The Powerglove…it’s so bad.

Last week I had the pleasure of grabbing dinner and drinks with friend and AIGA member, Ryan Thompson, and he let me know about an upcoming event called the GAAM (Games Art And Music) Charity show that he and a handful of fellow artist/gamers in town are hosting. I asked him to put together a short writeup of the event because I know some of our members would really enjoy attending and participating in the juried art show. (I’m hoping I have time to add a Bubble Bobble or Dr. Mario piece to the mix!)
-Karen Kurycki, AIGA Jacksonville President

From Ryan:

When: Friday, December 14, 2012 @ 6:00pm
Where: The Museum // 4160 Boulevard Center Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32207 (Off Art Museum Dr.)
Cost: $20 for early online registration // $15 with submission to the Juried Art Competition; ($60 at the door)

We are the generation that grew up with video games. We watched The Wizard and know why the Power Glove is so bad, created up up down down left right left right b a select start, can dragon punch in our sleep, save Princess Zelda, listen to 80s music while stealing cars in Vice City, and finish the fight with Master Chief! The GAAM event will provide us with an opportunity to not just be on the receiving end of gaming culture—but to be on the creative start screen!

Over the past year, local artists, Edmund Dansart, Logan Zawacki, Derrick Nevado, and I have collaborated to create a local event that appreciates and celebrates the video game culture, and bring attention to the SouthEast. This is a one night only event that has the support of many in the video game industry, including award winning game industry and hollywood composer Penka Kouneva, EA Games, Game designer and author Chris Solarski, and Square Enix (well known for Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, and Dragon Quest).
The event will feature several art exhibitions, including a charity art auction where 100% of the proceeds will go to Child’s Play, a juried art show for other artists to showcase their work, a real world Super Mario Experiential Exhibit, famous cosplayer Candy Keane, DJ Nes, martial arts demonstrations by Nevado Karate Arts, and more.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: If you’re interested in participating in the juried art show, please submit your 11×17 (or 17×11) artwork and $5 here. If selected, your poster will be printed on a premium 11×17 sheet of paper, and hung in The Museum during the GAAM Charity Show, where two “Best of Show” winners will be chosen, with prizes of $100 and $50. It will also be digitally housed here and here, where your friends will vote on a “Crowd’s Choice” winner, who will receive $25.
If you enter a poster, you’ll get a code for $5 off a ticket to the GAAM Charity Show! To attend, buy your ticket here.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ryan at, or visit
By aigajacksonville
Published November 13, 2012