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Reimagining The Real: Call for Entry

Emery Community Arts Center, in partnership with The New Commons Project, invites artists to submit their work for consideration in our upcoming thematic exhibition, "Reimagining the Real."

This exhibition will feature artworks that engage the legacy of realism in the 21st century, continuing, complicating, or contesting this tradition. We welcome artwork submissions of all media.

Accounts of western art history often emphasize the political significance of realism’s commitment to depicting “ordinary life” in a “naturalistic” way. Historical realism thus reflects a certain consensus around the meanings of nature, the ordinary, and the real. How do we imagine the real and its politics today? What does traditional realism still have to offer? Who determines which realities count as real? Whose perspective is reflected in the depiction of “ordinary life”? How is our perception of nature and of others limited (or expanded) by aesthetic convention? How might realities of abstract, non-visual or non-static experience enrich our understanding of realism or the real?

The exhibition will be on view from September 2nd - October 21st, 2021 in Emery Community Art Center’s Flex Space Gallery, University of Maine at Farmington.

Eligibility & Terms
-Artists working in all mediums are welcome to apply.
-Artists may submit up to 5 works.
-There is no fee to apply to this call.

How to Apply
-Use this form to apply.
-Upload up to 5 images of your artwork, a corresponding Image List, your Artist Statement and Artist Bio.
-Image file formatting requirements: Image files must be 1200 pixels in largest dimension or approx. 1 MB in size, and formatted as JPG, PNG, or PDF.
For video and time-based works, please submit a link to your work on YouTube, Vimeo or other host platform.

If you have questions about this call, please contact Ann Bartges: [email protected]

All artwork included in your submission must be available for exhibition at Emery Community Arts Center for the entire duration of the exhibition: September 2nd - October 21st, 2021.

Artists will be notified about curatorial decisions by July 30, 2021. Selected artworks must be received no later than August 16, 2021. Artists are responsible for the transportation or shipping of all artwork. All 2D works must be mounted, framed and/or ready to hang.

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