Haute Couture Cremation Urns? That's hot.
Save this date: Artists' Opening Reception | 21 October
2006 Call for Entries Deadline: 19 August
More than $3,500 in Awards | New Categories include Metal, Wood and Biodegradable Urns
What sort of art will win a $2,500 Best of Show award this
Art that will stand in for us after we're gone can now fit our
personalities and eye for beauty like a bespoke glove. When
Ashes to ArtŪ debuted in San Francisco 2001, the first Best of
Show recipient was jeweler and sculptor Tamar Kern who won
for "Offerings"--a silver vessel that might be used in scattering
ashes, or enjoyed as an artifact and heirloom formed from
your own cupped hands. "Offerings" has most recently won
FUNERIA and Kern another award, this time for creating a
process and packaging that suits the elegance of her artwork.
Best of Show recipient in 2003, Shawn McDonald, touched other
hearts with a majestic sand cast bronze "Flower" that emerged
from his hand built foundry in the wilderness of Moose Pass,
Alaska. A family saw their beloved patriarch's love of planting
and tending vineyards embodied in Shawn's work and
commissioned a larger version for keeping his ashes among
other reminders of a life well lived at home.
Both Best of Show recipients demonstrated the power of art to
communicate. Each succeeded in helping others see something
unique about themselves or someone they love in a work of
This year's Best of Show recipient will receive $2,500 US after
passing the jurors' careful consideration, while a new People's
Choice Award will earn the winning artist $1,000 for being
selected by visitors as their personal favorite. Plan to enter if
you're an artist, or to visit if you love art, and don't forget to
vote when it's your right to do so.
Find out more....
Where have you been all my life?
When no news is good news
News announcements have been sparse from FUNERIA in the
past year while the unique global arts agency based in
Northern California's lush wine country has been working to
turn funeral homes into art galleries. Moving steadily forward,
however, the gallery that is heralded as "offering the best in
contemporary funerary art," which "so provocatively bridges
the worlds of industry, philosophy, and art" is finding new
markets for the sale of original artist-made funerary objects,
primarily urns and vessels for cremated remains--a speciality
that had seemed to wither with the Egyptians, was resuscitated
by the Victorians, and then died out again in the middle of the
The funerary arts promoter is emerging on the public art scene
again in a big way--this time by organizing its third global
competition that seeks the best new personal memorial objects
being created by artists today. FUNERIA's Ashes to ArtŪ
exhibition is being presented this Fall in America's own crucible
of liberty, Philadelphia, PA.
The Artists' Opening and Reception is Saturday, 21 October
2006 in a vibrant architectural gem and gallery venue--the
5,000 sq. ft. ICE BOX at Crane Arts, 1400 No. American Street,
in Philadelphia's Kensington South neighborhood.
In the days just prior to the Artists' Reception and public
opening, North America's largest and most powerful funeral
industry association is convening for its 125th year just 2 miles
away at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The light and
music filled ambiance of FUNERIA's exhibition is likely to draw
some interesting commentary from the conventioneers, who
are cordially invited to take a walk on the artful side while
visiting the City of Brotherly Love.
Artists worldwide are invited to apply their most creative
efforts to a subject that is inevitable for us all. Those of us who
love art will surely be grateful for their having done so.
Artists are invited to find out more. Sponsors are invited to contact us for opportunity info.
Here's to your beautiful life!