VisArts Call for Entry: This Moment of Rupture

By Editorial Team on April 12, 2021

Deadline: Mon, 07 June 2021

Deadline: Monday, June 7, 2021 before midnight

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VisArts invites artists working in the expanded field of ceramics to apply for “This Moment of Rupture”.

“This Moment of Rupture” is a juried national survey of contemporary ceramics today. We seek a broad spectrum of works that both celebrate traditional forms and that challenge the conventional definitions of craft. During “this moment of rupture” with the related crises of the pandemic, racial uprisings, climate change, and economic decline, how are ceramic artists responding? Is there a renewed sense of emotional purpose? Is activism playing a role in contemporary ceramic practice? We are seeking artists who work in an expansive variety of media but that all incorporate ceramics in some way, be it with traditional methods, or with processes such as 3d printing, or as a part of performance art, mixed media and more. Artists may submit up to 3 works for consideration.

About the juror:
Margaret Boozer lives and works in Prince George’s County, MD, outside Washington, DC. Over the years, her studio practice of digging native clays has led to collaborations with soil scientists and work that explores the intersections of art and science. Noting cause and effect in the environment, she steals strategies to bring back to the studio. She is interested in the ways that beauty can foster stewardship, and how a small souvenir of soil can carry great meaning, stories, and emotional impact. Boozer is the Founder and Director of Red Dirt Studio, an artist incubator in Mt. Rainier, MD, and Co-Director/ founding member of NY Urban Soil Institute’s Art Extension Service. Her work is included in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The US Department of State, The Wilson Building Public Art collection and in many private collections. Exhibitions include Swept Away: Dust, Ashes and Dirt at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Her gallery is Michael Warren Contemporary in Denver, CO. Current projects include creating a soil museum with NY USI on Governor’s Island as part of Mary Mattingly’s land-based educational programs attendant to her floating food forest project, Swale.

Artist notification: Friday, June 11, 2021

Exhibition dates: July 2 – August 8, 2021

All application materials must be submitted online through their website no later than 11:59 pm EST on 06/07/2021.

You can find the layout for the gallery here:
Kaplan Gallery –
SketchUp plans for the galleries are also available upon request.

About VisArts:
VisArts is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to transform individuals and communities through the visual arts. Our vision is a vibrant, diverse community enriched and connected by the visual arts.

Founded in 1987 as a grassroots organization serving local artists and located in the heart of Rockville, Maryland, VisArts has come a long way since our founding 30 years ago – from a staff of two to twelve; from a 12,000-square-foot garage space to a 25,000-square-foot hub of community engagement; and from welcoming 2,500 visitors per year to now more than 30,000 visitors annually.

We provide children, teens, and adults with opportunities to express their ideas, develop their talents, connect with others, and enrich their lives. Our strength is our ability to bring individuals together through a shared creative experience, fostering exposure to new perspectives, respect for each other, and a more connected community.