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Calling All Artists: Archives As Muse 2018

November 4

CALLING ALL ARTISTS: ArtHyve, in collaboration with the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists, Denver Film Festival, and the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, invites proposals from artists who would like to participate in our second annual Archives as Muse program. This year’s program takes its inspiration from the Orphan Film Symposium (New York University) and Home Movie Day (Center for Home Movies).

Artists working in film or other forms of audiovisual art may submit proposals. Artworks that incorporate performance, music, poetry, or other artistic disciplines or elements are welcome, but time-based media, film, or video/audiovisual art should predominate. Archives as Muse aims to attract, inspire, and serve regional audiovisual creatives and guide them as they explore archival collections and create a one-of-a-kind piece that will be shown as a part of the Denver Film Festival. The works chosen for the public program will be awarded a $500 honorarium for their time and contribution. There is no jury fee.

Artists, creatives or groups submitting work for consideration will utilize:
Home movies that they have access and permission to use
Home movies, orphan films, or other digitized audiovisual materials available online
Or your personal “home movies” from your family collection

The Internet Archive alone has over 4.3 million “video” files available for download:

Artists may also visit an archive or archives in person. However, please keep in mind that many archives with analog audiovisual collections do not have the resources to transfer their collections into a digital format for artists to work with, and many analog audiovisual collections have not been digitized/digitally transferred. For this reason, ArtHyve recommends that artists work with audiovisual archival material that has already been digitized and made available either online or audiovisual material already in the artist’s possession and which the artist has the permission, means, and ability to transfer to a digital format.

Proposals will be vetted by a jury of archivists, art curators, and artists. The jury will select 4 artists to present work at the public program, as part of the Denver Film Festival on November 4, 2018, at the McNichols building in Denver, Colorado. The Archives as Muse event will take place on Sunday, November 4, 2018, at the McNichols Building, as a part of the Denver Film Festival. Artworks that incorporate performance, music, poetry, or other artistic disciplines or elements are welcome, but time-based media, film, or video/audiovisual art should predominate. Artists should also be prepared to participate in the November 4th public program where the artwork will be shown and the artist will be included in a paneled discussion. All original artworks will be returned and are the property of the artist, but artists do have the option to donate the artwork to the ArtHyve Archive. ArtHyve requests that artists allow portions of the artworks submitted to be used for promotional purposes, both for the 2018 program and to promote ArtHyve’s mission.


Four selected artists will show their artwork during the Archives as Muse public program. The program will also consist of a side-by-side conversation with the artist and the program’s emcee; the two will discuss the artwork, the artist’s creative process, and take questions from the audience about the work.

The Archives as Muse program aims to provide an engaging platform for archivists and artists to work together, in hopes that these conversations will contribute to a larger dialogue about archives and the creative process.


All applicants must reside in Colorado. Emerging, mid-career, and established artists are encouraged to apply. Proposals that utilize orphan film or home movies are strongly encouraged. Artworks that incorporate performance, music, poetry, or other artistic disciplines or elements are welcome – but time-based media, film, or video/audiovisual art should predominate. Final works must fit program and venue specifications.


Proposals from artists must include the following information:

1. A written Letter of Intent which includes the following information:

– A description and link to the archive, if working with archival materials available online or are described online.

– A description of the materials to be used if working with personal or family home movies, and plan to digitize these if necessary.

– Description of the expected design approach

– A brief artist statement describing the proposed artwork

– A sketch of the technical requirements and equipment you will need to display the work

2. 2-3 links or files of past works/projects; including title, medium, dimensions/runtime, location, and date produced, and any other brief information you feel is necessary to an understanding of the work.

3. A visual example of the proposed piece by one or more of the following:

– Drawings and or sketches
– Photographs
– Video snapshot
– Audio recording
– Written snapshot


August 31st, 2018 – Proposals due by midnight

September 10th – 4 artists will be selected and notified and should begin the design, fabrication, completion phase and continue archival research if necessary

October 15th – Artists should send an email with a project update including a clip, highlight reel, or some other representative sample of the project thus far as a demonstration of progress, and list any assistance they will need for the public performance such as audio-visual set-up, sound, lighting, etc. This clip will be used to promote the upcoming event, with the artist’s permission.

Sunday, November 4 – Archives as Muse Public Program


Proposals should be submitted on or before August 31st electronically before midnight or can be dropped off at the front desk of the Clyfford Still Museum at 1250 Bannock Street before 5 pm.

Please direct questions and materials to

Jessie de la Cruz: Jessiemdelacruz@gmail.com
Creative Director, ArtHyve


Amy Belotti: amyleebelotti@gmail.com
Program Director, ArtHyve



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