Fast Lane Art – 2020 Teacher Information

Fast Lane Art 2020 is ready for your school!

Berks Arts is excited to announce that Fast Lane Art will be a part of the BCIU Secondary Art Show again this year. The show will be held at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. from February 22 – March 8th. Art works will be selected by juror, Deb Schlouch for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. The Berks Arts Fast Lane Art Committee will select various pieces for the Committee Choice Awards and our event sponsors will select their favorite pieces. Joining the BCIU Secondary Art Show provides students from all of the schools, to participate in Fast Lane Art. All art mediums are included in the Fast Lane program.

Selected pieces will be showcased as “Public Art” on street banners throughout the City of Reading and West Reading. In addition they will be included in a special art exhibit held at the Berks County Community Foundation from April 27-May 22, 2020.

Artwork will also be used to create a City of Reading Art Walk in downtown in April 2020. Art will be displayed in business windows through the use of window clings. (The installation has been postponed till Sept. 2020 due to COVID-19)

Meet Fast Lane Art 2020 juror, Deb Schlouch

Check out her personal bio.

Fast Lane Art FAQ’s

What is Fast lane Art?

Fast Lane Art is a juried contest and exhibition that displays the work of high school artists throughout Greater Reading on street side banners. Selected art pieces from the BCIU Secondary Art Show held at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 2/22-3/8/2020, will be displayed on street side banners on Penn Ave, West Reading and various bridges throughout the City of Reading in the spring of 2020. Additionally selected pieces will be used in store front windows.

What is the submission deadline?

The submission deadline is the same as the BCIU Secondary Art Show set up on, February 19, 2020.

Is there a fee for my students to enter?

No. Fast Lane Art submissions are the same as the BCIU submissions, meaning the artwork entered in the BCIU show will be considered and juried for the Fast Lane Art selection.

How is artwork submitted?

All artwork entered in the BCIU Secondary Art Exhibition will be considered and juried for the Fast Lane Art Program. There is no separate category for Fast Lane Art.

  • No digital entries or separate Fast Lane Art entries are required.
  • Please follow all BCIU Guidelines when submitting work. No reference to the use of drugs, alcohol or smoking materials is allowed. No weapon, violence or sexual content is allowed.
  • All artwork submitted must be original.
  • Plagiarized work will be EXCLUDED from judging. This applies most specifically to depictions of known cartoon characters and “fan art”.
  • The suggested dimensions to best fit a banner are of a vertical orientation at 11” x 17”. This is only a suggestion and not a requirement for consideration of the Fast Lane Art awards.
  • All art mediums will be included in the review process.
  • Do not label items for Fast Lane

How are the winning submissions selected?

Juror, Deb Schlouch will select the first, second, and third place pieces. The Fast Lane Art Committee of Berks Arts will choose the pieces for the Committee Choice Awards. Program Sponsors will also select pieces for the Sponsor Awards. Potentially one piece from each school entered in the show will be chosen.

Do students receive any other prizes?

In addition to the cash awards listed below, a banner with their artwork will be given to each winning entry including the Committee Choice recipients.

  • Alma Wood Memorial Awards:
  • 1st Place – $350 cash prize
  • 2nd Place – $200 cash prize
  • 3rd Place – $100 cash prize

How and when do we find out the winners?

  • Pieces selected for the Fast Lane Art Exhibit will be announced during the BCIU awards ceremony scheduled on Sunday, March 1st from 1 -3 pm).
  • Artwork selected for the Fast Lane Art Program will be professionally photographed for the Fast Lane Art banners. Photographing of the artwork will take place Tuesday, March 10th at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. Selected entries will be held at the Berks Arts upon the closing of the BCIU Exhibition for photographing.
  • The Fast Lane Art 2020 Unveiling Event, a big party where the winning submissions are announced by unveiling the full-size banners, is in the process of being finalized. Details will be announced on our website, social media, and notification will be sent to the schools.
  • All selected artwork will be held in custody of the Berks Arts until the conclusion of the Fast Lane Art exhibition. Students should expect to have their works returned by the first week of June.

The Fine Print

  • All reasonable care and security measures will be taken in handling and displaying artwork submitted.
  • At the Unveiling Event, artists may choose to sell their artwork. Proceeds will be distributed 50/50 between the artist and Berks Arts. If you need assistance with pricing, please let Berks Arts know.
  • All entrants grant permission to Berks Arts to publish and/or broadcast the names and photographs of the finalists and the winning entries through print and electronic media in relation to publicizing Berks Arts and Fast Lane Art.

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