Call for Entries: SCULPTURE

Call for Entries: SCULPTURE : Motley Cruise

Curator: Bernard Williams

Application Deadline: April 16, 2023


SCULPTURE : Motley Cruise

In her essay titled: Motley Efforts, Sculpture’s Ever-Expanding Field, Anne Ellegood speaks of the myriad sculptural practices at work among today’s artists. She speaks of the inability to locate clear categories for much of contemporary sculpture… the profusion of cultural and historical references, the range of materials and an eye towards experimentation.

Ellegood speaks of appreciating artworks for their sensitivity to form or physical flair…”these are after all, objects in space that we encounter with our bodies- but the conceptual underpinning are often as complex and layered as their forms and encourage a certain amount of unpacking. In her essay, Samuel Beckett is quoted as saying, “It is the artist’s task to find a form that accommodates the mess.”

You are invited to participate in this exhibition, titled: Motley Cruise.

The works in this exhibition embrace disorder and precariousness, pristine surfaces and the predetermined, the messy, decrepit, clumsy, expressive,  flamboyant, corporeal, ambiguous, enigmatic , and more.

This is a call for sculpture in any form. Sculptures can: hang on wall, suspend from ceiling, sit on a pedestal, or stand on floor. Works can be either indoor or outdoor but should be no larger than 36 inches in circumference (W or D). Indoor works are limited to 9’0″. All sculptural mediums are welcome and non-traditional mediums are encouraged.

EXHIBITION DATES: May 25 – June 16, 2023
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Sunday, April 16, 2023

Deadline for Submission of Applications: Sunday, April 16, 2023 at 11:59pm CST

Notification of Acceptance: Will go out by email on April 26, 2023
Deliver wall-hung and pedestal work to ARC: Thurs & Fri, May 18 & 19, 2-6pm; Sat, May 20, 12-4pm
Deliver all larger floor work  to ARC: Sat, May 20, 12-4pm
Pick-Up Work at Gallery: Sat,  June 17, 2;30-4pm
Shipped Work Return Date: the week of  June 18
*Pre-Paid FedEx or UPS label is required.*
Do not use the U.S. Postal Service.

$40 for one to three images. $10 for each additional image. (Lower charge for students: high school or college students can pay a reduced fee of $30 per 3 entries with $10 for each additional entry. Please include copy of Student ID.) If paying by check, it must be received prior to jurying.

About the Curator:

Bernard Williams is an established artist based in Chicago, IL and working in painting, sculpture, installation, and public art. He holds a BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MFA from Northwestern University. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the U.S., and has been represented by the  N’Namdi Gallery in Detroit, the Thomas McCormick Gallery in Chicago, and the Ethan Cohen Gallery in New York.  Williams has received recognition both regionally and nationally, including grants from the Illinois Arts Council, Artadia in New York in 2001, The Meier Foundation in Chicago in 2013, and The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation in New York in 2015. He has completed artist residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA., and the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York in 2013.

The artist began painting outdoor murals in the early 1990’s with the Chicago Public Art Group. While continuing with CPAG, Williams has added outdoor sculpture to his practice. In recent years he has created several outdoor steel sculptures in Chicago, and completed the Black Tractor Project at the Arts Club of Chicago 2019. In November 2020-May 2021 he debuted a large sculptural work in the “Long Dream” group exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. In 2021 the artist has won two significant outdoor Commissions: The Naomi Anderson installation for Michigan City, Indiana, and in 2023 a large steel sculpture will be installed at Nate Manilow Sculpture Park at Governor’s State University in University Park, IL.

Opening Reception, Friday, May 26, 5:00-8:00pm
Exhibition Discussion: TBA

  • Exhibition dates: May 25 – June 16, 2023
  • Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.