Open Call for our new juried portrait show, About Face, scheduled to run January 15 through February 21, 2021. The portraitist confronts an impossible but worthwhile task–to portray another human (or him/herself), “truthfully.” Submission deadline is December 14, 2020. Submission guidelines are at http://metchosinartpod.ca/submission-guidelines/ Note that photography is not accepted for this show. Human portraiture only. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for additional info.
Guidelines for Submissions:
Artists are invited to submit photos of up to three pieces each for “About Face”, the ArtPod’s Portrait Show 2021.
Theme Of the Show
The portraitist confronts an impossible but worthwhile task – to portray another human (or him/herself) “truthfully.” “Truth,” has a large number of physical and emotional components, changes over time, and may vary among viewers. Indeed, people spend large parts of their lives trying to understand the “truth” about themselves, let alone others. Most portraits are the face and perhaps body of the subject. However, many portraits go well beyond cataloguing the temporary visual image as recorded in a photograph. Nevertheless, we fully expect that most works submitted for this show will have made use of photographic images in the process — but gone beyond what the photo can provide. For purposes of this show, portraits should be of people only.
In general, the size of the gallery and the numbers of applications and the need to fulfil ArtPod’s objectives require that some selection be made of which art to show.
The ArtPod aims to provide interesting art for viewers, and to encourage participation in the arts by community members. Rejection does not mean that the art was found to be poor or worthless — it only means that given the space available and the applications received, more suitable pieces were available for this show. ArtPod hopes that artists will continue to contribute in the future. In general, the selection criteria include qualitative and practical issues.
Qualitative issues: include the creativity and originality of the interpretation of the theme, the quality of overall design, composition and colour, the work’s impact in the context of the theme. The juror will take account of experience of artists, with allowances for skills shown in pieces by self-identified “emerging” artists (who have only been showing for two or fewer years—see also submission contents, below.)
On the practical side, Art may be declined if the photos submitted of the works are unclear or colours unbalanced (except if this is meant to illustrate the theme — see artists blurb below), if the framing is unsatisfactory, if the canvas is mouldy or still wet, or if hanging/display gear is not included or if we determine that it cannot be displayed in manner we deem safe to the piece and/or viewers.
Contents of Submission
a. Title of Work: eg: My father
b. Artist Name: eg: Jane Sparrow c. Artist e-mail: eg: firstname.lastname@example.org
c. Optional: Request to be considered an “emerging artist.” This designation will appear on the picture label. This status is available if the artists have not participated in juried shows before January 2019 (two years ago).
d. Medium: eg: acrylic on board.
f. Number of the image: eg: 1 of 3 images.
g. Dimensions: eg: 16”x16″.
h. Price: (It is expected that submitted work will be for sale. In very exceptional circumstances, an artist may request, and the jury agree, that the piece be listed Not for Sale (NFS), but a full justification should be included in the submission for the piece concerned.)
i. A “Blurb” which indicates how the piece fits with the show’s theme, especially if there is any doubt about that! e.g., I am fascinated by the mind-blowing diversity of humans, how no two are ever exactly alike and the extent to which life and experience can imprint so many subtle differences among them. The portraitist follows an impossible task – to portray another being with a high degree of “truth,” which, of necessity depends on the eye of the beholder! Alternatively, artists may include an “artist’s blurb” which applies to all their works.