Call for Art: objectivity

A regional juried exhibition

Thank you for your interest in “objectivity.” This call is now closed.

objectivity Prospectus

The genre of still life continues to unfold and be expanded upon by contemporary artists. Arrangements of objects can reference the past and point to the future. Objects as subjects can provide clues to a narrative, bring attention to the overlooked and mundane of daily life, and question the subject positions of the artist and viewer. Gallery 263 invites artists based in New England or those who have lived in New England within the past five years to submit artwork that engages and subverts the still life genre, breathing new life into an old (time-tested) tradition. All visual and performance media (2D, 3D, time-based) will be considered.

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. Required artist statement that describes the submitted artworks as well as how they relate to your artistic practice. [maximum length 500 words]
  2. Submitted work demonstrates an awareness of the possibilities of the a still life genre.
  3. 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.
  4. The work is contemporary; applying the lessons of the still life tradition to contemporary concerns. 

Second Round Review:

Josephine Halvorson 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.

Submission Deadline: August 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Exhibition Dates: November 4–December 4, 2021

About the Juror: Josephine Halvorson

Josephine Halvorson was born in Brewster Massachusetts and studied at The Cooper Union (BFA 2003) and Columbia University (MFA 2004). She is the recipient of three international yearlong residencies, receiving a US Fulbright fellowship to Vienna, Austria (2003-4), the Harriet Hale Woolley Fellowship at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, France (2007-8), and was the first American to serve as a pensionnaire at the French Academy in Rome at the Villa Medici (2014-15). Her work has been exhibited internationally and is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co., NY and Peter Freeman, Paris. Selected exhibitions include SECCA (2015), Storm King Art Center (2016), the ICA Boston (2019), and an exhibition curated by Magdalena Campos Pons as part of the Havana Bienale (2019). In 2021 she will have a solo exhibition at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, NM. Halvorson is Professor of Art and Chair of Graduate Studies in Painting at Boston University and lives in western Massachusetts.

Image: Josphine Halvorson, Ride Control, oil on linen, 23 x 18 inches, 2012. (Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co.)

Banner: Josphine Halvorson, Road Drain [Detail], oil on linen, 17 x 22 inches, 2017. (Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co.)


This is a regional call, open to residents of the New England and those who have lived in New England within the past five years. 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.

Entry Fee

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