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ABSTRACT NATIONAL EXHIBITION
July 22 – September 24, 2022
Gladys and Karl T. Wiedemann Gallery at Mark Arts

 

JUROR | DOMINIC CHAMBERS
Mark Arts is pleased to work with Dominic Chambers as the juror of awards for the Abstract National Exhibition.

Dominic Chambers (b. 1993 St. Louis, MO; lives and works in New Haven, CT) creates vibrant paintings that simultaneously engage art historical models, such as color-field painting and gestural abstraction, and contemporary concerns around race, identity, and the necessity for leisure and reflection. Interested in how art can function as a mode for understanding, recontextualizing, or renegotiating one’s relationship to the world, the artist sees painting as a critical and intellectual endeavor, as much as an aesthetic one. A writer himself, Chambers draws inspiration from literature, especially Magical Realism and the writing of W.E.B. Du Bois, particularly Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk, and one of its central themes―the veil. A product of racial injustice that is a metaphorical lens through which Black bodies are observed and experienced, references to the veil appear throughout the artist’s work, whether in the large swaths of color that obscure the figures in his Wash Paintings series, or in his recurring use of a raindrop motif as both an active and passive element in his paintings. Many of Chambers’ compositions incorporate Fabulist elements, including ghostly silhouettes meant to be stand-ins for the artist and surreal landscapes that feel both familiar yet unplaceable.

Chambers’ work is in a number of private and public collections, including the Green Family Foundation, Dallas, TX; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA; and the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL.

Chambers is the recipient of the Robert Reed Drawing Scholarship, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2018); Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship, Yale Norfolk School of Art (awarded through Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design) (2015); and the Varsity Art XVIII Award, St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley, St. Louis, MO (2014). He has completed residences at the New York Studio Residency Program, Brooklyn, NY (2015), and the Yale Norfolk School of Art, Norfolk Historic District, CT (2015).

 

AWARDS

$3,000 in cash and many Patron Purchase Awards are anticipated. 

 

MEDIA LIMITATIONS
Artists may submit any two-dimensional abstract, nonrepresentational works in any media including watercolor, oil, gouache, photographs, acrylics, inks, prints, graphite, etching, charcoal, pastel, collage, pencil, mixed media and others.  Artwork must have been created in the past two years.  Works must be display ready with hardware included. Wrapped canvases are permitted.

 

 

 

ABSTRACT NATIONAL EXHIBITION CALENDAR

May 26                                  Online registration closes

June 4                                   Result notification emails

July 8                                    Deadline for receipt of shipped artwork

July 22                                  Opening reception

September 24                        Exhibition closes

September 27-30                  Hand-delivered artwork picked up

October 6                              Shipped artwork returned

ELIGIBILITY

The exhibition is open to all artists living and working in North America, both amateur and professional. Work must be ready to exhibit, created in the past two years, and not previously exhibited in a Mark Arts exhibition. Each entry must be wholly designed and executed by the artist. All artwork must be display ready with display hardware included. When appropriate, all work should be framed, matted with white mats, and glazed with Plexiglas. Each artist may enter up to four pieces. All entries must be for sale.

 

ENTRY FEE

Each artist may enter up to two (2) artworks for the base fee of $30, and any additional image is $5 (4 max). The entry fee is nonrefundable. You may pay on-line with a credit card or via PayPal. Checks and money orders must be made payable to Mark Arts. Mark Arts is not responsible for the loss or damage to any submitted materials. Mark Arts will retain submitted images as part of its exhibition records.

 

PRICES AND SALES

All artworks must be available for sale. A 40% commission is charged on all sales and patron purchase awards from this exhibition. The artist is responsible for including this commission in the price stated on the entry form. Sales tax will be added to the price of the work when it is sold. All work may also be for sale online at Mark Arts Online Sales Gallery.

 

JUDGING

All entries will be judged from digital images (JPEG format). If upon delivery, an accepted artwork is found to have been misrepresented it may be disqualified. Award winners will be selected by the juror and all decisions are final. Patron Purchase Awards are selected by the individual patrons or their representatives.

 

CATALOG

Mark Arts publishes an illustrated catalog with all accepted entries. A complimentary copy will be mailed to each entrant.

 

DELIVERY AND RETURN OF ARTWORK

Selected artworks for exhibition may be shipped or hand-delivered to Mark Arts. All works must be received no later than July 8, 2022. The artist is responsible for all shipping costs and in-transit insurance to and from Mark Arts. Shipped artwork must be sent prepaid in substantial, reusable containers. Instructions and payment for return shipping and a self-addressed shipping label should accompany the delivered artwork. (Prepaid UPS or FedEx label for return shipping is required.) Hand delivered artwork may be brought directly to Mark Arts, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Call 316.932.1784 for questions or appointments.

 

RESPONSIBILITY

While every care will be exercised in the handling of all works submitted, Mark Arts cannot assume liability for any loss of or damage to artwork in transportation or otherwise.

 

FOR QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT

Mark Arts
Abstract National Exhibition
Attn: Chloe Lang
1307 N. Rock Road
Wichita, KS 67206
316.932.1784
chloe@markartsks.com

 

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