Friday, January 3, 2014


1-3-2014: As many of you are aware, the Encaustic Art Institute started compiling a permanent collection of encaustic/wax art in 2006. We have accrued this collection through artist donations and supporting patrons who have purchased art and then donated them. At this time, we have over 130 pieces in the collection. You can view this collection on our website, EAI is a non-profit 501c3 organization, and all donations of artwork for the permanent collection can be used for tax purposes, and will not be sold. Donation Receipts will be mailed to you after arrival of your artwork, and a photo will be displayed on the EAI website. You do not need to be a member of EAI to contribute to the Permanent Collection. The purpose of the permanent collection is two-fold. First, to have displayed in our gallery space, a wide assortment of unique and diverse encaustic/wax art forms for the public to view. This supports the encaustic movement's growth and gives the public a better understanding of how wonderful this art form is. In 2012 we remodeled the gallery space by taking out the area that we used to teach in, and added two large double sided 8ft. x 14ft. walls. This enabled us to have half of the 2500 s.f. gallery space to hang and rotate our permanent collection and the other half for our member's art. Secondly, we aim to acquire a large enough collection in order to be juried by prospective museums throughout America for an Encaustic/Wax showing. After speaking with the Albuquerque Museum of art, and approaching other museums, I have found two important things we have to put together to accomplish this goal; a larger collection that they can choose from and a first- class presentation of our collection. In addition to pursuing museum presence, we have shown a portion of the collection in the Albuquerque Airport in 2013 with incredible success. We have the space reserved again in 2015, and are currently locating airport venues to get the collection seen in other states. Consequently, EAI has committed to start photographing the collection the first week in February 2014. We have hired Art Guild Press to photograph/publish a beautiful hard- bound book for presentation. Our goal is to have a book in hand by April 15th. This is the first/last call for art as we start photographing the collection the first week in February 2014. *Artwork must be sent no later than Friday, February 14, 2014, there will be no exceptions. Hand-delivered pieces, please call to make an appointment for delivery as we are closed Jan/Feb with regular hours. *You may send one piece up to the equivalent of a 4 x 4 ft dimension. 3D, sculpture pieces - no larger than 16" in diameter and 4 ft. tall. *Each piece must have a label on the back, with the artist name, title, medium, size, price, year painted, and it must be signed. You can go to our website at and click on send us your art, where there is a form you can use. * Send to EAI c/o Douglas Mehrens, 18 General Goodwin Road Cerrillos, New Mexico 87010 UPS, FEDX, or USPS delivers. Please do not ask for a signature, unless it is USPS. Any questions please contact Douglas Mehrens at, or call 505-424-6487. Thank you, Douglas Mehrens Founder/CEO Encaustic Art Institute

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