Exhibition submissions

visual arts open calls and submission guidelines


BRING YOUR OWN BEAMER (B.Y.O.B) - Community Pop-up Exhibition July 13 - 21, 2018

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2018  11:59PM

SPACE is currently accepting digital, projection, or video-based artwork for a community pop-up exhibition, BRING YOUR OWN BEAMER (B.Y.O.B.). All submissions received will be staged in the gallery using overhead projectors, digital projectors, wall mounted televisions, free-standing televisions, mp3 players, digital frames, computer-based works, VHS and cassette players, cell phones, iPads and other devices. The exhibition will be on view from July 13, 2018 – July 21, 2018.

This call is open to submissions from everyone, regardless of artistic experience or  background, everyone who submits or brings equiptment in will be exhibited. Experimental, amateur, weird, sophisticated, edgy, sentimental and other proposals are encouraged. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, July 13, 2018 from 6 – 8pm. View more about the BYOB project at www.byobworldwide.com

 

How to Submit

SPACE has limited access to digital equipment (projectors, overhead projectors, mp3 players, headphones, TV monitors, computers, VHS players etc.) and encourages applicants to bring their own equipment for the works that they sbumit if possible. If you would like to bring in your own equipment, it must be playable upon receipt. Be sure to include adapters/cords where appropriate. Each component must be labeled with your name and contact information. Bringing your own powerstrip is encouraged. 

Applicants are welcome to submit more than one project for this show, (ex: a video piece and sound work), and should follow specific file formatting instructions for each category listed below. In person submissions will be accepted during the following hours:

Monday, July 9, 2018

12p – 6p

 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

12p - 6p

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

10a – 4p

All works will be installed by SPACE staff in the gallery. All entries must be accompanied by this signed waiver. All participants will have one week after the closing of the exhibtion to pick up their submissions. Items that are not picked up by Saturday, July 28th at 4pm will be donated  to a charity of SPACE’s choosing. 

We are not currently accepting:

  • Submissions that include more than the maximum number of files for each category
  • Submissions without appropriate labels or with missing components (ex: the correct adapters or dongles)
  • Submissions that do not include a signed waiver
  • Online submissions after Sunday, July 8th
  • In-person submissions after Wednesday, July 11th

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

 

 

FILE FORMAT REQUIREMENTS

At this time, SPACE is only able to accept the following file formats: .gif, .mp4, .mp3. Links to videos will not be accepted. All files should be labeled with the following requirements:

Last name, capitalized first initial followed by an underscore ( _ ) and number of submission beginning with 01 followed by the corresponding file extension. Your file names should look like SpaventoE_01.mp3, SpaventoE_02.mp4, SpaventoE_03.gif etc.

 

Video

All videos should be in .mp4 format and not exceed 5 minutes in length. The total file should not be more than 60MB. Some projects may be selected by the curator to be featured with sound. Featured videos will be presented on projectors. All other videos will be presented in one single loop on wall-mounted televisions with headphones.

If you are submitting VHS format, you will need to provide your own VHS player, freestanding television, and corresponding cables with your name and contact information labeled on each component in order for it to be considered for the exhibition.

The maximum number of videos all applicants are permitted to submit is 3. Additional submissions beyond the maximum will not be included in the exhibition.

 

Sound

All sound projects should be in .mp3 format and not exceed 3 minutes in length. The total file should be no more than 60MB. Some projects may be selected by the curator to be featured in the gallery without headphones. All other projects will be placed on one single loop and played on one of four mp3 players with headphones in the gallery.

If you are submitting works on cassette tapes, you will need to provide your own tape player, headphones and corresponding cables with your name and contact information labeled on each component in order for it to be consider for the exhibition. The headphones provided should be suitable for the general public.

The maximum number of soundworks all applicants are permitted to submit is 3. Additional submissions beyond the maximum will not be included in the exhibition.

 

Digital images (stills)

All sculptors, painters, movement-based artists, and artists who do not typically work within digital media are encouraged to send no more than 5 images of their work. These images will be installed on multiple digital frames throughout the gallery. ONE submission will be selected to print on transparency paper for the overhead projector. All other submissions will be compiled onto a USB drive and will be randomly cycled through on digital frames in the gallery. All files must be in .jpg/.jpeg format no larger than 2.0MB.

The maximum number of digital photographs all applicants are encouraged to submit is 5. Additional submissions beyond the maximum will not be included in the exhibition.

 

.gifs

All .gif files will be played on computers or cell phones throughout the gallery. If you are submitting a .gif, you must provide your own computer, ipad, or cell phone to feature the work with your name and contact information labeled on every component for it to be considered for the exhibition. If your project includes sound, you must also provide headphones suitable to be worn by the general public.

Files must not exceed 30MB. The maximum number of .gif files applicants are permitted to submit is 3. Additional submissions beyond the maximum will not be included in the exhibition.

 

Computer-based projects

Computer-based projects including but not limited to video games or animation will be played on computers, ipads, or cell phones where appropriate. If you are submitting a computer-based project, you must provide your own computer, ipad or cell phone with your name and contact information labeled on every component for it to be considered for the exhibition. If your project includes sound, you must also provide headphones suitable to be worn by the general public.

The maximum number of computer-based project applicants are permitted to submit is 1. Additional submissions beyond the maximum will not be included in the exhibition.

 

Cell phone projects

SPACE highly encourages projects that can be played on cell phones such as apps or animated games. If you are submitting a cell phone-based project, you must provide your own cell phone to feature the work with your name and contact information labeled on every component for it to be considered for the exhibition. If your project includes sound, you must also provide headphones suitable to be worn by the general public.

The maximum number of cell phone based project applicants are permitted to submit is 3. Additional submissions beyond the maximum will not be included in the exhibition.

 

All other projects

Other digitally based projects that fall outside of the aforementioned categories will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be accepted at the discretion of the curator. Please email Elizabeth Spavento, Visual Arts Programmer at Elizabeth@space538.org with details of of your proposal.


WINDOW GALLERY SUBMISSIONS

The Visual Arts Program at SPACE is committed to providing opportunities for individual artists, both regionally and nationally through exhibitions, talks, residencies, and grants. With a focus on artistic excellence, SPACE presents contemporary artwork that favors inventiveness and generates critical dialogue.

Due to a high volume of open call submissions, SPACE will be holding only one open call for Window Gallery exhibition proposals. This year's review session will be held on:

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Window Gallery provides a flexible exhibition platform capable of engaging the public and local artistic community. It is a shallow storefront best suited for small-scale installations or displays. Images of the space with measurements can be found by clicking here. Candidates are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Window Gallery when appropriate and to think about how the proposal relates to SPACE's mission before submitting an application.

SPACE is most interested in proposals that make use of the Window Gallery's highly-visible location in Portland's downtown arts district. The most successful projects consider pedestrians' daytime and nighttime experiences of the artwork and incorporate the depth between the glass and back wall into their proposals.

If you are considering applying, please be sure to include:

  • A brief description of your exhibition including details of your material, physical, and spatial requirements as well as any special equipment or technical needs.
  • Relevant artist statements that address how your proposal is situated in relation to your current practice, research, and interests. Please also relate how the proposed project relates to SPACE's mission to support contemporary arts, artist, and ideas. The full mission statement can be found by clicking here.
  • CV or resume
  • Up to 10 images (JPGS) that give a sense of the proposed work or works you have completed in the past. Images must be accompanied by the following information: title, dimensions medium, and date produced.

Applications may be closed periodically in the event that the exhibition schedule is full. SPACE will review open calls during the weeks after each review session, so please be patient in awaiting a response. All applications received on or before Sunday, July 15, 2018 will be eligible for the next review session. Click here to apply.

image credit: Maria Molteni, The Immortals, 11.7.14–1.16.15  

 

 

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