To begin with, we want MONA to grow and be an alternate space as well as alternate economy for artists and the arts. We would like to bring more artists into the museum by generating more rewards, which we do can until this project closes on the 31st of August 2011.
The artists that we accept, will share in the revenue from the sales of their work when the project ends.
However, rather than working directly with artists ourselves, we are looking for curators of MONA.
That means if you are an artist, writer or anything else and you would like to curate some of your own non-visible ideas and your friends ideas, it is possible, but this is how we want you to do it, and for now, the only way to do it, to make it work for us.
MONA curators are official for 6 months at a time after their first art works are accepted. If you are becoming a curator just to show your own non-visible idea, you have to also propose at least one art work by a friend along with yours.
We are doing this because we want the museum to grow this summer, and we want it to be done in an organized and fair way.
So here is the process for becoming a curator. Please read this and then ask questions if you have any.
1. To be a MONA curator, you could be from any profession. You must submit two ideas for rewards in your first letter to us if you want to be considered. One of the ideas has to be authored by someone other than yourself.
2. The ideas for rewards must be the following format:
By Praxis - Sculpture - Fur Balls - A sculpture,.....
So begin with the artists name, the medium, the title, and the reward description of your idea for an artwork, similar to the example above. You can also refer to the original kickstarter project to see reward decription examples.
3. The total reward word count should not exceed 75 words per reward. Try to make it as brief and as poetic as possible.
4.Also, the price must be between 26 and 50 dollars and we will determine it. We will split the profits with you after deducting 12 percent for financial fees and shipping and handling of the authentication and card which we will make and ship. All proceeds to artists will be paid when the project in finished and funded in September.
The edition size of all artworks will always be twenty-five.
5. Avoid adding more layers of invisibility. Rather than getting complex, we prefer simple ideas for paintings and drawings as well as the fantastic. But keep it clear and simple, and descriptive enough so the reader can imagine it.
6. Remember, the only way we accept submissions, are from curators. If you would like to be a curator, send us two or more ideas as polished as possible, using the guidelines above. If we like them, we will accept them, and post them as rewards at some point.
Both ideas you send must be useable. You can send more ideas, but we will not post only one idea, there must be at least two good ones.
7. You can ask questions, but we would prefer you just think about it and send us your curated ideas (at least two in one email) within the week. The more organized you are about it, the more it has the chance to work.
Our dream is to see the museum thriving with hundreds of artists selling non-visible works. It would add a layer to the art world, but also to the economic world of artists. Doesn't that sound good?