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July 11, 2020

Reality and Art

  • Organization: ARC Gallery
  • Submission Deadline: July 11, 2020
  • Event Dates: September 2, 2020 - September 26, 2020
  • Entry Fee: $25 for one to three images. $10 for each additional image
  • Type: Competition
  • Eligibility: International
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture
  • Location: Chicago, IL

ARC is sheltering at home like everyone else right now. But one saving grace in this moment is that we can still make art—which can be a centering and healing endeavor! Along those lines, we are encouraging you all to apply to ARC’s “Reality and Art” show in SEPT. (deadline for applications is JULY 11TH). We have lowered the application fee to $25 ($20 for students) to make it affordable to more folks (see application link below). We hope that by the summer, galleries will be open again and we can mount a traditional opening and exhibition. But if we are still closed, we will use all our creative energy to post the show on-line, making it available to the thousands of folks who follow us on social media. This is one way to stay connected. Please consider applying!

Reality, Realism, Representation. Art is often about searching for and expressing reality, whether literally or conceptually. In our last juried show, “Consciousness of Abstraction”,
we were interested in the movement away from imagery. This exhibition is a continuation of the conversation— from the considering of abstraction to the considering of its sibling genre, realism, reality and representation— or Reality and Art.

We are seeking works that are representational in both the traditional sense of being compelled to express what you see and reality as a conceptual sense of using the contemporary current environment as a reference. This environment of shifting and contradicting truths, denial of science, proliferation of ‘alternative facts,’ and manipulations of imagery makes understanding reality and truth an illusive undertaking. The artist’s striving to express and understand reality becomes more complicated with this shifting appropriation of what is mere perception and what is reality.

We are looking for all media of painting, sculpture, fiber, performance, video, photography as well as the use of technology, found objects, social media, experiential, sound, collage and explorations of unexpected/non-traditional materials.

A Juried Exhibition at ARC Gallery, Chicago. Wed, SEPT 2 to Sat, SEPT 26, 2020


Danielle Andress is a Chicago based artist and curator. She produces primarily non-functional weavings that investigate our relationships with consumable images and objects and the irregularities of language in art in the digital age. She earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in textiles and an MFA from the California College of the Arts in studio practice. Danielle is a co-founding and active member of Borderline Art Collective (San Francisco, CA). Danielle Andress is an Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Fiber and Materials Studies Department.

FEES: $25 for one to three images. $10 for each additional image Students can pay a reduced fee of $20. for 1-3 images. (Please include copy of Student ID with your application))
If paying by check, it must be received prior to jurying.

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