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Wanted: artists for 2010 Glow festival in Santa Monica

February 1, 2010 |  5:00 am


The city of Santa Monica is looking for a few good artists to participate in the second edition of its dusk-to-dawn Glow festival in September.

Glow, which had its first run in 2008, is a biannual, all-night celebration of the arts that is set to take place on Sept. 25 at locations on Santa Monica Beach, Palisades Park and surrounding areas. The festival, which is inspired by the Nuit Blanche in Paris, features site-specific outdoor art projects.

Organizers of the events said that they are accepting proposals for original artwork for the festival. The application process is open to all professional artists (or artist teams) who live or work in Los Angeles County.

The festival said artwork must be conceived specifically for the event and that the art can vary in medium, including performance and video installations. In addition, the festival encourages interactive art as well as works that utilize their specific surroundings.

[Updated: The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. April 12. Organizers will host an application workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 23 at the Santa Monica Civic Center East Wing. Winners will be announced by May 7.  Commissions for new art range from $1,500 to $2,500]

Glow said it has already lined up five prominent international artists to participate in the festival: Jennifer Steinkamp, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Lee Boroson, Celeste Boursier-Mougenot and Steve Roden.

In 2008, festival organizers invited more than 20 artists and arts groups to participate. One of the installations was Frank Rozasy's "Illumination Migration" (pictured above), which consisted of 950 glow sticks set in rows of 20 along the beach.

The 2008 edition of Glow drew more than 200,000 visitors, according to organizers.

Artists who are interested in applying for the 2010 Glow festival can download instructions in PDF format here.

— David Ng

Photo: Frank Rozasy's "Illumination Migration." Credit: Frank Rozasy / Glow