Sense of Place - Call for Artists

Sense of Place – Call for Artists

Elmhurst Art Museum is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017 with its first open call exhibition, Sense of Place.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 1 Sept 2016

The theme of the exhibition, Sense of Place, recognizes the seminal role of the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild and the forward-thinking group of teachers, artists and community organizers who founded the Museum in their hometown with the belief that people from all walks of life and professions can learn how to see and think differently through the study of art, architecture and design.

Artwork submitted must have been created since 2014. All candidates must submit an artist’s statement of up to 250 words describing their general body of work. Artists may submit up to three works for consideration and up to two high-quality images of each work. For each work, artists must list title, date, material, dimensions, and up to 100 words on how it relates to the theme of the exhibition. Works must be able to fit through 95 x 66 inch doorways for installation purposes. A non-refundable fee of $35 is required with submission. Members of the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild may submit for a discounted application fee of $20.

The exhibition will be curated by Frank Tumino, Curatorial Chair of the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild; Carrie Secrist, owner of Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago; and Jenny Gibbs, Executive Director at Elmhurst Art Museum.

Candidates will be notified of decisions by October 15, 2016. Exhibition dates are December 10, 2016 to February 12, 2017. Accepted works must be delivered to the museum (at the expense of the artist) between November 28 and December 7, 2016. Once on the museum’s premises, the works will be insured under the museum’s policy until the close of the exhibition. Artists are responsible for arranging and covering expenses for the return of their work, which must be picked up between February 13 and 17, 2017.

The brainchild of a forward-thinking group of teachers, artists, and community organizers, the Elmhurst Art Museum was founded with the belief that people from all walks of life and professions can learn how to see and think differently through the study of art, architecture, and design. The Museum has always placed education on equal footing with exhibitions. It values architecture/design as much as the fine arts. Its broad approach was first realized with the acquisition of the Mies van der Rohe McCormick House, the second of only three houses that he built in the United States.

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