Online Art Exhibition
INTERSECTION: WORLD CULTURE IN THE EAST BAY
SPONSORED BY THE EAST BAY CULTURAL CORRIDOR:
510Arts.com offers a recurring juried competition for the best art in the East Bay, with cash awards and other prizes. Competitions were held in 2010 and 2012. Watch this space for future competitions!
Submissions were invited from individual artists and arts organizations working in visual and performing arts and new media. To be eligible, individuals or organizations applying had to have a physical address located within the 510 area code.
Award categories included:
1 Grand Prize - $500
The People's Choice Awards: Beginning on the program launch date, visitors to 510Arts.com were invited to vote for their top choices. After voting had concluded, two People's Choice Award Winners were announced on the website.
Best of City awards were selected by Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Richmond representatives for their respective cities.
On the Theme Intersection: World Culture in the East Bay
An intersection is a convergence. It's the point where two or more lines meet, where one road crosses another, or where there is an overlap of meaning or message. Intersection, then, refers to a common ground where two or more elements share defining characteristics. The root of the word is originally a term in geometry meaning "crossroads." The word implies a place and movement - its synonyms are crossroads, crossing, and corner. The geographical region of the 510 area code is rich in its diversity with over 100 languages spoken, and a vast array of artists, musicians and performers living and working within it. The word "intersection" evokes the unusual energy come together in one place and time.
Jury's Statement on the 2012 exhibition
This body of work reflects the year 2012 in the nation and in the East Bay. It is a strong collective statement from this year's artists.
In the work we saw a lot of self-reflection as well – artists looking at themselves and at the East Bay to reflect the turmoil in today's world. Commingling cultural stories was a bottom-line theme throughout everyone's work – how East Bay is that?
The energy and the diversity of the East Bay are unique, but sometimes – living here – we take that for granted. The arts can open a window into a finer-grain reality of living and working in the East Bay. The 2012 winners exemplify the richness and wonders all around us, and remind us why we remain committed to the arts in the East Bay.