CoCA and the World Map Competition

We love maps and we love art. So we decided to combine the two and launch a World Map Design Competition together with the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle (CoCA). The challenge: re-imagine the map of the world.

We spoke with Joseph Roberts, board member and exhibit curator at CoCA, to get his thoughts on the challenge and the project.

1-World:
Joseph, thank you for stopping by. How did you originally get involved with 1-World Globes & Maps and what are you hoping to accomplish with a partnership like this?

Joseph Roberts:
The “Re-envision The Map of The World” project is the brainchild of John DeGiacomo, 1-World’s Marketing Coordinator. Because of my deep involvement with CoCA, John reached out to me to discuss whether it might make sense for CoCA to collaborate on this project. I was immediately convinced. I’m fascinated to see how different artists will respond to the same words. What is a “map”? What is the “world”? What is a “map of the world”? What does it mean to re-envision that?

CoCA is a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development, and understanding of contemporary art. I’m always looking for projects that advance that mission. So, if a project promises to introduce CoCA’s work and that of its artists to new audiences, I’m interested. What do we hope to accomplish? Synergy.

1-World:
Has there been much interest in the competition? I saw that you put out a call for artists. Can you tell us anything about people’s reactions to the project?

Joseph Roberts:
Yes! There has been interest both locally and from many parts of the world. While I can’t share too much about responses before we announce the winners, I can tell you this: the array of artistic responses leaves me feeling like my world is spinning.

1-World:
That’s pretty exciting. What’s going to happen next? Will people have a chance to see the art that was submitted?

Joseph Roberts:
After the submission period ends on March 15th, I will begin the jury process by reviewing all submissions together with artist statements and bios. The winners will be announced and images of their artworks will be shared on April 15th on both CoCA and 1-World social media.

We probably won’t have a physical exhibit because that would require exhibition space and getting the original artworks to and from CoCA’s Seattle gallery. Unfortunately, we don’t have a budget to help make that happen this year. So, perhaps a digital exhibit will occur with a larger selection of submissions. We will announce all this in the next month so stay tuned.

1-World:
What about the winners? Will there be any prizes?

Joseph Roberts:
Yes. Thanks to 1-World’s generous support, there will be prizes for the top three artworks. (Readers can get details here.) Reproductions of the First Prize winner’s work will be available for sale globally via 1-World’s online store. The artist will receive 20% of all revenue from sales of their map. Winning artists retain ownership of their original artworks and will be acknowledged on CoCA’s and 1-World’s social media. There are other perks, too, including cash prizes and fine art prints.

1-World:
It all sounds like a lot of fun. We can’t wait to see the work and the new views of the world.
Joseph Roberts from the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle. Joseph, thank you very much for speaking with us today.

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