OPEN CALL

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November 18 - December 31, 2017

Application Deadline: September 13, 11:59pm

For the Fall 2017 exhibition, UPROOT, Smack Mellon will present an exhibition engaging with the current state of affairs since the 2016 presidential election.

The exhibition will form around curated artworks, artifacts, objects, mandates, proposals, performances, and public programs. In collaboration with curators, collectives, and artists we will directly consider artwork and public programs that address: social justice issues, earth justice issues, creative action, and the future of the arts.

UPROOT 
definition: (transitive verb) meaning to remove as if by pulling up; to pull up by the roots; to displace from a native habitat; or in more broad terms can reference a shift or movement. We're interested in various interpretations of this definition.

The exhibition will run from November 18th through December 31st.

Artists and cultural producers working in all media are invited to apply for inclusion in the group exhibition.

We welcome submissions of existing works and proposals for new projects. All media will be considered, including but not limited to 2D, 3D, sound, performance, installations, time-based, research-based, speculative projects, and public programs. All submissions will be reviewed in the order they are received.

September 13: Submission DeadlineArtists are encouraged to submit early.

October 4: Selected Artists Will be Notified. If selected, artwork must be received at Smack Mellon between 10am to 6pm on November 13th. We recommend hand-delivering the work. Artwork can be shipped to the gallery, but Smack Mellon is unable to cover shipping or return costs. Under most circumstances artists will be expected to install their own work. Artists must pick up their work on either January 3rd or 4th between 10am and 6pm.

Gabriel de Guzman is Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill, where he organizes the Sunroom Project Space series for emerging artists, as well as thematic group exhibitions in Glyndor Gallery, including Nature Pops! (2016) and Prickly, Tender and Steamy: Artists in the Hothouse (2014). In honor of a decade of Sunroom Projects, his upcoming exhibition, Call & Response (fall 2017), will feature new work by 50 alumni artists who have exhibited site-specific, solo projects in Wave Hill's unique space since 2007. As a guest curator, he has also organized recent exhibitions at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, En Foco at Andrew Freedman Home, Carriage Barn Arts Center, the Affordable Art Fair New York, Rush Arts Gallery, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), and the Bronx Museum's 2013 AIM Biennial. Before joining Wave Hill's staff in 2010, he was a curatorial assistant at The Jewish Museum, where he coordinated exhibitions on Louise Nevelson, Harry Houdini, Joan Snyder, and Andy Warhol, as well as Schoenberg, Kandinsky, and the Blue Rider. His writings have been published in catalogues for Wave Hill, the Bronx Museum, Dorsky Gallery, the Arsenal Gallery at Central Park, The Jewish Museum, Rush Arts Gallery, NoMAA, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, and the spring 2017 issue of Nueva Luz: Photographic Journal. He earned an M.A. in art history from Hunter College, City University of New York, and a B.A. in art history from the University of Virginia. 

Thank you for your interest in participating in UPROOT!