Union Gallery

Submissions: Juried Group Exhibition

General Information

The gallery exhibition program supports the presentation of visual art that reflects a contemporary art practice by pre-professional student artists and professional artists including visual, interdisciplinary and time-based artworks, both solo and group shows. We also accept submissions for curatorial projects, events, and workshops. There are two exhibition spaces the main gallery (approx. 1000 square ft) and the project room (16’x10’x16’ a self-contained space located inside the main gallery. The project room mandate is to present installation, new media, time and sound-based works although other proposals will be considered.

Submissions for Juried Group Exhibition - Application Requirements

Exhibition theme: Art as Research

Works of art are often created through a process which mirrors methods of inquiry in other fields and result in products that embody these processes—the brush strokes, the edited video, the sculptural material, the inked paper. It is through these processes where information is generated, analyzed and interpreted. The studio experience is both theoretical and practical, where constant experimentation, problem solving, and intuitive decision-making is fundamental to the project of art making.

Over the past decade art-as-research has become a focus of interest in the arts and related disciplines. As a language art has the capacity to generate new forms of knowledge. It helps us understand our world through the formal and conceptual language of the senses such as visual, performative, literary or audio representations. Such imagined representations are based in the idea, where formal representations are not always necessary to communicate the concept.

With this in mind, in what ways do artistic discoveries emerge—spontaneously? Through deliberate processes? How does art examine truth through both fact and fiction? In what ways is the creative process uniquely positioned to explore the interplay between objective and subjective experience?

The Union Gallery is accepting submissions from 4th year BFA students for a juried group exhibition that seeks to explore the process of art making and the concepts or ideas that motivate the work.

The gallery supports the presentation of high quality contemporary art in the form of original, collaborative and experimental ideas and projects. For this exhibition we are accepting proposals of work in all media (visual (fine art), video, sound performance). Works in progress will be considered as long as they provide the selection team with a clear idea of the finished piece and if selected, they must be completed by March 1, 2017.

Deadline for submissions is February 27th, 11pm. Please submit up to 4 works you would like considered. Submit packages electronically to ugallery@queensu.ca. (attn. Jocelyn Purdie) saved in one folder or as a PDF.

Exhibition dates mid-March through May 12th 2017