A new opportunity for artists to get their work seen in spots across Long Island is presenting itself in the Slide Slam Series, a new initiative by the Islip Art Museum. The Slide Slam goes like this: Selected artists from the application process will have the chance to present their work to an audience of art professionals. From the presentation, a curator then selects artists from a pool of 12 - 15 for two exhibition opportunities. Exhibitions will be held at galleries and museum galleries across Long Island to be held in 2016 or 2017.

The Call for Artist is open to all artists based on Long Island (including Brooklyn and Queens). There is no fee to apply but there is a catch: There is a single submission date for all artist presentation events in the Slide Slam Series. Submissions must be made online by Saturday, August 6, 2016 at midnight by clicking here. (Note the deadline has been extended from July 30, 2016). Accepted artists will be notified by email by August 10, 2016.

The goal of the Slide Slam Series is to create cross currents between the far-flung artist communities of Long Island by providing artist exposure and exhibition opportunities in areas where the artist might not have a recognition base. To achieve this goal, selected artists for exhibition opportunities will be matched with venues outside of their community.

Islip Art Museum Slide Slam

The Slide Slam Series goes to working toward an even loftier goal: to put Long Island on the map as an artist community of note in the national arena as part of the new IAM Unifying Project, which has received funding from Suffolk County. So far, communities with creative clusters have been identified as Patchogue, Huntington, Stony Brook and the East End collectively. The hope is that artist submissions will reveal creative clusters that might not be as well-known, said Islip Art Museum museum director Beth Giacummo, Islip Art Museum Curatorial & Exhibition Director and Senior Curator.

"There are artists that are doing great work on Long Island and we have art communities here but we're never recognized as a whole," said Giacummo. "Brooklyn is not only recognized as a creative community but so are the individual neighborhoods. We feel that Long Island should be recognized in the same way. We can start by connecting the creative clusters on Long Island."

Slide Slam Series '16 is based on a creative project co-presented by the East End artist collective Emerge.LI  and the Islip Art Museum in 2012. In that initiative, a call for Long Island-based artists was issued and selected artists gave a slide show presentation of their art at the Islip Art Museum. From there, selected artists were curated into an exhibition held at South Street Gallery in Greenport on the North Fork of Long Island. Hamptons Art Hub was involved in Emerge.LI project and is a Cultural Sponsor for the 2016 Slide Slam Series.

For Slide Slam Series '16, three Slams have been planned to take place in three venues with two exhibition opportunities offer for each one. On August 21, the Slide Slam Series kicks off at the Islip Art Museum in East Islip from 3 to 6 p.m; Slide Slam 2 takes place at RIPE Art gallery in Huntington on October 19 from 6 to 9 p.m.; and Slide Slam 3 will be held at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook on November 12 from 3 to 6 p.m. Plans are in the works for a fourth Slide Slam to take place on the East End.

Exhibition opportunities include group shows at Long Island Museum, RIPE Art Gallery, the Patchogue Arts Council Gallery and the Islip Art Museum. In addition, mini solo shows will be awarded for each Slide Slam to be held in the Islip Art Museum's Museum Store exhibition space which typically features a curated selection of artists.

Regarding the Slide Slam itself, each selected artist receives five minutes to introduce their work, present artwork images and discuss their art. Each audience will be made up of invited art professionals (curators, gallerists, artists seeking collaborators, arts writers and editors, art collectors, art dealers, museum professionals) along with general audience members. After the presentation, a networking reception will follow.

To apply, artists should submit an Artist Bio; an Artist Statement; a Resume or CV; and five art work images with details. To apply, complete an online form by clicking here. (Note the deadline has been extended from July 30, 2016.). Accepted artists will be notified by email by August 10, 2016.

Hamptons Art Hub is a Cultural Sponsor of the Slide Slam Series '16. The Series is a collaboration between the Islip Art Museum; the Long Island Museum and RIPE Art gallery. Hamptons Art Hub will be reporting on the series and the artists selected as the Slide Slam Series unfolds.

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