Artaxis.org is an evolving independent network of contemporary artists and their work.
The mission of Artaxis is to provide a peer-reviewed source of contemporary artwork in ceramics and sculpture. Utilized as a resource by instructors, students, gallerists, curators, the general public, and contemporary artists, Artaxis.org strives to promote and enrich the field, while functioning as a direct and unobtrusive conduit between viewer and artist.
When was Artaxis.org founded?
Artaxis.org was founded in 2005 and started by hosting an initial group of 10 artists. The site has grown to hosting over 400 artists and has been responsible for numerous exhibitions and other opportunities for its community of artists. The site was founded by artists and remains focused on its initial mission to support the endeavors of the artists that are part of its community.
Who manages the Artaxis.org website?
This site, and all of the activities of Artaxis organization are coordinated and managed by volunteers. In 2013, Artaxis Organization, Inc. was formed as non-profit art organization to give more structure to the management of the website and help the site realize it’s full potential. The Board of Directors of Artaxis are: Dylan Beck, Adam Welch, Dandee Pattee, Alanna DeRocchi, and Samuel Johnson, and Lauren Gallaspy with the founder of the organization, Brian Harper, serving as the Executive Director. Find out more about the Board of Directors here.
How does the jury process work?
In order to maintain a high standard of work, Artaxis uses an anonymous jury process. Prospective candidates are juried by seven randomly selected members of Artaxis, giving each member on the site an opportunity to take part in the future direction of this growing network of artists. The jury process rotates between members and is completely anonymous; there is no contact between the members of the jury and/or the candidate. Each juror communicates their decision directly to Artaxis regarding the acceptance or rejection of the prospective candidate. We currently have over 225 Artaxis members participating in the jury process. The large number of jurors allows each member to have a voice with regard to the relevancy of the proposed work in the greater scope of contemporary art practice, while allowing for a more broad and diversified representation of the types of work the Artaxis community represents.
How do Students and Educators use Artaxis.org?
Artaxis serves as an effective resource for students and educators. Students can browse the Artaxis.org webpage or search by category to discover new artists or approaches. Educators use the site to introduce the many themes, techniques, and approaches in contemporary ceramics and sculpture. Additional resources include over 450 artist statements and curriculum vitas. We encourage direct interaction with the artists on the site, such as student/artist interviews, discussion, and professional networking. Additionally, many educators use the images from this website in slide presentations and discussions in their classes.
Is Artaxis.org only for ceramic artists?
No. Currently, most of the artists on Artaxis are primarily working with clay, however we are interested in having a broader, more interdisciplinary scope to the website. Artists working in any media are encouraged to apply.
How is Artaxis.org funded?
Artaxis Organization Inc. is funded entirely by donations and application fees. If you are interested in helping to support this resource, click here.
Are the images on Artaxis.org copyrighted?
The images of artists and their works remain the property of the individual artists, who allow Artaxis.org to display those images. One of the goals of Artaxis.org is to promote discussion, interaction and collaboration. Therefore, Artaxis.org permits fair use of the images on this site. Fair use can include using the images for noncommercial, educational purposes. Any use beyond fair use is prohibited. Please consult our full copyright information here.
Who is using Artaxis.org?
This website receives thousands of views everyday from countries around the world. We have received countless “thank you’s” from artists, curators, and those in educational fields who have been using the site as a source for exposing students to peer-reviewed, contemporary work in ceramics. Additionally, many curators are using the resources on this site to organize exhibitions and other professional events in the field.
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