Material Matters - National Call For Artists From BWAC

Material Matters – Call For Artists

Material Matters – Call For Artists

The Brooklyn Artists Waterfront Coalition (BWAC) announces a call for artists for Material Matters, Innovations in Clay, Glass, Wood, and Metal.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 9 Jul 2017

What is art and what is design? Where is the line? Is there a line? When did the concept of functionality become antithetical to fine art? What is the role of design in art and art in design? Must we still refer back to Plato, who identifies only music and poetry as fine arts, relegating the work of the hand as lowly materiality? Surely, nearly a quarter into the 21st century, we must re-assess our thoughts about where boundaries exist now. While we create new definitions for community, and new paradigms for communication, where do the visual arts fit in? We are surely bound by our materiality. Ours are the “too, too solid flesh” of the arts — actual, not virtual, art in three dimensions. We may be the last bastion of brilliance in designing the material world. Isn’t this the right time to celebrate that?

This year’s national juried exhibition, Material Matters, seeks work that explores ideas about form over function in work using clay, glass, wood, or metal alone or in combination. If your work inhabits these boundaries, BWAC is looking for you.

The juror, Lilian Tone, Assistant Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA, will be looking for artists’ work that illuminates their vision and scope. This presents the possibility of selected artists having more than one artwork juried into the show.

This is a national juried exhibition for artists 18 years of age or older. All artwork must be original in concept, design, and execution. All work must be handcrafted by the artist. Mass production work and commercially manufactured pieces will not be accepted.

Material Matters Cash Awards

  • Gold — $500
  • Silver — $250
  • Bronze — $100
  • Five (5) Certificates of Merit will also be awarded.

Material Matters will be on view during BWAC’s Fall Shows, which see a large portion of the over 18,000 annual visitors. All award selections will be made by the juror. Awards will be presented at the Opening Reception, Saturday, September 23rd, 2017. BWAC will retain a 25% commission on all exhibition sales.

About Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition

Exhibit your work in BWAC’s 25,000 square foot gallery, a Civil War-era warehouse on the Red Hook waterfront. The spaciousness of the gallery means large works are welcome. The vista of New York Harbor, spanning the Statue of Liberty to the Verrazano Bridge is one of the best in the city. The gallery sees over 18,000 annual visitors.

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition is a 501.c.3 non-profit corporation. Organized in 1978 by 16 artists looking for a place to exhibit, BWAC has grown to become Brooklyn’s largest artist-run organization with over 400 members. The artist/members are the management, leadership, board and staff.

There are two synergistic missions: 1) to assist emerging artists in advancing their artistic careers; and 2) to present the art-of-today in an easily accessible format.

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