Open Shelves Exhibit Call to Artists
CALL FOR ENTRIES: Open Shelves
An Interactive Book Arts Exhibition at the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library | Part of the Open Stories Exhibit Series of the DCPL-MICA Curatorial Practice Program
Deadline for Email Submissions: Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
Exhibition Location: Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library in Washington, DC. The exhibit may also travel to locations near the library or to other DC Public Library locations after July 2016.
Exhibition Duration: Selected handmade artists' books, called Open Handmade Books, will remain on display from July 1 to July 31, 2016.
About the Exhibition:
The Open Shelves exhibition will begin with six handmade books created by six book artists. These handmade books will be augmented and altered by community participants and library customers during the exhibition period. The Open Shelves exhibition provides library customers and community members the opportunity to become co-authors, artists, and collaborators of handmade books. No one curator, artist, or author decides what is most relevant or most important in the content of the books in the exhibit because the content is created and changed by the participants during the exhibition.
The focus of the exhibition is on community curation, collaborative art, handmade books, and the concept of 'Open works.' Coined by the late philosopher and writer Umberto Eco, 'Open works' are pieces that are finished by the user. Artist Keri Smith has popularized the 'Open works' concept with her interactive art books for adults, teens, and children. Moreover, the 'Exquisite corpse' concept loosely influences the exhibition because participants will collaborate and add content to the handmade books with subsequent participants adding content influenced by the work of previous participants.
This call is open to individual artists who live and work in the Washington, DC area, including MD and VA, and are 18 years of age and older.
Selection & Honorarium:
Artists will be selected by the Open Shelves Committee. Selected artists will be notified by email on May 3, 2016. Selected artists must submit their Open Handmade Books to the Mt. Pleasant Library by May 31, 2016.
Selected individual artists will be awarded an honorarium of $125.00 for their Open Handmade Book and for participating in the public programs. Your presence at one or more of the public programs is requested, not required.
No Entry Fee Required.
*Download the Call for Entry below for a full description and instructions.
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