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Cladogram International Juried Biennial (Katonah, NY) – Call For Artists

Cladogram International Juried Biennial (Katonah, NY) – Call For Artists

The Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) invites submissions for Cladogram: KMA International Juried Biennial, June 28 to October 4, 2020, juried by Yasmeen Siddiqui. The KMA presents exhibitions that explore ideas about art, culture, and society – past and present – through innovative exhibition and education programs. Cladogram: KMA International Juried Biennial presents an opportunity for works from artists based locally, regionally, and globally to be brought together to explore their relationships with history and each other.

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Deadline: 3 Apr 2020

The museum supports contemporary and emerging artists in ambitious new endeavors. In previous years, the Biennial has drawn submissions from around the world, and visitors from around the country and beyond. In the process of organizing this exhibition, the KMA hopes to build an international network of artists, an intellectual community dedicated to exploring the past, present, and future of art.

For the 2020 juried exhibition, the KMA invites submissions from visual artists, sound artists, book artists, craft-based artists, poets, and authors interested in the idea and form of the archive. The goal is to present a broad range of contemporary work that addresses the ways historical objects and ideas are organized and categorized. This call for submission asks:

  • What can be achieved or expressed when historical materials (documents and objects) ground contemporary art practice?
  • How can historical objects be used to upend preconceived ideas about the history of art, regardless from which part of the world it originates?

Cladogram Juror

The exhibition will be juried by Yasmeen Siddiqui, author and founding director of Minerva Projects, whose objective is to support interdisciplinary artists who have expressed the desire to analyze their practice, and where curatorial ideas are tested in service to publishing books. In tandem with this work, Siddiqui writes and edits, having her work published in Hyperallergic, ART PAPERS, Cairo Times, Medina Magazine, Flash Art, Modern Painters, NKA and The Brooklyn Rail.

Current projects include a book length manuscript on the subject of home and a series of essays considering authoritarianism through the works of artists and authors. She is also co-editing the anthology The Storytellers of Art Histories (Intellect Books, 2021). Siddiqui is a core faculty member at the School of Visual Art at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, and the Master of Arts in Critical Craft Studies at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina.

Cladogram Participant Benefits

Chosen artists will have the opportunity to show their work in a institution that celebrates the transformative power of creative thinking while striving to meet the needs of its diverse audiences through considered and accessible curation.

About Katonah Museum of Art

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Katonah Museum of Art originates three to four exhibitions annually, covering a broad range of art and humanities topics. From the beginning, the KMA was committed to presenting exceptional art from all cultures and time periods. The founders’ decision to be a non-collecting institution resulted in a dynamic and flexible exhibition program, which remains one of the most distinctive features of the KMA.

The KMA offers lectures, films, workshops, and concerts for a general audience. It presents innovative and substantive programs for over 100 member schools. The Learning Center is the only interactive space in Westchester County where children can come on a daily basis to explore and create art. Outreach programs for the local Hispanic immigrant population are at the forefront of community-based education programs.

The KMA works intensively with schools and service organizations to develop literacy and assimilation skills among this population. Annual attendance is approximately 25,000 people.

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Sharing The Portico Library’s Hidden Heritage – Call For Artists

Sharing The Portico Library’s Hidden Heritage – Call For Artists

The Portico Library announces an artist/curator opportunity for a research residency and exhibition, Sharing the Portico Library’s Hidden Heritage. The Library particularly welcomes artists with an enthusiasm for interpreting historical material.

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Deadline: 13 May 2018

In March 2018 the library was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to catalogue its archive and promote its findings through an exhibition entitled ‘Sharing The Portico Library’s Hidden Heritage.’ The Library is inviting artists and curators to collaborate on a research project to emphasize the collection’s 21st-century context and relevance. The exhibition, launching in December 2018 and supported by The Zochonis Charitable Trust, will feature significant discoveries and provide an informative visual presentation of the archiving process itself.

Applicants must demonstrate a previous record of successful similar projects. They must provide examples of original, distinctive work. The Library aims to promote a wide variety of voices and perspectives.

Sharing The Portico Library’s Hidden Heritage Artist Benefits

  • £500 initial contributor fee with further funding anticipated
  • Private access to the special research collection and archive with professional staff support
  • Staffing for exhibition launch evening and associated events
  • Invigilation for the duration of the exhibition
  • Curatorial support
  • Design and printing of exhibition booklet
  • Publicity and promotion through The Portico Library quarterly magazine, website, social media, and advertising

About The Portico Library

The Portico Library has been central to Manchester’s cultural and intellectual life since its establishment in 1806. It is now open free to the public six days a week. Its collection of 25,000 rare books, archives, and illustrations provides fascinating insights into the 18th and 19th centuries. A diverse programme of events and exhibitions promotes contemporary responses to this history from artists. As a registered charity, their role is to preserve the library and its collections. They ensure collections are shared with a diverse and growing audience of visitors, members, and researchers. The Portico Library’s archive records the history of the people, events, language, politics, and communities of the North West of England over the last 212 years. It shines an important light on the social history of Manchester and Victorian Britain as a whole. This material, virtually untouched by contemporary researchers, reveals The Portico’s connection to significant events.

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