Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Juried Exhibition Open to All Women Artists


A Juried Exhibition Open to All Women Artists

A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce the open call for CURRENTS, a timely and innovative biennial exhibition series. CURRENTS addresses contemporary issues that warrant expanded critical attention in the art world.
A.I.R.’s fourth presentation in the CURRENTS exhibition series will be curated by Anthony Elms, writer, Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and the Editor of WhiteWalls Inc.

Do you hear what I hear?

Curated by Anthony Elms

Do you hear what I hear? is a question posed by one person to another. Behind Do you hear what I hear? is a request—hope—for a connection between individuals responding to their environment. Work in all media will be accepted, or listened to, even as listening is directly alluded to in the title. How do you listen? It depends on who you are. Current affairs routinely offer tragic examples of the many-sided responses to actions and events in the world at large. Recent books such as Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me and Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric, directly speak to race and gender in the American social sphere, and elucidate how both race and gender too often render many citizens unheard, unseen, and unattended to.
Respecting the varied ways races, genders, sexualities and classes interpret the world around us, let’s learn to listen to the stories, histories, and traditions of many. This is an open appeal, to ask, “Do you hear what I hear?” to fight the dismissals and silences, because something is happening, even if you aren’t always sure what it is.
March 17 – April 17, 2016
March 17, 2016 from 6-8pm
Anthony Elms is Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and the Editor of WhiteWalls Inc. In 2014 he was a co-curator of the Whitney Biennial. At the ICA, his organized exhibitions include “White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart,” and the upcoming “Christopher Knowles: In a Word” (with Hilton Als). His writings have appeared in Afterall, Art Asia Pacific, Art Papers, May Revue, and New Art Examiner, among other periodicals. He has also written essays for many catalogs. He has independently curated many exhibitions, including: “Sun Ra, El Saturn & Chicago’s Afro-Futurist Underground, 1954-61″ (with John Corbett and Terri Kapsalis); “Interstellar Low Ways” (with Huey Copeland); “Can Bigfoot Get You a Beer?,” and “A Unicorn Basking in the Light of Three Glowing Suns” (both with Philip von Zweck). Recent publications with WhiteWalls include Karen Reimer: Endless, Helen Mirra: Edge Habitat Materials, and John Miller and Richard Hoeck: More Alive Than Those Who Made Them. Trained as an artist, Elms has shown at Gahlberg Gallery (Glen Ellyn), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), Mandrake (Los Angeles), Mess Hall (Chicago), Randolph Street Gallery (Chicago), and VONZWECK (Chicago).


  • $35 for 3 images OR 1 video submission (additional images are $5 each, 6 image limit)
  • After May 21st, the submission fee will raise from $35 to $40.


  • All women artists, including self-identified women, may submit original works of art.
  • Painting, photography, prints, drawing, works on paper, new media, sculpture, mixed media, traditional or non-traditional materials are welcome.
  • There is no size limit on artwork.
  • Installations will ONLY be accepted if they are complete. NO PROPOSALS.


  • All accepted work must arrive at the gallery framed and/or ready to hang/install.
  • Work may be shipped ONLY via FedEx, UPS, or may be hand-delivered to A.I.R. Gallery.
  • Return postage MUST be provided for work.


  • Images
    • 72ppi, JPG, RGB files only.
    • Longest side of image must be 1000 pixels.
    • Each image may not exceed 1MB and 1000 pixels in any direction.
    • Images MUST be oriented properly (ex: top of the image is up).
    • File name MUST not include first or last name (remember this is a blind review).
  •  Videos
    • .MOV format only.
    • Videos may not exceed 3 minutes in length.
    • Videos may not contain title, text or the artist name.
    • File name MUST not include first or last name (remember this is a blind review).


  • You must fill in all fields and upload at least 3 images OR 1 video in order for your application to be complete.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Applications will be reviewed in SEPTEMBER 2015. Please DO NOT call the gallery about your application status.



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