70K: The Biennial Community of Artists Exhibit - Octagon Center for the Arts

70K: The Biennial Community of Artists Exhibit


The Biennial Community of Artists Exhibit 2017

Regional Artist Exhibit

June 1 - July 29, 2017

Reception June 2 from 5:00 to 7:00PM


Let's do a little math! A = πr2 There are 70,686 square miles in a circle with 150 square mile radius. Thus the name for this exhibit...  70K is a juried exhibition of artists located 150 miles from Ames or nearer. This focus on local and regional artists is an important part of the mission of the Octagon Center for the Arts.


Credit: Eden Marek, And Together, Rob Wallace, Basically Burl-esque, and David McLeod, Arrangement of Two Plus One and Grid 


JUROR: Sarah McCoy

Sarah McCoy is currently on faculty at Drake University in the Art and Design Department as an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design. Sarah owns and operates a letterpress Studio–The Permanent Collection Letterpress + Design Studio located in the vibrant East Village neighborhood of Des Moines, Iowa.  Received an M.A. 2003 and M.F.A. 2005 from The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History in Graphic Design. Graduated with a Graduate Certificate in 2006 from The University of Iowa Center for the Book with a concentration in letterpress printing.

Sarah has been actively printing since 2001 and leading workshops at conferences such as the Ladies of Letterpress biannual conference. McCoy’s work has been included in various national and international Letterpress and book arts exhibitions. Her work has most recently been included in Midwest Living’s November/December 2015 feature article, “Just My Type” and Princeton Architectural Press’s book (April 2015), Ladies of Letterpress: A Gallery of Prints. Her essay, Digital Worlds and Dusty Letters: What I Learned From Early Colonial Women Printers, was published in a collection of essays from Journal Lived (from Portland State University Fall, 2015).



The Details

  • Artists applying for Community of Artists must live within 150 miles of Ames, IA.
  • Artists must be over 18 years of age.
  • Entry Fee: $25 for Non-Members, $20 for Members
  • Entry Limit of 3 pieces per artist. 

Exhibit Timeline

Submissions due April 18 ($25 Entry fee, Members $20)
Artists notified Tuesday April 25 
Artwork delivered to Octagon May 8-12
Opening June 2
Show Closes July 29
Artwork picked up by August 4



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