes these stop animations have a life and scale like nothing we've seen.

Check out more at Blu's website. 

These Kinetic Sculptures Enjoy Long Walks on the Beach

If we find something interesting, we try to share it! Check out some past inspiration, here. 


These fascinating kinetic sculptures are created by Dutch artist Theo Jansen. Created using lightweight pipes, string, and fabric, STRANDBEEST harnesses the power of the wind and converts it into a steady forward march.

The sculptures crawl across the sand in an almost insect like way. Even though these are constructed of fairly mundane components, when they come together they create something seeming so alien. 

Moving Pictures Monday: SOLIPSIST

Welcome to Moving Pictures Monday, an exploration of some form of video or computer art every week. Check out our last entry here! 


Moving Pictures Monday: SOLIPSIST

Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, SOLIPSIST is an exploration of sculpture, dance, computer art, and sound. The culmination of these elements is a bizarre and breathtakingly beautiful creation. 

Explore the Visual Worlds of Fractal Art

Part of our continued series bringing you art things that peak our interest or feed our inspiration. Click here to check out more. 

The Captivating Fractal Worlds of Julius Horsthuis

"Fractal art is the opposite of design."

Fractal art is a form of algorithmic art created by calculating fractal objects and representing the calculation results as still images, animations, and media. Artist Julius Hosthuis creates stunning videos exploring fractal worlds of fractal creation.

Julius says that as he plays around with the fractals, "shapes start to emerge, and when they start to resemble something - anything - I play with that.". Using the natural progression of the fractals, Julius transforms them into landscapes that seem familiar but wildly different at the same time. 

Julius writes, "the human eye will connect with something it thinks it knows - but it's different.
The danger of fractal art is that it becomes so abstract that your mind can't comprehend it at all."

Moving Pictures Monday: The Meeting of James Franco

Welcome to Moving Pictures Monday, a feature segment where we will be sharing some form of moving pictures every Monday that get us excited. Our first feature is a music video from the band Shit Ghost. 

Moving Pictures Monday: The Meeting of James Franco

This hypnotic video seems to explore and experiment with visual components in a way which echoes the musical experimentation occurring at the same time. The pleasing combinations and interactions between imagery transform individual pieces, allowing them to become moments of color, texture, or pattern. 

Watch the Mesmerizing Dance of Uranium Emitting Radiation

As artists sometimes the smallest sources can have large effects on inspiration and creativity. Some of the smallest and unseen process of our world can have the most captivating effects. Never is this more true than with this breathtaking capture of uranium emitting radiation. 

A device known as a cloud chamber is filled with a vapor made of alcohol. This chamber is ket at a pressure and temperature which creates an environment where any change, however miniscule, will cause the vapors to condense. As the radioactive particles are emitted from the uranium and shot through the vapor, the molecules in front of the particles are upset, causing these mesmerizing vapor trails. 

The natural processes of our world can be beautiful even on a minuscule scale. Where do you find inspiration? What natural processes get your creative wheels turning?

Check out the video below for the full process!

3D Printing with a Sweet Tooth

3D printers have become another tool in the arsenal of artists. Many artists have created captivating and innovative projects utilizing them. One machine has been modified to print using chocolate instead of plastic. 

This 3D printer allows for the creation of sweet sculptures. Pushing the boundaries like this is what art is all about. If you had a 3D printer, what would you print? Check out the process below!

Weekly Calls for Photographers and Graphic Designers

Specto believes in artists having as many opportunities available to them as possible. Below you will find a list of upcoming deadlines for artists working in photography, digital art, and graphic design. Have an opportunity to add? Contact us!

Calls for Art Ending This Week

Gimme Shelter

We all need shelter be it a physical place to lay our head or the resilience to weather the storms of life.  Please submit your 3D, 2D or video artwork relating to any inspirations around Gimme Shelter!

Deadline: June 23, 2017

Entry Fees: $30

Awards: $1000


Texas Photographic Society National Photography Award

exas Photographic Society is delighted to announce a new award program for artists residing in the United States who have a consistent body of photographic work. The recipient will be awarded a $2,000 cash prize; a solo exhibition at Red Maple Gallery, a new Participating Space during FotoFest 2018 in Houston, Texas; a solo exhibition at LHUCA in Lubbock, Texas; and international exposure in the photo community! This call is open to all subject matter, aesthetic approaches, and photographic processes. Two-dimensional work is preferred, and submissions from artists of all levels are encouraged.

Deadline: June 23, 2017

Entry Fees: TPS Members pay $35 for up to 10 images. Non-Members pay $45 for up to 10 images. The entry fee can be paid online or by check



Looking for works dealing with childbirth. 

Deadline: June 25, 2017

Awards: In addition to being part of the collection, the prize winner will be awarded a two-week residency at the BRC, and will also obtain a stipend of 250 pounds.

Entry Fees: Possibly, Unclear

Website: http://www.birthritescollection.org.uk/


The book for which it calls for the participation of photographers and graphic designers want to be an occasion for reflection on cultural codes and behavioral patterns that restrict an authentic approach to reality, a subject that sees a direct connection on the role of the image and its sharing in the contemporary society.

Deadline: June 25, 2017

Entry Fees: Free

Awards: Publication.



Submit work exploring this theme inspired by the writer Maggie Nelson, who has written that to love the color blue was to fall “under a spell, a spell I fought to stay under and get out from under, in turns.” Blue is commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, confidence, distance, infinity, the imagination, cold, and sometimes with sadness. References to the color include blue chip, blue collar, the wild blue yonder, having the blues, singing the blues, out of the blue, once in a blue moon. The color blue has been said to physically calm and sedate, cool, and aid intuition. “There is no blue without yellow and without orange” — Vincent Van Gogh.

Deadline: June 26, 2017

Entry Fees: $35

Awards :Juror’s Award: The opportunity to be featured as a guest artist in a future GearBox Gallery exhibit. GearBox Gallery Award: An opportunity to exhibit in the Inner Room at GearBox Gallery.


Renaissance Photography Prize 2017

The annual prize discovers talent and celebrates the best in photography, giving image makers access to new opportunities and a world-wide audience for their work. By entering you will support charity, and you could enjoy valuable international exposure and excellent prizes. With judges from The Photographers' Gallery, HOTSHOE Magazine, Foam, The Guardian and many more, entering gives photographers the chance to have their work seen by a panel of some of the industry's most influential photography critics.

Deadline: June 26, 2017

Entry Fees: £18 (€22 / $25)

Awards: Renaissance Photography Prize 2017



For our purposes, a portal can be an architectural feature: a gate, a doorway, a window, a mirror, or a tunnel, that frames or isolates or adds a new dimension to the image. In a fictional sense, a portal is also a magical doorway that connects two locations in space or time.

For “Portals,” we’re looking for images that use these devices in intriguing ways. All capture methods and processes are welcome.

Deadline: June 26, 2017

Entry Fees: $35 for up to 5 images, $6 each additional

Awards: Aline Smithson will jury Portals. She will select 35 images for exhibition in the gallery, and an additional 45 images for exhibition in our online gallery. 
The Juror’s and Director’s Awards and up to three Honorable Mentions will be awarded.
All 75 selected images will be reproduced in the exhibition print catalog and remain permanently on our website, with links to photographer’s URL. Gallery exhibition opens August 16, 2017. 


The Natural World

For this competition artists and photographers are invited to submit any art and photography that depicts elements of the natural world. Natural and/or geographical objects and environments, wildlife, or anything that is from nature and/or not created by or substantially altered by man are all acceptable subject matter for this art competition.

Deadline: June 26, 2017

Entry Fees: $25

Awards: Cash Awards


Water 2018

Water is a prominent theme in the art of photography both visually and conceptually and across a multitude of photographic genres. We welcome images about water issues and images of water in all it’s many forms, e.g. fog, oceans, snow, drought, etc. All artist renditions on the water theme, genres, capture types and photographic processes are eligible for the exhibition.

Deadline: June 28, 2017


Honorable Mention Awards: 1-year membership and submission to a Call for Entry.

Entry Fees

MEMBERS | $29 for the three images.
NON-MEMBERS |  $36 for the first three images.
ADDITIONAL IMAGES may be submitted for $9 each for members and $10 each for non-members. There is no limit to the number of images that may be submitted.

Website: http://www.c4fap.org/exhibitions/water-2018/?

As always, Specto has several calls for photographers, digital artists, graphic designers, and more each month. This month we are excited to announce our Anything Art Grant, a $1000 grant for artists to do anything they want. Check out our calls for art for more information!


Black & White 2017

Deadline: July 10th, 2017

Entry Fees: $30

Awards: $700 in awards!


The Surreal Show

Deadline: August 10th, 2017

Entry Fees: $30

Awards: $700 in awards!


Anything Art Grant

Deadline: Rolling Basis

Entry Fees: $35

Awards: $2000 in awards!


Featured Artists Solo Exhibition 2017-2018 Season

Deadline: Rolling Basis

Entry Fees: $35

Awards: Solo show exhibition + curate/juror an international juried show. 



Check back every week for more upcoming deadlines open to photographers, graphic designers, or digital artists. For updates about our calls for art here at Specto Art Space, sign up for our newsletter! We'll send you deadline reminders about our shows!

An Edible Canvas: The Pastry Art of Dinara Kasko

The Pastry Art of Dinara Kasko

Dinara Kasko is an amazing pastry chef from the Ukraine. The 28 year old chef started baking with simple cakes and pies, but found that she had a talent and vision beyond the norm. She went to school to be an architect-designer, and its clear influence breathes life into her captivating designs. 

Dinara designs her own molds on the computer and prints them using a 3D printer. This allows her to create stunning creations harnessing the rigid structure found in architecture. Dinara says, "I prefer simple plain geometric shapes like cube, triangle and sphere. I like black colour, as well as red and white. I like sharp straight lines."