Monday, September 19, 2011

Call for Entries

It's here. Here is the call for entries for the "Tinderbox of Tomorrows"

Call for Entries

“Tinderbox of Tomorrows”

Now accepting submissions for inclusion into the showcase publication “Tinderbox of Tomorrows.” Open to visual artists (min. 18 years old) worldwide who work in 2D art and photography (2D art should reproduce well in printed form.) “Tinderbox” is a fine art publication to be released in early 2012 for the benefit of the victims of the 2011 Texas Wildfires.

The theme is generally open but the book will attempt to reflect upon the recent tragic fires in a positive light. We are looking for artwork that showcases the resilience of the human spirit, artwork that harkens to a better tomorrow or artwork that is otherwise uplifting for those who might have lost everything in these recent tragic fires. No nudity or artwork reflecting dark or death like themes for this project, please.

About the Juror
Carol Schiraldi is an award-winning artist and photographer currently living outside of Austin, Texas. Since holding her first show in a local Austin ice cream parlor in 1992, her work has been exhibited in major galleries, museums, and many sits on the web, as well as included in publications, permanent collections, and sought after by collectors. Her work has been included in over fifty international juried exhibitions, including shows in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and other major cities. She is an active artist, educator, author, curator, and publisher, regularly contributing to the vibrant Austin area art scene.

Artwork submission requirements
Artwork must be submitted digitally only. Artists may submit up to 3 images for consideration in the publication. There is no entry fee to submit work for consideration. All artwork should be submitted as digital JPEG files, sized 8 inches in the largest dimension 300dpi. The deadline for artist submissions is midnight, October 15th, 2011.

Please name your files according to the following specification:
First InitialLastName_1.jpg, First InitialLastName_2.jpg, First InitialLastName_3.jpg for example:
CSchiraldi_1.jpg for the first entry, CSchiraldi_2.jpg for the second entry, CSchiraldi_3.jpg for the third entry. Please refrain from using non alphanumeric characters (such as: !@#$, etc.) in your file names.

Artwork should be mailed to: for consideration.

Please complete the following entry form, along with your digital submissions:

Artist Name:
Artist Address (Street, City, State, Zip and Country if outside of the US please):
Artist Contact Information (email/website/phone - will not be published):

For each entry:
1. Title, size, medium:
2. Title, size, medium:
3. Title, size, medium:

Artists may include up to 3 lines of personal/contact information for all artwork accepted into the publication. Please provide the personal/artist contact information as you would like it to appear in the contact section of the book:
Line 1:
Line 2:
Line 3:

Note, artists may choose to have additional or less contact information, some examples:
Carol Schiraldi
Art and Photography

Carol Schiraldi
Art and Photography

Carol Schiraldi
Cedar Park, Texas

We will leave it up to the artist to determine your contact information but ask that you limit it to 3 lines of text per artist and please submit the contact information at the time of your entry (as part of the entry form.)

Artist Notification
Artists will be notified of acceptance by email on or about November 15th 2011.

All entries should be received by midnight October 15th, 2011 central standard time.


Friday, September 16, 2011


Welcome to the blog page for Tinderbox of Tomorrows, a book to be published for the benefit of the Central Texas wildfires.

In the summer of 2011, conditions were right and a "perfect storm" scenario was created for wildfires to spread across Central Texas and beyond. By the time the end of the summer was upon us, some 1500+ homes were razed, leaving many families in Central Texas and beyond homeless. The firefighters of Texas were stretched to their limits, defending ground across several major fires and attempting to save lives and homes in the wake of the fires. Several deaths were reported and many firefighters were injured, risking their lives to save people, property, and livestock across Texas.

The idea for a book was tossed around by several artists in the Austin area. Photographer and exhibiting artist Carol Schiraldi decided to take action to bring the book to life. The book, to be called "Tinderbox of Tomorrows" will consist of 2D artwork and photography donated by artists responding to a call for entries. There will be no fees associated with the call for entries and all artists will retain copyright of their work-the artists will simply donate publications rights and allow their artwork to be reproduced in the "Tinderbox of Tomorrows" publication. The book will be produced and sold through "Blurb for Good" a fund raising platform available from Look for the book in the Blurb for Good Bookstore (coming soon!) and a call for entires to be released soon as well.

We hope you'll consider helping out, either by submitting artwork for the book, by helping distribute the book, by spreading the word about the book, or by purchasing the end result, the finished book in the Blurb for Good bookstore. Until then, please stay tuned, as we will post updates on the progress of the book here from time-to-time.