“What is the point of making beautiful things, or of cherishing the beauty of the past, when ugliness runs rampant?” asks Alex Ross in the 2017 New Yorker magazine article “Making Art in a Time of Rage.” Ross later references a London gallery that, in the midst of World War II, prefaced the exhibition catalogue for Jacob Epstein’s flower paintings with a quote from Shakespeare: "How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea?"
It’s an age-old question. Are we as artists responsible for creating challenging works and addressing critical issues of our time head on? Are other expressions trite or selfish acts of escapism? Or can beauty be powerful? Can the act of creating beauty during a time of ugliness be a form of resistance
in itself, offering a vision of all that humans can aspire to?
In the spirit of Van Jones’ Love Army, and Pete Seeger’s banjo, Kehler Liddell Gallery (KLG) invites artists working in ALL MEDIA (visual, auditory, tactile, etc.) to submit works that: represent fierce expressions of beauty; offer an understanding of our shared humanity; create a profoundly needed respite or refuge. In short, works that show beauty and love as a form of resistance.
Artists may submit up to 3 images. There is a $30 entry fee, payable via the link below.
Please send the below information to: firstname.lastname@example.org, w/ subject line: JURIED SHOW 18
Contact Information: Artist First + Last Name, Address, Phone Number, Website
(up to) 3 Images (jpgs preferred), each labeled w/ Artist's Last Name_Artwork Title
Image List that includes: title, dimension, medium, price for each artwork
Artist Statement / CV (recommended)
Submissions must arrive NO LATER than 11:59pm, Wednesday, March 25th, 2018.
Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of KLG member artists, who have all been juried into membership themselves. Accepted artists will be notified by the beginning of April 2018.
Artists who need to ship artwork are responsible for the cost to do so. Sound/video files can be shared via Dropbox or Google Drive. Artists working in these media are responsible for providing and installing necessary equipment to display the works.
Click the "Buy Now" button below to be directed to PayPal to pay the $30 Entry Fee. You may either pay with your PayPal account, or choose to pay with Credit/Debit card: