Creating Café Art

This artist paid tribute to her deceased father by employing his paint brushes.

This artist paid tribute to her deceased father by employing his paint brushes.

Hello Artists! 

Thank you for your interest in displaying your artwork in the Center Camp Café! We are proud to play host to some of Black Rock City’s most talented artists! Center Camp Café is one of the most visited locations on playa and a great place for YOU to display your art for many many Burners to interact with and enjoy throughout the event. 

The Café will be accepting project proposals from May 1 to July 11. After the July deadline, the Art team will curate, select and decide placement for the chosen projects. If you are accepted, we may be requesting additional information. Everyone will be notified by July 18. We respectfully request holding all questions until that time. 

APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A TICKET TO THE EVENT TO BE CONSIDERED BY CAFE. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Starting the Process

1. Please read ALL the guidelines CAREFULLY. Only submissions adhering to the guidelines will be accepted. Submissions that fall outside the guidelines, or submissions that are incomplete cannot be considered

2. Follow the following format for submitting visual material:

  • Attach as many photos or sketches and/or digital renderings of your proposal as needed in an email addressed to café-art@burningman.org 
  • In the subject line, specify the type of art you are submitting — kiosk, 3D or mural — and your legal name. 
  • All visual material must be submitted in JPEG format. No limit to the number of photos.

3. Complete the questionnaire at the bottom of this Café Art section. 

Center Camp Café Art Guidelines 

General Information

General Information

  • Artists whose work is accepted to the 2019 Center Camp Café galleries will be notified via email by July 18. All necessary information for arrival, checking in and installation will be sent at that time. Sadly, not all proposals that we receive can be accepted; however, every entry will receive a response email from a team member. Please know that Café Art team takes great care in curating what we display at the Café each and every year. 
  • No artwork may be attached or hung from any of the Café structures including beams, posts, cables, lighting or wiring using any sort of invasive or restrictive fasteners. 
  • MOOP-free Art: The Café takes great pride in being green on the MOOP Map and creating a leave-no-trace community space. We ask that all artists take the time to consider how their art may create MOOP and address these concerns prior to submitting a proposal. It is every artist’ personal responsibility to ensure that their art can stand up to the environment and interaction with the participants who come to the Café 24/7 throughout the event. 
  • Size Matters! Work that requires more space or power than the Café can offer can not be accepted. See below for more specific information on size and power. 
  • Interactive Elements: If your proposal involves consumable supplies for participants to use, you must include an action plan for replenishing these materials (materials can “disappear”) as well as for keeping those same materials from being used on other nearby art. Please bear this in mind when proposing your project.
  • Damage and Theft: This can happen and we must be real about it. If this concerns you, please consider installing a copy/print of your original.
  • Theme: Your project doesn’t have to align with this year’s theme, “Metamorphoses” but it’s swell if it does.
  • Checking In: All artists MUST check in with the Café Art team prior to installing their art; the team is there to support and guide you upon arrival. NO artwork may be installed in the Café without checking in with the Art team. 
  • NOTE: The entire Café is a busy construction/work zone the week leading up to the start of the event. We therefore require that your project be designed, constructed, and prepared for installation prior to your arrival at the Café. Please finalize your project at home or in your camp before transporting it over to the Café.

Kiosk — 2D Café Art Gallery

We reserve the majority of kiosk spaces pre-event, with a small percentage dedicated to hosting walk-in artists. Our Kiosk Art Gallery is a community-authored space, curated by the Art team. 

  • Dimensions: Kiosk Gallery spaces measure 48” x 48” and are made of 1⁄2” painted plywood. Kiosks are intended for 2D hung works. 
  • Hardware: Acceptable methods of securing artwork to kiosks
    • Staple gun and staples 
    • 1⁄2” to 3⁄4” drywall screws and cordless drill w/ phillips head bit 
    • Mirror clips (off-set clips/brackets 1⁄4” or 1⁄2” depth) with 1⁄2” to 3⁄4” length screws for installing into the kiosk & cordless drill w/ phillips head bit 
    • Tape, glue and thumb tacks are not acceptable fasteners
  • Securing your piece: While we do not expect art to be stolen from Center Camp Café, we cannot guarantee the safety of your artwork. Remember, the Cafe is not a 100% supervised space! If you are concerned about the safety and/or condition of your piece, please consider adding additional hardware as a deterrent. Hardware can also help keep artwork in place in the event of strong winds. 
  • Lighting: We supply ONE directional flood light (15-20W fluorescent) for each kiosk, which is only lit at night. With permission, artists are welcome to bring their own bulb if they want some special effect. Please note special lighting needs in the questionnaire. Kiosks will not have power for anything except lights. 

Kiosk Artist Check-in Hours: 

  • Saturday, August 24: 10am – 6pm 
  • Sunday, August 25: 10am – 6pm 
  • Monday, August 26: 10am – 6pm 
  • Tuesday, August 27: 10am – 3pm 

Any artists with a reserved kiosk space that has not checked in by TUESDAY at 1pm will be considered “no-shows” and will not be guaranteed a kiosk. NO exceptions.You can install as late as 3pm on Tuesday but we request that you check in with the Art team by 1pm on Tuesday to let us know. We always have a waiting list of artists for the kiosks. If you think you may not arrive at Center Camp Café before Tuesday afternoon, you must let us know for us to continue to reserve your space. 

Kiosk Artist De-Installation Hours: 

  • Sunday, September 1: 11am – 6pm 
  • Monday, September 2: 10am – 1pm 

De-Installation

You are responsible for removing all art, hardware (including all the staples!!) and signage from your kiosk. Please consider the tools you will need to properly de-install your piece and to remove all the fasteners. Excessively MOOPy Kiosk spaces and surrounding areas could prevent you from being considered for a future art installation in the Café. 

De-installation must be completed by 3pm on Monday, September 2. The Café begins our break down promptly at that time. Please don’t abandon your art! Early art removal is fine, just let us know! 

Sculptural/Interactive or Free-standing — 3D Café Art Installation

Free-standing pieces must fit within the Cafe’s installation specifications to be considered for display. Nothing may be attached or hung from the Café structural elements.

  • Size: Free-standing artwork must not exceed 10’ in height with a footprint no larger than 6’ x 6’. If submitting smaller work, please consider display methods, i.e. pedestal or stand.
  • Placement Restrictions: Installations with sound elements will be placed away from the two Café stages and the Art team will consider overall volume on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Hardware and Tools: Artists supply all hardware, tools, ladder/step stool and volunteers for installation of their artwork. Exceptions may apply if your piece requires heavy equipment (e.g. forklift). We cannot guarantee the availability of larger tools/equipment, but we will do our best to assist you. 
  • Power: Pieces requiring power are allocated a single point to plug in. If you require more than one outlet, you must supply your own power strip and extension cord. Two amps (=250 watts) are allocated to each art piece. We cannot guarantee will be able to accommodate needs exceeding 2 amps. 
  • Securing Art: All pieces must be stable and staked into the ground with appropriate hardware. (e.g. rebar or cement stakes attached to an eye bolt or bracket or T-stakes to prevent tripping). Artists are responsible for providing all materials and tools. Additionally, while we do not expect art to be stolen from Center Camp Café, we cannot guarantee the safety of your artwork. It cannot be supervised. If you are concerned about the safety of your piece, please consider adding securing hardware as a deterrent from theft. Additional securing hardware will also help keep your art in place in the event of strong winds. 
  • Participant Safety: Make sure your free-standing structure is not a tripping hazard once installed. If your free-standing artwork is “climbable,” and you do not want it to be climbed upon, you must affix clear and visible signage on or near your piece stating, “Please Do Not Climb.” Keep in mind that there is no guarantee people will respect your wishes. Burners like to climb stuff. 
  • De-Installation: You are responsible for removing all art and hardware from your installation space. Please consider the tools you will need to properly de-install your piece and remove all securing methods and/or fasteners. 

3D Sculptural/Interactive Artist Check-in Hours 

  • Wednesday, August 21: 10am – 6pm 
  • Thursday, August 22: 10am – 6pm 
  • Friday, August 23: 10am – 6pm 
  • Saturday, August 24: 10am – 6pm 

3D Sculptural/Interactive Artist De-Installation Hours

  • Sunday, September 1: 11am – 6pm 
  • Monday, September 2: 10am – 1pm 

The Café begins our break down promptly on Monday, September 2 at 3pm. Any art left at that time is MOOP. Please don’t abandon your art. Please make prior arrangements if you need to remove your art earlier. 

Mural — Café Fence Wall Art Gallery

Mural panels exist on the long wall surrounding the Center Camp Café on the 6 o’clock side. Each panel measures 8’ x 8’ and is primed a light color. We reserve the majority of mural panels pre-event, with a small percentage to host walk-in artists. 

The Café has some paint and brushes for use on murals, (we do not have ANY spray paint) but that selection is limited and is also used for many other Café projects. We encourage muralists to bring your own supplies, especially if you need specific colors. ALL LIQUID PAINTS MUST BE WATER-BASED. We also recommend you bring whatever brushes/tools you may need, as well as fabric drop-cloths. 

Please note that all mural paintings must be flush with the panel. If your concept involves elements to be installed on the wood panels, please include that in your response to the questionnaire. If we deem your proposal unsuitable for the Fence Wall, we may be able to accommodate it in a different area of the Café. 

Mural Artist Check-in Hours

  • Tuesday, August 20: 10am – 6pm 
  • Wednesday, August 21: 10am – 6pm 
  • Thursday, August 22: 10am – 6pm 
  • Friday, August 23: 10am – 6pm 

If you are ready to take the next step, please fill out the questionnaire.