ARTifact: 33.3 - National Juried Call for Record Cover Art

Submitted by OPAL720art on Mon, 01/15/2018 - 9:29pm

ARTifact: 33-1/3


EXHIBITION DATES:  March 9 - April 6, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION:  March 9, 2018  7-9pm

SUBMISSION DATES: November 1, 2017 – January 21, 2018 (midnight)

Entry is now open for the Oak Park Art League’s National Juried Exhibition for Album Cover Art - ARTifact: 33.3

An innovative mashup of art + music culture, this call to artists celebrates Columbia Records 70th anniversary since the 1968 release of its first microgroove 33.3 rpm vinyl 12” record.
In responding to this creative challenge, artists are invited to submit a digital image of their artwork of any media, photographically cropped to a square “album cover” format. Accompanying each entry, artists are required to include the following descriptors that best interpret submitted image:

  • Proposed album title
  • Music genre (selected from a list of popular genres)
  • Fictional band name

Juror selections will be based on artistic merit and thematic synergies between image and required descriptors.  Selected work will be professionally printed by OPAL and displayed in 12X12 album frames for the May 2018 gallery exhibition.

For more information and entry, go to:


Val Camilletti is a pioneer in music culture and the owner of the iconic Val’s Halla Records, a destination record store located in Oak Park, IL, just outside of Chicago.  In July 2017, Val’s Halla Records celebrated 45 years in the business. In addition to rare and popular collections of vintage vinyl, Val’s Halla Records is also known for Camilletti’s shrine to Elvis Presley.  Located in the store’s bathroom, the shrine features a gurgling fountain, black velvet tapestry, a pair of Elvis socks and multitudes of articles confirming Presley’s reincarnation. With more than 50 years in the record industry, Camilletti worked at major label Capitol Records before founding her business in Oak Park.  

Mike Goldstein is a former music TV and interactive programming development and production executive and past owner/curator of RockPoP Gallery (New York and Portland, OR), which showcased fine art prints produced by many of the best designers, illustrators and photographers from all areas of today’s music industry. Goldstein is a sought-after lecturer on album cover design and is the founder of Album Cover Hall of Fame; a website for fans of album cover art and photography. With a focus on the talented individuals and agencies that create the designs, illustrations and photographs featured on popular album cover packages, the website offers visitors a comprehensive collection of album cover art-related news, interviews, biographies, portfolios and more.  

Jon Langford is a Welsh musician and artist based in Chicago. He is one of the founders of punk band The Mekons, post-punk group The Three Johns and alternative country ensembles The Waco Brothers. Langford is also a respected visual artist best known for his striking portraits of country music icons including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley. In 2015, Langford was commissioned by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to paint a series of portraits for its “Dylan, Cash, and Nashville Cats: A New Music City” exhibition. For over 10 years, Lanford illustrated the comic strip Great Pop Things under the pseudonym Chuck Death. The cartoon strip ran in alternative weekly newspapers in Los Angeles and Chicago, and was a pen-and-ink history of rock-and-roll. His paintings appear on bottles and other items for the Dogfish Head Brewery. 

Paul Natkin is Chicago’s most notable rock photographer. His photographs have appeared on countless magazine covers, including Newsweek, Time, People, Playboy, Ebony and Entertainment Weekly, as well as numerous album covers for artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Alanis Morissette and Buddy Guy, among others. Natkin has also been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center, Superstars at the Ed Paschke Art Center and 2017 Navy Pier All Access exhibition of iconic images of the Rolling Stones.

Norm Winer is Co-Founder & Chief Content Curator of Fort Knox Network, Chicago. He is one of North America’s most respected and celebrated radio programmers and media strategists. Winer’s body of work includes extended stints as Director of Programming at WXRT Chicago (1979-2016) and CBS Radio VP of Rock (2003-2009), and he has enjoyed prominent roles at legendary FM rock outlets, in San Francisco and Boston in the 1970’s. Winer was named recipient of Chicago’s Fifth Star Award in 2015, the first media figure to be so honored, for contributions to the arts and culture of the City of Chicago. 

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Basic Info
Deadline Type: 
Deadline or Post Expiration: 
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Julie Carpenter
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Contact Address: 
720 Chicago Avenue
Oak Park  Illinois  60302
United States