Call for Art for My Next Album

July 22, 2017, 2:14 PM · Dear Friends,

Here’s the news: My next album, to be released this fall, is a selection of favorite tracks from all 12 of my Deutsche Grammophon recordings, as well as recent live recordings of Mozart Sonata KV 379, Davidson’s “Blue Curve of the Earth,” and Richter’s “Mercy” (the latter two written for my Encores project).

Here’s the ask: Would you take part in creating art for this album?

Here’s why: For decades, I have been delighted by the artwork that fans have brought me after concerts all over the world — art made by everyone from four-year-old violin students to professional painters. I’m touched by the artistic output, and I strongly relate to your creativity. What phenomenal fans. I would love to showcase some of your visual art in connection with my recording history as a way of saying thanks and, “Look how wonderful these people are!”

Hilary Hahn fan art
Here are a few examples of the Fan Art I've received!

We have collected Fan Art on Facebook for several years and have been featuring artwork on Fridays. Many people have mailed physical artwork to my management company, and still many more continue to bring me artwork at concerts, which we have scanned. We will be looking through everything we already have for the album art, but I also want to give you a chance to get those creative juices flowing.

If you are inspired to create something, you can post it on my Facebook page (we will contact you for a high resolution version) or mail to my management at IMG Artists, 7 West 54th St, New York, NY 10019 USA, before August 5, 2017. If you’ve already posted, we’d invite you to post again, just to make sure we don’t miss anything.

Here are the terms:

  1. Yes, this is a quick turnaround!
  2. A modest fee will be paid to the artists of the works selected. You will also be credited in the album booklet and receive a signed copy of the CD. Those artists chosen will not own any rights to the artwork or the album content. Children should get their parents’ permission before submitting.
  3. This isn’t a call for a complete album cover, rather for art itself. Don’t worry about dimensions, layout, album title, or text. The album title and typography will be added over the cover artwork, but there are other possible locations for contributed artwork. Deutsche Grammophon’s design team may slightly alter the artwork due to technical requirements.
  4. We won’t feature hand-drawn replicas of previous album cover photos. Please refer to Instagram (@violincase) or YouTube materials if you’d like visual references for new artwork.
  5. We reserve the right to make final decisions on any use and placement.

Thanks, as ever, and I so look forward to seeing your art!

- Hilary


July 23, 2017 at 12:33 AM · I absolutely adore your previous album with Mozart 5 and Vieuxtemps 4. Can't wait to buy the next one!!!

July 24, 2017 at 04:43 AM · Omg Im definitely sending some

July 24, 2017 at 10:39 AM · I will tell my daughter in Stockholm. She recently had an exhibition there with connection to movements in a broader meaning... Music from violins is created by physical movements and create psycologically respons in our mind...

KR / Bertil Ottertun

July 24, 2017 at 03:08 PM · My guess is that they can't use anything that contains material with protected IP status (e.g., images of Jackson Pollock paintings).

July 24, 2017 at 04:23 PM · I'm guessing you are correct, Paul!

July 26, 2017 at 02:02 AM · Does it matter if I draw it on computer or by hand on paper??

July 26, 2017 at 06:23 PM · Cool idea, Hilary.

Do you think that technical drawings of various kinds of violin construction layout theories might have any interest? Stuff like this, but maybe a bit less complex?

July 26, 2017 at 10:55 PM · I'm just starting out with my violin; so I'm not much yet. I'm inspired by Hilary Hahn! She stands out to me as one of the greatest I've seen! I am a fan for sure! I can only wish her the very best! I'll try to think of what I could do, to help. So I'm on the look out.

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