Art Hustle has announced an open call for artists for Violent Devotion - an exhibit that will be presented at Hamilton Street Gallery in Bound Brook from April 22 through June 3, 2021. Christy E. O'Connor (the founder of Art Hustle) will be the guest curator for the exhibition. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, March 14, 2021.
From religious fanaticism, to celebrity and hero worship, to personal relationships, what will some do to prove their faith and belief system to an individual or a cause? What drives one's devotion to the point of violence? Is it love? A need for power? Fear? Anger? Hatred? Manipulation? Violent Devotion seeks to uncover what drives one to extreme acts to prove their love or devotion to a person or a cause? Who has influenced acts of extremism? What institutions have nourished and cultivated these excessive belief systems, and why? How many acts of violence have been committed in the name of love or hate?
1) The exhibition is open to residents 18 years or older, living in NY, NJ, and PA
2) All media will be considered and must be original and by the artist
3) They prefer that work be hand delivered to the gallery, but will accept pre-paid shipment of work preferably through the Post Office with return packaging to and from the gallery
4) Artwork must be wired and ready for hanging and/or installation and must not exceed 60" in any direction. Please no saw tooth hangers. Size limitations for sculptural and video pieces will be considered individually
5) Two dimensional works on paper and other fragile surfaces must be framed with glass or Plexiglas, except with special permission
6) All accepted artwork must remain at the gallery for the duration of the exhibit. Upon delivery of work, the gallery has the right to reject work that is not consistent with submitted digital images
There is no entry fee to enter the exhibit. Accepted artists pay upon delivery, a nominal fee of $25, by cash, check or money order payable to Hamilton Street Gallery to cover costs for promotional mailing, hanging, lighting, and installation. Hamilton Street Gallery charges 25% commission on artwork sold. Sales will be finalized at the end of each exhibition.
Hamilton Street Gallery will provide insurance for work upon receiving art, during exhibition and up until work is picked up. Artwork is not insured while in transit to and from the gallery.
There are two ways to submit work:
A) Up to 5 digital file submissions will be accepted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or
B) Up to 5 images on a CD-rom can be mailed through the Post Office
1) All submissions must be in JPEG format in the order you would like them viewed with artist name and title of work. Images cannot be larger than 800x800 pixels at 72 DPI
2) An image list on paper, numbered in the order in which they appear on the CD, including title of work, media, dimensions, date, and price.
3) One page resume (please include phone number and email address)
4) An artist statement (optional, but encouraged)
5) An SASE for return of materials is requested
6) Video and performance artists should submit DVDs labeled with name, title, date, and price (all submissions should be received, not post marked, by the deadline date)
Please mail completed submission package in an envelope no larger than 9" x 12" to: Hamilton Street Gallery, P.O. Box 710, Bound Brook, New Jersey 08805 or email submissions to email@example.com
Christy E. O'Connor is an independent contemporary art curator from Monmouth County. Her curatorial practice largely focuses on sociopolitical factors and cultural issues that have been pervasive throughout history. Her background in education has driven her curation, as she continues to seek ways to engage with the community that will insight curiousity and lead to dialogs, that might not otherwise occur.
As a curator, O'Connor endeavors to highlight artwork that pushes boundaries through craft, process, and contextuality. Her background in education and personal investment in artistic activism, drives her passion to provide a platform for the many voices and perspectives that have often been overlooked, ignored, or shut out from so many of our institutions over the years.
Hamilton Street Gallery, located in downtown Bound Brook, New Jersey, is an exhibition space for contemporary visual art. They welcome both emerging and established artists residing in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. All media is considered and they encourage work that is new and experimental. There will be 6 or 7 annual group exhibits, some of which will be juried and curated by their gallery staff, and others by guest curators. Shows will run between 6 and 8 weeks. They will be thematic and versatile in nature, ranging from whimsical to the audacious, providing artists with the means to articulate their ideas about the world. Also, they hope to stimulate the creative pulse of the community by conveying an atmosphere in which to experience a focused, personal and enriching engagement with art.