Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Whole 9 Yards

Deadline: November 12, 2009 by 12 midnight  (RECEIVE) & (Hand Delivery)

Fifth Annual Juried Exhibition
Off the Wall Gallery
Midwives Collective & Gallery
Philadelphia, PA
December 11 - 30. 2009

THE WHOLE 9 YARDS, Off the Wall Gallery’s Fifth Annual Juried Exhibition, a co-production of Midwives Collective & Gallery, focuses on work that employs, or is conversant in, any textile, fabric or fiber media. At the jury’s discretion, selected work may be exhibited at either gallery.

SUMMARY STATEMENT: Through November 12, we are accepting submissions from 2d and 3d artists using and/or interpreting textile, fabric and fiber media. There are no size limitations but please use your judgment and knowledge of each space’s configuration. While commonly employed fabric media, such as canvas and paper, do qualify, the jury will give additional consideration to artists who actively work to elevate media; for example:

- Creating wearable or usable objects through fashion or industrial design.
- Hand-making original materials by weaving or bonding, re-using found objects, etc.
- Embellishing everyday objects with embrodiery, deconstructing or re-interpreting them, etc.
- Employing any of these processes and others as stand-alone art forms.
- Using video, audio or photography to interpret or illustrate these media.

WHO WE ARE: Off the Wall Gallery is one of Philadelphia’s first non-traditional art spaces. Our formal founding year is 1978 but our roots date back to the 1940s when Dirty Frank’s began inviting local art students to hang their work. The gallery embraces emerging artists, avant-garde forms, strong personal and political perspectives, and fresh ideas.

The Midwives Collective & Gallery is a 21st-century women’s collective formed for the purpose of fostering community art making, culture and the creation of art history by maintaining a public arena for the display and practice of innovative, emerging art.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: You may submit as many pieces as you wish at $5 per entry. Jurying will take place from digital images on CD, which can be submitted as either jpgs or tifs.
ACCEPTANCE & AWARDS: If your entry is accepted, you will be notified by email on or before November 21 and receive all contractual and logistical information at that time. Up to $500 in cash awards will be made at the jury’s discretion. The winner of the Mary-Rowe Memorial Best of Show Award may also be invited to participate in a three-person, two-month exhibition during 2010.

SALES: The artist understands and agrees that all work exhibited is for sale; no “NFS” or “POR” work is allowed. Instead, the prices of all works must be clearly stated and cannot be changed after acceptance. Off the Wall and Midwives will both encourage sales during the exhibition and will retain a 30-percent commission on all work sold.

Bob Jackson, Artist & President, The Plastic Club
Jody Sweitzer, Artist & Curator, Off the Wall Gallery
Elizabeth J. Smith, Artist, Curator and Art Director, Midwives Collective & Gallery
Marlise M. Tkaczuk, Artist & Administrator, Moore College of Art & Design
Wayne W. Urffer, Artist & Assistant Professor, The Art Institute of Philadelphia

MAILING/DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS: Send or drop off entries and payments to: Off the Wall Gallery, c/o Dirty Frank’s, 347 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The majority of entries are dropped off. To do so, come to Dirty Frank’s between 11 am and 1:45 am (last call) any day of the week. Entries received after last call at the end of Thursday, November 12 will not be accepted. Cash is the preferred method of payment. Since Off the Wall and Midwives cannot deosit checks made out to the galleries, make checks payable to “Togo Travalia.” Please direct any questions to

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