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Call for Art-I.O.U.

  • Deadline:
    Oct. 18, 2007, 6:01 p.m.

MISSION 17's Fourth Annual Juried Exhibition

Juried by: Clark Buckner (MISSION 17), Jeannene Przyblyski (San Francisco Art Institute), Elaine Santos (MISSION 17), and Meg Shiffler (San Francisco Arts Commission)

December 7, 2007 - January 19, 2008

Opening Reception: Friday, December 7, 2007


The engine of our economy is fueled by personal and public debt. Credit card bills and student loans weigh heavily on many, and often accrue at interest rates too exorbitant ever to pay off. Mortgages have been extended to people who don't earn enough to cover their costs. And the federal budget is paid by loans from foreign creditors.

Psychologically, the dynamic too often is similar. We over-invest in others - parents, lovers, heroes, and icons - and expect the same in return. We make impossible demands, and suffer the inevitable disappointment of impossible expectations.

But debt entails more than burdens. We owe others also for their support and inspiration, for the lessons they teach and the pleasures they provide us. What we borrow often sustains us, gives us hope, or becomes the basis for self-invention. What we take from our predecessors situates us historically, orienting us in our pursuits and providing us with a sense of our place in the world. And our indebtedness can fill us with gratitude.

We valorize autonomy. But what about the debts we owe to others - are they sources of strength or debilitating? Do they arouse appreciation or shame? What do they reveal about our needs and limitations? What do they say about dependency, guilt, inheritance, and history?

For its fourth annual juried exhibition, MISSION 17 invites submissions of works that, in one way or another, consider the nature of debt.

MISSION 17: I.O.U. Submission Guidelines

Eligibility: Open to all West Coast artists. All media welcome.

Please submit the following for consideration:

1. Cover page including: name, mailing address, email address, phone number, and title of work
2. Artists Statement
3. Artist Resume
4. Image list (title, media, dimensions, date)
5. No more than 6 images (35 mm slides, Mac-compatible CD, or DVD with no more than 5 minute excerpt accepted).
*Please label slides with your name, number corresponding to the image list, and indicate "top" of artwork.
*Please label CD or DVD with your name, and digital images with numbers corresponding to the image list.
6. Provide a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient postage for the return material. MISSION 17 will make every attempt to safeguard submitted material, but cannot be responsible for loss or damage. Never send master slides.

***Artists will need to install and de-install their own work and provide own resources (including tools, brushes, nails,etc.) for install (11/27) and de-install (1/20)

Send submissions to:

2111 Mission Street, Suite 401
San Francisco, CA 94110

Drop off hours are Thursday, Friday, Saturday 3-6pm

DEADLINE: Friday, November 9th, 12 - 6pm **extended drop off hours

Accepted artists will be notified by November 20th and work will be exhibited at MISSION 17 from December 7th, 2007 - January 19th, 2008

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