3JMB.jpgIn celebration of Artists Month, we’re putting out a call for entries for you — our creative audience — to create and submit a piece of artwork that best reflects you. We’re looking for expressions of identity and creativity here: Perhaps it’s a self-portrait, or a photograph of a beloved object, a diorama scene, or a collage of found objects. Prizes will be awarded to all who enter, but the further along you advance in the competition, the better the goods you’ll win!
We were inspired by the docs airing this month and the artists they celebrate: Vik Muniz’s portraits made with garbage in Waste Land; the graffiti artwork in Tamra Davis’s Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child; and Mark Hogancamp’s spectacularly evocative photographs of his entirely original universe in the film Marwencol. In that spirit, we created this contest to celebrate that original vision in you, our raison d’etre.
Keep reading for rules and prizes.

• Entries should be created with found objects at minimal to zero cost
• A JPEG of the artwork must be emailed to ILartistsmonth@itvs.org by noon PST on Monday, April 18.
• A brief caption (200 words or fewer) must be included, describing your artwork and what inspired you.
• Contestants must include their full mailing address in order to receive prizes.
• You must be 18 years or older to enter.
• All who submit will automatically be mailed an original 24 x 19-inch Independent Lens season poster featuring the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
• Finalists, announced on Tuesday, April 19 will receive a poster of the Oscar-nominated film Waste Land autographed by Director Lucy Walker.
• Art by our finalists will be opened for a popular vote on our blog.
• The Runner Up will receive a signed print by Mark Hogancamp, subject of Marwencol
• The Grand Prize winner will be profiled on our website Tuesday, April 26, and will receive a one-of-a-kind original painting from outsider artist Mikey Welsh (former bassist for the band Weezer).
Really, you can’t lose by entering, but you could win a lot of unique prizes that most of our staff wishes they could keep for themselves (it’s true!).
For inspiration purposes, take a moment and watch the clips from the film below and get cracking!
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (premieres April 12)

Waste Land (premieres April 19)

Marwencol (premieres April 26)

Good luck!