Jordan Vineyard & Winery have announced their 4 on 4 Art Competition involving the Los Angeles Art Community.
A trio of Southern California artists is sought for a chance to win up to $5,000 in cash prizes.
In honor of its 40th anniversary in 2012, iconic California vintner Jordan Vineyard & Winery has created the 4 on 4 Art Competition, a four-city initiative that challenges local artists to create a commemorative work of art that blends the elegance of Jordan wines with the flavor of each city.
The 4 on 4 Los Angeles competition begins today with its call for entries, organized by LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions).
In the past three decades, the Jordans have commissioned artists to capture the beauty of the winery chateau through the seasons—its ivy-draped façade, window boxes sprouting spring flowers, the antique clock above a sweeping balcony. To celebrate a special dual anniversary this spring—both the founding of the winery and second-generation vintner John Jordan’s 40th birthday—Jordan Vineyard & Winery is bringing wine country to Southern California artists in their own backyard, challenging talented professionals to create a special work of art that combines the essence of Jordan with Los Angeles’s distinct flavors of culture, food and design.
“Los Angeles has held a special place in our hearts since the founding of the winery,” said John Jordan, chief executive officer and proprietor of Jordan Vineyard & Winery. “In the 1980s, my parents poured our wines at many high-profile events in Los Angeles, I went to college at Occidental and my sister Judy even hosted the national launch party for J sparkling in LA.”
A panel of expert judges—including Carol Stakenas, director of LACE, and noted critic and LA Canvas art editor Shana Nys Dambrot—will select the top three works of art that meet the competition criteria. The top three winners will receive cash prize awards: a grand award ($5,000), first runner-up ($2,000) and second runner-up ($1,000). In addition to cash prizes, winning artists will be featured in an art exhibition, publicity campaigns and Jordan 40th anniversary commemorative gifts. The winning work of art will be transformed into a limited-edition piece for Jordan’s Southern California customers.
The deadline for submissions for the Los Angeles competition is April 1, 2012, at 5 p.m. EST.
Artists must live and work in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, San Bernardino or Riverside counties to be eligible. For a complete list of competition guidelines, visit this site.
“We are delighted to participate in this celebratory event with Jordan Winery,” said Carol Stakenas, executive director of LACE. “The LA art scene’s international ascendancy and its contemporary artistic culture is a perfect match for this esteemed winery to commemorate its 40th anniversary.”
A collection of the top competition entries will be unveiled at 4 on 4 Top 40, a public exhibition and Jordan wine tasting event, which will be hosted in April at Black Cat Gallery, an up-and-coming gallery noted for its relationships with edgy Westside artists, such as Sandow Birk, Andy Moses, Terell Moore and James Mathers. A people’s choice award will also be given for the top artwork selected by event guests.
The 4 on 4 Top 40 event is complimentary and open to the public. Further exhibition details will be announced in February.
Timothy Williams, the director and artist-in-residence of Black Cat Gallery, adds: “As a space dedicated to young artists, we are pleased to work with Jordan to bring remuneration and recognition to the competing artists. Working with Jordan and LACE is a welcome step forward for Black Cat.”
For more information about the 4 on 4 Los Angeles Art Competition, please visit this page.
Some more information here.
ABOUT JORDAN VINEYARD & WINERY:
Inspired by the masterful wine, food and hospitality of France, Tom and Sally Jordan followed their hearts from Colorado to California’s bourgeoning wine country in 1972. That spring, they signed the deed on their first piece of land in Alexander Valley on the very same day their son, John, was born. They quickly planted their first vineyard with a vision for creating a singular Cabernet Sauvignon that could rival the finest wines of Bordeaux. When the first vintage of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon debuted, it was an immediate success due to its elegance and early approachability, as well as its affinity for food. The Jordan family has spent the last four decades quietly building a reputation for relentless quality, graceful ageability and remarkable consistency vintage after vintage.
ABOUT LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS:
LACE both champions and challenges the art of our time by fostering artists who innovate, explore, and risk. We move within and beyond our four walls to provide opportunities for diverse publics to engage deeply with contemporary art. In doing so, we further dialogue and participation between and among artists and those audiences.
4 on 4 Los Angeles Call for Artists:
Artists in four cities celebrating four decades of Jordan wine in their community.
The four cities include: Miami, New York, Los Angeles & Dallas.
- Deadline for Los Angeles submissions: April 1, 2012
- Must be an artist living and working in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino or Riverside counties
Grand Award: $5,000 and the opportunity to be featured in an art exhibition, publicity campaigns and Jordan 40th anniversary commemorative gifts. The winning work will be transformed into a limited-edition piece for Jordan’s loyal customers across Southern California.
First Runner-up: $2,000 and the opportunity to be featured in an art exhibition and post-event publicity.
Second Runner-up: $1,000 and the opportunity to be featured in an art exhibition and post-event publicity.
Artists and Jordan Vineyard & Winery: Since 1976, the Jordan family has been heralded for its elegant wines, culinary excellence and gracious hospitality. Over the years, the Jordans have commissioned artists to capture the beauty of the winery chateau through the seasons – its ivy-draped façade, window boxes sprouting spring flowers, the antique clock above a sweeping balcony. To celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2012, Jordan Vineyard & Winery is bringing wine country to Los Angeles artists in their own backyard, challenging these talented professionals to create a commemorative work of art that combines the essence of Jordan wine with Los Angeles’ distinct flavors of wine, food and design.
A panel of expert judges including Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) director Carol Stakenas and noted art critic Shana Nys Dambrot, will select the top three works of art that meet the competition criteria. A top 40 will be selected to participate in a public exhibition presented by LACE at Black Cat Gallery in Culver City in April. The grand prize, first runner-up and second runner-up winners will be announced at this event and showcased at a private Jordan Winery event in Los Angeles later that month.
- Applications must live and work in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino or Riverside counties.
- Applicants must incorporate an element of Jordan Winery in their artwork. For a list of elements and download instructions, please visit the project webpage.
- Applicants must incorporate an element of their local community in their artwork, such as Los Angeles architecture, landscapes or food culture.
- Original artwork must be in a format that is reproducible in lithograph, such as paintings or drawings.
- Winning artists agree to sign up to 200 limited-edition lithographs of their artwork in Los Angeles at a mutually agreed upon date in summer or fall 2012.
- Winning artwork becomes the property of Jordan Winery for display at the chateau and/or donation to a charity auction to be determined.
- Applicants should submit ONE high-resolution image (jpeg) of artwork via email to [email protected] (maximum size: 10 MB).
- In the body of your email, please include details including your first and last name, title of work, year, media and dimensions. Please also include your daytime phone number, your mailing address and your email address.
- Please also include a brief statement (200 words) about your artwork and how it fits within the theme of the competition.
- Minimum size of final entry: 18 x 24 inches
- For additional publicity, entrants may also upload a copy of their submission to the 4on4 Art Competition Flickr page. For Flickr upload instructions, visit this site.
For a full prospectus and additional information, please visit the 4 on 4 Los Angeles project webpage.