Pressing Pause: Living Life While Staying Put

COVID-19 has us all experiencing life very differently. Never before have we had to collectively and indefinitely quarantine away from friends and family, stand 6’ apart, wear masks, and rapidly learn new skills in order to survive. Hand sanitizer and toilet paper are valuable commodities. Lysol and bleach have earned our deeper respect. Cities are at a standstill, with closures everywhere and there is a mounting death toll that we’re reminded of each day. The unthinkable is happening right before our eyes and, as visual artists, all we can do is stay home and hopefully continue our practice. 

Anxiety, stress, fear, boredom, panic are now quotidian, yet, we must keep living. We must adapt to unemployment or working from home, and do our best to take care of ourselves and others, pay our bills, make tentative plans for the future, and steal moments of joy throughout the day. How and what are you, the artist, creating in the time of quarantine? How is this new duality of life being expressed? How are these changes being expressed visually?

    GUIDELINES
  • Artwork must be original.
  • Artwork must be related to the theme.
  • Artwork must be 2D or 3D. 
  • Artist must currently own the proposed work.
  • Artist must be currently based in New Jersey.
  • Artists can submit up to 3 different works to be considered.

  • DEADLINE
    Submissions close Friday, May 15th at 5pm EST. Notification of winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 26th.

    AWARD
    Artists will be selected based on creativity, artistic excellence, and relevance to the theme. A panel of curators will select the work and grant the winner $500 cash prize. The selected artist and their work will be featured on the Art House Productions’ website and social media for one month. Additionally the work will be displayed as part of Art House’s group show for the 30th Annual JCAST in October 2020. Artist will be responsible for delivery and pick up of their work.

    TO SUBMIT
    The Art House Gallery will be accepting submissions of 2D and 3D visual art only.  Submissions must include the following items:

    1. Images of up to three (3) works (in .jpg) to gallery@arthouseproductions.org with “Pressing Pause” in the subject line. Each image must be labeled with your name, title of work, medium, dimensions, and price. Files should not be larger than 5MB. Do NOT send links to your website or any social media channels; your submission will not be considered. 
    2. A short statement (about 3-4 sentences) about how the work pertains to the theme (for each submitted work). If you submit 3 works, you must submit 3 statements, otherwise your submission will not be considered.
    3. A short artist bio (please include your location in New Jersey).

    USE OF ACCEPTED WORK
    By submitting, artists agree the Art House Productions has the right to display, distribute and use artist’s submission for promotional purposes. Credit will be given whenever possible.

    JURORS
  • Andrea McKenna - Artist and Director of the Art House Gallery
  • Loura Van DeMule - Artist  
  • Miguel Cardenas - Artist and Art Educator 
  • Cheryl Mack - Director of Bridge Art Gallery 
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    CONTACT
    Any questions please contact gallery@arthouseproductions.org. 

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