REALITY AND ART call for entries


Exhibit Dates September 2-26, 2020   NEW!

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION FORM (application link may not work if viewed on phone — please copy and paste instead)

ARC is sheltering at home like everyone else right now. But one saving grace in this moment is that we can still make art—which can be a centering and healing endeavor! Along those lines, we are encouraging you all to apply to ARC’s “Reality and Art” show in July (deadline for applications is May 30th). We have lowered the application fee to $25 ($20 for students) to make it affordable to more folks (see application link below). We hope that by the summer, galleries will be open again and we can mount a traditional opening and exhibition. But if we are still closed, we will use all our creative energy to post the show on-line, making it available to the thousands of folks who follow us on social media. This is one way to stay connected. Please consider applying!

Reality, Realism, Representation. Art is often about searching for and expressing reality, whether literally or conceptually. In our last juried show, “Consciousness of Abstraction”, we were interested in the movement away from imagery. This exhibition is a continuation of the conversation— from the considering of abstraction to the considering of its sibling genre, realism, reality and representation — or Reality and Art.

We are seeking works that are representational in both the traditional sense of being compelled to express what you see and reality as a conceptual sense of using the contemporary current environment as a reference. This environment of shifting and contradicting truths, denial of science, proliferation of ‘alternative facts,’ and manipulations of imagery makes understanding reality and truth an illusive undertaking. The artist’s striving to express and understand reality becomes more complicated with this shifting appropriation of what is mere perception and what is reality.

We are looking for all media of painting, sculpture, fiber, performance, video, photography as well as the use of technology, found objects, social media, experiential, sound, collage and explorations of unexpected/non-traditional materials.

A Juried Exhibition at ARC Gallery, Chicago. Wed, Sept 2-26, 2020

FEES: $25 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 $20 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.