Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Call for Entries for the Red Bull Art of Can competition

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Hi Rick, Please find attached the Call for Entries for the Red Bull Art of Can competition. We would really like to see some Pittsburgh artists represented and we're trying to get the word out. Let me know if you have any questions. Cheers, Kerri

--National Juried Exhibition Will Take Place in Washington DC this Fall--

Washington, D.C. – February 18, 2009 –Red Bull Art of Can is a national juried exhibition featuring artwork in a variety of media that have one thing in common—they are all inspired by Red Bull or crafted from the iconic blue and silver cans. The juried exhibition is open to anyone with a flair for creativity and the talent to transform an original concept into a compelling piece of art that can be shared with a public audience. Registration is free and open to artists nationwide through May 15, 2009. Sculptures, paintings, digital/graphic designs and various forms of mixed media will all be considered. Registration forms and details can be accessed at

Red Bull Art of Can has very few rules but the most important are: Artwork should be inspired by Red Bull or incorporate the aluminum can; and all artwork must be submitted to drop off location or postmarked by May 15, 2009. All submitted pieces will be critiqued by a prominent panel of judges from the Washington D.C. art community. On average, 40-60 pieces will be accepted into the national exhibit. Judges will review each piece based on the three Cs – Creativity (overall idea behind the piece), Conceptual execution (how well the piece translates the idea) and Construction (the quality of production/final presentation). Those with the highest marks will be featured in the 2009 Red Bull Art of Can exhibit and will receive national recognition and exposure.

A select number of pieces from the exhibition will also be included in advertising. Additionally, judges will award top honors to the three most compelling creations. First place honors include an all-expense paid trip for two to Art Basel Switzerland—the world’s premier modern and contemporary art fair. Awards for second place include an all-expense paid trip for two to Art Basel in Miami. Third place will be honored with a customized local art experience.

The blue and silver Red Bull cans have captured the imagination of thousands of artists worldwide that have crafted pieces utilizing the cans or representing the fuel and energy they provide. Works from past exhibits include a spectacular dragon sculpture soaring above clouds; a glowing six-foot- tall beehive complete with a colony of swarming bees; an interactive computer program that generates ‘canned’ digital sculptures; a glittering, floor-length ballroom gown; and a six-foot-tall knight in shining armor.
The 2009 Red Bull Art of Can Exhibition will be hosted in October in Washington D.C. at the iconic Union Station. Washington D.C. has firmly secured its position as an internationally-recognized mecca of visual arts. Other U.S. cities that have hosted Red Bull Art of Can exhibits include Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Houston and Chicago. Red Bull Art of Can has a long international history which began in Europe in 2000. Since then, exhibits have been hosted all over the world including Prague, Switzerland, London, Dublin, Dubai, Budapest, Vienna, Warsaw and Amsterdam.
To register and learn more about Red Bull Art of Can visit For media inquiries, photos, video or interviews, please contact Libby Tierney at Photos from past events can be found on


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