What's Right, What's Left...





In the upcoming election year, what does democracy mean in the United States? It's time for artists to get on their soapboxes – whether it is a conceptual soapbox (Warhol) or direct Statement Art (Jenny Holtzer) and tell us what you think about democracy in America. 




What is happening within our borders with the increasing polarization of our political parties and how do our views of democracy affect those outside our borders when we try to spread the American Dream? Have we made progress or are we going backwards? Whether you lean to the right or lean to the left, tell us what you think about the current state of affairs.




How does increasing surveillance affect the tenets of democracy? We have both freedom and a lack of privacy in this digital and Patriot’s Act world as drones and wiretaps are commonplace and virtually unquestioned and unopposed; but do we have a voice in any of this Big Brother culture and with voting restriction laws being passed across the country to silence particular demographics of the American public.




How does the media portray democracy -- truth vs. spin? What is actually news versus entertainment in bombastic, biased editorials? Consider democracy in relation to civil, personal and political rights, economic gain, and the debate over freedom of speech, freedom of choice and freedom to choose to live as you wish.




What did our forefathers intend in the Constitution with the freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, the pursuit of happiness, etc. To whom do these tenets apply in a racially, religious and politically divided country? 




GCA is asking artists to share their voices in this art-based conversation about democracy and seeks art that address and interprets these broadly.










TITLE: What’s Right, What’s Left: Democracy in America




VENUE:  Phoenix Gallery, Landmark Arts Building, Chelsea


               548 West 29th Street, Suite 528, New York City




DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Must complete submission by Friday, September 18, 2015 at 11:59  p.m. in your time zone..




JUROR: Dr. Kathy Battista


Founder and Director of the MA Contemporary Art program at Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York and Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for Global Futures in Art, Design and Media at the Winchester School of Art University of Southampton. 




CALL FOR ART:  All media is accepted except giclees of original work and no size restrictions. Works will be chosen for the gallery with additional works chosen for the online gallery and catalog and shown in a looped slide show in the Phoenix Gallery. 




Works will be chosen for the gallery with additional works chosen for the online gallery and catalog and shown in a looped slide show in the Phoenix Gallery. 




This exhibition will highlight the work of Vote Smart and New York City’s Youth Poet Laureate program.                           




DATES OF EXHIBITION: January 6-30, 2016




ARTIST RECEPTION: January 7, 2016 




Eligiblity: Open to all artists






Artists may submit up to three works per entry with a total of three separate entries. Multiple views per piece are accepted when uploading images of 3D work. All media is accepted except giclees of original work. The use of giclees, if part of a larger work/collage or assemblage is acceptable. The artist will be responsible for any special equipment beyond pedestals (video monitors, etc.)




NON-REFUNDABLE ENTRY FEE: Payment of $40 per entry; non-refundable fee per entry after deadline date. The entry fee for full-time students is $15 per entry. One entry can include up to three pieces of art. Payments are made through PayPal.




SALES OF ART: A 60% commission will go to the artist, a 40% will go the gallery. All works sold must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.




DELIVERY OF ARTWORK: Detailed delivery instructions will be provided to artists accepted into the show. Artists are responsible for the costs of shipment of their work to/from the gallery and insuring their work during travel. 




TO ENTER, GO TO:   http://www.gutfreundcornettart.com/whats-right-whats-left-democracy-in-america-2016-phoenix-gallery.html




Please email us with any questions at gutfreundcornettart@gmail.com.




Karen Gutfreund and Sherri Cornett


Partners, Gutfreund Cornett Art




Gutfreund Cornett Art firmly believes in the arts as the catalyst to create social change and in creating exhibition opportunities for artists on themes of “art as activism” to stimulate dialog and raise consciousness and create social change and provide unique opportunities for artists, communities and our relevant non-profit collaborators to come together around social and environmental themes. 


We have a number of exhibitions planned over the next couple of years; please check our website, GutfreundCornettArt.com and our Gutfreund Cornett Art Facebook page for more info on shows coming up around the country.





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