Monday, May 26, 2014

La Vendeenne Award Nominations now being accepted. Nominate now!!!

Nominations for the third annual La Vendéenne Awards are now open.
The International Encaustic Artists (IEA) initiated these awards in order to foster the organization’s mission of providing a global information exchange and raising interest about encaustic in the art world and with the general public. The awards program honors the innovators among us who have created the tools and materials of encaustic art. It recognizes and thanks those whose hard work, ingenuity and excellence have paved the way for the rest of us in the encaustic community.
We invite everyone to think of award nominees who have advanced encaustic technique or materials. Nominate someone whose work and endeavors you respect! Any artist working with encaustic may be nominated and anyone can nominate, whether or not they are an IEA member. An independent panel of judges, curators and museum directors will select the finalists from the nominees submitted. Finalists in each of the four categories, Artistry, Innovation, Education and Media, will be honored at encaustiCon® in Miami, FL Winners will receive a specially designed trophy and a $500 cash award. Nominations will be accepted through June 15, 2014. 

Go to the IEA site to download a form
Questions? Contact

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

You're invited to the

Wax With Dimension

Please join us for an afternoon art reception to celebrate EAI's new show with wax sculpture pieces as well as paintings that have dimensional qualities

MAY 17th, 2014
From Noon - 5 pm
Cerrillos, NM 87010
505 424-6487 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

"The Art of Nature, And All That Is Natural"

Opening Saturday, July 19th, noon to 5 PM

Encaustic Art Institute 18 County Road 55 A, Cerrillos, NM 87010

Entries:    Encaustic Art Institute members are invited to submit one piece of work. The theme of this show is "The Art of Nature, and all that is Natural". We want this subject for you to be exploratory. The subject can be the actual portrayal of nature, but by no means is limited to that. The work can also include the 3D affect of nature, or the abstract interpretation of what is "natural" to you. We'd like this show to be individually interpretative, inspiring new work from your studios. 
No entry fee required.
Entries to be delivered to the Institute's Pyramid Gallery any Saturday or Sunday, noon to 5 PM but no later than Saturday, July 12th noon - 5 PM, no exceptions. 
Shipped entries must arrive by Saturday July 12th with shipping and insurance paid by the artist.  
If you would like to send a jpeg of your work for possible inclusion in promotional material, please email a jpeg to Save as a jpg, at 300 dpi and 1000 pixels at largest dimension. Advance press releases need to go out 1 month prior to show, so if you have your piece finished in time, please send us a clear image ASAP.

This show will hang from July 19th through August 31st, 2014.

Size and hanging restrictions:   All work must be ready to hang with secure wire across the back. No sawtooth hangers. Painting size restriction is no larger than 48 X 48. 3-D work is restricted to 50 lbs for pedestal and 70 lbs for floor display and cannot exceed 5 feet in any direction.

Label information:    Artists should provide the following information along with their entry and in this order: Your name, title of work, medium, dimensions--with height first, price. Download the attached form, (click on the link at left, label is on page 2) print it out, fill it out, and attach securely on the back your painting, or at the bottom of your sculpture. Also E-mail the label information and price to: Sherry Ikeda:

When shipping artwork, please label your artwork's name on the outside of the box with your name. This helps us to locate your shipping box when returning.

Pricing and sales:   All art work must be for sale. The Institute in accordance with the vote of its members will retain a 15% commission!

May 3-  Call for art
July 11-  Label information to Sherry Ikeda
July 12-  Deadline for receipt of work by Institute (noon - 5:00 PM)
July 14-18  Exhibition installed and labeled
July 19-  Opening reception: noon - 5:00 PM
Members please note -   our policy is to have one piece of art from each member up in the gallery at all times, in between shows. If you would like to submit new work please submit your work given the outlines on our website under Send Us Your Art. If we have not received any new work, we
will show the work we have currently. As has been our policy, at any time, if you would like to have your work returned to you, please contact Douglas Mehrens, or 505-424-6487 to arrange for shipment.

It takes a lot of work to organize and hang an exhibition. You can help by following the instructions
and respecting the deadlines. Thank you!


Encaustic assemblages by EAI member Gretchen Papka 
Opening reception Friday, June 6, 5 - 8 PM
Palette Contemporary
7400 Montgomery Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 855-7777

Thursday, May 1, 2014

3rd Annual "Bison & Beeswax"

3rd Annual "Bison & Beeswax" 

Photo Encaustic Art Show & Demonstrations
Saturday & Sunday, May 10-11th, 2014

American Indian Photography & Encaustic Studio
1036 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501

505 819-1103

In conjunction with the 3rd annual Passport to the Arts, American Indian Photography and Encaustic Studio will be open to the public with a large display of photo-encaustic artwork and demonstrations throughout Saturday and Sunday. Two encaustic pieces by American artist Angel Wynn will be available for Silent Auction. A chance to own a piece of encaustic art at an exceptional price. 
Wynn embellishes her fine art photographs with the use of encaustic, an ancient art form that uses a mixture of beeswax, resin and color pigments. Combined with contemporary and historic American Indian photographs, Wynn creates an engaging, one-of-a-kind dreamlike collage of imagery. 
On Saturday May 10 and and Sunday May 11, from noon - 3 pm, Wynn will be demonstrating a variety of encaustic techniques at her Canyon Road studio.

October 4 - November 2, 2014 


Application Deadline- August 4th
Fee $35.00
$300 Best of Show      $150 Award of Excellence

The Encaustic Art Institute is presenting a National Juried Encaustic/Wax Exhibition. Artists working in encaustic/wax are encouraged to apply. This Exhibition is a National Exhibition, open to all encaustic/wax artists whether they are a member of the Encaustic Art Institute or not. However, any artist that is a member of the Encaustic Art Institute and resides in Canada or Mexico are eligible to enter. Artists may enter up to 3 images per entry for jury review. Only one (1) piece per artist may be selected for the exhibition.

Juror - Merry Scully
We are honored to have Merry Scully as juror. Merry is currently the Head of Curatorial Affairs at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Merry has been a curator for exhibitions of contemporary and historic art, photography and design in locations across the country including the New Mexico Museum of Art, San Francisco Art Institute, and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Previously held positions include curator of the Governor's Gallery for Bill and Barbara Richardson and curator of Special Projects at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Prior to moving to New Mexico she was Director of Exhibitions and Galleries and the Associate Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs Galleries at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Merry has worked as a director in various arts organization including private foundations, commercial galleries and alternative and artists run arts organizations. Prior to graduate school, Merry was the assistant to the artistic director and gallery coordinator for Social and Public Art Resource in Venice, California and an intern in the Media and Performing Arts Department at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Merry's graduate and undergraduate degrees include the study of both studio practice and art history. She received a B.A. at Loyola Marymount University and an M.F.A at University of New Mexico.
Merry's wide range of expertise in gallery and museum artwork, will lend a unique juror's perspective to the diversity in encaustic/wax medium and mixed mediums.

Open to all artists 18 years or older, working with or incorporating the encaustic/wax medium into their work, two and three dimensional will be accepted as well as mixed media, as long as encaustic is one of the primary materials. Up to 3 images per entry will be accepted with a maximum size restriction of 36" x 36" for 2d works, and maximum 36 x 24 x 24 inch for 3d. Work must have been completed within the last 24 months. All works in the exhibition must be for sale. Artists will receive 60% of the purchase price with 40% going to the Institute.
Important dates
  • Deadline for applications to JAS is: August 4th
  • Notification of winners go out August 25th
  • Gallery Exhibition: October 4th - November 2 weekends noon to 5 pm, or by appointment 
  • Opening Gala Reception and Announcement of Awards: October 4th, noon to 5 pm 
Delivery of Art
Hand delivered work will be accepted only on September 20 & 21, 2014 between noon and 5 pm. Shipped work must arrive at the Encaustic Art Institute by Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. All work must be properly labeled on the back with: artist name, address, phone and email, title and price. Return shipping labels are not necessary, but are appreciated. Artists are responsible for paying the return shipping of unsold art. Information for gallery labels are to be sent to Sherry Ikeda Artists Name, (state, abbreviated NM) title, medium and price (in that order).


The Encaustic Art Institute will advertise the exhibition on the EAI website, blog, and EAI Facebook. Promotion will include art periodicals throughout the region, press releases, articles, reviews will be distributed, and a large ad in "THE" magazine, New Mexico's best and widely distribute art magazine. Artists are encouraged to advertise their entries on their websites and networks.

Awards will be given for Best of Show, $300 and Award of Excellence, $150 in addition to special recognition in the Institute media.

The Encaustic Art Institute is a non-profit 501C-3.  The Institute's Gallery is housed on 12 acres just South of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  For more information, and directions go to