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"Call for Artists: A Just War or Just A War"
2003-07-18 until 2003-08-15
Oakey and Roots Gallery
Houston, TX, USA United States of America

Call for entries for a Juried competition on the subject of "WAR" and the current world situation in Iraq. All selected work will appear in a group show at Oakey and Roots Gallery in Houston during September 2003. The group show will present the opinion and views of various artists without taking an official position on either side. The morality and ethical positions will come from the artists themselves. All entries have the option to be accompanied with a short written statement. These statements can be displayed along side their work, either explaining their work or their opinion of the war.

Juror Richard Williams is a long-standing artist of the Houston community. He holds a MFA in Studio Art and a BS in Art Ed. Richard is well versed in all media and has exhibited in over 150 shows including 20 solo shows. Recently Mr. Williams received the Robert Raschenburg award at the National Museum Award in Washington DC

Juror John Runnels has received grants from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County (CACHH), National Parks Service, and the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, for his work, which integrates the written language with painting and sculpture. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions all over the United States. In 1985 Runnels co-founded Mother Dog Studios, an expansive alternative studio and exhibition space in downtown Houston, Texas. As Co-director of the Buffalo Bayou Artpark for 10 years, an artist-run, non-profit organization dedicated to placing temporary art in city parks, he worked with the University of Houston Sculpture Department and CACHH to establish an international artist-in-residence program. Currently, he has been commissioned by the City of Houston to design public artworks, which will be installed at entry points along Buffalo Bayou as part of the cityís renovation and enhancement of the downtown district.

Juror Larry D. Johnson is a freelance graphic artist who has received several art awards and who designed the Texas Southern University logo. He is a graduate of Texas Southern University, a former art director, a member of the Houston arts community, and he is currently an executive with KTSU, "The Choice", public radio 90.9 FM.

Juror Charlie Jean Sartwelle has been active in the Houston area arts community by serving on the boards of the Lawndale Art & Performance Center, the Downtown Warehouse Art Crawl, the Buffalo Bayou Artpark, and Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts. She has directed interdisciplinary collaborations in performances and installations that were awarded grants through public and private institutions and she has received the William A Smith Endowment Award focusing on ceramics and sculpture. Through her directorship of the Buffalo Bayou Artpark, and her conversion of a 22,000 square foot warehouse into Mother Dog Studios, she has provided hundreds of local and national artists with working studio space to experiment and develop visual ideas for over the last 17 years. She has exhibited works across the nation, including the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, and she was selected in 2001 for the Art and Culture Delegation to China. Her work has received awards form the Texas Fine Arts Association, the Mexi-Arts Austin Annual, the Art League of Houston, and the San Antonio Art Institute. In 2002, she was the artist in residence at the Saint Ursula Villa School in Cincinnati, Ohio, and she is currently working on painting the endangered shorebirds of Bolivar Peninsula on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Awards

1st Place - $1000.00
2nd Place - $500.00
3rd Place - $250.00
Honorable Mentions - $100.00

Slides need to be labeled with the title, artistís name, size, and medium. (If the artist wants the slides returned, then a self-addressed stamped envelope should be enclosed.) There is a four-slide limit to submissions and a first, second and third place cash prize. The winning selections will also be published and appear on the invitation. There is a $35.00 fee for the first two slides and a $10.00 fee for each additional slide with a total limit of 4 slides submitted. Payment can be by credit card, check, or money order and sent with the entry form. If you have any questions, please call the Gallery at 713-524-2244, or email your questions to oakeyart@yahoo.com or sk_artist@yahoo.com

Media will include two and three dimensional work, photography, digital or computer-generated art, video, and sculpture. However, the main focus of the show will center on original two-dimensional images.

Size limitations are that it must be able to fit through a standard doorway without difficulty.

Entry form must accompany the slide submission. An artist statement or Bio is optional, and the typed or hand-written statement explaining the artistís work or position on the war is also optional. However, if one is submitted, we will assume that it you would like it displayed with your work. For an entry form, you may send a SASE to Oakey and Roots Gallery, 2427 Bissonnet, Houston. Texas, 77005 or you can download or print one from the Internet at www.artavodah.com.

Dates

August 15th 2003. Deadline for the Slides
September 3, 2003 Artists will be notified.
September 13th, 2003 Accepted Artwork must be at the Gallery
Sat. September 20th , from 6-9 pm. Artist Reception
Nov. 15th, The show will close
Nov. 22 Art will be shipped back.

The artist will be responsible for shipping and insuring artwork to and from the show. Oakey and Roots Gallery will retain the right to reproduce the selected images for publicity purposes relating to the group showing. A possibility exists for the show to travel across the country and for possible publication, but this will be discussed with the winning artists.


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