call for entriesPeaceable Kingdom: Animals, Real and Imagined
March 3 - May 19, 2013
Entries are Closed
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Peaceable Kingdom invites artists to investigate our storied and rich relationship with the animal world. The exhibition will explore the ways in which animals have been a presence in the visual arts as metaphors, totems, objects of fear, and sources of emotional attachment and affection. The history of human and animal interaction is filled with tales of love, unusual friendships, failed domestication, and fearsome predators. From Kipling’s ferocious Shere Khan to the early imperial menageries, human fascination with the animal kingdom has run the gamut from emotional connection, to economic exploitation, and even scientific curiosity. Throughout all of these interactions, however, the sense of wonder we feel when we encounter animal life has been an enduring theme that has informed their continual and abiding presence in the visual arts. Peaceable Kingdom encourages artists to meditate on these complex and diverse relationships, addressing such issues as antagonism, admiration, attachment, and even the politically charged issue of animal rights.
Stephanie Cannizzo, Assistant Curator, Berkeley Art Museum
Ms. Cannizzo has organized numerous BAM/PFA exhibitions including Andy Warhol: Polaroids/MATRIX 240 (co-curated with Fabian Leyva-Barragan in 2012); Ari Marcopoulos: Within Arms Reach (2009–10); Yoko Ono: Grapefruit (2007); and Black Panthers 1968: Photographs by Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones (2003). She overseas the museum’s Conceptual Art Study Center, making accessible the museum's conceptual art archives to artists, writers, scholars, and the public.
Cathy Kimball, Executive Director and Chief Curator, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
During her tenure at the ICA, Cathy Kimball has implemented a number of new programs including an annual NextNew presentation, focusing on emerging Bay Area artists, as well as the ICA's Night Moves program, which includes multi-media installations in the front window. She has curated several dozen exhibitions at the ICA, and has authored numerous exhibition catalogues. Ms. Kimball came to the ICA from the San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA) where she served as curator for four years.
$5,000 in cash awards, plus prizes to be selected by jurors.
Bedford Gallery would like to recognize Diablo Regional Arts Association, the Bedford Gallery Guild, and the Bedford Gallery Docent Council for their generous contributions to this exhibition.
Open to all artists in the United States, 18 years of age or older. Entries must be original work completed within the last three years. (Dated 2009 or more recent.)
Open to all media. There are no size limitations for entries. Please include specific dimensions with your entry. Bedford Gallery reserves the right not to accept exceptionally large, heavy, or cumbersome pieces. Work must be framed (when applicable) and ready to hang (wire, d-rings, or cleat). Acrylic glazing only; NO GLASS. All art must be labeled with artist's name, title, medium and year.
A non-refundable fee of $35 is required for application. This fee covers up to 3 entries. One application per artist only. Online submissions are not considered complete until payment is made.
Shipping and Delivery
All accepted entries must ship to be received by Bedford Gallery between February 11 and February 15, 2013. Shipped work should arrive in a reusable container with return postage or prepaid shipping documents and correct return labeling. Please label all packing materials with your name. Be sure to indicate insurance value for shipping both ways. Hand-delivered artwork may be dropped off February 11 through 15, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. only.
Following the close of the exhibition, artwork can be picked up May 19 between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. and May 20 and 21, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 pm. Please arrange for a representative to pick up your work if you are unable. Artwork remaining at the Bedford Gallery past specified pick-up dates and times will be subject to a $10 per day storage fee. Shipped artwork will be packaged and shipped beginning on May 20. Return of work without return postage or prepaid shipping documents will be delayed.
Artists are encouraged to sell their work. Artists receive 60% of the sale price for work that is sold. In the past, public interest in available work has been high and the Gallery believes such artist-collector dialogue is a vibrant part of exhibitions. All work must have a declared value for insurance purposes, even if it is not for sale.
Artwork accepted for the exhibition will be insured by the City of Walnut Creek from the time it is received and inspected by Gallery Staff until artwork is returned to the artist or artist’s agent. Delivery and pickup are the responsibility of the artist. During the exhibition, artwork will be insured against all physical loss or damage from any external cause. Insurance is limited to the wholesale value at the time of loss. If damage occurs and the piece can be repaired, liability will be limited to the cost of such repair.
Submission of work constitutes an agreement to the conditions set forth and acceptance that the decisions of the juror are final. Bedford Gallery may photograph and reproduce accepted work for promotional purposes. Artists may not withdraw accepted entries before the close of the exhibition. Bedford Gallery is not responsible for refunding entry fees or allowing artists to change submission information for artworks which do not meet above rules.