Thursday, November 13, 2014

Call for Work: Deadline 19 December 2014

Call for Entry now available:
"Joy" juried exhibit
Deadline to enter: December 19, 2014    

It is widely recognized that the arts can have a profound impact on health and healing. Art can infiltrate the challenging hospital environment with offerings of beauty, spirituality, humor and celebration. Art Saint Louis and Barnes-Jewish Hospital seek original works of visual art for two consecutive group exhibitions, beginning with the "Joy," exhibition in January 2015, and continuing with the "Tranquility" exhibition in June 2015.

Artworks submitted for the "Joy" multi-media juried exhibit should embody, illustrate or otherwise express concepts or imagery that evoke joy, happiness, exuberance, and vitality. The purpose of the exhibit is to meet program goals to (1) create an aesthetically rich, uplifting experience for patients, families and staff caregivers, and (2) enliven and elevate the emotional and intellectual atmosphere of the hospital environment.

This group exhibition will be presented in the hallway adjacent to the south lobby of the main campus of Barnes-Jewish Hospital off of Kingshighway in St. Louis, MO. Exhibition dates: February 11-June 11, 2015. The exhibition will feature approximately 15-16 artworks total.   

pen to artists 21 years of age and older living in the St. Louis, Missouri region and surrounding 200-mile radius. Chicago, IL and Kansas City, MO are not eligible.

The deadline to submit works for this exhibit is December 19, 2014. We encourage you to send your entry in before the deadline. No late entries will be accepted.

Two-dimensional wall-displayed flat artworks only. All artworks must be framed and displayed behind glass or plexi. No sculpture. Limit 3 (three) original artworks in all styles, techniques & media. Art Saint Louis reserves the right to affix artworks with security hardware if and as deemed necessary to ensure the safety of the artworks. No clip-style frames. No sawtooth hangers. No keyhole style frames. SIZE LIMITS: Final installation size, including frame, not to exceed 48" wide or 36" high/tall. Artworks must be completed between 2011 and 2014. Works created before 2011 will not be considered.

This program is designed to serve as broad an audience as possible, in a publicly-accessible space visited by people of all ages, races and social and religious backgrounds. Artworks containing or depicting nudity, violence, extreme language, sexual or political themes are not eligible.

Sarah Colby, artist and Arts + Healthcare Program Coordinator, The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO; and Jennifer Arvin, Director of Communications & Marketing, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Judging is done by JPEGs sent by email only to Limit 2 JPEGs per artwork: 1 full view is required. If artist wishes, 1 close-up/detail view is also permitted. Only JPEG format image files will be considered. JPEGs must be RGB Color (NO grayscale), 300 dpi preferred, minimum 800 pixels. Do not submit small or low resolution images. Title each JPEG file with your last name and either name it image 1 or image 2. Example: smith.image1. Artworks selected for exhibition that are delivered to Art Saint Louis yet are not accurately depicted by JPEGs will not be exhibited.

Entry form is required and must be filled out in full to include all information requested. Email form portion only with JPEGs. Entries that do not have accompanying Entry Form will not be accepted and artworks will not be shown to the Jurors. Download the entry form for this exhibit directly from the Art Saint Louis website here.

The method by which ALL exhibitions are juried at Art Saint Louis is always a fair and blind (anonymous) process. What this means is that at no time before or during the jurying process do our Jurors know the names of entering artists. The Jurors are presented all entrants' JPEGs in an anonymous digital image presentation and the only information provided to them pertains to the artwork and includes the following: artwork title, year, media, dimensions, and method of presentation (displayed on the wall, sits on a pedestal). Jurors are never shown the names of any artists. All artworks that you submit for jurying are presented one after the other in the presentation that the jurors view. So, if you are artist #25, your artworks/entries are in the presentation after artist #24 and before artist #26. From the jurying presentation and information provided about the artworks, the jurors make their selections for the final exhibit. Artwork selection decisions are in part based on a set of specific jurying instructions & criteria relating to the theme of the exhibit as well as specific conditions & rules of the Gallery. For non-thematic exhibitions, a well-rounded exhibit is based on the Jurors' aesthetics along with general exhibition criteria established for all exhibits by Art Saint Louis' Artistic Director. This is a blind process and at no time are the Jurors shown entrants' names, and oftentimes they do not even see names for selected artists until they arrive to the Gallery to view the final exhibit on the Gallery walls. Ours is a fair jurying process.  

There is no entry fee to submit works for jurying for this exhibit. Artists still must submit all other materials (entry form, JPEGs) and comply with the rules of entry in order to have work considered for this exhibit.  

All work selected for exhibit must be delivered to the Art Saint Louis Gallery ready to install. Artwork must be framed, displayed behind glass or plexi, and  equipped with hanging wire stretched across back of artwork. NO saw tooth hangers or clip-style frames. No loose plexi that is clipped/nailed to wall. No works that are tacked, pinned, taped, velcroed, painted on, or affixed directly to/on Gallery walls. Art Saint Louis reserves the right to install accepted works in a manner deemed necessary for a well-designed exhibition and/or for security purposes, including the use of security brackets or other security-related hardware or fixtures.

Artworks are insured at 50% of retail value during exhibit. Artist responsible for work in transit to/from Art Saint Louis. All sales are through Art Saint Louis with 30% donation on work sold to ASL and 70% to artist. Artist responsible for delivery of sold work to buyer at end of exhibit.

All artists whose works are selected for this exhibition will receive an honorarium of $100.

All artists whose artworks are selected for this exhibition will be invited to participate in mobile technology-enabled promotional campaigns to enhance audience engagement and promote the exhibition and the artists' work in general, via video interviews, QR codes and social media. Art Saint Louis reserves the right to photograph all exhibited works for web use and publicity purposes.

Artworks juried into exhibit are to be hand-delivered to Art Saint Louis on February 6, 2015, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or February 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. All exhibited works are to be picked-up by artist from Art Saint Louis at the end of the exhibition on June 12, 2015, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or June 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ALL works must be picked up by artist from Art Saint Louis by 4 p.m. June 13, 2015. Exhibited works may not be removed from the exhibit by anyone other than Art Saint Louis or Barnes-Jewish Hosptial Staff. NO artworks may be removed from the Hospital while on exhibit under any circumstances. Artworks are delivered to, installed, de-installed and removed from the "Joy" exhibition by Art Saint Louis staff and/or Barnes-Jewish Hospital staff only. 


  •  DEADLINE for entry: December 19, 2014 All entries by email to: We encourage you to send in your entry before the deadline. Late entries not accepted.
  • Jurying Notifications: Jury results will be emailed to ALL entering artists by January 21-22, 2015.
  • Accepted works delivered to Art Saint Louis: February 6-7, 2014, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Install exhibit: February 10, 2015
  • "Joy" Exhibition at Barnes-Jewish Hospital: February 11-June 11, 2015, Open 24 hours daily
  • Deinstall exhibit: June 11, 2015
  • Pick-up exhibited works from Art Saint Louis: June 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or June 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


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