I shared with you at the end of August the news of an Art Exhibition in Miami. You can read the previous blog here. Everyone who entered will have their artwork shown on large, interactive screens where visitors can take a closer look at the work. However, out of all the submissions, three Finalists would be chosen to have their work printed and hung in the space as special recognition.
I must say, I was almost in shock this morning to find an email from The Artbox Projects Team informing me that my entry entitled, “Rest,” was chosen as one of the three Finalists. Then, I received the official email sent to all of the artists notifying us of the three Finalists.
I am blown away by the notion that my art piece made it because the style of work from the other two Finalists is so contrary to mine. I won’t complain. I’m just… surprised. If you would like to view our work, please visit the site: http://www.theartboxprojects.com/english
Also, they sent two tickets to the Exhibition while encouraging me to be there ‘Opening Night’ at Spectrum Miami. I’ll leave the exact dates and times below. I was content with my work being on the interactive screens. Yet, in the back of my mind I knew being one of the Finalists would be even better.
There’s so much competition in the art community, I gave myself absolutely no chance of being chosen. I’ve been a part of similar selection processes and my style of work rarely fits in with everyone else’s work. Again, the same thing happened here, but they selected my work, anyway.
I keep checking their website to make sure it’s not a typo or I’m not still in a sleepy recovery from last night’s Presidential Debate. Each time I look, it’s still there. Wow… I feel kind of numb. I have been a part of several exhibitions, but not with thousands of people in attendance throughout a week.
My focus right now is making sure the work is printed correctly and shipped safely. I’m not sure if I want to go the more traditional route with a mat and frame or more contemporary by simply putting the work on Gator board, no frame. I would use an acrylic print if it was more affordable.
I want to thank the entire Artbox Projects Team for giving me an opportunity to have more people finally see what I do. Humbled. Honored. I’m Grateful to God because I never stopped pursuing my dreams. I am thankful for you guys because your encouragement and inspiration from the work you do in your careers helps me to stay committed to my goals.
I hope this becomes one of those stories I can tell people: When all of Life says “quit,” you keep going, anyway, because you believe in what you’re doing that much.
I hope the remaining pieces continue to fall into place.
Eric Christopher Jackson
Miami Art Show 2016
Wednesday, November 30 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm (EST)
Thursday, December 1 | 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday, December 2 | 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday, December 3 | 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Sunday, December 4 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
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