Deadline for submissions: 11 PM (EST), Sunday, February 22, 2015.
For its ninth annual group exhibition scheduled for September 2015, Openings proposes the exhibition concept “On the Inner and Outer Self”.
Like the subject of the exhibition title, the possibilities of artistic interpretation, modes of address and frames of reference that can be applied to the exhibition are not limited.
And yet as the exhibition is to be hosted within the historic Church of St. Paul the Apostle, itself a site of active worship, the exhibition will take its site of presentation as a platform for the proposed elaboration on the concept of the self.
As a space that is held to be sacred may be described as such that the internal self becomes exteriorized through ritual and symbolic architectural form, the exhibition will propose a strategy of dislocating the display, reception and assumptions of contemporary art by its contextualization within the given sacred space.
As the artistic act can be conceived of as an exteriorization of that which is internal in relation to its intended or unintended recipient, the exhibition will seek to frame the artistic act in terms of its social compact: what are the rights of expression of the individual artist? Does the artist bear responsibility to the other?
Openings is a collective of visual artists who believe that the connections between creativity and transcendence foster critical conversations that have the potential to unite individuals across cultural divides.
Artists are asked to submit a detailed proposal for artwork in any medium that addresses their interpretation of the concept(s). Artwork will be exhibited within the interior of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle on Columbus Avenue at W 60th Street in New York City.
Artists are asked to submit the following materials:
• Detailed Visual Proposal for “On the Inner and Outer Self,” which includes clear and descriptive text/drawings/sketches/schematics of a proposed artwork for the exhibition or images of finished artwork that you are proposing to show. Artists are encouraged to visit the exhibition space within the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in advance of sending their proposal.
• Proposal Statement of 250 words or less (only in .doc or .docx format) describing the proposed artwork and how it addresses the theme
• Contact Information: name, address, email, telephone, website URL (only in .doc or .docx format).
• 10 separate jpeg images of recent work (no greater than 800 pixels or 11 inches at 72 dpi). Each file must be labeled with title, medium, dimensions and artist’s name.
• Current CV (only in .doc or .docx format).
• Artist Statement of 250 words or less (only in .doc or .docx format).
Submissions that do not follow requested formats will be rejected.
This call for entries is open to any visual artist over the age of 18. All submissions must be received via email to email@example.com.
Artists will be selected by a jury of current Openings members and invited guest jurors from the field. In addition, selected artists are required to sign an exhibition contract and to comply with the terms therein. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. All selected artists will be asked to schedule a studio/work space visit with one or more of the exhibition’s curators as a way to show/discuss works-in-progress as they relate to the theme of the exhibition. The suggested studio visit may be used as an opportunity to record photo/video material for the purposes of generating PR for the show. Artists or their representatives must be present for both the delivery and installation of artwork, as well as the de-installation and removal of artwork on the dates specified below. Openings and the Church of St. Paul the Apostle will not accept or store works delivered in advance of the installation day and cannot store artworks after the de-installation date. Openings reserves the right to refuse to exhibit artworks that differ substantially from submitted proposals. It is strongly recommended that you visit the church to get an idea of the space (if possible) or to visit our site (here and here) to view installation shots of last year’s exhibition to get some sense of how our exhibitions are installed.
(Please note: nothing can be hung from the ceiling)
February 22, 2015: Completed submissions due via email.
March 9, 2015: Notification of selected artists by email / phone.
March 26, 2015: Artist meeting, exhibition space walk -through.
May 8, 2015: Artist progress / issues / PR update via email.
June 9, 2015: Begin studio visits with selected artists.
August 13, 2015: Deadline to submit work-in-progress reports.
September 1, 2015: Delivery/Installation of exhibition at Church of St. Paul the Apostle.
September 2, 2015: Exhibition opens to the public.
September 10, 2015: Opening Reception.
October 1, 2015: Artist walk-through.
October 22, 2015: De-installation of exhibition.
Please send all submissions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Any questions pertaining to Openings or the exhibition can be directed to email@example.com
The deadline for submissions is 11 PM (EST), Sunday, February 22, 2015.