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22nd Jan 2010

Artist Withdraws from 2010 Shorty Awards

I am withdrawing my self as @judyrey for the nomination for the Shorty Award for art in 2010.

After a week of consideration and prayer it is too doubtful that given my current PC problems that I will be able to pull of the publicity stunt I intend to do if and when I win the awards. This stunt will promote Twitter’s art community, Twitter and the Shorty Awards. Pulling off this stunt means more to me than actually winning the award.

This blog and announcement was written because today is Follow Friday on Twitter. In the previous blog I announced that i would give Follow Friday mentions to everyone who had nominated me. Last week, I obnly gave a few as I was realizing that I maight need to withdraw. This week before I hold up my end with Follow Friday mentions for the remaining Twitter members who nominated me, I needed to announce my withdrawal to discourage futher nominations due to my Tweets.

What was to be this post was almost entirely written and I was planning to post it within a few days of the last one. I was all set to run and promote myself. Then the hardware problems began. [Note to self: upgrading can be a painful experience!]

Last year when I actively for a Shorty Award my goal was to make #art a recognized and featured category. There were categories for music and design but no art.

I achieved that goal gaining enough nominations for myself and others (I gave a full e book of the Art of Seeing The Divine, What Do You See? to any Twitter member who nominated anyone for #art). This year #art is a full fledged Shorty Award category.

One of my goals is to make fine art as relevant as music is for many more people. Social Media, especially Twitter can provide a way for artists and the people who support fine art to reach people that are not reached by the traditional media that covers art.

For me, a big part of wanting to win the nomination and the award is based on a very legal and fun stunt that I want to pull off if and when I win that award to celebrate and promote the community of artists, art museums, art writers, bloggers and critics, curators, educator, galleries and art media on Twitter. My innocent stunt is geared to gain ongoing publicity for Twitter’s art community members individually, plus Twitter and the Shorty Awards.

There are compelling reasons that have me nominated for the Shorty Awards, even beyond having promoted #art so that it is now a category. As an artist I staged the first ever Performance Art event on Twitter, plus have created and encouraged the community in others. I have and continue too update one of the most complete art lists as a service to the Twitter community http://twitter.com/judyrey/art Finally, according to wefollow.com plus what I can find, artist (my Art of Seeing the Divine books are based on the effects my art has on our brains and emotional well being).on Twitter who is not recognized for other careers, such as music. But the most compelling reason to nominate me for anything regarding art is that I am the only artist on Twitter (plus most anywhere else) who is actually founding a new theory of art (free download of “The Manifesto of Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art theory—a Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Strokes: http://ungravenimage.com/images/ManifestoofPosConceptualUnGravenImageArt.pdf .

Yet, during the past weeks as it became obvious that this year there could be a glitch in pulling off my publicity stunt to celebrate Twitter’s art community within the time constraints between winning the nomination, then the award and the Shorty Award ceremony. Winning in 2010 became less attractive. For me the Shorty Awards offer an opportunity to help promote art – not just my art.

If you are on Twitter and follow me you may have noticed that I have not been tweeting as much recently. Wednesday of this week, I only Tweeted once —a first for me in the year and a quarter that I have been active on Twitter! I managed to get online via a laptop I only use to write and tweeted that I was experiencing PC problems and would be back soon.

Generally I tweet from a computer in my studio that I use for graphic and videos also. It is near my easel so when I am painting, taking a break, stepping back to look at my visual work and tweeting is a activity that occurs many times each day.

As I write this it is not clear what all of the course of action to fix and further upgrade parts of this studio computer will be over the next couple of weeks. What is apparent is that a chunk of my time will be spent dealing with the problem and that there will be times the PC will be “down”. This will seriously impact my ability to achieve the publicity stunt I have planned for the Shorty Awards based on time. Plus, I need more computer power than I have with my laptop to pull of what I need for my stunt. Even a magic wand with unlimited cash to hire the best people and buy whatever would not convince me that I have the time to pull this all off in 2010, along with my commitments.

Shortly after posting Part 1 on the Shorty Awards [See: http://ungravenimage.com/blog/2010/01/2010-shorty-award-adds-art-category/] I almost completely quit personally campaigning when I began to experience problems. This was due to the computer problems that I was and am fixing. I will keep my pledge from the previous post to re-tweet and give Follow Friday mentions to all the people who nominated me before this post and after that one.

I want to thank everyone who nominated me this year. I really appreciate it.

Will I throw my hat in the ring for the Shorty Awards in 2012 or for other social media awards involving art? Most likely, as I continue to support art on social media and look forward to pulling off my stunt. I intend to be in a far better position to pull off my stunt and gain publicity for us by next year.

Due to my doubts re the equipment and the time and effort to upgrade I also had not contacted my Facebook group, fans, personal mailing lists or campaigned the way I planned  until recently. It usually works out in my life that when one door closes a double door opens somewhere. I suspect next year, 2011 I will probably be able to do a much better job for the art community , Twitter, the Shorty Awards and myself than I initially imagined this year. Ironically I can already see how one of the upgrades in the works will allow for that.

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  2. artbyskym Says:

    You’ve got my vote anytime you want to be nominated. Thank you so much for your #art campaign, it’s a wonderful addition to Twitter. Good luck with the computer woes, I’ve been there myself a time or two, very frustrating. It all works out in the end though.
    God Bless

  3. computer repair Says:

    I am always looking into things about topics that I don’t know of. It is tough to search things that you do not know about, because what do you look for? 😉 Your blog is right up my alley on something new to me. Awsome read! Thanks.

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