May 5 - 25, 2017
Deadline - 11:59 pm on April 3, 2017
ULTRALIGHT is an exhibition of artwork about disability, created by artists living with disabilities. VAE is offering a platform for artists who identify as living with disabilities to take back the narrative that is so often controlled by the medical field, media, and stereotypes. ULTRALIGHT seeks to exhibit work that challenges the viewing public to leave their preconceived notions and sympathy at the door, and experience artwork that tells the real story of living disabilities and the current state of access. The exhibition breaks access into three parts: physical, communication, and attitude. We encourage artists to draw inspiration from these questions:
- What physically creates a barrier to access?
- How does communication prevent access?
- How do attitudes surrounding disability prevent access?
- What does celebrating life living with disabilities look like to you?
- What do you wish more people knew about living with disabilities?
This exhibition is meant to empower people with disabilities who often feel left out of the contemporary art world. VAE is working to be a creative space where everyone feels welcome. If you have a comment, critique, or idea about how we could do a better job of that, please email Brandon or call 919.256.6856.
ULTRALIGHT is a juried exhibition, open to artists who identify as having a disability. All work must fit through VAE’s 104″ x 71″ front door. Up to two entries per artist. Juried with JPEGs. No media restrictions. Entries must received by 11:59pm on March 27, 2017.
Ruth Gould is the Artistic Director of DaDaFest, a disability arts organization based in Liverpool, UK, which delivers an international, biennial festival and organizes other events to promote disability and deaf arts from a variety of cultural perspectives. In 2001, Ruth established the festival by bringing together cultural organizations and artists to develop a 10-day event that would bring about social change through direct action, influence, and example and place disabled artists into the spotlight.
Ruth is seen as a leader and pioneer in this field and continues to be passionate about empowering disabled artists. Ruth meets with, hires, and exhibits work by artists with disabilities worldwide, including by being a board member for Michigan's DisArts. FUN FACT - Ruth is also a Member of the British Empire!
Project Seed Grant
As a part of the ULTRALIGHT exhibition, VAE is giving away two $250 grants to artists with disabilities who are looking for resources to begin new projects, further their current practice, and continue their creativity.
First - $300, Second - $200, Third - $100, (2) Merit Awards - $50.
Please use the online entry form to submit artwork details and pay your entry fee.
The form will ask you to:
> enter your personal contact information
> upload your JPEG entries OR submit a link for web-based submissions
> provide details about your entries
> allow you to pay your entry fee
VAE members - $10 per artwork/$20 for two pieces*
Non-members - $15 per artwork/$30 for two pieces*
* If this entry fee would pose a financial barrier to entering this exhibition please email Kyle or call 919.256.6856.
* Entry fees are non-refundable. Click here to join VAE!
Deadline for entries.....................11:59 pm on Monday, March 27, 2017
Artwork drop-off...........................April 27, 11-6 - April 2, 2017 11-4
Exhibition ......………………….….…....May 5-25, 2017
First Friday receptions…..…….….May 5, 2017 6-10pm
Artwork pick-up…………...........…..May 26, 11-6 and May 27, 2017, 11-4
To use the online form to submit information about and images of your work, please review these instructions for naming your files:
- All files should be named like so: 01_LASTNAME_TITLE.jpg, 02_LASTNAME_TITLE.jpg.
- Still images should be sent as jpegs should be at least 1000px at their widest dimension, not to exceed 2MB per image. 2D artists may submit one JPEG per entry. 3D artists may submit two JPEGS (one full shot and one detail) per entry. Follow the filename format for works as indicated above.
- Video samples should be edited to no longer than 2-minute excerpts. It is strongly preferred that video & audio artists submit their work online through clips or URL addresses to online sharing formats like Hulu, Vimeo, youtube, or dropbox. Videos submitted as uploaded files should be submitted as Quicktime files whose width is no larger than 720px and file size is no larger than 10MB (as that is the largest file eligible for upload on our entry software). Video pieces will only be accepted for exhibition if they are captioned, either with open captioning, that is integrated into the video or closed captioning that can be turned on when needed. Read info about captioning videos on Youtube, with iMovie, or Quicktime! Please only submit video art or video documentation of an art piece that requires video to be fully experienced. Do not send video walk-throughs of static exhibitions or video slideshows. While web-hosted submissions are strongly preferred, video and audio samples can be submitted on CD if necessary. Please contact Brandon Cordrey to make arrangements for CD delivery prior to the deadline. Follow the filename format for works as indicated above.
- Audio: Audio should be submitted as separate MP3 files. Each track should be no longer than 2 minutes. Follow the filename format for works as indicated above.
- Web-based: Web-based work should be submitted as a URL listed in the work sample list. Please only submit web-based projects. A portfolio website that features audio/video art and still images will not be considered.
ULTRALIGHT is open to any living artist with a disability. A maximum of 2 works of any medium, per artist may be submitted. Two and three-dimensional entries will be accepted. Work must be original and completed in the last 3 years. No copies, mechanical reproductions, molds or kit work will be accepted. VAE reserves the right to exclude work due to size or special requirements. Entries must be hand delivered to the gallery or mailed in a returnable container. Artwork submitted on behalf of an artist requires written and signed authorization from the artist.
VAE’s gallery space is fully accessible and we strive to make the submission process accessible as well. We encourage anyone to enter our open call exhibitions. If you need any additional information or accommodations in order to enter this exhibition or become a VAE member, please email Brandon or call 919.256.6856 for assistance. Visit our accessibility page for more information.
Ship artwork using a sturdy, reusable packing materials clearly labeled with your name and telephone number. Do not include return postage in case the artwork sells during the run of the exhibition. Following the exhibition, each artist who shipped their work should generate a FedEx label and email it to Kyle so the piece may be returned. Do not use styrofoam packing peanuts. Shipments of artwork will be accepted April 22-27, 2017.
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Raleigh, NC 27601
VAE will retain a commission of 30% for VAE members, 50% for non-members on all work sold during the exhibit. If a work is not for sale please indicate with NFS value in appropriate space during registration or on the consignment sheet. Click here to join VAE!
All entries will be handled with the utmost care and respect. VAE is not liable for artwork during transportation to or from the gallery but does carry a blanket inland marine policy that covers most fine art works and craft items up to $5,000. VAE reserves the right to refuse coverage to artwork with inherent vices, high values or that is deemed unstable. By entering into this show, the artist agrees to abide by all rules and regulations as set by exhibition guidelines.
QUESTIONS? Email Kyle!