Southwest Contemporary is excited to announce a call for artists for the upcoming issue SWC Vol. 3: Inhale. Exhale.
Just breathe. Inhale… exhale… These words might be heard in a yoga class or read in a children’s book. In recent years, the growing popularization of mindfulness has made society more aware of breath as a tool to manage mental and physical health, connect with one’s body, and become cognizant of one’s surroundings.
Breath is unconscious yet foundational to life. The last fourteen months have revealed that breath is not always available to those who need it. Many people ill with COVID-19 were saved by or perished in need of oxygen machines. Breath has become associated with social and racial justice as protesters chant “I can’t breathe.” Further, suffocating wildfires throughout the West and Southwest are annual reminders of climate change and the preciousness of air quality.
Breath has become a symbol in contemporary culture for the value of human life and raises the question, who has the privilege to breathe easy?
For Southwest Contemporary’s next issue, SWC invites artists (18+) living and working in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah to submit work in any medium related to the theme “Inhale. Exhale.” Artists are encouraged to think broadly about these ideas.
Deadline: May 31, 11:59 pm MDT.
JUROR: CURATOR JULIO CÉSAR MORALES
This issue will be juried by Julio César Morales, an artist, educator, writer, and senior curator at the Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe.
Morales’s curatorial work includes solo exhibitions with Superflex, Suzanne Lacy, Nina Beier, Ivan Argote, Tania Candiani, Miguel Calderon, Claudia Peña Salinas, Yoshua Okon, Koki Tanaka, Jennie C. Jones, Miguel Angel Rios, and Pablo Helguera. His own artwork explores labor, migration, and underground economies, and has been shown at the Lyon Biennale, Istanbul Biennale, Singapore Biennale, and Prospect 3, among others. The recipient of a 2020 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, his art is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Kadist Foundation, and others.
Three selected artists will receive a feature profile article written by an SWC contributor accompanied by multiple images. Twelve or more additional artists will receive a two-page spread including one image and up to 300 words of text.
All selected artists will receive a feature on SWC’s newsletter and social media channels and receive a complimentary print copy.
Artists (18+) living and working in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah are welcome to apply with works in any medium: painting, sculpture, new media, performance, printmaking, fiber arts, photography, mixed media, music, video, installation, and more.
Three to five artwork images, artist statement, and bio must be uploaded directly to the submission form.
- Artists may submit three to five image, video, or audio files (no larger than 10 mb each) for consideration.
- Artists must ensure high quality of images (we recommend 300 dpi JPGs), but they do not need to be press quality. High-res images will be requested once selections are made.
- If video files are larger than 10 mb, please submit a smaller clip and provide a web link to the full file in your statement.
- Artwork does not have to be for sale, but we recommend submitting work recent within the last five years.
- Bio and statement must be no more than 300 words or 2500 characters each.
Entry deadline: May 31, 2021, 11:59 pm MDT.
Artists will be notified of the final decision by end of June 2021. If your work is selected, you will receive further information at that time. All selected artists will be included in the digital and print issue published in August 2021.
There is a $15 submission fee that goes towards supporting our contributing writers, editors, and staff (submission fees are non-refundable). If you are unable to pay at this time, we understand and urge you to submit your work for editorial consideration on our website instead. You may always submit your work for editorial consideration to our website for free. Please send three to five artwork files, your artist statement, bio, website, and any other relevant links to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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