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2024 MSA Select, Birmingham Open Call

Overview

Mid-South Sculpture Alliance (MSA) is excited to present 2024 MSA Select, Birmingham, a juried exhibition held at the Vulcan Materials Gallery at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) and juried by Vanessa German. This exhibition will be on view during MSA’s 2024 Conference in Birmingham, AL.

This exhibition fosters MSA’s mission to advance the creation and awareness of sculpture in its many and varied forms and promote a supportive environment for sculpture and sculptors. Selected sculptures will offer a dynamic exhibition highlighting a variety of techniques, media and content. 

MSA Professional Member Artists are encouraged to submit up to three artworks for consideration.

Application and Exhibit Timeline

Call opens: June 2
Deadline for submission: August 11
Artists to be notified: September 15
Shipping artwork deadline: October 18
In-person delivery deadline: October 18
Installation dates: October 18 - 23
Exhibition dates: October 24 - November 15, 2024 
Exhibition Reception: November 8, 5:30-9pm
De-installation dates: November 16-20                                             

Artist Eligibility

  • This opportunity is open to all professional visual artists, aged 18 and older, who are current or new Professional members of MSA. 

  • Each applicant may enter up to THREE artworks; all entries must have been conceived and created by the artist submitting the artwork; all media suitable for indoor exhibition will be considered. 

  • Applying for membership can be made when submitting for this exhibition.

  • Application is free for MSA Professional members

Juror
Vanessa German is a self-taught citizen artist working across sculpture, performance, communal rituals, immersive installation, and photography, in order to repair and reshape disrupted systems, spaces, and connections. Her practice proposes new models for social healing, utilizing creativity and tenderness as vital forces to reckon with the historical and ongoing catastrophes of structural racism, white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, resource extraction, and misogynoir.

A visual storyteller, German utilizes assemblage and mixed media, combining locally found objects to build protective ritualistic structures known as her power figures. Modeled on Congolese Nkisi sculptures and drawing on folk art practices, they are embellished with materials including beading, glass, fabric, and sculpted wood, and come into existence at the axis on which Black power, spirituality, mysticism, and feminism converge.

About Vanessa German

Site

The Vulcan Materials Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located within the Alabama School of Fine Arts in downtown Birmingham, AL.  Exhibiting both professional and student artists, Vulcan Materials Gallery seeks to inspire, cultivate creativity, encourage free expression, and deepen connections with contemporary art both within the school and throughout the community. 

About Vulcan Materials Gallery

Artwork Themes

The open call for submission requires no theme nor specific media or subject matter. Innovative, new, excellent examples of formal, process-driven, transformative and strong conceptual or technical works in sculpture are desired. The shape and content of the show will be defined entirely by the juror.

Catalog

An exhibition catalog documenting all accepted artworks will be produced after the exhibition run. Artwork images, artist statements and biographies submitted for the jurying process will be used for the catalog production. 

Shipping, Installation, and Deinstallation

All accepted artwork should either be shipped or hand delivered at the artist's expense. All shipped artworks must arrive by Friday, October 18th. All artworks requested to be returned by shipping must include a return shipping label in the arriving package. 

Shipping address:

Alabama School of Fine Arts
Attn. Vulcan Materials Gallery
1800 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd.
Bham, AL 35203
Attn: Anne Herbert

In-person delivery:

Please coordinate in-person delivery with Anne Herbert, by email at aherbert@asfa.k12.al.usto schedule an appointment in advance.

Deinstallation 

Deinstallation will begin promptly on November 16.

Return Shipping: All artists requesting return shipping of artworks must include a return shipping label during delivery. 

Artwork remaining on site after 180 days following the conclusion of its associated exhibition is considered the property of Vulcan Materials Gallery for dispersal as it sees fit.

Artwork Scale

The exhibition space allows for free standing, pedestal, wall-hung and suspended pieces of varying sizes. Please contact Chelsea Gardiner, MSA Administrative Assistant, for suspended or wall-hung pieces weighing over 50lbs.

Limitation & Restrictions

  1. All work must be original and completed within the last 5 years.

  2. Wall mounted artworks must be ready to hang upon delivery and include anchoring hardware appropriate for masonry walls.

  3. All shipping or hand delivery and the return of work for the exhibition is the responsibility of the artist.

  4. MSA reserves the right to reject works that are misrepresented in the application process or are not properly outfitted to display in the gallery.

Artist Responsibilities

Vulcan Materials Gallery and MSA will supply power, tools, pedestals, basic installation materials and assistance for installation. The artist will provide any specialty hardware that is needed. Selected artists are encouraged to send a detailed installation instruction of artwork. If needed, Artists may come during installation to set up their own artwork.

Notification: Both selected and rejected artists will be notified of their selection by email.

For further information regarding MSA and this exhibition, please visit www.midsouthsculpture.org, or contact Chelsea Gardiner, Administrative Assistant, at admin@midsouthsculpture.org or 803.956.9876

Application Requirements

  1. Completed entry form 

  2. Artist statement - about artwork conception. Submissions should be no more than 400 words in length. These statements will be used for exhibition didactics including artist labels and exhibition catalog.

  3. Artist biography statement - 100 to 150 words in length

  4. Images - please submit up to three artworks. Detail images are encouraged with a maximum of up to ten image files total. Works in progress will be considered only if images clearly depicting where the sculpture is to this point and a detailed technical drawing are included. For work better suited for representation by video (installation, kinetic sculpture, etc), post a video and include a link in the application form.

    Image upload directions - each image must be:

    • Saved in jpeg or png format

    • Set color to RGB

    • Image size should not exceed horizontal pixel dimension of 1600 pixels or vertical pixel dimension of 1200 pixels

    • each file must be less than 1MB

    • Saved as the artist's last name and image title.
      Example: DOE_UNTITLED.jpg

  5. Image list - for each image, include:

    • Title

    • Date completed

    • Media

    • Dimensions (please be as accurate as possible)

    • Weight of artwork

    • Description of how the artwork would be installed/hung etc

    • Optional description about the artwork

Submitting your application indicates that you have read and understood all guidelines and criteria contained within this prospectus. To the best of your knowledge, you are eligible to be considered for this for exhibition. Your application contains your work and the information in your statements is complete and true. You understand that if accepted, it will be your responsibility to ship/deliver your exhibition ready artwork to the correct location and on time, concurrent with any schedules given to you upon acceptance. If accepted, the artwork presented with this application is the artwork that will be installed in the exhibit. 

The Vulcan Materials Gallery does not provide insurance for the artwork during the exhibition. The Artist assumes all liability and any injury or damages incurred directly from the artwork or associated malfunctions of equipment/technology in the exhibition. This includes damages to networks in conjunction with internet or server access required for the exhibition.

No person will be excluded from participation in or otherwise subjected to discrimination in regards to services, programs and employment, provided by the exhibition venue based on color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age or religion.


Call: (803) 956-9876

Email: admin@midsouthsculpture.org

Address:
PO Box 333101
Murfreesboro, TN 37133

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