Attention Performance Artists

Performance Art Festival+Archives announces
Call For Performance Artists and Symposium Participants

Deadline April 15 & April 22, 2003

The Performance Art Festival+Archives is mounting Confessions of the Avant-Garde, an exhibition of the photo and video archives of the Performance Art Festival from May 27 through June 21, 2003 at the Cleveland State University Art Gallery and Cleveland State University Library Special Collections in Cleveland, Ohio USA. Gallery performances will take place at 7PM on May 29, and the exhibition opening reception will take place 5-7PM on May 30. This is to celebrate and announce that the Cleveland State University Library Special Collections will be hosting the Performance Art Festival Archives and making them available to researchers, scholars, journalists and the public.

These extensive Archives, consisting of over 6000 photographs, 2000 hours of video tape, Artists Fact Sheets, biographies, news clips, and ephemera, were collected from 1988-1999 during which time the Performance Art Festival, known as the largest festival of its kind, presented over 1000 performance artists from over 24 countries at venues throughout the Cleveland area. Virtually all performances were photographed and videotaped with two camera angles, and all pertinent ephemera and materials have been retained and collected in the Archives. The exhibition includes video or images of:
Blue Man Group, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Lorena Wolffer, Julie Laffin, Annie Sprinkle, John Fleck, Reno, Ivan Rados, Seiji Shimoda, Rachel Rosenthal, Ping Chong, Goat Island, and Raphael Montanez Ortiz, among others.

Video compilation programs include Performance Art As Controversy, Task & Durational Performance Art, Women Performance Artists, and International Performance Art, among others.

Thomas Mulready, Founding Director,


Performance and Symposium Opportunities:

To accompany the exhibition Confessions of the Avant-Garde, the Performance Art Festival+Archives is also presenting a performance art series May 29 through June 8, 2003 at Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, Ohio, and a symposium on archiving performance art on May 31, 2003 at Cleveland State University.

To apply for a performance art opportunity:

Please send the following information to:  by April 15 or (extention deadline) April 22.
1) Contact Information (Full Name, Company Name, Address, Home Tel, Work Tel, Mobile Tel., Fax, E-mail); a) Artist or Group Name; b) Indicate how many performers would travel to Cleveland; c) Title of proposed piece (if any); d) Length of proposed piece.
2) Complete description of proposed work of performance art (500 words max), including most basic tech requirements;
3) Artist’s Statement or artistic philosophy and how it relates to the proposed work (250 words max);
4) Biography of artist or group, including an overview of your artistic career, education, major works, awards and current activities (250 words max);
5) All above questions should be typed out in the body of an e-mail, rather than included in attachments. Additional attachments may be attached to the e-mail, not to exceed 1MB of PC-compatible documents.
6) Video & Photos: For videos, please enclose five-minute VHS NTSC format (not European PAL). To send photographs, please send up to two black & white or color photos or digital photos in GIF or JPEG format on a CD-ROM in PC-compatible format.
7) All applications from outside the US received before April 15, 2003: no fee
8) All US applications postmarked on or before April 15, 2003: Enclose $10 fee
9) Extension: All US applications postmarked on or before April 22, 2003: Enclose $30 fee
10) Send videotapes, photos, and fee to: 1365 Webb Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44107 USA. Please include adequate international postage for return of materials. Make check or money order payable to Performance Art Festival.
Featured performers will be offered a small stipend and accommodations at the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland. Remaining performers will be offered an honorarium and the opportunity to present 30 minutes of lo-tech work in the Performance Open, an unjuried, uncensored and uninhibited forum.


To apply for a symposium participation opportunity:

As a complement to the exhibition, the Performance Art Festival+Archives will host a symposium project entitled Archiving the Avant-Garde, on May 31, 2003 at Cleveland State University focusing on the archiving of performance art. Symposium participants will join other participants from this collaborative project that includes representatives from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Walker Art Center, Franklin Furnace, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and See Featured symposium guest is Dr. Barry Smith of The Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, England. To apply for symposium participation, please send a complete description of materials you’d like to discuss related to archiving performance art to:  by April 15, 2003.


Confessions of the Avant-Garde and Archiving the Avant-Garde are made possible by the Ohio Arts Council, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland State University Art Gallery, Cleveland State University Library Special Collections, The Nottingham Trent University, The Wexner Center for the Arts, and Cool Cleveland.

The Ritz-Carlton Cleveland is the official hotel of the Performance Art Festival+Archives.