EBSQ just got bigger

Big Carrot Back at My Place by Fabio J Napoleoni
Big Carrot Back at My Place by Fabio J Napoleoni

Well, sort of! We recently got feedback from a member stating that she was less than happy with how small her images were here compared to elsewhere. So, we took a critical look at our display sizes, as well as the thumbnail display sizes of other art and photography venues online. And she was right. Our images, in comparison, were downright tiny at 100 x 100 pixels. So, we’ve embiggened our thumbnails to a whopping 166 x 166 which we think GREATLY enhances the viewing experience on our site because in the end, it’s all about your art.

Want to see our new size in context?

What do you think of the change?

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EBSQ Announces Revamped Featured Artist Program

Art: Yarni Girl by Artist Lori Rase Hall
Yarni Girl by Lori Rase Hall

EBSQ has been doing artist interviews for almost as long as we’ve been online (for those keeping track, that’s almost 9 years!). The one question we’ve been asked time and again is, “I want to be featured; how do I do that?” In the past, it’s always been an editorial decision. But lately, we’ve been wondering, “People actually want to apply; why not let them?” So long as you’re a paid member in good standing, you’re eligible. (not yet a paid artist member of EBSQ?  Join now!)

And so we’re excited to introduce our revamped Featured Artist interview program. Here’s how the application process will work:

Send us a photo of yourself along with 5 jpegs that best represent your art right now as well as answer up to 5 of the following questions:

 

  • How long have you been creating?
  • What’s your media of choice?
  • What, besides your art, brings you creative fulfillment?
  • What are your motivations for creating?
  • What other artists or movements inform your work?
  • How do you know when a piece you’re working on is done?
  • What do you find stimulating right now? How does this influence your creative process?
  • What brought you to EBSQ?
  • What are some of your artistic goals for the future?
  • What would you like your fellow EBSQ artists and our collectors to know about you and/or your work?

Send your jpegs and text via email to featured@ebsqart.com

If it looks like your email will be larger than 6MB, please send additional emails with attachments as needed. The ultimate display size for your work will be 450 x 450 pixels, so if you want to pre-format your images to those size restrictions, we’d greatly appreciate it!

We’ll be featuring one artist per week. Your profile will be displayed prominently on the front page of EBSQ, and your interview will appear both as part of your portfolio and in the EBSQ blog.

Due to the volume of email anticipated, we won’t be able to reply to everyone’s emails, although we’ll certainly drop you a line if you’re selected!

Our next EBSQ Featured Artist spot goes live on Monday, 10 August 2009, so get those applications in today!

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Good news and bad news

First the good news: EBSQ is up and stable. We haven’t seen any of the errors that necessitated our emergency maintenance last night. Yay!

The bad news is that email to and from EBSQ still isn’t functioning properly. Some functions, like lost passwords, registration confirmations when you sign up to use the site, and Art of the Day are all working as expected.  But our personal email accounts, including our primary site contact address and tech support address, aren’t able to get messages in or out right now.  Nor is the EBSQ forums sending subscription/pm notifications directly to your mailboxes.

That said, we’re working on it! And if you want/need to get in touch before we iron out all of the kinks in the mail server, please feel free to give us a jingle at twitter!

Thanks for your neverending patience during this amazingly weird and stressful week. You guys rock!

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Back online and happy to see you!

HI, HELLO, HOLA, SHALOM by Fabio J Napoleoni
HI, HELLO, HOLA, SHALOM by Fabio J Napoleoni

Our data center suffered a total network outage from approximately 7am – 1:50pm EST today. Needless to say, this is not how we wanted to start our week! We are now back online. Thanks for your patience today, as well as your entertaining tweets! And for those of you wondering, today’s additional drama involved my almost 5 year old daughter hacking off huge hunks of her hair right before school.

You can follow today’s downtime updates at Twitter.

Again, thanks for sticking with us. We greatly appreciate each and every one of you for being here!

-Amie Gillingham on behalf of Team EBSQ

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2009 EBSQ Exhibition Schedule Announced

Here’s the post you’ve all be waiting for. And yes, Joe, thanks to your lobbying campaign, Zombie Chickens is on the schedule.

EBSQ’s 2009 Exhibit Schedule

(Synopses and hyperlinks to each show coming in January 2009)

January:

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Self-Portrait Show
  • One-Word Concept: Economy
  • Flower of the Month: State Flowers

February:

  • The Figure in 3-D
  • Encircled: Necklaces, Bracelets, and Rings
  • One-Word Concept: Hidden
  • Flower of the Month: Snow Drops

March:

  • Steampunk
  • Squid (& Other Deep Sea Monsters)
  • One-Word Concept: Motion
  • Flower of the Month: Cyclamen

April:

  • Robots
  • The EBSQ Junk Mail Show
  • One-Word Concept: Balance
  • Flower of the Month: Muscari

May: 

  • Reinterpreting Children’s Art
  • Bridges
  • One-Word Concept: Scintilating
  • Flower of the Month: Fennel

June:

  • Macro Bug Photography
  • Tattoos: Designs for and Depictions of
  • One-Word Concept: Malice
  • Flower of the Month: Foxglove

July:

  • 9th Annual Ripped Off
  • Parades
  • One-Word Concept: Liberty
  • Flower of the Month: Nasturtium

August:

  • 8th Annual Pet Portrait Swap
  • In the Bag: Artist-Made Purses & Bags
  • One-Word Concept: Wanderlust
  • Flower of the Month: Weeds

September:

  • Rodents
  • Design the next EBSQ T-shirt!
  • One-Word Concept: Deconstructed
  • Flower of the Month: Butterfly Bush

October:

  • Think Pink: A Fundraiser to Benefit Susan G Komen
  • Zombie Chickens
  • One-Word Concept: Decay
  • Flower of the Month: Squash & Gourds (both flowers & fruit eligible)

November:

  • 9th Annual Portrait Swap
  • Two-Tones Only
  • One-Word Concept: Bored
  • Flower of the Month: Bark

December:

  • Annual Better Late Than Never Show
  • The Art of the Art Journal
  • One-Word Concept: Ancient
  • Flower of the Month: Eucalyptus

You’ll find this schedule in the sidebar at the top of the main EBSQ Shows page. Go forth and art!