Salon Tokyo 2013


Participant Application Guidelines

Becoming a Participant in Salon

If you are interested in applying to become a participant in Salon, you may have many questions. My first Salon was 2005 in Philadelphia, PA. I had not yet attended a Salon and I did not know what to expect. I was thrilled and apprehensive at the same time. I had many questions about what it meant to be a participant. A Participant is defined as someone who exhibits and demonstrates. Salon is a gathering of skillful, like-minded individuals (craftsmen) who come together to share techniques, mediums and ideas pertaining to Decorative Art. The public arena is intended to inspire and educate. It is not a venue to promote oneself, one’s school, or a particular interest. Salon is about passion, not profit. If you are selected to participate, come prepared for these two major aspects of Salon: exhibiting and demonstrating. Here is a list of questions you may have.

1. How do I become a participant in Salon?

New applicants must submit 3 photos of their work with an explanation of mediums used, and any other pertinent information. The applicant should also include a brief bio, and a statement of why he/she would like to participate in Salon. For an applicant’s first exhibition, he/she must then also submit a photo of the actual panel he/she wishes to exhibit, for further board approval. The submission of this first-time exhibition panel must be done at least 30 days prior to the registration deadline. Sometimes Salon has a theme; the application panel is preferred to be about the theme, but this is not mandatory. The application shall be sent, preferably by e-mail, to the organizer of the upcoming Salon.

2. What do I paint?

You can prepare a piece interpreting the theme in a technique or style that you do well; please check within the techniques described below. Salon is looking for classical elements of Decorative Painting, not just a simple wall glaze or plaster finish. Those types of finishes can be incorporated into an element of your panel, but should not be the main focus. My best recommendation would be to look at pictures from past Salons as a good reference. Just click on any year to pull up past exhibition panels. To help you see how the theme has been incorporated into a finished panel you can always look at the list of decorative techniques if you are uncertain ^ what is acceptable.  

3. What size should my piece be?

We don’t place limitations on size other than what may be restricted by the venue. For example, you will have at least a (2m x 1m) area to hang your work/works and often it is double that. It all depends on the selected venue as to how much space each participant has. Should you have a large piece, contact your organizer to ask if the space is available.

4. What should I paint on - what medium can I use?

Most participants utilize a substrate that is easily rolled up and placed into an art tube for transportation. You want to make sure it arrives to salon un-damaged. Here are a few widely used materials: light-weight canvas or mylar (drafting film). I prefer mylar with both sides frosted. Some people like only one side frosted. You can find any of these materials at your local art store. You can use any medium you prefer. Other supports are also used, depending on the decorative art you are presenting, for example gilding would likely use an alternative substrate.

5. What do I demonstrate and how?

A demonstration can be either a personal demonstration of your particular expertise or a contribution to the collaborative mural. Should you wish to do a personal demonstration, it can be any subject matter or medium you prefer. You will be demonstrating along with other participants at the same time. Demonstrations have been both structured (date & time) and loose (whenever you choose). If there are designated, structured demonstrations, this will be indicated in the Salon program you will receive upon arrival. You may also present a lecture provided this is pre-approved by the organizer.

6. What happens after I submit my application?

Your application will be forwarded to the Salon board members for review. You will then receive a letter stating approval or denial to participate in Salon.

7. What happens to my painting after Salon?

Pieces done by participants remain their individual property. The collaborative mural may be donated to an appropriate recipient (such as hospital, hosting city or other charitable organization).

8. After my first exhibition, am I a participant for future Salons?

You are welcome to continue to participate, unless you receive a letter to re-submit in which case you will be on probation. Regarding the issue of exhibition panels that do not portray the expected skill level of a Salon participant, the board may request a participant to submit a photo his/her intended exhibition panel for the subsequent year’s Salon for approval (at least 30 days prior to the registration deadline). We do ^ encourage one another to continually evolve and improve our skills as craftsmen and we share the responsibility of maintaining the level of excellence for which Salon is noted. We should be accountable to our craft, to each other and our sponsors who make this event possible, by striving for continued excellence.

9. Conduct

It is important for Salon participants to maintain a professional level of decorum at all times. Undesirable or offensive behavior (or ^ excessive alcohol consumption) that is damaging to the image of Salon and its contributing sponsors cannot be tolerated. Complaints brought to the board of such behavior, will result in a probationary period imposed on the offending participant to change their behavior. If they choose not to change their behavior, for the good of the Salon, they will lose their status as a participant.