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NGAG Sponsors “My Sister’s Smile” –An Exhibition of Photography Celebrating International Women’s Day

Images: LEFT, Danielle Hane, RIGHT, Somaia Ramish
Images: LEFT, Danielle Hane, RIGHT, Somaia Ramish

Council Bluffs, IA, and Herat, Afghanistan Sister Cities
in partnership with New Century Art Guild, Karadah
Project International, and Veterans for American Ideals
present women photographers artfully documenting
moments of their daily lives through the medium of
photography imparting perspective of each other’s
culture–underscoring the commonality of our lives overall.

Opening Reception beginning at 6:00 – 9:00pm
Wednesday March 8, 2017

At Iowa Western Community College Arts Center
2700 College Road, Council Bluffs IA, 51503

A Screening and Panel Discussion of the
documentary Salam Neighbor begins at 7pm.

Light refreshments will be served.

NCAG Co-sponsors International Photography Exhibition and Cultural Exchange

Regional Call for Entries | My Sister’s Smile- International Women’s Day Photo Exhibition

Women photographers from Council Bluffs, IA (and the Greater Metropolitan area) and from Herat, Afghanistan will artfully document moments of their daily lives through the medium of photography in order to impart perspective of each other’s culture -underscoring the commonality of our lives overall. The opening exhibition is planned to coincide with “International Women’s Day” on March 8, 2017

Topical themes: Submitted photos will represent each photographer’s unique response to one or more of five topical themes:
1. “How I Greet the Day…”
2. “The Wisdom of Age”
3. “The Spark of Youth”
4. “Celebrating my Loved Ones”
5. “Practicing My Faith”

SELECTION PROCESS This call for entry is open to all women photographers in the Council Bluffs and Greater Metro area, both amateur and professional. A panel of women photographers and professional artists, selected by NCAG, will curate the exhibition. 60 images total will be selected to be physically printed and matted and/or framed, however, others may be included as part of a rolling presentation on a digital display.

SUBMISSION PROCESS There is no entry fee. Photos must be digitized as JPEG or PDF files with high image quality. Be sure to have a creative title for each image submitted and please note which of the five topical categories each image represents. Also, please include a 2-3 sentence description of each image.

Online Submission: A Jot-Form photo submission portal: https://form.jotform.com/70366496941163

Images may also be submitted via email: tmuller@newcenturyartguild.org

IMPORTANT DATES

Entries Due | February 17, 2017

Exhibition Dates | March 8– April 8, 2017

Public + Artists’ Reception | March 8, 2017

EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION
6:00-8:00pm Wednesday, March 8
The Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College
2700 College Rd., Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Refreshments will be served.

CONTACT INFO:
PROJECT COORDINATOR/PRESS: Rick Burns,

karadahproject@gmail.com
Or call: 712-249-7435

ART DIRECTOR: Troy Muller, NCAG Art Director,

tmuller@newcenturyartguild.org
Or call: 402-250-9473

USE RIGHTS: Each artist retains all copyrights to their own images. Artist’s recognition will be provided with any use. Artists whose submissions are chosen for the exhibition grant NCAG the right to use, or not use, their images for the purpose of promoting the artist, promoting NCAG programs, promoting exhibitions and subsequent display on NCAG’s website of current and past exhibitions. Promotions and images may also be placed on social networks for NCAG. Physical Printed photos will become property of an archival collection that will be donated to the City of Council Bluffs IA and/or Center for Afghanistan Studies, University of Nebraska-Omaha.

ABOUT NEW CENTURY ART GUILD (NCAG) The New Century Art Guild, Inc, is a 501(c)(3) non- profit corporation registered in the State of Iowa and the State of Nebraska. NCAG is home based at 117 N. Main Street, Kimballton, Iowa, 51543. Our purpose is to provide training in art and business education to motivated military veteran artists in order that they may successfully pursue new careers in the fine arts as artists, teachers, or administrators. A powerful side benefit from these activities is a substantial reduction of the depression associated with PTSD and the re-integration of these veterans into a fulfilling and useful role in civilian society.

ABOUT SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit serving as the national membership organization for 545 U.S. sister cities, counties, and states with 2,121 partnerships in 145 countries on six continents. This network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers. Sister Cities International serves as a hub for institutional knowledge and best practices in the field of citizen diplomacy. The Council Bluffs Sister Cities Association maintains Sister Cities partnerships with Herat, Afghanistan; Karadah (Baghdad), Iraq; El Hajeb, Morocco; Tobolsk, Russia.

EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITY!! Southwest Iowa Art Tour 2016 — Oakland, IA

—-MORE INFO: www.swiarttour.com —–

WHAT: Southwest Iowa Art Tour 2016

WHERE: Community Building at 614 Dr. Van Zee Road, Oakland, Iowa (1/2 hour drive east of Omaha)

WHEN: Saturday, September 17th from 10:00am – 6:30pm and Sunday, September 18th from noon4pm.

Background:

This event is a part of the Southwest Iowa Art Tour, and its purpose is to promote professional artists across Southwest Iowa. This is an opportunity for artists to showcase their work, interact with the public and sell their creations.  All artists will be vetted prior to the event to ensure professional quality.

In addition to the tour, the event in Oakland will serve as a fundraiser for the Community Development, Vision 20/20 project to repurpose the High school building in Oakland into a unique, regional destination that will attract visitors, workers, business growth and a provide a place for creative people to work and live.

Contact ASAP:

Brenda Windmuller:   brenda@goldenhillsrcd.org or call 712-482-3029

 

NCAG Selects 2016 NCAG Veteran Artist Grant Recipient

Neville Bridgeford, Afghanistan. Photo courtesy National Geographic
Neville Bridgeford, Afghanistan. Photo courtesy National Geographic

Veteran artist Neville Bridgeford has been selected by New Century Art Guild as the 2016 NCAG Veteran Artist Grant Recipient.

While serving as an infantryman in the Army’s 25th Infantry Division in Afghanistan in 2004, Neville thought photography would be a good hobby to quell the boredom that often accompanies combat deployment. He bought a small digital camera at a PX while returning to his unit after leave. Not long afterwards, he fell in love with photography, and took his camera everywhere, taking pictures whenever and wherever he could.  Since his return to civilian life, Neville continues to take photos and makes art in other media, most notably acrylic painting on canvas. Giving expression to his emotions, he feels, is not only vital to having a more tranquil inner-life, but it helps in his recovery from post-traumatic stress, from which he has suffered for many years.

Neville working on mixed media painting.
Neville working on mixed media painting.

Neville was born October 27th 1983 in southern California, and was raised in the community of Santa Clarita (north of Los Angeles) home of the California Institute of the Arts and used frequently as a filming location for Hollywood films and television. In 2002, shortly after graduating high school, he entered the US Army and served as an infantryman with “A” Company 2-27th Infantry Regiment (“Wolfhounds”) of the 25th Infantry Division. He was stationed in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and served a year (2004-2005) in eastern Afghanistan. There he began his hobby of photography. Coincidentally, a photographed portrait of Neville appeared in National Geographic, taken by the photographer Reza. Several years after getting out of the service, he began working at an art store, where he began painting at the age of 27. In February of 2016, Neville moved to Lincoln, Nebraska from southern California for a cheaper cost of living and to try living in another part of the country.  He also spends time on his other interests: playing classical piano, creative writing, reading, prayer and meditation.

Some examples of Neville’s work:

Painting by Neville Bridgeford
Painting by Neville Bridgeford

 

Angel and Peacock by Neville Bridgeford
Angel and Peacock by Neville Bridgeford
Painting by Neville Bridgeford
Painting by Neville Bridgeford
Painting by Neville Bridgeford
Painting by Neville Bridgeford
Afghan Portrait by Neville Bridgeford
Afghan Portrait by Neville Bridgeford

 

Photo by Neville Bridgeford
Photo by Neville Bridgeford

NCAG SELECTS 2015 VETERAN ARTIST GRANT RECIPIENT

Army Veteran Kyle Foster was selected as New Century Art Guild’s 2015 Veteran Artist Grant recipient. His work will be on view at Metro Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus in November.

Kyle is currently a student of visual art at Metro Community College. Before studying art professionally, he served 3 years in active duty with US Army from 2010 to 2013. He was part of D Company of the 2-35 Infantry Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. He deployed to Afghanistan as an 11B infantryman where he saw heavy combat activity in several areas including: Outpost Honacher Miracle, Kunar Province and Regional Command East. Kyle received the Purple Heart after being injured by a pressure-plate type IED explosion and was honorably and medically discharged from the Army after numerous surgeries were made to salvage use of his left foot and ankle.

PFC Kyle Foster being visited by Secretary of the Army in 2011 while recovering from his combat injuries.
PFC Kyle Foster being visited by Secretary of the Army in 2011 while recovering from his combat injuries. Photo Credit: Army.mil

Upon returning to Nebraska, Kyle reinvented himself as a civilian; getting married and finding steady work as a shift supervisor with a prominent security company.  Kyle and his wife, Brittney, are now awaiting the arrival of another child in addition to their 4 year old daughter, Zoey.

Kyle has a great eye for composition and a sensitive hand for drawing in charcoal, pastel and pencil. His artistic ability and veteran status named him as the recipient of New Century Art Guild’s 2015 Veteran Artist Grant. In addition to completing his college degree, Kyle’s ambitions include strengthening his artistic abilities and teaching art– perhaps teaching drawing to other wounded warriors.

Examples of Kyle’s drawings:

Kyle Foster - Warm Embrace, charcoal 2015
Kyle Foster – Warm Embrace, charcoal 2015
Kyle Foster -Potty Song, charcoal 2015
Kyle Foster -Potty Song, charcoal 2015
Kyle Foster -Do You Know Who I Am? Charcoal, 2015
Kyle Foster -Do You Know Who I Am? Charcoal, 2015
Kyle Foster -Burn the Bodies, pastel 2015
Kyle Foster -Burn the Bodies, pastel 2015
Kyle Foster -Many Faces of PTSD, Charcoal 2015
Kyle Foster -Many Faces of PTSD, Charcoal 2015

2014 Metro Military and Veteran Juried Art Exhibition

2014 Metro Military and Veteran Juried Art Exhibition

CALL TO ARTISTS: Metro Community College and New Century Art Guild are excited to announce Metro’s 2014 Military and Veteran Juried Art Exhibition to open November 6, 2014 at Metro’s Fort Omaha Campus.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to any artist, 18 years of age or older, that has served, or is currently serving, in the U.S. Armed Forces. Artists may submit work in any media excluding installation. DVD format animation and video works may also be entered. Work must be original, preferably executed within the past two years. Military-themed artwork is optional, but preferred for this exhibition. Entry in this exhibit establishes an agreement on the part of the artist to all conditions listed in the prospectus and is a contract to exhibit entries selected by the juror. Substitutions for entries sold or otherwise committed before acceptance are not allowed without permission from juror.

 JUROR: Troy J. Muller is an Omaha based artist and art instructor. He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a BFA in painting and earned an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry at the University of Nebraska. He has taught visual art at Metro Community   College for over 12 years and serves veterans as an individual instructor through the VA Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation. He is a founding member of New Century Art Guild, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization that supports emerging artists and veterans seeking new careers in the creative arts. His paintings and sculptures are exhibited at Modern Arts Midtown Gallery in Omaha, Nebraska.

 2014 SUBMISSION/EXHIBITION CALENDAR:

 Sept. 30, 2014 Deadline for Receipt of Digital Entries

Oct. 8 , 2014 Notifications of accepted works E-mailed .

Oct. 15, 2014 Deadline for Receipt of Accepted Works (may send before deadline.) Ship or hand-deliver to:

Nov. 6-Dec. 5, 2014 Exhibition Dates

Nov. 6, 2014 Opening Reception 4:00pm -6:00pm at Metro’s Fort Omaha Campus

Dec. 5, 2014 Exhibition Closes

Dec 6 – Dec 15, 2014 Return of Works Hand-delivered artwork may be picked up Monday-Friday 10am-5pm

 

 

 

FINALISTS AND WINNER OF 2014 COMPETITIVE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCED

New Century Art Guild wishes to congratulate Kaitlyn Van Patten as the winner of our First Annual Competitive Student Artist Contest and as the recipient of the 2014 Visual Art Merit Scholarship $500.00 Award!

 

Drawing by Kaitlyn Van Patton
Drawing by Kaitlyn Van Patton
Drawing by Kaitlyn Van Patton
Drawing by Kaitlyn Van Patton
Painting by Kaitlyn Van Patton
Painting by Kaitlyn Van Patton
Painting by Kaitlyn Van Patton
Painting by Kaitlyn Van Patton

The level of talent and creativity evident in all the submissions, especially the six finalists, made it difficult to choose just one portfolio to receive the monetary award. Here are examples from the finalists:

Etching by Alison Ranniger
Etching by Alison Ranniger

 

Stained glass by Ashley Miller
Stained glass by Ashley Miller
Sculpture by Carlin Ring
Sculpture by Carlin Ring
Drawing by Cameron Renkly
Drawing by Cameron Renkly
Painting by Elissa Eppens
Painting by Elissa Eppens