Biannual Call for Entries

The Appalachian Center for Craft Exhibition Committee is calling for art work to be displayed in all three galleries at the satellite campus. The committee is reviewing digital photos for solo or group exhibitions in any medium for 2010-2011. The last call for entries was in 2007, and more than 100 people applied. About 10 of those who entered made it into the gallery.

“Bringing in national and international artist to the Craft Center gives students a different perspective on contemporary fine craft that they would not otherwise fine with regional artist,” said Gallery Manager Gail Looper.

Artists can enter either a solo or group exhibition, but it is the responsibility of the applicants to find others with which to pool their work. All exhibitions must fill a gallery. The galleries range in size from 406 to 1430 square feet.

“We have been fortunate to have an extremely high caliber of entries in the past,” said Looper. “The process is very competitive.”

Prospective artists are to send 20 digital images to Looper at the Craft Center along with image descriptions, a resume, an artist statement, a $25 juror fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope by March 31.

“There is a jury process after the deadline,” said Looper, “and we are looking forward to seeing new applicants’ work.”

Craft Center faculty, artists in residence and Looper compose the jury panel. They view the images and score them on a scale of one to five. The entries that are ranked highly are then viewed again to determine which gallery in which they would best fit.

The call for entries has been a part of the exhibition program since the Craft Center opened in December 1979. Most of the exhibitions, other than those of students, faculty and artists in residence, come from entries received this way.

According to Looper, some of the most interesting installations have transformed the gallery.

“The first one that comes to mind is an installation where we actually made a pond in Gallery Two,” stated Looper. “That exhibition space became a Japanese garden.”

All works entered will be insured, and the gallery will pay for one-way shipping up to $300. There is a 40 percent gallery commission on all sales.

For more information, go to http://www.tntech.edu/craftcenter or send an e-mail to accexhibit@tntech.edu.