On to New Horizons

Call to Art Makers living/working in Oregon
for an Open/Invitational

Deadline: September 12, 2021

Date of Exhibition: November 18 – December 29, 2021

In 2020, The Arts Center asked art makers to think about what “home” meant to us all in the year-end Home Sweet Home exhibit. At that time, our homes were our prison and/or our sanctuary. This year, we have seen signs of hope and getting back to what once was called “normal”, after the intense time of restrictions.

For the 2021 Winter show, The Arts Center seeks artworks that contemplates the notion of going On to New Horizons.

How can we express our regained freedom of movement and re-emergence back in the world? Interpretation of a “new horizon” can be literal, (now that we can venture out again), or metaphoric, (an escape of the confinement in which we all lived). May this show inspire dreams of our renewed possibilities:  about community, about travel to exotic places or to our own backyards. Visits with friends at gatherings and festivals, and meeting new people are other subjects to explore. There is an opportunity for storytelling and representational art, but also for more conceptual and abstract artwork. 

  • On to New Horizons will be a hybrid invitational and non-juried exhibit.
  • Registration is required by Sunday, September 12, 2021 via online submission form.
  • All art makers and creatives will be notified that their work submission has been received. Emails confirming decisions of the selection committee will be sent October 1, 2021. This is our holiday show, you may consider the gift appeal of your work. 
  • All submitting art makers and creatives must include a short statement about what On to New Horizons means to you, and how it is expressed in your artwork. 

This Call is for all visual art media, literary short prose and poetry, music and recorded dance performances! The recorded literary readings and performative arts videos will be played on a monitor in the gallery and shared online. Literary arts submissions will also be collected in a loose leaf book to enjoy reading in the gallery. We will schedule a “Read-In” for our writers and the public. 

We welcome artists of all ages and levels of experience. We encourage a diverse selection of artists to sign up, including artists from traditionally or currently underserved communities including (but is not limited to): artists from rural communities, emerging artists, artists from communities of color, LGBTQ+, artists who are self-taught, and artists new to creating artwork. We welcome artists regardless of citizenship status, color, familial status, gender identity or expression, religious observance, sex, sexual orientation, and sources or level of income. 

To access accommodations needed to support signing up for this show, please contact Curator, Hester Coucke, hester@theartscenter.net and/or 541-754-1551, Ext. 658. Monday – Thursday, 9:30 am – 2 pm.

Visual art:

  • 2 D, ready to be hung on the wall, no larger than the sum of 72 inches (height + weight = 72”).
  • 3 D, safe to display on a pedestal, weight not exceeding 25 lbs.

Literary arts:

  • Written version for display in the gallery and/or audio/video recorded files (max. 2 minutes) on a stick or upload.  MP3 and MP4 only.

Music and Dance:

  • On audio/video file (approx. 2 minutes) on a memory stick or upload 
  • We are considering the opportunity for live performance, depending on the Covid-19 situation in November and December 2021.

Disclaimer: Registration for this exhibit constitutes agreement with the parameters below and giving permission to use images of the work for promotion of the exhibit and The Arts Center.

Terms and Parameters:

  • Non-juried work cannot be substituted for accepted work.
  • Artwork must be available for the duration of the exhibit.
  • Artists are responsible for delivery/transportation to and from The Arts Center.
  • Pieces must be ready to hang or install (we do not accept saw tooth hangers). If not, staff can choose to exclude work.
  • Artworks must be identified with a label on the back or bottom, either your own label or TAC label provided with notification.
    • Labels must include: artist name, title of the work and email address or phone number.
  • Fragile surfaces must be protected by glass or Plexiglas; for special display methods the artist needs to supply materials and clear instructions.
  • Artwork must be for sale. The Arts Center will receive a 50% commission on all sales or if artists can specify to donate 100% on submission form.
  •  Insurance will be provided during the exhibition. All work will be reimbursed for the full commission of the sales price declared in the submission process.
  • The Arts Center will not be responsible for loss or damage to artworks left at TAC after Monday January 3, 2021.
  • Work left after January 31, 2022 will be considered a donation to The Arts Center.
Dates to Remember
September 12, 2021Deadline for submissions
October 1, 2021Notifications
TBDSelected work delivered to Arts Center
November 18 – December 29, 2021Art Exhibition, Artwork Documentation, Opportunities for Community Conversations

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