Call for Art - FRAYED: Fiber Beyond Craft


ARC Gallery (Chicago, IL)

JURIED BY ARTIST JADE YUMANG --------- Exhibit Dates JUNE 26 - JULY 20 2019
Fiber works--from embroidery, stitching and sewing, to weaving and felting—have, throughout history, been relegated to the genre of craft and to ‘women’s work.’ Since the late sixties and early seventies, however, the women’s movement has broken through that pigeonhole, as many talented artists turned to Fiber as a form of expression that extended way beyond Craft. As ARC calls for work that uses Fiber as a seminal aspect of expression, we look to further "fray" the boundaries of this evocative medium.
With arms open, we welcome artists of all gender orientations to apply to the juried show entitled "FRAYED: Fiber Beyond Craft"

Break Every Fiber in Me

There’s nothing worse
than feeling bad and not 
being able to tell you.
Not because you’d kill me
or it would kill you, or
we don’t love each other.
It’s space. The sky is grey
and clear, with pink and 
blue shadows under each cloud.
A tiny airliner drops its
specks over the UN Building.
Everything sees through me,
in the daytime I’m too hot
and at night I freeze; I’m
built the wrong way for the
river and a mild gale would
break every fiber in me

- Frank O’Hara, “Nocturne”, 16-19

By facing the ordinariness of everyday life and its emotions, the poet Frank O’Hara goes through the ambiguous space of fleeting memories not as a form of sentiment, but a space of constant change. That unstable mindset of subverting the banal can be seen through how fiber is manipulated, sewn, stitched, woven, looped, pieced, stuffed, embellished, dyed, and felted into visual cues that takes you to an uncanny field. 

Fiber art now goes beyond the worn-out craft vs. art debate and is a lot more integrated into modes of making work. The potential of using techniques that we habitually encounter on our daily lives primarily through touch then highlighting that fundamental affect into transformative work is robust and boundless. 

Subsequently, fiber art is a conduit that is adapted to grasp evolving implications able to tackle subjects including but not limited to personal narratives, formal abstractions, body works, and political underpinnings. Its conceptual weight is the ability to upend ubiquitous techniques and materials to craft different perspectives and/or break its expectations. 

A Juried Exhibition at ARC Gallery, Chicago. Wed, June 26th to Sat, July 20th 2019

FEES: $40 for one to three images. $10 for each additional image (lower charge for students--High school or college students can pay a reduced fee of $25 per 3 entries with $10 for each additional entry (Please include copy of Student ID))
If paying by check, it must be received prior to jurying.

CALENDAR: All dates are 2019
Deadline for Submission of Applications: Sat, May 11 at 11:59pm CST
Notification of Acceptance: Will go out by email Sat. May 25. 
Work Delivered to ARC: Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat—June 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd between 12:00 and 6:00 (gallery hours)
Exhibition Dates: Wed. June 26, 2019 –Sat. July 20, 2019 
Opening Reception: Friday, July 28 from 6pm - 9pm

Juror Jade Yumang’s work primarily focuses on the concept of queer form through sculptural abstraction, installation, and performance. He received his MFA at Parsons School of Design with Departmental Honors (2012) and his BFA Honors in University of British Columbia as the top graduate (2008). He was born in Quezon City, Philippines, grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, immigrated to unceded Coast Salish territories in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and lives in Chicago, IL, USA. He is part of a New York-based collaborative duo, Tatlo, with Sara Jimenez and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Three “juror awards” will be selected for a small monetary award ($100 each); and awarded work will be featured on the ARC website. 

All mediums and materials are eligible including video and performance for submission.
Due to space limitations no large projections or media-based installations will be accepted.

Original works created within the last 5 years. All mediums and materials will be considered in addition to video and performance based arts. No projections or media installations will be accepted for this show due to space limitations. Open to all artists, national and international.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS / HOW TO SUBMIT: Submission is a two-step process.

1) All artists must fill out the online application. A link to this online application can be found on ARC’s website at under the section “News and Events”. (An online payment for show can be paid during this step.) You will receive a confirmation email upon completion of online application. 

2) The following must be submitted by email when confirmation is received.
▪ Jpegs (hi-res) of images. All images must be saved using the number corresponding to the image list on the online application form, the artists first and last initials, in capitols, and the full title of their artwork. For example: 1CKpathwaystobliss.jpg., 2CKheavensgate.jpg, etc.
▪ Please put "Frayed submission” in email subject line when ready to send images to gallery email.

Gallery’s email is: [email protected]

• Work must arrive by scheduled dates or will not be hung.
• A label must be attached to the back/bottom of each work with name, title, medium and price.
• Work must be presented in a manner appropriate to the artwork and be equipped for presentation. If work isn’t shown in the traditional gallery sense; it should still able to be displayed in a professional manner by gallery installers per artist specifications. 
• Images of accepted works may be used at the sole discretion of ARC for promotional purposes including but not limited to invitations, postcards, and website. Image will include attribution.
• Absolutely no Peanuts in shipping boxes!!!!
• Work must be able to remain in exhibition through exhibition dates. No work can be retrieved early.

If work is shipped, use either UPS or FedEX and include a prepaid return shipping label with your package.

No work which was not originally selected by juror will be hung. 

$40 for one to three images. $10 for each additional image (lower charge for students--see above)
If paying by check, it must be received prior to jurying.

PayPal- show fees can be paid on the gallery’s website or when filling out online application. If paying through gallery website there is a link on the home page titled “Pay application fees”. Payment can be made through this link.


Pay by Check- Send one check (total for all entries by one artist) made payable to ARC Gallery with the name of show and the name of the artist submitting to show written in the memo section. Send the check to: ARC Gallery, 1463 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60642

Works will be for sale unless noted as NFS (not for sale) on the entry form. ARC does not take commission on any work sold, but will act as a liaison for sales of the artists' work. However, any work sold and paid for via Paypal will have the small fee deducted from the sale amount. 

ARC exercises professional care when handling submitted work. We do not assume responsibility or liability including but not limited to accidents, damaged work, or forces of nature. Artists who feel their work is fragile should consider carrying their own personal property insurance. Again, the gallery will not assume liability for damage.

With the exception of hand-delivered and picked-up work, all work shipped to and from the gallery must be paid ahead-of-time by the artist. 

ARC will pack and make ready for return all shipped work and schedule the pickup. However, ARC will not make any payment or handle work that has to be dropped off for return. Please enclose A PRE-PAID return shipping label with the work. This should be, and can easily be, obtained online at UPS or FEDEX websites at the time work is being shipped to gallery for exhibition. 

Upon close of show, ARC will alert the chosen shipper that the work is ready for pick-up. Any checks for return shipping made out to ARC will not be accepted nor will handwritten Fed Ex shipment labels. All acceptable pre-paid labels will need a barcode for scanning purposes.

QUESTIONS: Please feel free to contact gallery, during gallery hours, should you have any questions about show, submitting work, or prospectus.

ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation
Gallery Hours: Open Wed-Sat 12-6, Sun 12-4; Closed Monday and Tuesday
1463 W. Chicago Ave 1st floor
Chicago, Illinois 60642
312 877-5760
[email protected]

Opportunity Opens

Tuesday, Apr 16th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Saturday, May 11th 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

External Site
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