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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Anne Bothwell 30 Aug 2012 7:14 AM

A new music festival for Oak Cliff, a new name for a soundstage and a contest for artists interested in selling their work online.


Cliff notes: First a film festival. Now Oak Cliff is getting its own music festival, thanks to the Kessler Theater. Headliners at the The Oak Cliff Music Festival on Nov. 3 include Carolyn Wonderland, Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely, Front Row reports.

New West: The DMN’ s Alan Peppard reports the cast of Dallas returns Sept. 24 to the same Dallas soundstage to shoot parts of the show’s second season.  On Sept. 21, the Dallas Film Commission hosts a reception at South Side Studios to dedicate the West Building, named for Jeff West, the arts leader who passed away earlier this year. West was a vice president with Matthews Southwest, the developer of the studios (and the Omni).  Dallas Film Commissioner Janis Burkland told Peppard  that the cast was returning and West “would be very proud of his role in helping get and keep them here.”

Feel lucky? is holding a contest to find the “Next Artspace Artist.” Prize is $1,000 and a portfolio on the art marketplace’s sites. Details after the jump., the leading online marketplace for contemporary art, is hosting a competition on Tumblr to find “The Next Artspace Artist”. The winner of the competition will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to create an Artspace Edition to be sold alongside work by famed contemporary artists including Jenny Holzer, Nick Cave, Anh Duong, David Salle, Robert Rauschenberg, and more. I thought you might want to share this news with your readers so they can get involved – both aspiring artists and those who appreciate it… details below.

Artspace will accept artist submissions beginning this week through Friday, September 21, via the dedicated competition page powered by Tumblr: Over the course of the four week competition, semi-finalists will be chosen by Tumblr popularity (achieved by reblogs and other social media/email share options that result in “votes” or “likes” of artists’ specific posts). Three semi-finalists will be chosen at the end of each week. At the conclusion of the submission rounds, the contest will move to where visitors to the site will vote on all 12 semifinalists from October 1-5. Three finalists will then be judged by a jury made up of: Dave Harper, curator of the BAMart program at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; Augusto Arbizo, director of Eleven Rivington gallery; Hrag Vartanian, editor of; Andrew M. Goldstein, editor-in-chief at; Chris Vroom, co-founder, chairman and EVP of Artists and Institutions at and founder of Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue; and Catherine Levene, co-founder and CEO of

The Grand Prize Winner of the competition will be announced on Friday, October 12th and will receive a $1,000 cash prize and the chance to create an Artspace Edition that will be promoted through all of’s member channels.

This is an exciting opportunity for up-and-coming artists to break through the noise and show their creative talents to a targeted audience of art lovers and collectors through Contenders will not only expose themselves to the collector community, but will be able to broadcast their talents through Artspace’s online channels – touching thousands of art enthusiasts all over the nation.