Historically, photographs and video have been considered “documented evidence,” when in fact, all media can be elaborately staged, embellished, or altered to create a new fiction. How do artists enlist artistic license and engage with conceptual, mysterious, or sublime possibilities to deviate from or alter reality? Alternatively, how do artists utilize media long considered to be subjective, such as painting and sculpture, to search for the truth? Gallery 263 invites artists to submit work that considers truth and fabrication to Fact vs. Fictiona national show juried by Sam Adams, the Koch Curatorial Fellow at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Any 2D, 3D, and time-based work will be considered.

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Exhibition Dates: December 3, 2020–January 9, 2021*

*Please note that the exhibition dates have shifted and are subject to further change.

About the Juror

Sam Adams is an art historian and curator specializing in contemporary art. His publications treat performance, theater set design, public sculpture, and electronic media. He has taught at Tufts University, Emerson College and Northeastern University, where he advises students interested in museums, curating, design, art writing, and academic publishing. He has worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty Research Institute, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, and is currently the Koch Curatorial Fellow at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.


Artwork Size Restrictions & Details:

2D (painting, drawing, photography, etc.) Max Dimensions: 60” W x 108” H (40 lbs. max)

3D (sculpture, assemblage, installation) Max Dimensions: MUST be self-supportive or mountable; may not exceed 108″H x 30″W x 30″D.  Installations must be simple to assemble or installed by artist.

Time Media (video or audio): No length restrictions.  Submit with links to streaming (YouTube or Vimeo). Artists will be required to provide a/v equipment with selected time-based works. 

Size Restrictions of Artwork To Be Shipped:

Shipped artwork must fit in a box no larger than: 36”W  x  36”H x 8″D, 40 lbs.

Note on Size Restrictions:

We make these restrictions with regard to the capacity of our space, and we appreciate your cooperation. We are a 700-square-foot, one-room gallery.  Typically, our juried exhibitions show between 20 and 40 artworks.

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This is a national call, open to all US residents. Submitted work must have been created within the last five years, complete and presentation ready.


Online submissions only. Artists may submit up to 6 works. Work in all media is encouraged.

Deadline for Submission

Submissions must be received by Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM. No late submissions will be accepted.

Entry Fee

Payment of  $25 for 1-3 submissions, $40 for 4-6. Payment must be received by the submission deadline.

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