Prospectus

Self-portraits empower artists to expose both the humanizing and triumphant aspects of life. Beyond the veneer of social media selfies, self-portraits are a longstanding artistic tradition. Artists utilize methods of documentation and performance to autobiographically communicate the conditions and stories of their time. Artists based in the United States are invited to submit artwork that presents their understanding of themselves and of the history of self-portraiture. All visual and performance media (2D, 3D, time-based) will be considered.

Submission Deadline: December 10, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Exhibition Dates: February 10, 2022–March 12, 2022

Review Process

First Round Review:

The first-round selection process will be completed by the Gallery 263 staff, who will select artworks based purely on their fulfillment of the below criteria and the quality of the work submitted, without regard to the exhibit space, theme, applicant preferences, personal attributions of the applicant, or logistical considerations. 

  1. Submitted work is a self-portrait that engages with art historical references and thoughtful composition.
  2. Evidence of craftsmanship. This consideration disregards taste or aesthetic sensibility in favor of the work’s evidence of expertise and quality within the submitted medium.
  3. The work is contemporary:, applying the lessons of the self portraiture tradition to contemporary concerns. 

Second Round Review:

Francine Weiss will jury the work already selected in the first review process, making selections based upon the quality, creativity, and clarity of the artwork, as well as the strength of the artist statement, particularly as the work relates to the criteria for the exhibition. There is no predetermined number of artworks for consideration.

Artists will be contacted as to whether their work was accepted or not after the second round of reviews.

About the Juror

Francine Weiss is the Senior Curator at the Newport Art Museum in RI where she curates exhibitions of contemporary art, photography, and American art. Her recent exhibitions include “Hair Stories”, “Andy Warhol: Big Shot”, and “The Shapes of Birds: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa” among others. Her past positions include Curator at the Photographic Resource Center (Boston, MA), Acting Assistant Curator in the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art (Washington DC), Collections Manager at Fitchburg Art Museum, Curatorial Fellow at the deCordova Sculpture Park Museum, and Curatorial Fellow of American art at Harvard University Art Museums among others. She has taught art history at Wellesley College, Simmons College, and Boston University and has taught and advised students in the MFA program at the Institute of Art and Design at New England College. Dr. Weiss has a Ph.D. in American studies, specializing in art and photography, from Boston University and a B.A. from Wellesley College in English. She has received fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC), Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Research Center (NM), Center for Creative Photography (AZ), The Huntington (CA), and Harry Ransom Center (TX). She has published widely on photography and American art.

How to Apply

Applications are submitted through the online form below. Up to 6 artworks, represented as jpg files or video/audio links, may be uploaded to the form for consideration. Payment is settled either as the final step of the online application form, or by a follow-up payment method (mailed check). Selections for the exhibition are made by the guest juror. All communication and installation decisions are conducted by Gallery 263. Please read the full information below prior to applying.

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.

Artwork must be shipped using UPS, with a return shipping label included.

Eligibility

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.

Submission

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

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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