Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Opportunity: Center for the Book and Art Museum

Call for Entries

Found & Bound: Inspired by James Castle

The Philadelphia Center for the Book is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In conjunction with an upcoming major exhibit, James Castle: A Retrospective there will be three book arts workshops and a small exhibit in the Museum Library, located in the Perelman Building.

The library exhibit, Found & Bound: Inspired by James Castle, will consist of four vitrines: one vitrine with Castle facsimile books; two vitrines with books that are made in the book-making workshops; and one vitrine featuring hand-made books made by the artists who are members of the Philadelphia Center for the Book.

This is a call for entries for the PCB vitrine. Work should represent a response to James Castle’s work, although it should not be an imitation of his work. Entries will be judged from digital images submitted on a CD. (No email submissions). Up to 3 works may be submitted and each may be represented by three images. These images are not for publication, but they should adequately represent the work. The deadline for submission is November 12 at 5:00 P.M.. The exhibit will run from December 1, 2008, to early April 2009.
PREPARING YOUR IMAGES FOR ENTRY - Name your files clearly, with your last name, title of the book, and the number of the book (i.e. 1, 2 or 3) Label the CD with your name in permanent marker.

FILE FORMAT: jpeg images, 6” on longest side, with a minimum resolution of 150 dpi.

ARTIST STATEMENT – Please submit an artist statement about each piece you are submitting. Please keep your statements to less than 200 words per piece.

SEND TO: Philadelphia Center for the Book, Second Floor, 728 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148. Please also let us know by email that you are sending a CD so that we can insure that we receive all entries:

This Philadelphia Museum of Art retrospective marks the first comprehensive museum exhibition of the work of James Castle (1899–1977), an artist from Idaho who, despite undergoing no formal or conventional training, is especially admired for the unique homemade quality combined with an acute visual sensibility that characterizes his work.

If you are unfamiliar with James Castle’s work, you may check out the following websites. In addition there will be a screening of the documentary film James Castle: Portrait of an Artist at the University of the Arts on October 14, 7:00 PM, Connelly Auditorium, Terra Building at Walnut and Broad.
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