Call for Entries – Booked

Call for Entries


Ghost Town Arts Collective: Booked


Exhibit Location: Ida Green Gallery, Austin College

Exhibit Dates: April 13 – May 22, 2015

Reception TBA


Theme: For this exhibit, we are seeking work that deals with books as either subject or object.  Artists’ books, altered books, work made from books or work made about books, in any media, are acceptable.


How to Submit: Email photos of your submissions to by March 27.  Selections will be made and artists will be notified of acceptance as they are received, by Monday, March 30 at the latest.


Delivery: All accepted works must be delivered between March 30 – April 5

In person delivery: To Heidi Rushing at Austin College, Forster Art Complex, 1315 E. Richards Street, room 202. Mon. thru Fri, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, and Sat. or Sun. by appointment.

By mail: to Heidi Rushing, 900 N. Grand Avenue Suite 61603, Sherman, TX 75092 (make sure it will arrive by March 5!).


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Manufacturing Mirth/ Cocktail Hour

Call for Submissions for Writing and Art:

The Ghost Town XPress is coming to Denton 
You are Invited to Join in the Fun!
The Ghost Town Arts Collective is coming to UNT to hold a reading and exhibition in the Subway parking lot across from the Auditorium Building. We have a beautiful new mobile art gallery and we are coming to town to publish a limited edition, handmade anthology of text and images by local artists and writers. We will be in the parking lot from noon-4pm, and plan to hold a reading of work from the anthology from 2-4pm on Friday, March 27th.
What we want from you: print or duplicate 35 copies of your work (text or image) on standard 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper. You may choose to use an art paper instead of copy paper, but either is fine.
Submit these to by March 9 to Jean Roelke at UNT or Heidi Rushing in Sherman. During the week of March 9th, we will be holding a book binding workshop somewhere on campus (TBA) to collate and bind all 30 copies of the anthology, using the japanese stab-binding method. If you would like to participate in the bookbinding workshop, please let me know when you send me your work.
Ghost Town will be having an exhibition at Austin College sometime in late April (more on that soon), and this book project will be displayed as part of that exhibition. That show will be called “Booked” and will feature artist’s books, altered books, and art about books. Besides your submission to the Ghost Town Xpress project, we would like to invite you to participate in the Austin College Show. We like to hold readings at our shows, and you are also invited to read with us.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Jean or come by her office at UNT (Lang. 408E). We hope you will all participate in this project. Ghost Town events are always a lot of fun. We love to collaborate with other creative people.
Jean Roelke, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of College Writing
Department of English
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle # 311307
Denton, TX 76201
Heidi Rushing
Austin College, Forster Art Building Room 202
by mail: Heidi Rushing
900 N. Grand Avenue Suite 61603
Sherman, TX 75090

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Mardi Gras

Thanks to everyone who came out to support the Ghost Town and to see our new Mobile Art Gallery at the Red River Mardi Gras and Jazz Festival.  It was a great day, and we had a great response to the trailer.



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Ghost Town Show Down Chili Cook-off



We are having a chili cook-off fundraiser to raise money for our Mardi Gras float!

Sunday, November 9 at Loose Wheels Texas

Chili Cooker Information


Entry fees:
Early registration (October 13-26) $20 to enter
Regular registration October 27 – the morning of Nov 9 $25

You must cook your chili on site.  Propane, charcoal, and electric cookers accepted.  People using electric cookers must provide extension cords.   You must also bring your own tables, chairs, canopy, etc.

There are no ingredient restrictions:  Beans, no beans, beef, chicken, venison, vegetarian – bring us your best and let the voters decide what they like!

Check-in and set up will be from 8-9 am on Nov. 9, cooking will begin at 9.  Judging will begin at 12:30 pm.  Public tasting and voting will begin at 1 pm.   Serving will end at 4pm, when we will tally the votes and announce the winners.

Each cooker/cooking team should plan to make 2 gallons of chili.  Chili will be served in 1 oz. portions; we will provide condiment cups and spoons for the tasters.

There will be three winners:  a judges choice, plus first and second place people’s choice.

Winners will have their name and likeness featured on our Mardi Gras float!
(And, it goes without saying, braggin’ rights)

To sign up, fill out the form below:


In order to get the early registration discount, you must pre-pay.  You can do so now by clicking our paypal link, or you can send a check to Ghost Town Arts Collective, c/o 900 N. Grand Avenue Suite 61603, Sherman, TX 75090.  I will send an email confirmation once the payment has been received.

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If you have any questions, call or email Heidi Rushing (903.647.3559).

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Krewe du AS BAD Membership

The Krewe has arrived!

We are the Krewe du AS BAD.

Thats the



Named so in homage to the goddess Athena, and because we aim to make a float that aesthetically and intellectually interesting, but has no practical purpose!

Join us!

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Ghost Town Mardi Gras

Hi all,

Our big project for the 2014-15 “school” year is to build a float for the Red River Mardi Gras and Jazz festival’s parade.  The first step in this process is to form a “Krewe” and get registered with the Red River Mardi Gras organization.  Last year we were a sponsor for the event and had a great time hanging out all day at our booth.  This  year, they are adding a parade to the festival, and we are excited to be in on the inaugural year!

We will be meeting regularly throughout the fall to plan and start building our float, and for a couple of fun workshops and parties, too.  Stay tuned to our Facebook page for regular updates and event notifications.  We have always enjoyed our collaborative projects and look forward to working together again on this one.

Laissez les bon art rouler!Mardigras_insidethebus

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Collective Bargaining Exhibit at UT-Dallas

Collective Bargaining

Main Gallery, Visual Arts Building, UT-Dallas
September 6 – October 4, 2013
Gallery hours: Mon – Fri, 2 – 5 pm

Reception, Friday, September 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Collective Bargaining is co-curated by UT Dallas Visual Arts Faculty Diane Durant and Lorraine Tady.

Media Image and Postcard

From its roots in women’s quilt-making parties, European atelier, and parlor games, the artist collective represents a unique negotiation of ideas and expression, an attempt to bring individual artists together to form a new creative unit.  But no two collectives are the same. Some focus exclusively on the output of collaborative works, whereas others continue to support and encourage the success of the individual within the artistic community at-large. There are manifestos, decrees, movements, and declarations that speak to the intentions of the group, which are often rooted in rebellion, frustration, necessity, or a desire (simple and yet noble) to create something greater than itself—something greater than the sum of its parts. There is the push and pull of success and failure—but there is also safety in numbers—and art making within the collective tradition is no different.


Collective Bargaining addresses these fundamental notions of artistic interaction by inviting art collectives from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to exhibit alongside one another in a creative expression of the varied manifestations of collective behavior—of collective bargaining. HOMECOMING! Committee, Art Beef, S.C.A.B. (Socialized Contemporary Artists Bureau), The Sour Grapes, The Ghost Town Arts Collective, The Junior Ward, IN COOPERATION WITH MUSCLE NATION, and SOLVENT will each wrestle with their own collective identity to generate new work for the exhibition.


HOMECOMING! Committee recently exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art, and as part of the Texas Biennial, will also show at CentralTrak. They state “HOMECOMING!, through shared experience, will transform the ephemeral into the tangible. We believe this transformation is paramount, and is the true nucleus of artmaking.”


The Sour Grapes formed in 2000 as a graffiti crew. They have grown from showing and producing their work in train yards and dark alleys to galleries and museums throughout Texas, as well as expanding their creativity into various artistic mediums.


The Junior Ward will be creating a large room-like installation. The Junior Ward, as a collective, addresses the inversion of public and private through various mediums while emphasizing the relationship between artistic expression and mental health. Private neuroses are given a public audience as The Junior Ward confronts the dichotomies, paradoxes, and archetypes of two of our most beloved institutions.


The Ghost Town Arts Collective will present documentation of a bargaining “event.” They explain, “Our idea is to literally exploit the concept of bargaining by having artists trade objects with others, with the goal of obtaining a more aesthetically pleasing object with each trade.  The artist would document each step of the process in their chosen medium (photo, video, drawing, etc.), and with a short text description. In the end, all of the recordings, text, and final objects that each artist ends up with will be compiled and displayed together in the gallery.”


Art Beef will have a two-part installation investigating communication and sound. They “believe in taking a project-based approach to our activities, essentially letting spaces denote the activity and, in turn, questioning the forms of programming most often associated with other artist-run spaces, galleries, organizations, and institutions.”


IN COOPERATION WITH MUSCLE NATION has planned a large installation with projections. They write, “In response to recent rumors of our ‘death,’ we will pose for a series of memento mori, or post-mortem photographs. Each member of the collective will be posed following the prescribed methods from the Victorian era, where this style of photography originated. The poses of the “deceased” will depend on the subject’s age and the family’s (in this case, the rest of the collective’s) personal preference. Each member will become subject to the rest of the collective’s thoughts and feeling of them. These portraits will reveal the true nature of each member of the collective, and our real feelings for and about one another.”


SOLVENT will perform their “Collecting Consciousness” —an active example of how they work together as a group. They write, “The past few months, Solvent’s members have met regularly and practiced syncing our meditative states with one another to bring ourselves into the present moment, energetically linked. “Meditative state” refers not to just typical images of sitting crossed legged silently, but any type of “being in the zone.”  It is common knowledge that (most) artists enter in a meditative state as they begin to focus on the paint and brush—similar to an athlete’s, an actor’s, a speaker’s, etc’s performance.  We have played with various techniques of group meditation to achieve the desired energy to create something together.  It is no secret that the human body exists within a field of energy, and itself emits electromagnetic frequencies; thus, we align ourselves in various fashions, sometimes engaging vocal sound waves, to see which frequencies produces which results upon creation.”


S.C.A.B. (Socialized Contemporary Artists Bureau) will build a large pirate ship in the center of the gallery. They explain, “There is an anomalous event, familiar to some yet unfamiliar to most, that is referred to as the Walter’s Principal.  Within the infinite possibilities of particle behavior as we know it today there exists a infinitesimal potential for particles occupying separate spaces and times to coalesce into a rematerialized space of overlapping objects from respective space-times.


Imagine you have a pirate ship making voyage from port Cape Hope in 1823 and in circa 2013 a gallery space existing in the Dallas metroplex.  These parts coalescing within each space in each time are duplicated respectively to create two separate anomalous temporal overlaps.  This is what S.C.A.B. proposes to recreate.”


Collective Bargaining is the first visual art exhibit of the 2013 – 14 season at The University of Texas at Dallas. The show runs from September 6 until October 4 in the Main Gallery of the Visual Arts Building with a reception to be held Friday, September 13 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Collective Bargaining is co-curated by UT Dallas Visual Arts Faculty Diane Durant and Lorraine Tady.

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