Wordsmiths invited to name that bad art

January 13, 2013 by  

The Museum of Bad Art in Dedham, Massachusetts, is sponsoring a contest in the hope of promoting a deeper appreciation of the works that comprise it atypical collection.

In 100 words or fewer, applicants are invited to submit a subjective interpretation and inspired title of the work in question. The competition is open to the Friends of MOBA — those interested simply sign up for its newsletter to become a member — and entries must be received by March 31.

The author of the winning entry will be rewarded with a coveted autographed copy of ‘Museum of Bad Art: Masterworks’ by Michael Frank and Louise Reilly Sacco. Further, the title of Official Guest Interpreter of the Museum Of Bad Art is then bestowed upon the author. He or she is welcomed and strongly encouraged to employ the grand entitlement for personal notoriety. As an example, the title could be included on digital business cards , résumés, and customized, printed stationery.

MOBA’s first permanent bad art gallery is in the basement of the Dedham Community Theatre, adjacent to the men’s room. Its permanent collection encompasses some 500 works of art, which are aptly described as “too bad to be ignored”. Of these 500 objets d’art, a mere 30 pieces are on exhibition at any given time. The artistic creations that comprise MOBA’s collection are acquired from a variety of sources. Some are the work of gifted artists run amok, while other pieces are reminiscent of wild, imaginative endeavors of frenzied five-year-olds. The commonality is that each displays, in various ways and degrees, blatant artistic incompetence.