GESTALT: A Film Photography Exhibition
Like most artists during the COVID lockdowns, distancing, and general lifestyle changes that have taken place, photographers have continued to capture images. Many artists are sitting on stacks of paintings that have been created during this time, and photographers are buried under rolls of film. We create in times of stress. Amidst all of the uncertainty that this year has given us, artists are still creators and we continue doing what we know to do. And so, we think it’s important to shine a light on the works created during this time…to not just move on from this pivotal pandemic.

We aim to mount an exhibition that demonstrates the following: despite how personal and journalistic in nature art-making can be, images translate as universal and truly resonate with a broader audience. The artist/photographer this year (despite being isolated) is part of a community who has experienced similar fears, joys, stressors and emotions in general. This will be an exhibition that portrays this uniquely uniting time that we experienced singularly.

Submission Guidelines:
Please submit up to 8 works for consideration. These works must be created from either bw or color film, resulting in a silver gelatin print or inkjet/c-print from scanned negative. Please do not try to pass off digital images as traditional film images…we will know! All works must be completed during the 2020-21 pandemic and must be presented professionally in black or white frames.

1. Email with “Submission” in the subject line.
2. Images: attach your jpeg images to the email. Each artist may submit up to 8 works of art. Please name your jpg images using the following format before attaching them: Artist’s Last Name_Title.jpg (example Gray_SelfPortrait.jpg). Images should be no larger than 1800 pixels on the longest dimension.
3. Include the following information within the email:
Mailing address
Phone number
Image information (title, medium, size, price)
4. While there is no fee to apply, Engine takes a 30% commission for pieces sold on behalf of the artist. Please price your works accordingly.

Exhibition Timeline:
Submission Deadline: Sunday, July 25, 2021
Notification Date: Sunday August 1, 2021
Artist Drop-off: August 27 (12-5pm) or 28 (10-3pm)
Installation: September 6, 2021
Opening/ArtWalk: September 17, 2021 and possible October 15, 2021
Deinstallation: October 22, 2021
Artist Pick-up: October 22 (12-5pm) or 23 (10-3pm), 2021

Curated By:
Julie K. Gray, interdisciplinary artist and curator
Tina Johnson, creator and director of The Darkroom at Engine

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