As the demand for art and the interest of artists quickly grew, I introduced a door called Artist of the Month. Its' immediate success led to the participation of nearly 100 different artist, many creating art for multiple doors. The inclusion of local artists created immediacy, ownership, and a sense of community with each installation.
The participating artists, (painters, writers, poets, photographers, teachers, filmmakers, sculptors, doctors, historians, hairdressers, journalists, comedians, gallerists, directors, and others) were exceptionally generous and quite brilliant in their enthusiasm for concept, execution, and ingenuity in the face of the limitation of form and remuneration. Before long we realized that a group of dedicated collectors had emerged, recognizing the substance of the work being sold for near pennies.
The concept of the ‘door’, informed only by its title, was the sole clue to the awaiting prize. For the artist, the importance of the title became paramount both in creating desirability and in many cases the whole of the concept. By beckoning the public to participate based only on a door’s title, the artist was able to directly interact with the prospective buyer.
We are very interested in Artist of the Month artists' comments, reflections, and memories. We are also looking to fill in the gaps of our archives and memories. If you recognize your work and it is mislabeled or uncredited please let us know.
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