Studies & Source
Art is a process. The condition under which we consume art is normally in the solitary state of the finished product. Where does art start? How can we trace backwards from this finalized piece and find the flash of inspiration that started it all? We want to see your process. Show us what inspires you, the words, songs, settings or scenarios which bring you to the point of creation. We want to exhibit this source material in the same manner in which we exhibit the final piece, showing the beginning and end in harmony. If its a poem, letter, song, tv show, movie, postcard, stranger on the bus...we want to know! Each work will be paired with the source of its creation, and there is no wrong answer!
Juror: Jeremiah Morris - Curator, Founder of Specto Art Space
Specto takes the risk out of selling your work.
DEADLINE FOR ENTRY : December 9th
Show Dates: January 1st - January 14th
$35 for first 5 artworks
$7 per artwork (10 artwork maximum)
New things that blow our minds!
Anything we can print on our printers or display digitally will be considered!
Please format your entry files in the following manner:
Files must be 3MB or less.
Filenames: Lastname_Firstname1.jpg, Lastname_Firstname2.jpg, etc.
JPG, TIFF, PDF, PNG Accepted
Please remember you MUST have a print file available that is large enough to be printed in any of the above dimensions at 300DPI.
Each juried exhibition at Specto consists of 20-24 accepted works.
Each exhibition will be featured on our website and social media channels over the course of the exhibition dates. Specto receives an average of 20-40k views on our various channels every month, and inclusion in our shows has led to other gallery exhibitions, sales, and connections for our artists.
This exhibition will be available on a slideshow gallery during Superfine! DC 2019. Visitors to our booth will be able to view this exhibition in its entirety.
YOUR WORK at Superfine! DC 2019 - DC’s Fine Art Fair
Best in Show winners receive space for their work in our booth at the 2019 Superfine! DC Fine Art Fair! This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows any artist to put their work in front of thousands of gallerists, curators, art buyers, collectors and more. For more information on Superfine! click here!
Honorable Mention Awards are also given out for every show. Specto awards two (2) artists with $100 awards, and (3) artists with free entry to our annual portfolio prize application.
Specto Print Shop
Each exhibition will be available for purchase through our site. We strive to engage meaningful art markets and buyers, and will work to promote your work as much as we can. Specto provides limited edition prints of your work for sale. Specto does not require any up front cost from artists through this process.
Every work is promoted and sold on our site for 60 days, beginning the opening day of the exhibition.
Each artist is provided with a certificate of authenticity, which once returned to Specto, is provided with every print we sell. We professionally print, edition, and ship your work directly to buyers. Sell your art, without lifting a finger!
Artists set their own prices. Specto retains 35% of all sales.
Notification of Acceptance:
10-14 Days after Deadline
Specto will notify all artists 10-14 days after deadline of the results of their application. Accepted artists will have 7 days to provide print ready files, after that point waitlisted artists will be substituted in. Specto will help with this process, so if you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to ask!
Specto creates your prints using an Epson SureColor P6000 archival printer, everything is color calibrated to offer the best possible, professional printing for your work. For an additional cost for the buyer, we mat your work using archival matboard, cut to your work’s specifications. The works are mounted using photo corners, so that there is no damage to your print. Specto also offers framing of works for our customers. Specto offers exhibition prints up to 16” on the smallest side.
After each show every work is cataloged in an archive to create a resource for other galleries, curators, or purchasers to utilize. This allows Specto to continue to promote each artist on a continual basis, so that your work is being seen well beyond the dates of each specific show.
Artists will always retain copyright of their works. We will use your work in promotional materials to advertise for shows you're involved in, but only with your permission. Specto will never print, distribute, or sell your work without your consent. We also don't utilize clauses to require you to not show your work again for a certain amount of time or anything tricky like that. Remember, we're artists too, so we will always treat your work how we would want someone to treat ours.
All sales at Specto will include a 35% commission, which means 35% of the sale price will go to Specto with 65% going to the artist.