EXHIBITION DATES: January 2 - February 28, 2019
Deadline: November 12, 2018
Apply through Call for Entries

Webster Arts invites art submissions for our all-media exhibition, Freedom of Expression. For this special exhibit, artists are asked to respond to themes of censorship, bigotry, free speech, racism, and speaking truth to power found in the play “Alabama Story,” which will be presented by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. The play and exhibit will be presented concurrently, sharing audiences. Images of the work in the exhibit will be projected in the lobby of the theatre before the performances and during intermission. The theatre and gallery are a few blocks apart.

Artists are encouraged to interpret the theme broadly.

Alabama Stories tells the 1958 story of Emily Wheelock Reed, an Alabama librarian who refused to ban the children’s book, The Rabbit’s Wedding, that depicted a marriage between a black and white rabbit. The book was written and illustrated by Garth Williams, known for illustrations of E.B. White's Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web and The Complete Little House Nine-Book Set series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. More about the book and controversy can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rabbits%27_Wedding

Webster Arts is growing regional non-profit arts center that hosts national and international juried exhibitions in it's 2000 square-foot gallery, a nationally ranked juried art fair, a plein air competition, an autumn music series, and other community events. Our patrons are sophisticated art consumers. Juror Karen Gutfreund will select work for inclusion in the exhibit and for cash prizes. Artists may be selected for solo or 2 - 3 person shows in the future.

All 2D & 3D media is welcome within the parameters listed below. No floor or ceiling hung installations are possible at this time. No video.

JUROR: Karen Gutfreund

Monday, November 12, 2018: Submission deadline
Monday, November 26, 2018: All artists notified by email
December 10-14: In person delivery of artwork during office hours
Monday, December 17, 2018: Deadline to receive shipped artwork
Tuesday, January 8: Exhibit Opening Reception, 6-7:30, free and open to the public
March 1, & 4-8, 2019: Pre-paid artwork return and in-person pick-up during office hours, M-F, 9-5

ABOUT THE JUROR: Karen Gutfreund has lived in all four corners of the United States but has now settled in the Bay Area in California from New York City. She has worked in the Painting & Sculpture Department for MoMA, the Andre Emmerick Gallery, The Knoll Group, the John Berggruen Gallery and the Pacific Art League. She now resides in Saratoga, CA and is partner in Gutfreund Cornett Art, a curatorial partnership that specializes in creating exhibitions in venues around the U.S. on themes of “art as activism” to stimulate dialog, raise consciousness and encourage social change. Karen has been actively involved on the board of various arts organizations, is a member of ArtTable and the No. California TFAP Representative (The Feminist Art Project).  A curator of feminist exhibitions, Karen is also creating her own work, focusing on art as activism to effect social change.  She actively promotes the work of other artists as curator with national touring exhibitions.  She is also an art consultant – renting artwork to corporations and individuals.

$30 for up to three separate entries. Do not include detail views.
Entry fees are non-refundable

The exhibition is open to artists age 18 and older, residing in the US or abroad.

The exhibition will consist of two- and three-dimensional work in all media. Wall pieces must be wired for hanging and no larger than 48″ X 48″ without prior consultation. Free-standing pieces may not exceed 32″ X 32″ X 60″ or weigh more than 50 lbs. Accepted work cannot be substituted and must be available for the duration of the exhibit. No floor or ceiling installed work. No video.

All work must be the original conception and execution of the artist listed on the application, and not exhibited previously at Webster Arts exhibitions. No reproductions. Photographs printed on canvas or metal are NOT allowed without prior permission.

Submission of art assumes the work is available if selected. Please do not include art that is committed to another show.

Submit up to three JPEG digital images. Upload options for image files:
File dimensions:
 no larger than 1920 pixels on the longest side
File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)
File size: 5 MB maximum

The artist is responsible for the cost of shipping or mailing artwork to and from Webster Arts using FedEx, UPS, USPS or DHL. A return shipping label and return postage must be included with the artwork. Artwork may also be hand-delivered to and picked up from Webster Arts on the appropriate dates during the scheduled times.

All artwork is insured for its declared value from the time it is received through the time it is picked up by the carrier. Artists are responsible for insuring artwork during transit. Webster Arts receives a 30% commission on all exhibition sales. Sales are encouraged and generally are brisk.

Photographs of accepted artwork may be used for promotional purposes.