Via Curious Matter & Art House Gallery:


ENTRIES DUE: September 8, 2016

EXHIBITION DATES: October 8 to December 9, 2016

VENUES: A Dark Wood is a special collaboration between Art House Gallery and Curious Matter. The exhibition will take place concurrently in both galleries. The curators will assign the venue for works selected.

THEME: “Midway this life we’re bound upon, I woke to find myself in a dark wood, Where the right road was wholly lost and gone” —Dante, The Divine Comedy When Dante found himself lost in a dark wood, he trusted himself first to Virgil to guide him through the temptations and torments of Hell and the penance and redemption of Purgatory, then to Beatrice to see the blessed souls in Paradise. Today, in these uncertain times of contentious changes in political office, struggles with heavy handed policing, and bringing rights to sexual minorities and other underrepresented communities, we may feel that we have lost our way to the truth. Here in this place of confusion and doubt, is where we need direction and guidance. Curious Matter and Art House Gallery are looking for work that addresses the theme of A Dark Wood, however your artistic practice may define it. Richard Serra’s immersive sculptures literally lead you into then out of that dark place; Diane Arbus made the neglected side of our culture her life’s work; James Ensor portrayed the sinister in the everyday; David Wojnarowicz unrelentingly tried to expose the death and suffering of a plague that most were trying to ignore. The curators are not looking to illustrate the theme, but rather to use it as a departure point to consider how it might intersect with contemporary art practices. Therefore, broad interpretations of the theme are welcome. (A catalogue will accompany the exhibition and the opening receptions will take place during the 26th Annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour.)

Application Instructions / Public Contact Information

CURATION: The exhibition is curated from the open call. This approach is distinct from a juried exhibition. Art House Gallery ( and Curious Matter ( open calls are an opportunity to look beyond established networks to bring together a diverse group of artists. The curation team is rigorous in the service of the artists, the exhibition and audience. In addition to the quality of the work, balance, space and other factors influence final selections. This means some excellent and appropriate work may not ultimately be included. We hope all the artists submitting work understand this and continue to respond to future calls.

MEDIA/DIMENSIONS: All media will be considered. Please provide accurate dimensions and installation views if needed. (Please include framed/final installation dimensions. Work that does not match the dimensions submitted may be excluded from exhibition.)

ELIGIBILITY: All artists working in any media.

FEES: NO FEE TO ENTER, accepted artists contribute a materials fee of $35.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received no later than September 8, 2016.

SUBMISSIONS: Please include all information. Late, incomplete, or web link submissions will not be considered or responded to. (Exception: video artists may include online links to their work.) 1. Up to 5 images. Postal submissions should include 35mm slides or letter sized color printouts. Do not send original artwork. Digital file submissions will only be accepted via email and must be in JPEG or PDF format, resolution set to 72 dpi, no larger than 800 X 800 pixels and no larger than 2MB. Please number images to correspond to Image List. 2. Image list. Numbered to correspond with your image submissions. Include image #, your name, title, date of work, media, framed size. You may include a brief description for each image, however this isn’t required. 3. One page résumé and 3-line bio. Include your contact information and an email address. 4. Artist’s statement. No longer than 1 page.

RETURN OF SUBMISSION MATERIALS: Include a SASE if you want your materials returned. Make sure there is sufficient postage. Materials without postage will not be returned.

NOTIFICATION: Accepted artists will be notified via email by September 12, 2016.

NOTE: Accepted artists must confirm their participation and ability to meet all deadlines by September 13 and provide a print-quality digital image for the catalogue by September 15. (The artist or the artist’s representative must meet all deadline dates, including drop off and pickup. We cannot offer alternative dates/times. Production time is short and staff is limited.)

DROP OFF: Drop off of accepted artwork will be Saturday, October 1, noon to 2pm at Art House Gallery and Curious Matter. Selected artists will be informed of which gallery they will be showing in. All mailed artwork must arrive by September 29 latest and include return shipping label/postage/etc.

PICK UP: Artists (or their representative) are responsible for picking up artwork on December 10, noon to 2pm. Return of mailed artwork with return postage will begin on December 12, 2016.


BY POST: Art House Productions Gallery, 136 Magnolia Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306

Made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, and by the County of Hudson, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive, and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.