Call for artists: Applications now being accepted in Upstate Book Project

September 30, 2011 at 11:26 am

The Upstate Book Project is now accepting applications from local artists to be published in a book with a storyline and illustrations that will be developed by the artists during the next few months as part of the creative process. This call-for-artists is open to artists 18 and older, both professional and amateur, who live in Spartanburg County or counties adjacent to its borders. Applications to the project will be accepted Sept. 15-30, 2011. The application package must include a 200-word explanation of your interest in the project, a CD with three samples of visual work, a self-addressed stamped envelope, your contact information (including telephone number and email address), the completed application form, and a $20 application fee. For complete details and the application form, please go online to

Twenty-nine (29) artists will be selected to participate by project originator and Spartanburg-based artist Bailie, owner of Bailie Studios; co-coordinator and potter Jim Cullen; and Executive Director of the Hub City Writers Project Betsy Teter. Each artist will produce an 18-inch by 24-inch vertical image and 100 words of advancing storyline. The plotting and direction of the storyline, as well as the style and content of the images, are open to the artists’ creative interpretation. Bailie will provide the book’s first image and the first 100 words of storyline. Each successive artist will be given the storyline thus far established, however, they will not be given access to the other artists’ visual work. The artists are encouraged to be creative and daring in their advancement of the storyline, as well as in their visual creations.

Selected artists will be given two days (48 hours) to provide the 100 words of storyline; they will be given four weeks to complete their visual work. After the book is published and promoted, the artwork will be returned to the artists. The selected artists will be announced on Oct. 8. The final deadline for finished artwork will be Jan. 25. The book, which is purposely untitled, is scheduled to be released on Friday, March 23, 2012, 7-9 p.m. at a public reception at The Showroom at Hub-Bub in Spartanburg. The artists will be at the reception and available to sign purchased books. The original artwork as well the accompanying text will be on exhibit at The Showroom, Monday, March 19, through Saturday, March 24.

Throughout the writing and publishing process, website will be kept update with new postings and information as they come available.

This is a non-profit project, and money earned from book sales are expected to cover expenses. It is anticipated the book will have about 70 pages and will be printed in a magazine style format. It will sell for $20-$25 each through the official website, the reception, and at Hub City Bookshop. A limited number of books will be available for sale at the reception.

“This project is all about giving up comfort and security,” Bailie said. “It’s out of control and awesome.” For the past 10 months, Bailie and Cullen have met regularly to get The Upstate Book Project off the ground. “Most of those meetings were at lunch at the Nu Way here in Spartanburg,” Bailie said.

“Just before Christmas I lost both my parents within a few weeks of each other, and I decided then I needed something really big to direct my attention,” he said. Bailie is a professional artist who has completed dozens of commissioned works, such as murals, and in addition, he teaches private art lessons, as well as art classes at the Chapman Cultural Center. “I just love collaboration, and this was a project that had been rolling around in the back of my head for a long time. It was finally time to make it happen. I love the idea that the story could go in any wild direction depending on the artist. I have no idea how the story will go or how it will end. I have no idea what the art will look like, but I believe each piece will be unique. All I can do is start the process with the first 100 words and the first image and let the other artists take it wherever they want.”
How The Upstate Book Project begins (the first 100 words)…

By Bailie

There once was a girl Named Greycie. She lived in the old two-story house at Johnson Beach. Her room was in the attic at the top of the stairs. She lived in a world without color. She would look in the mirror and everything was in color but when she looked away everything was black and white. She turned to her dog Beanbag and asked, “Why is color only in the reflection? I must find a way to bring color from the mirror into the rest of my world. Now, where does one find color?”