Day of the Dead art exhibit - call for artists
Clark County Parks and Recreation is seeking artwork for a Day of the Dead exhibit at Winchester Cultural Center celebrating the traditional Mexican holiday, El Dia de los Muertos, from Oct. 20 through Nov. 5, 2015. Works must relate to the holiday, which celebrates the lives of past loved ones as well as life in the present. Artists must live in Clark County and be at least 14 years old to enter. The sole juror for the exhibit is Las Vegas photographer and UNLV photography instructor, Sergio Checko Salgado.
All media are welcome, but works must fit through a standard doorframe and should be ready to hang or exhibit (with appropriate hanging hardware). A $100 prize will be awarded for the piece judged Best of Show. Each artist may submit up to three works.
Actual works must be brought to Winchester Gallery October 13 or 14 between 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Artwork not juried into the show must be picked up on Friday, October 16 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. or Saturday, October 17 between 9 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Clark County will not be responsible for works not picked up by October 17.
Artists are advised to learn Day of the Dead traditions, which honor the dead, but also confront death itself, often with a humorous attitude. The Day of the Dead should not be confused with Halloween.
All participating artists and the Best of Show winner will be recognized on Sunday, November 1 at 6 p.m. during Winchester's Life in Death Festival. Food and festivities will continue throughout the two-day celebration from 4 to 9 p.m. November 1 and 2 at Winchester Cultural Center and Park. Festival activities include recited satirical poetry (calaveras) in Spanish and English, workshops, children's activities, dance and music.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.
Those who wish to create ofrendas, or memorial altars, may call Erika Borges at 702-455-7029. Ofrendas will be displayed outdoors during the event. Prizes will be awarded for the best ofrendas. For festival information, call 702-455-7340. For exhibit information call 702-455-7030.