Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Call for Entries: SPECTRUM/Exploring Gender Identification

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Call for Entries: SPECTRUM/Exploring Gender Identification

Deadline: July 29th, 2018

This juried exhibition brings to the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Gallery 51 a reflection and conversation on the gender continuum—exploring cultural and social issues of gender roles, norms and identification.

Because we all deal with issues of gender and sexuality, we hope to show work from a variety of perspectives across and beyond the spectrum. With work that examines masculinity, femininity and gender identifications between and outside of this binary. Numerous artists have used their work to examine, question, confront and criticize the relationships between gender and society.

The construction of gender roles informs a broad and fluid range of identities, such as heterosexuality, lesbianism, homosexuality, transsexuality, intersexuality, bisexuality, pansexuality, genderqueer, and being transgender or cisgender, among others, thus becoming an act of freedom, diversity and individual expression. An individual’s identity is comprised of a multitude of intersecting factors, including gender, race, ethnicity, ability, class and orientation. Many people now prefer to use the plural word “identities” emphasizing multiplicity, fluidity and change throughout one’s life. This exhibition turns to the ability of artists to confront the status quo and challenge cultural standards, providing a framework for discussion and change through visual arts.

Eligibility: MCLA Gallery 51 strives to offer exhibition opportunities to both established and emerging artists in all mediums. For selected artists or projects, MCLA Gallery 51 provides the location, installation and marketing for the duration of the exhibit. The Artist is responsible for the cost of delivering or shipping the work to the gallery and return shipping to the artist. All 2D work must be received framed and/or ready for installation.

Exhibitions Dates: September 27th – November 18th, 2018, opening reception Thursday September 27th, 2018 from 5pm – 8pm

Jurors: Arthur De Bow, Curator MCLA Gallery 51; Erika Wall, Owner Gallery 6/67 Santa Ana, CA; Kieran Swann Arnolfini Programme Manager, Bristol UK

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About: MCLA Gallery 51, run by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts since 2005, exhibits work from a wide range of contemporary artists. The gallery is located in downtown North Adams, 2 blocks from MASS MoCA, and hosts 8-10 exhibitions each year and countless events and happenings. As an educational and community space Gallery 51 provides opportunities for cross-disciplinary engagement, exploration of profound questions and serves as a hub of cultural activity for students of MCLA and the greater Berkshire community alike.


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