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THE PROJECTS
Contemporary Art Space


AN OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS
FOR THE "OPPOSING FUTURES" EXHIBITION
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THE PROJECTS - CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE
In the heart of the FATVillage Arts District:
523 NW 1st Avenue, Ft Lauderdale FL 33301

ABOUT "OPPOSING FUTURES":

Human beings have always imagined what the future might have in store. Yet speculative fiction writers and filmmakers seem to have grappled with these ideas more than have the creative thinkers in the realm of visual art. This exhibition seeks to change that. This is your opportunity to stretch your imagination and create artwork that envisions what may actually lie ahead.

Will we solve the world’s health, water, food and energy problems? Bring prosperity to the far corners of the globe? Extend the life cycle? Weave technological innovation into meaningful and productive activity from youth through advanced old age? Expand civilization into outer space? Bring about world peace?

Or...will we succumb to regional conflicts, bombs and biological / chemical warfare, or digital takeovers, overt and covert actions, fears of “the other”, climate change, environmental destruction, epidemics, famine, floods, drought, wildfires, earthquakes, tornados.

Who will win? Who will lose? How will these and other changes affect our societies, and what consequences may flow from these changes? What new challenges will arise?

We invite you to create new scenarios based on the theme of “Opposing Futures", using traditional art forms and media, or pushing the boundaries to include performance, video, installation and interactivity. Large scale work (up to 18 feet in height) is encouraged.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES:
Extended to Friday, February 10, 2016

ARTIST NOTIFICATION DATE:
Friday, February 17, 2016

INSTALLATION:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
April 21, 22, 23, 2016

ARTWORK PICKUP DATE:
TBA

OPENING RECEPTION/ARTWALK:
Saturday, April 29, 6-10pm

2ND RECEPTION/ARTWALK:
Saturday, May 27, 6-10pm

3RD RECEPTION/ARTWALK:
Saturday, June 24, 6-10pm

ARTIST TALKS:
TBA


HOW TO APPLY:

To apply, Email all submission materials to leah@fatvillage.com with “Opposing Futures” and your name in the subject line.

SUBMISSION MATERIALS:

• Either images of preexisting work OR a sketch and written description of your proposed project including dimensions*

• Up to 5 images (or video) of previously made artwork

• A link to your website

• Your contact information so we can discuss any questions/issues that arise during the review process.

* we can accommodate work up to 18 feet in height


Curated By:
Leah Brown, Peter Symons and Elle Schorr

Leah Brown (MFA 2014, UM) and Peter Symons (MFA 2008, Pratt) are a husband/wife team who have been collaborating as artists and curators since they met as undergraduates studying sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000. They relocated from NYC to Ft Lauderdale in 2008, and began co-curating The Projects Contemporary Art Space in 2010. They have written for and received funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge to fund basic operations and expanded programming for FATVillage Arts District from 2015-2017. In addition to their curations, they collaborate as the art team for Art+Light+Space Studios, and each maintains their own separate studio practice. They were recently named Broward New Times’ 2016 “Best Curators of the Year”.

Elle Schorr is an artist / photographer whose work explores aspects of the changing urban / cultural landscape, and founder / organizer of the Art Salons at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach. She spends much of her time at museums and art exhibits locally and internationally. In 2015, she curated “Artists of Art Salon”, at the Armory and at the Armory Annex Gallery in Lake Worth, an exhibition of the work of 57 artists from South Florida who have shared their work in Art Salon presentations,


About The Projects Contemporary Art Space

The Projects is the featured exhibition space in FATVillage, Fort Lauderdale's Arts District. Built in the 1950s, this hanger-like space is over 8,000 square feet and features raw exposed concrete, cinder block, piping and electrical work, and a domed wooden ceiling with steel support beams. The space regularly accommodates huge art installations and events, and is the main feature of the Fat Village ArtWalks.

Materials we can supply for installations, exhibitions and events are: projectors, lighting, scaffolding, and more.  The space is also equipped with reconfigurable floating walls.  Please contact us with any questions.

FATVillage Arts District is located in downtown Fort Lauderdale and populated with artist’s studios, galleries & other creative businesses, spanning 4 blocks from NW 6th St. on the north, to 4th Street & from N. Andrews to the railroad tracks on the west side.

The Projects exhibition space was recently awarded the Knight Arts Challenge Grant, which is in part funding this exhibition. Other sponsors include: The City of Fort Lauderdale, the Florida Panthers, and most recently Whole Foods Fort Lauderdale.



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