Tarot Deck

Skowhegan Alliance Alumni Publication 2016

Deadline: Monday, October 12

OPEN CALL

It is a game of pictures: a mysterious template that seeks to offer guidance through the murky, devastating, ecstasy that is human existence. Start at zero, gather all of your tools and begin stumbling, unraveling and ascending your way through it. Who needs a map?

There are hundreds if not thousands of themed Tarot decks. Forget Rider-Waite, forget the cat decks and the cyber goth decks. We are making our own!

This iteration of the Skowhegan Alliance alumni publication is taking on a new, more mystical format: a tarot deck. The deck’s theme will be loosely based on a quote regarding the first Chaos Magician Austin Spare, “diagrams of ideas which I have quite failed to unravel.” 

Alumni and faculty are asked to submit artwork for the major arcana of the limited edition deck. Each 4.75"x2.75" card will feature the name of the card and the name of the artist so each one can function as an individual work of art.  

To forge a degree of visual consistency, four artists are designing each of the suits of the minor arcana: 
Elijah Burgher (A '11) is designing cups, 
Melissa Brown (A '02) is designing wands, 
Alison Saar (F '93) is designing swords,
and
John Walter (A '12) is designing pentacles. 
Christopher Carroll (A '08) is designing the card back.

To compensate for production costs, decks will be made available for sale at our launch event and online. Artists whose work is selected will be given a deck as a small thanks for making this project possible. 

 

Guidelines

  • We encourage works in all media (painting, drawing, text, photo, etc.) that relate to the card you select—visually, emotionally, spiritually, diagrammatically or otherwise.
     
  • If more than one submission is received for a card, the organizers will pick the one that best fits within the deck.
     
  • We can only accept four submissions for each card, so please submit early if you have a specific one in mind.
     
  • Check the chart to the right to see how many spaces are left for your desired card and for more information about each one.
     
  • Your work may be cropped during the design or printing process. We will contact you if your artwork has an issue. 

Image specifications:

 

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 12.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Paige at plaino@skowheganart.org at least 4 days before the deadline.

 

Submission form

 
 

Card Information & Availability

The Fool 3 spots left

The Fool
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The Magician 3 spots left

The Magician
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The Priestess 3 spots left

The Priestess
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The Empress 4 spots left

The Empress
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The Emperor 3 spots left

The Emperor
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The Pope 4 spots left

The Pope
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The Lovers 3 spots left

The Lovers
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The Chariot 3 spots left

The Chariot
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Strength 3 spots left

Strength
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The Hermit 2 spots left

The Hermit
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The Wheel 2 spots left

The Wheel
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Justice 4 spots left

Justice
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Hanged Man 4 spots left

Hanged Man
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Death 2 spots left

Death
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Temperance 4 spots left

Temperance
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The Devil 3 spots left

The Devil
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The Tower 2 spots left

The Tower
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The Star 3 spots left

The Star
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The Moon 3 spots left

The Moon
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The Sun 4 spots left

The Sun
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Judgement 4 spots left

Judgement
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The World 4 spots left

The World
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