Art Bra Artists® – Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. If my Art Bra® is selected for the show, will I receive free admission to the Art Bra® Austin event
A1. Art Bra® Austin is first and foremost a charity fundraiser, and ticket sales are a crucial piece to achieving our fundraising goal each year. For this reason, we are unfortunately unable to issue free admission to Artists whose Art Bra® has been selected for the event’s Silent Auction. However, if your Art Bra® has been chosen to be featured in the Live Auction portion of the event’s Runway Show, you will be awarded 2 tickets to the Art Bra® Austin event. The number of Art Bra®s selected for Live Auction is subject to change each year and generally ranges between four and six.

Q2. Can I submit more than one Art Bra®?
A2. Yes, you are permitted to submit more than one Art Bra®. If you are considering doing so, please note: each year we receive a growing number of Art Bra®s submissions, and while this makes us very happy and immensely grateful, it also increases the competitiveness of our selection pool. In order to increase the probability of your Art Bra®’s selection, we strongly recommend each artist focus all of his or her time, energy, money, and talents into making one spectacular Art Bra® for the show.

Artists submitting more than one Art Bra® need only fill out ONE Artist Entry Form. In your form, please provide distinct and clearly identified answers for EACH Art Bra® submitted. Additionally, please make sure you identify and label which Art Bra® is which in your Delivery Sheet. Below is an example of how to complete the ‘About Your Art Bra®’ section of the artist entry form.

Example – If you made two Art Bra®s, one named “Warrior” and the other named ” ” your form’s answers would look something like this:

Title of Art Bra®: (1.) Warrior; ( 2. ) Rising Phoenix
Value of Art Bra®: (1.) Warrior: $400; (2.) Rising Phoenix: $150
What materials/medium did you use to create the piece? (1.) Warrior: For “Warrior” I used this, that, and that, etc.; (2.) Rising Phoenix: In creating “Rising Phoenix” I used this, that, and that, etc.
What was the inspiration for your design? (1.) Warrior: I was inspired by this, that, and that.; (2.) Rising Phoenix: My inspiration behind “Rising Phoenix” was this, that, and that, etc.
and so on….

Q3. When will I find out if my Art Bra® has made the show?
A3. Artists will be notified sometime between the end of March and early April. If your Art Bra® is not selected for the show, we ask that you please claim your work from the BCRC admin office.

Q4. Why did my Art Bra® not make the show?
A4. Each year we receive over 100 Art Bra® submissions to be worn by a pool of 40 Art Bra® Models. In order to keep the event on-schedule, we have capped the number of models participating in the show at 40. This unfortunately means we expect to receive more Art Bra®s this year that can be featured in the show. We deeply appreciate every Art Bra® submission and to ensure fairness and objective selection, BCRC elects a panel of art and fashion professionals from the Austin area to judge which Art Bra®s should be chosen for the event’s Runway Show. The Art Bra® Jurors come to their decision through a variety of factors including but not limited to, the Art Bra®’s story, quality, originality, if it fits within a recurring theme of other Art Bra®s, and overall design. Their decision is always a difficult one. We appreciate your understanding and acceptance of the Art Bra® selection process.

Q5. I don’t live in Austin, Texas, but I’d like to still submit an Art Bra®. Is this possible?
A5. Yes, you can! Art Bra® Austin has often featured Art Bra®s from artists from all over the country! As long as you can consent to each statement in the Artist Rules & Guidelines, you are able participate as an artist for Art Bra® Austin. We invite all Art Bra® Artists to attend our Reveal Night in early July (during which time artists are introduced to the Art Bra® Models who will wore your bra and the person that purchased it), as well as purchase tickets for the final event. While Art Bra® Artists are encouraged to attend these events, we understand some artists will be geographically limited in their ability to participate.

Q6. How do I make an Art Bra® if I don’t know what size the Art Bra® Model will be?
A6. We recommend using a bra size in the range of 36B – 44C, & 42D. We ask for this range for several reasons. First, the final size of the bra almost always shrinks from the glue, fabric or other added materials an artist uses in his or her design. Secondly, many Art Bra® Models have had reconstructive surgery and now wear a larger-sized bra. And lastly, it is much easier for our Alterations Committee to size down an Art Bra® to fit a particular model, than to try to make it bigger.

Q7. Do I have to make the actual undergarment, or can I start with a commercially purchased bra?
A7. Artists may choose to make the actual undergarment, but are not required to do so. In fact, the majority of the submissions we receive use a store bought undergarment. No matter what you decide, please remember that the base of your creation must be new and unused.

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