Arts Benicia (CA), International Call for Artists, Enchanted Realm: Metaphors of Natural Design


Arts Benicia (CA), International Call for Artists, Enchanted Realm: Metaphors of Natural Design

Deadline: April 1st, 2019, 10:59pm PST

From their call: This exhibition and associated public events seek to capture and explore the ways that birds influence our understanding of our place in the world. To understand ourselves and our surroundings, humans think in metaphor and view the world through an imagined lens. As the enchanted realm of birds provides a natural metaphor for the innate desires and aspirations of human existence, so too does it inspire the creation of art. The sheer scale of birds in nature, found in every earthly domain no matter how inhospitable, and their remarkable mechanisms of adaptation to land, air, and sea, contribute to our fascination.
The theme is designed to embrace a wide variety of artistic work, with subjects that may include avian behaviors; adaptations; structures such as feathers, nests, and eggs; birdwatching; technologies based on avian studies; bird symbolism; and other endeavors inspired by our connections with and love of bird life. All media will be considered, including: painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, sculpture, book art, video, sound art, and installation.

For information about installation works, or video or sound submissions, direct your inquiries to before applying, and use Enchanted Realm as your subject line.

Special note: Due to federal and state regulations, artworks for sale must not include wild-gathered or found nests, eggs, feathers, bones, or other bird body parts, unless the artist holds the correct agency permits. Feathers, eggs, body parts, and other elements ARE permitted from domestic fowl species, legally-owned pet birds, dyed or painted domestic feather “replicas’ of other bird species, and human-manufactured birds nest or egg replicas.

Juror: Sarah Barsness was born and raised in the American West. Her photographs, installations and mixed media pieces – which incorporate photography, printmaking, fabric, and other media – have been exhibited in the Bay Area, throughout the USA, Greece, Mexico and Japan. She is a past Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts, and a former Artist in Residence at Recology  – the San Francisco “dump.” She is an alumna of the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle,  where she also taught for many years, and received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Previously she was a full-time faculty in the School of Photography at the Academy of Art University and she currently heads the department of photography at Solano Community College.

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About: Arts Benicia’s pristine 2,000 square foot gallery is the focal point of a large artists’ community based in Benicia’s Historic Arsenal District. Arts Benicia is a community-based non-profit organization that provides quality exhibitions in its gallery and at other venues in Benicia, engaging public programs, stimulating workshops for adults, and inspiring family and youth art programs. For 28 years, Arts Benicia has been a vital part of the local and regional art community, furthering and supporting artistic development, and enriching the larger community.

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