East and West Kootenay youth* ages 18-29 are invited to submit visual or media art work to be considered for a professional juried exhibition at Oxygen Art Centre opening in June 2018. We invite young artists to select finished work or produce new work that addresses the theme Wayfinding: Identity and the Kootenays. The deadline is April 30, 2018 – please circulate this call throughout the region!
Wayfinding can be defined as the ways in which people (and animals) orient themselves in physical space and navigate from place to place. Questions to consider might include: How do you locate yourself as a young Kootenay artist, geographically, politically, historically or otherwise? How does living in or originating from the Kootenay region influence your art practice? If you were to build or draw a map of your personal relationship to this region, how would that look, feel, and be read?
This exhibition will pay professional artist fees and is open to young artists submitting in all mediums: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, video, sound, crafts and performance art. We encourage artists to respond to this call in an innovative manor, from the context of their own practice and interests. Jurors include Maggie Shirley, curator at the Kootenay Art Gallery; Brian Kalbfeisch, local artist and director of Blue Night; Genevieve Robertson, Executive Director of Oxygen Art Centre; and Stephanie Kellet, local artist and recent solo exhibitor at Oxygen. Oxygen Art Centre has been integral to the regional arts community as a steppingstone for professional artists; many Kootenay artists have had their first professional exhibitions here at Oxygen Art Centre. Canada council requires artists to have had a minimum of 3 professional exhibitions in order to receive funding, so this exhibition call is a wonderful opportunity to build professional experience!
* To be eligible to apply, you must have graduated from a Kootenay high school and/or have lived in the Kootenays 3 of the last 5 years
Submissions will be accepted by mail, email or hand delivery and should be addressed to the Oxygen Art Centre
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org Attention: Juried Youth Art Show Submission
By mail or drop off: Oxygen Art Centre, #3A – 320 Vernon Street Nelson B.C. V1L 4E4
Deadline: received by 5pm, April 30, 2018