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"Call for Artists: Don't Trust Anyone Over Thirty"
2003-03-21 until 2003-05-30
Real Art Ways
Hartford, CT, USA United States of America

DON'T TRUST ANYONE OVER THIRTY, is a series of six solo exhibitions, open to artists age thirty and younger (by the application postmark date: Monday, May 12, 2003), and living in New York State or New England. As Real Art Ways grows, their commitment to supporting young artists remains a touchstone of the organization. With a newly opened additional exhibition space called The Real Room, there are now even more opportunities for artists to exhibit their work at one of America’s seminal alternative spaces.

The DON'T TRUST ANYONE OVER THIRTY exhibition series seeks to develop our Visual Arts Program by using this new space and the publication of catalogues to give emerging regional artists an exhibition and publication opportunity at critical moments in their careers. While artists are permitted to propose the exhibition of existing work, the jury will place special emphasis on proposals that call for the creation of new work.

The jury will select work based on, in their view, the quality of the artist’s work, the innovation evidenced by the submitted work and proposal, the potential impact of the exhibition on the artist’s career and the economic and physical feasibility of the proposed exhibition.

Artists selected will receive an exhibition of approximately six weeks duration, a publication and will give an artist’s talk in conjunction with the exhibition. Projects will also be published on our web site. Selections from submitted slides/videos/electronic media that are not chosen for exhibition may be included in an evening presentation to the general public.

A printable PDF version of this announcement is available on the website.http://under30.realartways.org/


Artists living and working in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont who are thirty years of age or younger at the time of the application postmark deadline (Monday, May 12, 2003). Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be aware of Real Art Ways’ mission to showing critically-engaged work by artists who employ innovative conceptual, material or formal approaches in their work. See realartways.org for the organization's mission statement and a brief Real Art Ways history.


Jennifer Gross - Curator of Contemporary Art, Yale University Art Gallery
Barbara Hunt - Executive Director, Artists Space, New York
Barbara Krakow - Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston


Artists interested in this program should submit the following materials:

Documentation of work
- Up to six slides of recent or current work in a clear plastic slide sheet.
- Each slide must be clearly labeled as follows... TOP LEFT: Slide Number corresponding to entry form below. TOP RIGHT: ARROW indiciating "top." BOTTOM MIDDLE: Artist's name.
- Larger format transparencies, photographs and drawings will not be accepted.
- CD-ROMs or other new media work should be viewable on a Mac computer. Up to three minutes of new media work will be viewed by the jury.
- Original art work will not be accepted.

Current résumè
Include name, address, telephone number and email address.

A brief written statement that includes...
- An artist statement.
- Description of a proposed exhibition (which could include the work submitted, could be new work, or a combination of both new and existing work).
- Description of the significance of the proposed exhibition and publication to your career.
- This statement must fit the following criteria: 400 words maximum length, on a single 8.5”x11” sheet of paper, in Times New Roman font at 12pt size.

Optional materials may include one VHS video tape. The jury will view up to three minutes of your tape. Please clearly mark the tape with your name and address, the title of the work, and cue the tape to the segment you want viewed.

A self-addressed stamped envelope of sufficient size and with sufficient postage for return of your materials. Submissions without SASE, or without sufficient postage, will not be returned.

5. DEADLINE: Monday, May 12, 2003

Materials must be postmarked by Monday, May 12, 2003 and sent to the address below.

Under 30
Real Art Ways
56 Arbor Street
Hartford CT

Artists will be notified by letter no later than Friday, May 30, 2003. Please do not contact Real Art Ways before this date

Please address questions and inquiries to Jennifer Banach, Visual Arts Program Assistant, at jbanach@realartways.org.


Founded in 1975, Real Art Ways is a nationally recognized, non-profit contemporary arts organization dedicated to providing emerging and established artists with the resources needed to make and show new, innovative or experimental work, while serving the region as a showcase for, and advocate of, art at the forefront of current disciplines. Real Art Ways is one of a handful of such organizations in the entire country.

Real Art Ways is an active presenter of different art forms, including music, performance theater, spoken word, film, video and visual arts. Real Art Ways’ Visual Arts Program presents exhibitions throughout the year and also produces an active public art program, RAW Specifics, which commissions artists in the creation of temporary work in public settings. Former RAW Specifics artists include Mel Chin, Group Material, Mark Dion, Pepón Osorio, Ellen Driscoll, Karin Giusti, James Luna, Jessica Diamond, Jay Critchley, Lillian Hsu-Flanders, Josely Carvalho, Richard Baim, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Liz Miller and Nikki Lee.

Real Art Ways seeks an overall balance among artistic disciplines, between emerging and established artists, and among work of local, regional and national significance.

Recent exhibitions have included work by The Atlas Group, Aziz + Cucher, Yinka Shonibare, Sam Taylor-Wood, Cornelia Parker, Shirazeh Houshiary, Hanne Darboven, Mark Bradford, Panamarenko, Sue Williams, Charles LeDray, Kehinde Wiley, Mel Bochner, Tolland Grinnell, Tom Sachs, Shellburne Thurber, Olafur Eliasson, Josiah McElheny, Janine Antoni, Jocelyn Taylor and Spencer Finch.

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