By way of capping off what was supposed to be the summer of James Turrell and Paul McCarthy, but has turned out to simply be the summer of cat art, we bring you this: The Feline Arts Council. Masterminded by litter-makers Fresh Step, it will bestow a $5,000 grant upon one cat-loving creative for them to use on an upcoming project. Works in any category — from “apparel, an accessory, jewelry, or Décor/Artwork,” per the contest rules — will be judged by a panel that includes an executive producer at the Sundance Channel, an ASPCA cat expert, and feline style blogger Luna the Fashion Kitty.
The deadline for submissions is October 8, but before you rush off to knit an Olekian cat sweater take note, the following types of submissions will not be considered: Food, films, animal clothes, “Technology,” literature, and music. So your cat haikus, cat hymns, and cat… hibachis (?), are (un)fortunately not eligible. However, entrants may submit up to three works.
Submissions will be evaluated by a five-judge panel that includes Luna, the Sundance Channel’s Katherine Dore, blogger Erica Domesek, Smita Petri from Fresh Step, and the ASPCA’s Eileen Hanavan. They will be selecting a winning project based on the following metrics: “Creativity/Originality (25%); Visual Appeal of Creation (25%); Quality of Creation (20%); Fits the Cat Inspired Theme (20%); and Ability to mass produce the Creation (10%).” In the event of a tie, the submissions’ respective scores in the “Visual Appeal of Creation” category will serve as a tie-breaker.
— Benjamin Sutton
(Image: Detail from Eldar Zakirov, “The Hermitage Court Outrunner Cat,” 2013. Via.)