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Call for Submission: Mary B. Howard Invitational: STRETCH

Deadline to submit: February 16, 2018
Exhibition dates: December 15, 2018–February 9, 2019

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) invites artists to submit a proposal for new artwork in response to the prompt, “If you could do anything, what would that be?”

Five artists will be selected by Guest Curator Don Russell and GRACE Associate Curator Erica Harrison to participate in the 2018 Mary B. Howard Invitational: STRETCH. The exhibition is named in memory of Mary B. Howard, an artist, longtime board member, and staunch supporter of the Greater Reston Arts Center. Selected artists will receive a $250 honorarium and $1000 for materials.

About Guest Curator Don Russell

Don Russell has been an active contemporary art curator and arts administrator since 1979. His research focuses on the exploration and development of new social contexts for art. He is currently GMU’s University Curator, responsible for programming exhibitions and public art on the Fairfax, Manassas, and Arlington campuses. Additionally, he directs Provisions Research Center for Art & Social Change, providing creative resources for community-engaged public art projects. He is co-founder with Edgar Endress of Floating Lab Collective.

Don has extensive experience managing and directing contemporary arts, philanthropic, and publishing ventures. He is President of Art Resources International and previously served as Executive Director of Washington Project for the Arts and had various leadership roles at Visual Studies Workshop.

Eligibility and Submission Requirements

Artist must live or work in Washington, DC; Maryland; or Virginia

Artist must be a member of Greater Reston Arts Center ($40).
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A written proposal of work in response to the prompt, “If you could do anything, what would that be?” (500 words max.)

Artist statement (250 words max.)

CV or resume

All text files must be in doc or pdf format

Ten (10) images of past work

All images must be in jpeg format, sized to 5 X 7 (or approx.) inches at 300 dpi

Incomplete or improperly submitted applications will not be considered

Important Dates*
Deadline to submit: February 16, 2018, 11:59pm
Artist selections announced: March 15, 2018
Curator studio visits: June 2018
Images of final works and artist statements due: September 2018
Installation: December 10–14, 2018
Exhibition dates: December 15, 2018 – February 9, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 5–7pm
De-installation: February 11–14, 2019

*subject to slight change


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