Artist FAQ

Artist Frequently Asked Questions

Artomatic Park Potomac orientation

Visual Artists

 

  • What is Artomatic?

    Artomatic is an artist-run, temporary multimedia arts event that draws together visual and performing artists and brings their work to the community. Artomatic is free and open to all visitors.

    How often is Artomatic held?

    We try to organize a large scale Artomatic every 1-3 years, depending largely on finding an appropriate space for it. Smaller events are held throughout the year that provide opportunities for visual and performing artists. Artomatic 2016 is the tenth large-scale event since 1999.

    When and where did the previous large-scale events take place?

    1999 – Historic Manhattan Laundry, Florida Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

    2000 – Old Hechinger Building, Tenleytown, Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

    2002 – Old EPA Building, M Street, SW, Washington, DC

    2004 – Former Capital Children’s Museum. 3rd and M Streets, NE, Washington, DC

    2007 – Former Office Building, Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia

    2008 – New Office Building, 1st and M Streets, NE, Washington, DC

    2009 – New Office Building, 55 M Street, SE, Washington, DC

    2012 – Former Office Building, Crystal City, Arlington, VA

    2015 – Former Office Building, New Carrollton, Prince Georges County, MD

    What is the difference between Artomatic 2016 in Park Potomac and Artomatic@Baltimore?

    Since 1999, Artomatic puts on occasional arts festivals in temporarily vacant buildings in the Washington DC metro area, including the current one at Park Potomac. www.artomatic.org

    In recent years, Artomatic has supported independent organizers who want to strengthen their local arts communities by creating an Artomatic-like event under an Artomatic License. Artomatic@Baltimore in 2016 is such an independently organized and licensed Artomatic event. Artomatic has issued similar licenses and provided similar guidance to groups in Frederick, Maryland (2011, 2013, 2016) and in Jefferson County, West Virginia (2013). www.artomaticbaltimore.org

    How do I register for Artomatic?

    Artomatic registration is online. When registration is open, notification goes out via the Artomatic newsletter, social media, and this website.

    Do I have to pay to participate in Artomatic as a visual artist?

    Yes, visual artists pay a registration fee and sign up to help organize and implement the event, and staff the event for three 5-hour shifts.

    Where does my Artomatic registration fee or my donations go?

    Artomatic is a nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers. The organization has no offices or paid staff. Whatever money Artomatic receives is used directly to run its events, Web site, and other arts-related activities. Every donation Artomatic receives, whether from individual contributors, registration fees, or sponsors, is vital to the organization.

    Why is participation in Artomatic 2016 at Park Potomac Artomatic so steep?

    Artomatic is an artist-run non-profit organization that must break even financially in order to survive. Every event has its specific location-dependent and regulatory costs. The Board and Committees are staffed with unpaid volunteers, so all revenue goes directly to putting on the events. Sponsors and donations are vital to Artomatic’s success. All costs are spread among artist’s fees, sponsorships, and donations from visitors. Because costs are spread among all these income efforts, there is often a need to adjust registration costs to meet the event budget.

    Although Park Potomac registration is high, it has the potential to provide an excellent return on investment for participants because Montgomery County is Maryland’s most highly educated and affluent county.

    What are the shift requirements for visual artists?

    Each visual artist must contribute three 5-hour shifts either before, during, or after the show for closing tasks. Extra shifts are encouraged. You do not have to be an artist showing work to volunteer for shifts; the general public may volunteer as well.

    Do I get to pick what hours I work? How is the scheduling done?

    You select your shifts when you register online for Artomatic. You may pick any available shift that you want. Make a note of the dates and times you select for your shifts. Please be aware that the best shifts fill up quickly. These shifts help each artist to build a new network of fellow artists.

    How can I change the work shifts I selected (add or remove work shifts)?

    Adding or removing shifts is simple. Click here to see a short video of how this is done.

    How many visual artists will there be at the next Artomatic? How much wall/floor space can I have?

    Every Artomatic is different and each artist’s exhibit area is based on useable space within a building. During an event each 2-D, 3-D and installation artist will be accommodated as best as possible.

    When and how do I pick my space?

    Once you register for Artomatic you will be given a date and time, based on the time you register, to attend an orientation and select a space. All artists MUST attend orientation to participate in Artomatic.

    Can I show in more than one space?

    Artomatic is about participation, cooperation, and building community. Each person gets one space, and the spaces vary by the size of the wall or area in the building.

    What can I display?

    Since Artomatic is non-juried, you can display any of your work within the bounds of your wall/floor space and in accordance with the installation rules.

    Do I have to leave a deposit?

    Installation artists need to leave a $150 deposit check at the intake desk on site-selection weekend. The deposit will be returned during de-installation after the artist’s area is broom clean. Artists whose work is 2-D and 3-D do not leave a deposit.

    What are the installation rules?

    All building material, paint, ladders, wood, metal, sculpture and everything that takes two people to carry MUST come through the parking garage and the freight (padded) elevator.

    Small artwork and cardboard boxes may come through the lobby and lobby elevators.

    Core walls may only be painted white, and all holes must be spackled during deinstallation.

    You may add LED lighting to your space using a maximum of 100-200 watts total. No loose cords are allowed on the floor— all cords must be secured. Extension cords may be routed up walls or pillars and across to walls.

    Multiple extension cords may not be chained together and all cords must be heavy duty, three-prong.

    Do not paint electrical outlets or switches – The application of paint onto live electrical sockets is a code violation and renders use of such sockets unsafe. No electrical sockets that have been painted can be used at any time.

    For any lighting systems that have 2-prong, ungrounded wires, the system must be plugged into a surge protector that properly grounds it. Timer systems interfere with grounding systems and are not permitted.

    Any lighting systems that consist of spliced joints must use electrical boxes to ensure safe operation.

    You may build out or add small furniture as long as it does not block or intrude on traffic areas or other artist’s spaces.

    All common areas must remain free and clear from clutter and obstructions.
    You may not hang anything from any ceiling fixtures.

    Do NOT put anything on the window glass or window frames.

    Please do not spray paint in the building.
    Please take your dirty paintbrushes and rollers home to wash or use the janitor sinks in the building. The rest rooms are off limits to paintbrushes and rollers. Do NOT use the bathrooms to clean anything other than your hands. Clean up after yourself.

    Please don’t litter.

    Please don’t litter or spam artist spaces with promotional materials.
    Respect other artists and their spaces.
    Respect this building.

    Please remove all your trash. Take it with you. We don’t have trashcans or trash pick-up during installation.

    No Artomatic tools, hand trucks, carts, ladders or dollies are available for individual use. Please provide your own.

    Remember that everything you attach to your wall will need to be removed by you when you de-install.

  • Installation artists need to leave a $150 deposit check at the intake desk on site-selection weekend. The deposit will be returned during de-installation after the artist’s area is broom clean. Artists whose work is 2-D and 3-D do not leave a deposit.

    Visual artists exhibit a wide variety of art: painting, photography, collage, assemblage, found art, ceramics, glass, fiber, mixed media, video, furniture, jewelry, sculpture, installation, and more!

    Artomatic is not juried. Participation is based on a first-come basis and no one needs to see your art in advance. It’s open to all artists 18 and older.

    If you wish to show at the next Artomatic, make sure to sign up for the Artomatic newsletter, or follow us on social media. We will let you know when registration will open via our e-newsletter or through social media!

    So stay tuned for the next Artomatic event!

Performing Artists

 

  • What is Artomatic?

    Artomatic is an artist-run, temporary multimedia arts event that draws together visual and performing artists and brings their work to the community. Artomatic is free and open to all visitors.

    How often is Artomatic held?

    We try to organize a large scale Artomatic every 1-3 years, depending largely on finding an appropriate space for it. Smaller events are held throughout the year that provide opportunities for visual and performing artists. Artomatic 2015 was the ninth large scale event since 1999.

    What is the difference between Artomatic 2016 in Park Potomac and Artomatic@Baltimore?

    Since 1999, Artomatic puts on occasional arts festivals in temporarily vacant buildings in the Washington DC metro area, including the current one at Park Potomac. www.artomatic.org

    In recent years, Artomatic has supported independent organizers who want to strengthen their local arts communities by creating an Artomatic-like event under an Artomatic License. Artomatic@Baltimore in 2016 is such an independently organized and licensed Artomatic event. Artomatic has issued similar licenses and provided similar guidance to groups in Frederick, Maryland (2011, 2013, 2016) and in Jefferson County, West Virginia (2013). www.artomaticbaltimore.org

    How do I register for Artomatic?

    Artomatic registration is online. When registration is open, notification goes out via the Artomatic newsletter, social media, and on this website.

    Do I have to pay to participate in Artomatic as a performing artist?

    Yes, performing artists pay a small equipment fee and sign up to help staff the event.

    Where does my Artomatic registration fee or my donations go?

    Artomatic is a nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers. The organization has no offices or paid staff. Whatever money Artomatic receives is used directly to run its events, Web site, and other arts-related activities. Every donation Artomatic receives, whether from individual contributors, registration fees, or sponsors, is vital to the organization.

    Why is participation in Artomatic 2016 at Park Potomac Artomatic so steep?

    Artomatic is an artist-run non-profit organization that must break even financially in order to survive. Every event has its specific location-dependent and regulatory costs. The Board and Committees are staffed with unpaid volunteers, so all revenue goes directly to putting on the events. Sponsors and donations are vital to Artomatic’s success. All costs are spread among artist’s fees, sponsorships, and donations from visitors. Because costs are spread among all these income efforts, there is often a need to adjust registration costs to meet the event budget.

    Although Park Potomac registration is high, it has the potential to provide an excellent return on investment for participants because Montgomery County is Maryland’s most highly educated and affluent county.

    How do I book a performance?

    Once you complete registration online, you will be sent information on how to book your performance in collaboration with the Performance Committee Co-Chair.

    Can I perform more than once?

    Artomatic is about participation and cooperation. Each performing group or artist gets one time slot.

    What are the shift requirements for performing artists?

    Performing artists need to sign up for two 5-hour shifts that are prior to your performance. You sign up for shifts during the registration process.

    Do I get to pick what hours I work? How is the scheduling done?

    You select your shifts when you register online for Artomatic. You may pick any available shift that you want, as long as it is prior to your performance. Make a note of the dates and times you select for your shift. Please be aware that shifts fill up quickly.

    How many performing artists will there be at the next Artomatic?

    Every Artomatic is different and will depend on how many venues the space can accommodate.

  • Artomatic is a multi-disciplinary arts extravaganza with performances scheduled daily during the month-long show.

    Musical performances range from electronic music to jazz and often include classical, hip hop, rock, pop, goth, alternative, solo acoustic, gospel, experimental, and more.

    The types of dance are equally diverse and have included Brazilian, Indian, and Indonesian performances, belly dancing, modern dance, tap, step, and even fire dancing. Artomatic also feature DJs, comedy, poetry, and the spoken word.

    Artomatic is not juried. Participation is based on a first-come basis and no one needs to see or hear your performance in advance. It’s open to all artists 18 and older.

    If you wish to perform at the next Artomatic, make sure to sign up for the newsletter in the box at the bottom of this page. We will let you know when registration will open via our e-newsletter!

 

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