Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Open Call for Art: #occupycommonground

Openings, the NY artist's collective I'm a member of has released the open call for this year's fall show in the historic church of St Paul the Apostle. It's an amazing space, always a great, well attended show (about a thousand people at the 2013 opening) and two great curators. You have a month to get your proposal together.


Deadline for submissions: February 22, 2014. Midnight EST

Openings is a collective of visual artists who believe that the connections between creativity and transcendence foster critical conversations that have the potential to unite individuals across cultural divides ( Each year the group presents an exhibition addressing a particular theme. The theme for the 2014 exhibition is #occupycommonground, a group art exhibition taking place in Fall 2014.

With this year’s theme, #occupycommonground, Openings is asking you to reflect on the artistic, social, and political implications of common ground, particularly what we perceive to be the paradox of social media. Intended to create immediate connections across a globalized world, social media also breeds isolation and disillusionment. How do digital platforms mediate your relationships with others and with your art practices? Are you an analog person living in an increasingly digital world? Are technology and analog thinking at odds? If not through social media, how do you create common ground in this digital age? Your response addresses the timely question: “Where is our common ground?”

Artists are asked to submit a detailed proposal for artwork in any medium which explores their interpretation of this theme, addressed either personally, publicly, politically, aesthetically, conceptually, or spiritually. Artwork will be exhibited within the unique space of the interior of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle on Columbus Avenue at W 60th Street in New York City.

Submission Guidelines:
Artists are asked to submit the following materials:

• Detailed Visual Proposal for #occupycommonground, which includes clear and descriptive text/drawings/sketches/schematics of a proposed artwork for the exhibition or images of finished artwork that you are proposing to show. Artists are encouraged to visit the exhibition space within the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in advance of sending their proposal.
• Proposal Statement of 250 words or less (only in .doc or .docx format) describing the proposed artwork and how it addresses the theme
• Contact Information: name, address, email, telephone, website URL (only in .doc or .docx format).
• 10 separate jpeg images of recent work (no greater than 800 pixels or 11 inches at 72 dpi). Each file must be labeled with title, medium, dimensions and artist’s name.
• Current CV (only in .doc or .docx format).
• Artist Statement of 250 words or less (only in .doc or .docx format).

Submissions that do not follow requested formats will be rejected.


This call for entries is open to any visual artist over the age of 18. All submissions must be received via email to There is no fee for submitting a proposal; however, we will request a fee of $60 once you have been accepted into the exhibition. This fee will go towards the cost of promotion, hanging, publicity, and opening reception. Artists will be selected by a jury of current Openings members and invited guest jurors from the field. In addition, selected artists are required to sign an exhibition contract and to comply with the terms therein. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. All selected artists will be asked to schedule a studio/work space visit with one or more of the exhibition’s curators as a way to show/discuss works-in-progress as they relate to the theme of the exhibition. The suggested studio visit will also be used as an opportunity to record photo/video material for the purposes of generating PR for the show. Artists or their representatives must be present for both the delivery and installation of artwork, as well as the de-installation and removal of artwork on the dates specified below. Openings and the Church of St. Paul the Apostle will not accept or store works delivered in advance of the installation day and cannot store artworks after the de-installation date. Openings reserves the right to refuse to exhibit artworks that differ substantially from submitted proposals. It is strongly recommended that you visit the church to get an idea of the space (if you can) or to visit our Facebook page to view installation shots of last year’s exhibition to get some sense of how our exhibitions are installed.
(Please note: nothing can be hung from the ceiling)

Event Schedule:

February 22, 2014: Completed submissions due via email.
March 10, 2014: Notification of selected artists by email.
March 26, 2014: Artist meeting, exhibition space
May 7, 2014: Artist progress / issues / PR update via
June 7, 2014: Begin studio visits with selected artists.
August 14, 2014: Deadline to submit work-in-progress
September 10, 2014: Delivery/Installation of exhibition at
Church of St. Paul the Apostle.
September 11, 2014: Exhibition opens to the public.
September 18, 2014: Opening Reception.
October 2, 2014: Artist walk-through.
October 23, 2014: De-installation of exhibition.

Please send all submissions via email to

Any questions pertaining to Openings or the exhibition can be directed to

The deadline for submissions is Midnight (EST), Saturday, February 22, 2014.

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