Press Release Archive 2011 - 1999

Artists and sponsors sought for Feast for the Eyes 2008 exhibit at The C of I

2008. 07. 17.

CALDWELL – Starving Artists, Inc., and The College of Idaho art department invite sponsors and artists to participate in Feast for the Eyes 2008, a juried fine art exhibit featuring visual artists living in the American West.

The exhibit is scheduled for Sept. 27 – Oct. 5 in the Langroise Center for the Performing and Fine Arts on The C of I campus. Following the exhibit, selected works of art will be displayed in local businesses and made available for purchase for up to a year.

Starving Artists, a not-for profit organization, is looking for local business owners to become exhibit sponsors. Sponsorships start at $50 and all sponsors will have the opportunity to attend a special sneak preview of the exhibit, and will be allowed to select a work of art for temporary display in their business.

"We hope that placing art in businesses throughout the community will provide exposure for talented local artists and opportunities for the public to see, appreciate and purchase art," said Marya Cline, president and founder of Starving Artists. "We also hope that allowing business owners to choose the piece they want to display will be a unique way of thanking them for supporting Feast for the Eyes 2008."

Starving Artists was founded by three alumni from The College of Idaho who want to promote the visual arts and give back to the community. Feast for the Eyes 2008 is their inaugural event.

Feast for the Eyes 2008 was partially inspired by C of I alumna Angi Grow Bluemont's successful exhibit at The Pie Hole in Boise.

"Neither the art or the venue is particularly traditional, and yet the combination succeeds brilliantly," said Cline. "We believe there are many possibilities for this kind of artistic fusion in the Treasure Valley."

Business owners interested in sponsoring Feast for the Eyes 2008 and displaying a piece in their business can download or request more information at www.starvingartistsinc.org, or call Marya Cline at (208) 340-2139.

Visual artists (age 16 and older) interested in exhibiting are invited to download or request application materials at www.starvingartistsinc.org. Entry materials must now be postmarked by August 15, 2008, and notifications of acceptance will be mailed by September 1, 2008. There is a minimal entry fee requested, but no entry will be rejected on the basis of inability to pay. All submissions will be evaluated on the basis of artistic merit and geographic location, with primary consideration given to artists living and working west of the Mississippi.

Assistance is also available for Treasure Valley area artists with financial hardships who are unable to create slides or digital images of their work for the purpose of entering the competition. Artists in need of assistance can email getinvolved@starvingartistsinc.org, write to P.O. Box 1263, Nampa, ID 83653, or call (208) 340-2139. Spanish-speaking artists may call (208) 250-0173 and ask for Melanie.