Thursday, February 28, 2013

Call for Artists - Benefit Show for PAWS

Call for Art- May Benefit Show at Grindcore House for PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society)

There are more than 30,000 homeless, abandoned, and unwanted dogs and cats that enter the Philadelphia’s animal control shelter each year. And roughly four in ten of them (estimated to 12,000 pets every year) never make it out alive. For many of us, this number is too staggering to comprehend but each year the amount of unwanted animals remains equally as daunting and equally as heartbreaking as ever. It is for this reason and so many more, that we have chosen PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) for our next benefit show. PAWS is the city’s largest no-kill shelter and operates a high-volume, low-cost clinic serving pet owners and rescue organizations that lack access to affordable basic veterinary care. PAWS is also privately funded which means they can use all the benefits and all the help they can to raise money (and awareness) for this city’s animals in need.

This May we will be organizing an art show as well as partnering with Blow the Scene ( for a music event to benefit PAWS ( The art show will be held at Grindcore House in South Philadelphia ( from May 10th to July 10th and the opening reception will be Friday, May 10th (additional events throughout the city and a dedicated blog will also support the show starting in April). The work can be in any medium (painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, whatever) and can be anything related to dogs, cats or PAWS. Although not mandatory, we are again trying to urge artists to consider functional art (t-shirts, cards, tote bags etc.) as well; if you are interested in providing designs for these, feel free to contact us. We also strongly encourage artists to use the PAWS website (see link at the bottom) to view all of the amazing work the organization is doing and for inspiration. We are asking that all pieces be no larger than 20x24 so we can plan space accordingly but if you would like to do something larger, just let us know and we can discuss options. The work should be ready to hang (please include name, title, medium, price request) and priced reasonably ($300 is our suggested max but remember to keep it affordable to make the MOST for the charity). Additional prints and sets (buttons, cards, etc.) are also welcome. The work can be new or old, as long as it relates to the theme. Because of the quantity of work going into this show, we are asking that everything be either dropped off or received by no later than May 4th. We will have drop-off times starting in the beginning of April; if you would like your work to be added to our press materials, please drop off or send the work sooner than later.

We already have some incredible artists on board and we will post an updated list towards the end of March. We'll need a final count to plan space and to finalize any promotional material, so let us know if you’re participating (at the latest) by April 12th. If you're interested in participating in the show, please respond to the email below or contact me via Facebook; thanks again and we look forward to seeing all the amazing work!



For more on the charity, please visit:

1 comment:

  1. I will be donating a piece for your art show! Thank you for what you are doing to help our precious animals. NMT