Saturday, September 15, 2012
call for entries Peaceable Kingdom: Animals, Real and Imagined
March 3 - May 19, 2013
Deadline: January 9, 2013
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.
Printable version of entry information and guidelines (PDF)
Find the full details here: http://www.bedfordgallery.org/artopportunities/juried.shtml