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CALLS FOR ENTRY

SYNCHRONICITY | WORKS INSPIRED BY HELEN FRANKENTHALER
INTAKE: October 25, 2018 - October 27, 2018 | 10 am to 5 pm
OPENING: November 2, 2018 | 5 pm to 8 pm
CLOSING: December 4, 2018

Helen Frankenthaler was a prolific and influential artist in the Abstract Expressionism movement in the latter half of the 20th Century. Her career spanned several decades and her specific style and media shifted throughout her lifetime, but hallmarks of her work include a fluidity of form, a harmony of brushwork, and an overall effortlessness in her compositions.

In her earlier works, she invented a technique she called “soak staining,” in which liberal use of turpentine on raw canvas allowed oil paint to move and build transparency much like watercolor. Later on, she switched to acrylics which allowed for brighter, more opaque forms to define her canvases. Her most successful work has the quality of having been created in a spontaneous moment, with just a few deft and graceful strokes.

Artists’ works for this call for entries should avoid imitation of Frankenthaler, but rather take the spirit of her spontaneity and gestural lyricism to create abstract works. All media will be considered.

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SMALL TALES | WORKS INSPIRED BY BEATRIX POTTER
INTAKE: November 29, 2018 - December 1, 2018 | 10 am to 5 pm
OPENING: December 7, 2018 | 5 pm to 8 pm
CLOSING: January 1, 2019

Beatrix Potter was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her books for children featuring animals, such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Potter's artistic and literary interests were deeply influenced by fairies, fairy tales, and fantasy as well as a love of landscape, flora, and fauna, all of which she closely observed and painted. She studied book illustration from a young age and developed her own tastes, first choosing to illustrate traditional rhymes and stories such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Puss-in-Boots, and Red Riding Hood, but most often her illustrations were fantasies featuring her own pets: mice, rabbits, kittens, and guinea pigs.

Potter wrote about 30 books including the popular stories about Tom Kitten, Peter Rabbit, and Jemima Puddleduck. The immense popularity of Potter's books was based on the lively quality of her illustrations, the non-didactic nature of her stories, the depiction of the rural countryside, and the imaginative qualities she lent to her animal characters.

Artists’ works for this call for entries should avoid imitation of Potter, but rather take inspiration from fairy tales, fantasy, or personal stories important to the artist, should include an illustrative quality, and speak to the storytelling nature of Potter's illustrations. All media, themes, and emotional styles will be considered.

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FACES | PORTRAITURE
INTAKE: December 27, 2018 - December 29, 2018 | 10 am to 5 pm
OPENING: January 4, 2019 | 5 pm to 8 pm
CLOSING: January 26, 2019

Portraiture, has become increasingly crucial within the last decade. With an institutional urgency to include a more diverse audience within the creative process, contemporary portraiture is reinventing figurative painting, but this time without the limitations of class and Western academic tradition.

The digital age has also generated a need for authenticity, especially in a time when reality is warped by an online presence. The very notion of truth, or fact, is blurry and the multifaceted possibilities of portraiture allow for a more fully fledged expression of a person or animal companion. It is reassuring to look at the work of an artist who is distinctly in control of her craft, who is able to create a material reality that is rooted in recognition and seeing.

Artists’ works for this call for entry must depict a portrait of another person or animal companion. All media will be considered.


WORD ART | WORKS INSPIRED BY TEXT
INTAKE: January 24, 2019 - January 26, 2019 | 10 am to 5 pm
OPENING: February 1, 2018 | 5 pm to 8 pm
CLOSING: February 23, 2019

Word art describes a category of text-based, postmodernist art practiced by several contemporary artists since the 1950s. This type of artmaking encompasses work that includes words or phrases as its primary artistic component. In fact, text-based imagery featuring words and phrases has appeared as a featured element in a variety of different media for centuries including painting, sculpture, lithography, and screenprinting.

Many artists use text to explore a feeling or idea with a word, a word's phonetic breakdown, a phrase, grammatical structure, or utilize automatic writing styles in posters, books, journals, minimalism and more. In many ways, word art changed the spectrum of art making evolving from absurdist literature into a highly admired practice of contemporary art.

Artists’ works for this call for entries must integrate at least one word into the piece. All media will be considered.


DRIP, DRIBBLE, SPLASH | WORKS INSPIRED BY ABSTRACTION
INTAKE: February 21, 2019 - February 23, 2019 | 10 AM TO 5 PM
OPENING: March 1, 2019 | 5 PM TO 8 PM
CLOSING: March 30, 2019

Abstract art references an object, figure, or landscape, where forms have been simplified or schematised. Many artists apply this technique to geometric shapes or gestural marks, which have no source at all in an external visual reality.

Some artists practicing ‘pure’ abstraction have preferred terms such as "concrete art" or "non-objective art" but in practice the word abstract is used across the board. In many ways, abstract art is often seen as carrying a moral dimension, in that it exemplifies virtues such as order, purity, simplicity, and spirituality. Since the early 1900s, abstract art has formed a central stream of modern art.

Artists' works for this call for entries can exemplify any abstract technique. All media will be considered.


TINY ART | WORKS DESIGNED FOR TINY HOUSES
INTAKE: May 30, 2019 - June 1, 2019 | 10 AM TO 5 PM
OPENING: June 7, 2019 | 5 PM TO 8 PM
CLOSING: June 29, 2019

For millennia artists have experimented with the miniature. From the extremely small depictions of animals in ancient Indonesian cave walls, to 16th-century beloved, Elizabethan miniature portraits, artists have embraced the intimacy of the tiny. Even today artists continue to explore the potential of the miniature attracted to the limitations of a scale which requires more concentration.

Furthermore, in an expanding world there is a need to minimize our everyday lifestyles. Tiny living is one way people have downsized. These tiny homes are one of many innovations creating solutions for the demand of affordable and sustainable housing. But a smaller house means much smaller walls. Therefore, tiny art is perfectly compatible for these spaces.

Artist’s works for this call for entries should not exceed 8 inches in width, height, or depth. Remember that you are designing for a tiny space. All media and subject matter will be considered.


IDENTITY | WORKS INSPIRED BY DIVERSITY
INTAKE: july 25, 2019 - July 27, 2019 | 10 AM TO 5 PM
OPENING: August 2, 2019 | 5 pm to 8 pm
CLOSING: August 31, 2019

The post-war generations began to ask questions that ancient philosophers have been asking: what is the true nature of the self and what does it mean to be human? For many artists, the true self was a self-informed, fluid individual.

Working under the influence of culture, lifestyle, and tradition artists reinforced the intertwined, grounded, and unique self who behaves and acts with independent meaningful intention but remains communally and relationally open minded and aware.

These artists found that the belief in a true inner self, reflected through art, would reveal the answers to questions such as, "what does it mean to be human?" explained through concepts such as self-knowledge, consciousness, and constructed thought.

Artists' works for this call for entries should address either question or both questions underlined above. All media will be considered.


HAUNTEDWOOD | WORKS DESIGNED FOR THE COTTONWOOD HAUNTED GALLERY
INTAKE: September 26, 2019 - September 28, 2019 | 10 AM TO 5 PM
OPENING: October 4, 2019 | 5 PM TO 8 PM
CLOSING: October 26, 2019

Spooky stories and tales of woe have entertained people for generations. In nineteenth century London, a series of illusions and attractions brought to life these horror stories of decades past in the form of dark entertainment. Almost a century later, France began experimenting with macabre themes demonstrating the disturbed in an artistic way. But haunted ploys did not emerge wholeheartedly until the 1930s in the United States when parents schemed up ways to distract young tricksters.

The revolution of these deceptive traps and illusions came to its apex when haunted houses nearly took over as a main source of entertainment during Halloween. Today, Haunted Houses could not exist without the holiday nor Halloween without the chilling presence of Haunted Houses.

Artists’ works for this call for entries must exhibit superstitious, haunted, or other dark themes. All media will be considered. Installations are highly encouraged, but will only be displayed for First Friday.


ACTIVISM | WORKS INFLUENCED BY RELEVANT ISSUES
INTAKE: October 24, 2019 - October 26, 2019 | 10 AM TO 5 PM
OPENING: November 1, 2019 | 5 PM TO 8 PM
CLOSING: November 30, 2019

The issues we face today whether political, social, or environmental seem daunting and overwhelming. Activist art is one outlet for artists and their viewers to imagine solutions, and create constructive conversation. Whether preformative, sculptural, or mixed media based, many genres and styles of art have documented issues relevant to the artist’s current time period.

Artists’ works for this call for entries must exhibit art that addresses today’s political, social, or environmental issues. All media will be considered.