Sunday, September 25, 2011

Call for artists: Hammond, IN Deadline Oct. 1, 2011: Day of the Dead Altar

Arte Muerte

“Arte Muerte” is CISA Gallery’s annual Day of the Dead altar exhibition. The exhibit will run from October 14, 2011 through November 4, 2011 with a festive reception on Wednesday, November 2, 2011, Starting at 6 p.m. We are currently seeking artists, entertainment, and sponsors.


  • October 1st: Deadline for submissions 
  • October 8th: Artist / Altar assignments / Installations 
  • October 14th: Exhibit opens 
  • November 2nd: "Arte Muerte" Reception! (Traditional Food, Refreshments, Music, Art and Dance) 
  • November 4th: Exhibit Ends 

We are looking for artists to install traditional altars as well as contemporary visions of honoring our deceased ones. Our deadline for submissions is Saturday, October 1st, 2011.

We are looking for entertainment to provide a festive atmosphere during the November 2nd reception. We are open to ideas and welcome contemporary approaches in honoring this day. 

We recognize the economy has limited the dollar amount many can use to sponsor. Our objective is to include as many as we can in the art of making a successful reception. Sponsorship is available in many ways. In the past sponsors have: contributed to our huge banquet that’s free to the public, sponsored individual artists with monetary contributions, and larger businesses have purchased wall space for their business logo. If you are interested, please contact CISA Studio with the contact information provided in the press release.

About the Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos):

The celebration occurs on November 2 in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Soul’s Day (November 2). Although the date was set by Pope Urban II in 1095, the celebration dates back to pre-hispanic Mexico. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. Due to occurring shortly after Halloween, the Day of the Dead is sometimes thought to be a similar holiday, although the two actually have little in common. The Day of the Dead is a time of celebration, where partying is common.

CISA Gallery 
938 Hoffman St., Hammond, IN 46327 

Phone: +1 219.314.4312 

About CISA Gallery:
CISA Gallery opened its door in February 2007. CISA Gallery is an extension of CISA Studio, a Creative Art Services company. CISA Gallery objectives include:

  • Providing a platform for emerging & established artists to showcase their work 
  • Expanding the local network of artists 
  • Showcasing new perspectives and ideas in art 
  • Playing an integral role in establishing a vibrant art community in the Tri-City area.