Open Call

Comedy, absinthe and recycled art

By - Feb 26th, 2011 04:00 am
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Comedy Festival Looking For The Funny

The Milwaukee Comedy Festival announces a national search for professional sketch comedy teams, long and short form improvisation, music comedy and video sketches. Wisconsin’s largest comedy event will feature four days of live performances August 4 – 7, 2011 at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St., Milwaukee. The Festival is accepting applications now through May 2, 2011 to perform in the 6th annual event.

Applications to perform are available online by clicking here. The application is an easy to use online form asking for some basic contact information, a photo or team logo, links to some video clips and a small submission fee to apply. Physical application forms are available upon request.

Comedy teams from across the country are encouraged to apply. Submissions are judged on quality, originality, professionalism and above all humor. The Milwaukee Comedy Festival will feature the top improv comedy, sketches and videos from national comedy teams, as well as local stand up artists. Accepted comedy teams participating in the festival will perform 40 minute or 25 minute sets.

Recycled Art Contest

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity ReStore (3015 N. 114th St., Wauwatosa) invites artists and individuals to design a work of art completely from materials at the ReStore and compete to win great prizes at the second annual Recycled Art Contest! Entries are due by March 26 and will be displayed and voted on by ReStore customers. Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22.

All proceeds from materials bought for the contest benefit local Habitat for Humanity builds. For more information and submission guidelines, click here.

Great Lakes Distillery Amerique 1912 Poster Contest

Great Lakes Distillery seeks local artists, absinthe fans, and lovers of classical poster art to participate in an attempt to create a classic or modern absinthe poster.

All posters will be on display for a reception and judging competition at the tasting room of Great Lakes Distillery on Friday, April 15. Simply design a poster following the guidelines given, and submit it by the deadline of Thursday, March 31 at 6 p.m. The winning designs will be awarded a prize and printed into posters that will be made available for sale and signing. Cost of printing will be covered by Great Lakes Distillery and proceeds of the winning poster sale will be split between Great Lakes Distillery and the winning artist.

For more information, contact and submission guidelines, click here.

Luckystar Studio Seeks Artwork for Summer Gallery Night

Luckystar Studio is currently accepting submissions for their annual 12×12 Exhibit at their downtown gallery (207 E. Buffallo St., Suite 311). The show will begin on Summer Gallery Night (Friday, July 29) and continue through August 27.

All work must be done in a 2-D medium, wired and ready to hang, and have dimensions of 12″ x 12″. Artists may submit up to 4 pieces. All submissions must be made by June 25.

For more information, visit Luckystar Studio’s blog.

Last chance — DEADLINE MARCH 1

Pfister Hotel Seeks New ‘Pfister Narrator’

The Pifster Hotel is seeking one well-qualified individual to serve as the next Pfister Narrator from May 2011 through October 2011.

Duties of the position include interviewing hotel guests and sharing their stories via the hotel’s blog. A minimum of 10 hours of work and 2 blog posts per week are expected. Compensation for this position is $1,000 per month, payable by monthly stipend, scholarship for continuing education, or a donation to a charity of the Narrator’s choice.

Applicants are asked to submit the application form, along with a current resume, cover letter, 2 written professional references, 2-3 recent published writing samples, and a 200-word proposal, by March 1. Application materials can be delivered in person, mailed, or emailed to

For more information, visit the the Pfister Narrator Program’s website.

RedLine Milwaukee accepting Artist in Residence applications

RedLine Milwaukee is now accepting applications for Mentoring and Emerging Artists. Artists remain “in residence” at RedLine for a two-to-three year period.

In addition to affordable studio space, the resident artists receive mentoring from five accomplished artists who are also in residence, along with guest artists of RedLine. Interactivity is a core element; artists engage in healthy art criticism and vibrant debate as they grow together as artists and as a community. The artists have the ability to participate in various educational forums, which allows them to learn new techniques and to hone their existing skills.

Resident Artists are chosen by a committee and sign an agreement detailing their residency responsibilities. Participation in the Artist in Residence program is determined by an equitable selection process.

Applications are due March 1. Visit RedLine Milwaukee online to download an application.

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