Deadline: Tuesday, July 25, 2017
18th Annual Will’s Creek Call for Entry
The Will’s Creek Exhibition is a national juried exhibition of contemporary American art hosted by the Allegany Arts Council at its professional Saville and Schwab galleries in Cumberland, Maryland. Now in it’s 18th year, the Will’s Creek Exhibition features contemporary art relating to an exhibition theme. This year’s theme is Being Sentient/Sentient Being. We invite artists to consider how as “human” sentient beings, we express an awareness of “ourselves” in relation to “others” in a work of art – be it other humans, other living creatures, or even nature itself, the very complex of forces that makes sentience possible. We welcome traditional media, as well as installation, video, kinetic, sound, and performance art.
We are all alone in our perceptions of the world. At the same time, we are profoundly connected, both with other humans, and all sentient beings. In Western thought, sentient beings are understood as all living beings that have the capacity for pleasure and pain. This is closely related to the Buddhist view of sentience as a quality shared by all creatures who are subject to illusion, suffering, and death. Both of these perspectives center on the notion of compassion – or one’s ability to feel and care for others.
This exhibition is intended to bring together diverse artistic reflections on this complex and ever more important discourse. We invite artists to consider how as “human” sentient beings, we express this awareness of “ourselves” in relation to “others” in a work of art – be it other humans, other living creatures, or even nature itself, the very complex of forces that makes sentience possible. We welcome traditional media, as well as installation, video, kinetic, sound, and performance art.
Aneta Georgievska-Shine is an art historian with academic specialization in Renaissance and Baroque art, whose interests range from ancient to contemporary art. In addition to teaching at the University of Maryland, she frequently presents lectures for museums and art institutions in the Washington D.C. area, including the Walters Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and the Smithsonian. Her publications include scholarly books, numerous articles in U.S. and international journals, as well as essays for exhibition catalogues. She has curated a number of exhibitions of modern and contemporary art in Washington D.C. and internationally.
Application requirements and restrictions
- Up to 10 entries per artist. The juror is looking for consistency in your work. The juror will select specific pieces from your entries for display in the exhibition.
- Artist must include an “Artist Statement” with their entry and thoughts about how their entry addresses the theme. The juror will read your statement.
- Maximum width for all entries: 48” x 48″ x 48″
- All entries must be professionally presented and wired for hanging
- Entry Fees: $30 for the first two entries and $15 for each entry after that.
- Note: If you need more than one image to communicate what your entry looks like (if it is 3D, for example), please consider using a video instead, or combining multiple images into one image.
- Note: Allegany Arts Council Artist Members receive a $5 discount. Contact Heidi Custer for the code. [email protected]
- $1500 for Best of Show
- $1000 for 1st Place
- $750 for 2nd Place
- $500 for 3rd Place
The juror reserves the right to not present an award in any category if insufficient quantity or quality is in evidence.
- Entry deadline 7/25/17
- Notifications 8/8/17
- Delivery 9/5/17
- Exhibition 9/9/17 – 9/30/17
- Reception /Awards 9/9/17
- Pick-Up / Return 10/1/17