Material Matters 2017

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What is art and what is design? Where is the line? Is there a line? When did the concept of functionality become antithetical to fine art? What is the role of design in art and art in design? Must we still refer way back to Plato, who identifies only music and poetry as fine arts, relegating the work of the hand as lowly materiality? Surely, nearly a quarter into the 21st century, we must re-assess our thoughts about where boundaries exist now. While we create new definitions for community, and new paradigms for communication, where do the visual arts fit in? We are surely bound by our materiality. Ours are the “too, too solid flesh” of the arts — actual, not virtual, art in three dimensions. We may be the last bastion of brilliance in designing the material world, and isn’t this the right time to celebrate that?

This year’s national juried exhibition, Material Matters, is seeking work that explores ideas about form and function in work using clay, glass, wood or metal alone or in combination. If your work inhabits these boundaries, we are looking for you!

This show will require submissions of at least 4 pieces from each artist, with a maximum of two views of each piece, for a total of 8 possible images. Extra images may be purchased and is encouraged. Work that has been mass produced or commercially made will not be accepted.

Our juror, Lilian Tone, Assistant Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA, will select several pieces from each artist which will be shown together to illuminate each artist’s vision and scope.

Exhibit Dates:  September 23 – October 15, 2017

Material Matters Prospectus