Portraits have long been used to capture more than the mere likeness of a person. The expression, setting and wardrobe (or nudity) of a subject convey details about that person's life and attitudes. The symbolic surroundings, hues, tones and level of realism or abstraction employed by a portrait artist can open the door to a subject's passions and emotions, failures and successes, hopes and fears.
For this exhibition, the Gallery of the Common Experience is looking for portraits, accompanied by explanatory statements, that reveal the mindset, mood, or emotional and psychological state of the subject portrayed. We want to see work that shows how visual language conveys thought and emotion, through the vehicle of portraiture. The accompanying statement should explain how design elements — composition, value, texture, symbolism, allusion, etc. — are used to convey the underlying emotional reality of the person depicted.
Portraits of all types — traditional, representational, realistic, surrealistic and abstract — will be accepted, but the subject must be a human being. Explanatory statements don’t need to be long, but they should explain to a general audience the connection between aesthetic choices and signified emotions.
All international artists, professional and amateur, and most art mediums will be considered. There is no entry fee. The gallery curator and staff will review entries and notify selected artists of acceptance. Please note: Each entry will be judged based on the combined strength of the artwork and explanatory statement.
Submissions will be accepted via an online form through 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Click here to submit work.
All entries must be submitted digitally according to the following guidelines:
Entries are being accepted in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, video, sculpture, mixed media, fiber arts, sound art and assemblage.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
The Gallery of the Common Experience does not post prices or accept payments for works sold while on display, however we are happy to provide artist contact information to interested buyers. Any works sold must remain in the gallery until the end of the exhibition.
All works will be treated in a professional manner. The Gallery of the Common Experience is not responsible for any damage to or loss of artwork while in the gallery’s possession or in transit. Artists may insure their works if they wish; shipping insurance is highly advised.
DELIVERY & RETURN OF WORK
Accepted works can be delivered at the gallery from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily during the receivership period. All shipped works must be packaged in a reusable container and received during the receivership period. The gallery staff will be happy to repackage works in the original reusable container. Artists are responsible for picking up works or arranging and paying for return shipping.