Thursday, November 08, 2007

Call for Entries

Graduate Humanities Forum
Penn Humanities Forum
University of Pennsylvania
3619 Locust Walk • Philadelphia, PA 19104-6213 • 215.898.8220

Origins: Open Call for Art

The Graduate Humanities Forum at the University of
Pennsylvania is hosting a month-long exhibition on the
theme of Origins. Artists will be asked to explain in
their artist statements how their submitted work
relates to the concept of Origins. (For more
information on this year’s theme, visit the Forum’s
website: The exhibition
will take place February 4 – 29, 2008 in the Fox
Gallery, located on the University of Pennsylvania
campus. The exhibition will close with a reception on
Friday, February 29, 5 – 7 pm, in conjunction with the
Graduate Humanities Forum conference on Origins.

Visual artists are invited to submit up to three works
of art for consideration. Only 2D and 3D art will be

The jurors for the exhibition are Shayna V.
McConville, Associate Director of InLiquid, Martha
Lucy, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Renoir Studies at the
Barnes Foundation, and Sharka Hyland, Adjunct
Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania
School of Design.

The Penn Humanities Forum will award one first prize
($500) and two second prizes ($250 each), to be
announced during the closing reception on February

Artists may submit either slides or digital images of
their work. All slides or CDs must be labeled with
your name, as well as the title, date, medium and
dimensions of the artwork. The top of the slide should
be indicated, as well as corresponding numbers. A
completed and signed application form must also be
included, together wit a brief artist statement.
Digital files should be no larger than 8 x 10 inches
and 150 dpi.

All artwork must be ready for exhibition. 2D work must
be framed with a hanging wire. Nails and screws are
not allowed on the gallery walls, so installation work
and sculpture will need to be freestanding. Pedestals
will be provided if needed.

Submissions should be emailed to or mailed to:

Joseph Benatov
Penn Humanities Forum
University of Pennsylvania
3619 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6213

All entries must be postmarked by December 10, 2007.
Notification of accepted work will be made the week of
January 14, 2008. All artwork must be delivered to the
Penn Humanities Forum by January 31, 2008. Work may be
shipped or hand-delivered. Shipped work must have the
appropriate return postage and packaging for return.
Artwork may be picked-up on Saturday, March 1, from 3
– 7 p.m. Any works not picked-up or ready for return
shipment will be discarded.

December 10 Submissions due (postmarked)
January 14 Notifications sent out
January 31 Artwork received at PHF
February 4 Exhibition opens at the Fox Gallery
February 29 Closing reception, 5 – 7 pm
March 1 Pick-up of artwork, 3 – 7 pm, Fox Gallery
March 15 All artwork shipped back to artists


Shayna V. McConville is the Associate Director of
InLiquid, a Philadelphia arts organization. She has
worked in the curatorial departments at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Dayton Art
Institute, in addition to curating several exhibitions
at non-profit galleries. Her paintings, prints,
drawings and photographs have been exhibited
throughout the United States. She received her
Bachelors of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design
and her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of

Martha Lucy is the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Renoir
Studies at the Barnes Foundation. Dr. Lucy received a
Ph.D. in modern art from New York University’s
Institute of Fine Arts, with a dissertation focusing
on the relationship between evolutionary theory,
origins, and the representation of the body in
nineteenth-century French art and visual culture. She
is Executive Editor of the journal Nineteenth-Century
Art Worldwide, and a Regional Fellow in the Penn
Humanities Forum for 2007-8.

Sharka Hyland teaches visual communication at the
University of Pennsylvania School of Design. She
studied linguistics, Russian literature, and history
of experimental typography at the Albert-Ludwig
University in Freiburg, Germany and at Yale
University. She received her Master of Fine Arts
degree in graphic design from Yale School of Art, with
a thesis on Czech avant-garde art of the 1920s.

Fox Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania
The Bob and Penny Fox Art Gallery serves primarily as
an exhibition space for numerous outstanding art
exhibits throughout the year, highlighting works from
both within and outside the University community. The
Fox Gallery is run in conjunction with the SPEC Art
Gallery organization. All shows are held in the Fox
Art Gallery in the lower level of Logan Hall, located
at 249 South 36th Street, in the Perelman Quadrangle.

Penn Humanities Forum
The Penn Humanities Forum was founded in 1999 with the
goal to use humanistic knowledge and expertise to
promote an ongoing cultural conversation involving the
range of university disciplines and the general
public. Each year, this forum provides a setting in
which humanities scholars and students can put their
ideas and values to work on a specific topic, bringing
their research into a rich public conversation,
learning from those outside their field, and
translating the life of the mind into benefit for the
community. Each topic is explored in a rich program of
public lectures, performances, and exhibitions, as
well as research through the Forum's academic think
tank, and student activities through the Undergraduate
Humanities Forum and Graduate Humanities Forum.

Reproduction Rights
Accepted artwork may be used for promotional material
in conjunction with this event.

The Fox Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm and
is locked at all other times. The University of
Pennsylvania is not responsible for lost or damaged

Sale of artworks will be directed to the artist. The
Fox Gallery does not take a commission.

For more information and to download this call and
application form, visit:
Graduate Humanities Forum • Penn Humanities Forum

ORIGINS Exhibition Entry Form

Deadline: December 10, 2007 (Postmarked)

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