After viewing this website’s kid art, if you think you’d like to submit art too, pretty-please-with-sugar-on-top, read the below guidelines. Why? There may be a test that your life depends on! Or not.
The Fridge Art Museum is about celebrating children’s unique artistic style and uninhibited imagination. I do decline submissions for reasons such as:
→ Too young, too good, or too abstract. Sorry, this determination is subjective. Art is unfair that way.
→ No parent or guardian’s permission, or the child doesn’t want their art displayed.
→ “Color by numbers” drawings are only accepted if they’re creative, and are a small part of a larger original art exhibit.
If I don’t accept the art, the answer is almost always “Try again later!” You might also visit Artsonia.com, which is a super cool, online art museum for kid art classes (individuals can’t submit there though).
With these disclaimers in mind, here’s how things work:
→ E-mail me 1-3 sample drawings as attachments (or send me a link to a cloud account). If the child has many drawings, initially you only need to send a few and describe the rest [e.g. “They love drawing _________ and have dozens on their wall.” or “The drawings are random, but mostly flowers.”]. E-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and PLEASE put “Fridge Art Submission” in the subject line to avoid being categorized as spam.
→ Drawings are usually compiled with other submissions in the main kid art exhibit. Larger collections of 25 or more drawings may be made into a stand-alone video exhibit if there’s a common theme to the drawings, and most importantly, I have time. Group submissions are fine, such as from classes or clubs (if you contact me ahead of time, we might try an animation project).
→ If accepted, I’ll ask each child to complete this sentence: “Art is_________?”
→ To avoid being swamped by prolific artists, the minimum wait time is a year before I consider future submissions.
→ If the child has a written story (which may or may not be related to their art), we might record a voiceover (click here for an example).
→ Ideally, the parent or guardian photographs or scans the art. A few images can be e-mailed, or large numbers put into cloud accounts (if you’re not tech savvy, I can help with cloud accounts such as Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive, etc.).
→ To protect a child’s identity, I only list first names, or if the family or child prefers, a pseudonym (e.g. Art Girl, Crayon Kid, The-Boy-Who-Must-Not-Be-Nicknamed, etc.).
→ Life is full of gray areas and random dice rolls. Thus, I may deviate from these guidelines on a case by case basis.
Thanks for reading the rules—you don’t have to take a test now! Know that those who didn’t read the rules first will be ignored like e-mail spam, or quizzed without mercy.