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Call for student art - Provocations: The Art of Social Engagement

  • Deadline:
    Feb. 1, 2008, midnight
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Art Submission Deadline: January 28, 2008, 5 p.m.

Provocations: The Art of Social Engagement

A Juried Exhibition of Student Artwork

George Mason University

March 24-28, 2008

The art of social action, resistance, intervention, opposition has a history that stretches back to the earliest human mark-making. Today, socially engaged art in every medium and of every kind—from direct responses to social concerns like global climate change and war, to works that critique or spoof politics and power, to works that present alternative visions of human interaction—is a vital part of what’s happening on college campuses.

Undergraduate and graduate students whose work engages with the social are invited to submit artworks for a juried exhibition to be held in Gallery 123 in the George W. Johnson Center at George Mason University from March 24-28, 2008. The exhibition will accompany Intended to Provoke: Social Action in Visual Culture, the fifth annual Visual Cultures Symposium at George Mason University, to be held on March 27, 2008. For more information on the symposium, go to http://beauty.gmu.edu/visualcultures.

The exhibition will be juried by Mark Cooley, Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Technology at George Mason University. Mark is a new genre artist interested in exploring politics/economics, power, identity and visual rhetoric in American popular (and not so popular) culture. Mark's work has been shown internationally in online and offline venues such as Exit Art, Postmasters Gallery, Furtherfield.org and Rhizome.org.

Specifications for Artwork

Works by current undergraduate and graduate students in all media (2D, 3D, video, animation, web-based) will be considered. Because of space limitations, wall works should not exceed 6’x6’, and 3D works should not require more than 3”x3” of floor space. Videos and animations should be short (under 10 minutes).

All work submitted for consideration should have been completed within the last two years. Prizes will be awarded for three works judged best in show.


Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, January 28, 2008. Complete the attached entry form (or download at http://beauty.gmu.edu/visualcultures) and submit one form with each work entered. No more than two entries maximum per participant, please. Please do not send original slides or master copies of your work, as submissions will not be returned. Delivery and pickup of work selected for the exhibition will be the responsibility of the artists.