The 2018 Athenaeum Invitational Call for Entries: Cabinet of Curiosities

By Editorial Team on June 5, 2018
Image from last year’s Invitational GLOW. Courtesy of Athenaeum.
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Deadline: Friday, July 13 by 11:59pm EST
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Exhibition Dates: September 13 – November 11, 2018

Reception Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Athenaeum Invitational celebrates the visual arts of Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and West Virginia in the Athenaeum Gallery in Alexandria, VA. It is a theme-based event featuring the works of both specially-invited artists who have exhibited in the Athenaeum Gallery in the past, as well as works selected through a call for submissions open to anyone living or working in Virginia, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, or Maryland.

Theme: Cabinets of curiosities, first popular in Renaissance Europe, were broad collections of objects of nature, science, archaeology, religious relics, the arts, and the bizarre. Before public museums were common, these privately-owned cabinets were seen as status symbols and said something about the collector and their ability to collect the contents. They were usually displayed in elaborate structures made of exotic materials, featuring specially constructed drawers and compartments to house wondrous specimens. In some instances the comprehensiveness of the collection was noteworthy, sometimes the diversity was celebrated, and sometimes the cabinet itself was as amazing as what was contained within.

Eligibility: This exhibition asks artists who live or work in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia to explore any aspect of Cabinets of Curiosities. Interpretations may be two or three dimensional and literal or abstract. Works will be chosen that show aesthetic excellence, mastery of media, creativity, and relevance to the theme.

Prizes: A $1,500 prize for the best work will be awarded to an invited artist, and a $1,000 prize will be awarded to an artist from the open call.

Entries: Must be made through CaFÉ. Here is the link https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=5093

This exhibition is sponsored by TTR | Sotheby’s International Realty.