Vox Populi is happy to announce an open call for VOX XI – our eleventh annual juried exhibition of emerging artists, which will take place July 10th – July 31st 2015The deadline for submissions is Sunday May 03, 2015.

To apply, download a prospectus here and follow the instructions.  The application is on SlideRoom and can be accessed here.

Vox Populi is particularly interested in highlighting work in all media that pushes boundaries in terms of form and content, is ambitious and timely, and is experimental and risk-taking.

This is a great professional opportunity to show in a professional exhibition space and bring your work to a large, new audience.

This year’s jurors are Paddy Johnson and Martine Syms.

Paddy Johnson (NYC) is the founding Editor of Art F City and maintains a column on digital art for Artnet. In addition to her work on the blog, she has been published in magazines such as New York Magazine, The New York Times and The Economist. Paddy lectures widely about art and the Internet at venues including Yale University, Parsons, Rutgers, South by Southwest, and the Whitney Independent Study Program. In 2007 she received a scholarship to attend iCommons conference in Croatia as the art critic. In 2008, she served on the board of the Rockefeller Foundation New Media Fellowships and became the first blogger to earn a Creative Capital Arts Writers grant from the Creative Capital Foundation. Paddy was nominated for best art critic at The Rob Pruitt Art Awards in 2010 and 2013.  In 2014, she was the subject of a VICE profile for her work as an independent art blogger.

Martine Syms (LA) is a conceptual entrepreneur based in Los Angeles who uses publishing, video, and performance to look at the making and reception of meaning in contemporary America. She currently runs DOMINICA, an imprint dedicated to exploring blackness as a topic, reference, marker and audience in visual culture. From 2007–11, Syms directed Golden Age, a project space focused on printed matter. She has presented work at universities and museums internationally.

Applicants may submit up to five works in any media.  Application fee is $35.

Background on VisArts

VisArts is a non-profit arts center dedicated to engaging the community in the arts through educational programming, gallery exhibitions and a studio artist program.  Since its founding in 1987, VisArts has provided children, teens and adults with opportunities to express their creativity and enhance their awareness of the arts. VisArts is located in the heart of Rockville Town Center, a thriving gathering place for the local community. VisArts is home to three gallery spaces, seven artist studio spaces, a curatorial program, arts education classrooms and offers a vibrant exhibition schedule featuring contemporary emerging, mid-career and established artists.  It is a dynamic and important presence in the greater metropolitan arts community.


Studio Artist Program

VisArts’ Studio Artist program is designed to provide artists working in a variety of media with studio space in a 25,000 square foot facility with an art-rich environment that encourages interaction, dialogue and exploration both within the VisArts artist community and the larger community as well.  Studio artists, the artists who are selected each year for a four-month residency as a Bresler Artist in Residence, visiting and exhibiting artists are all important members of the VisArts community.  Studio Artists will be given the opportunity to participate in an annual group exhibition, conduct workshops and facilitate discussions during their term. VisArts is eco-friendly and seeks artists who are committed to using materials that are not harmful to the environment.


Program Requirements

Qualified applicants should be professional artists over the age of 18. The program is not designed for current students or commercial artists.  Collaborative teams may apply for a studio.

Applicants must be committed to using a studio primarily for art-making activities. Teaching of private students in the artist studios is not prohibited however it may not constitute the primary activity of the artist.

Studio Artists are required to work at least 28 hours per week in their studios with

15 hours coinciding with the VisArts gallery hours.

Studio Artists are expected to support VisArts galleries and mission by:

  • Participating regularly in studio artist pot-lucks and “critique sessions;”
  • Opening their studios during the ten gallery opening receptions scheduled each year and during the VisArts’ annual open studio day; and,
  • Initiating community outreach programs that include other studio artists and the greater Rockville community.  These activities can range from preparing and executing a group exhibition or performance, conducting free workshops or working with local schools or other non-profit organizations.

Studio Artists are responsible for the acquisition, insurance and care of their materials and equipment.  While VisArts carries liability and business insurance this insurance does not cover any materials, equipment or artwork in the artist studios.


Description of the Space and Limitations on Use

VisArts Artist studios range in size from 178 square foot studios with large windows to an interior 248 square foot studio with built-in cabinet storage.  Studios are unfurnished and have sinks, fluorescent overhead lighting and spotlights.  Exterior studio walls are not floor to ceiling.  All studios are located on the second floor along the common area known as the “Artist Concourse.”  This hallway connects VisArts’ primary event rental space, the Buchanan Event Room and its main exhibition space, the Kaplan Gallery.

Studio Artists shall have 365 day, 24-hour access to their studios.  On some occasions, when the Buchanan Event Room is being rented by a client for a private event, artists may not have access to their studios. These events usually occur on Saturday afternoons and evenings.  VisArts’ event rental staff provides a monthly events calendar to artists so that they have advance notice of times when studio access is limited.

Artists working in all media are welcome to apply, but VisArts cannot support the use or storage of hazardous materials that require specific ventilation and specialty disposal requirements.

Studio Artists are responsible for maintaining the studio in a safe and tidy manner and cannot make alterations to the space without permission. Artists who wish to have kilns and other equipment that create additional electrical use must obtain permission for each piece of equipment that they wish to use in their studios.  There will be a utility surcharge of up to $40.00 per month for those studios that have kilns or other equipment.

Use of VisArts equipment is not included in the monthly rent. Use and scheduling of VisArts equipment and additional charges, will be determined by the VisArts Education director at her sole discretion.

Studio Artists must leave the studio in the state in which it was found and remove all belongings at the end of their residency.


Required materials include:

  • Application Form
  • Images:  Submit 10 images of work produced during the last three years. Work samples can be a combination of high resolution jpgs and time-based media (*up to 10 minutes total). *For collaborative teams, 10 images of collaborative work are required as well as a statement of the collaborative nature of the work. *Two minutes of video, film, sound or performance documentation = one work.  Artists may choose to include links to Vimeo or You Tube public accounts for time-based work samples.
  • Image Requirements: You may submit up to 10 images. They must be in .jpg, .tiff, .png, or .gif file format. Minimum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Maximum file size 5MB per image. Files must be labeled in the following way: first name last name-title of artwork-1.ext, first name last name-title of artwork-2.ext, etc. The file number corresponds with the number on the list of works. (Ex. John Doe-Untitled-1.jpg)
  • List of Works Form- Numbered list of artworks with the following information: artist name, title of artwork, year, dimensions, description of artwork (optional).
  • Resume/CV
  • Brief Artist Bio
  • Artist Statement
  • A brief statement about why you or your collaborative team wish to be a VisArts studio artist including what you are looking for from the program and what you will bring to the community.

The preferred means of submitting applications is online, however they may also be mailed or hand delivered.

Online:   Complete the online application and submit all required documents on the VisArts website.   http://visarts.submittable.com/submit/39490

By mail:  Complete and print out the application form and mail all required application materials to VisArts Exhibitions Department, 155 Gibbs Street, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20850. Images must be on a DVD or CD. If you would like your DVD or CD of images returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. (click here to download application materials for mail or hand delivery)

In person:  Hand deliver the application form and all required application materials to VisArts,155 Gibbs Street, Suite 300, Rockville MD 20850 (Administrative office hours – Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm

All applications will be reviewed by a panel of artists and arts professionals.

The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), working with the Chicago Public Library, invites professional artists to submit their interest in a public art commission for the new Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library. This commission opportunity is to create a site-specific artwork that responds to the community’s clearly stated desire that the public art for their library be reflective of intellectual curiosity, creativity and a thirst for knowledge expressed in a visually sophisticated manner. Uniquely, this library is a partner in Pocket Con, a comic conference held in the neighborhood for Chicago teens and focusing on underrepresented populations in the comic genre. The local youth and parent awareness of Anime and graphic novels is high. All media will be considered but it is essential that it have low maintenance requirements. The panel has identified the large wall in the main entry and the “frieze band” wall sections immediately over the bookshelves in the Reading Room as primary sites for consideration. There is also an outdoor reading garden. Artists may propose for any public area of the library and grounds. The panel will select semi-finalists in June 2015 who will be paid honoraria to develop proposals by September with finalist being selected in October. Installation by the commissioned finalist is expected within one year of contracting.

Total project budget: $44,335

Application deadline: 10:59pm CST, June 14, 2015.

For more details and to apply, please visit www.callforentry.org (CaFÉ).

Please note: If you have previously submitted materials to DCASE’s Artist Registry, you still need to apply via CaFÉ in order to be considered for this opportunity. DCASE’s Public Art Program reserves the right to commission artists who do not apply.

Call to Artists: A Request for Qualifications

Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park

1001 N. Boulevard, Tampa Florida

Multiple Site Opportunities

Project Budgets Range from $200,000 — $400,000 The City of Tampa Florida is seeking bold, innovative and engaging public art projects for its largest event park in downtown Tampa. Sites and functions for artwork may include but not be limited to entrance gateways, arrival plaza, history/commemorative, and an engagement with environmental systems or the river’s edge. To review full RFQ, visit www.tampagov.net/arts<http://www.tampagov.net/arts>.

Application Deadline (postmarked or hand-delivered) Friday, May 15, 2015

The 2015 Sondheim Award Finalists have been announced! Congratulations to the following artists:

Mequitta Ahuja makes large, figurative paintings and works on paper that employ Indian painting traditions and reference her African-American and East Indian background. Ahuja has an extensive exhibition history that includes shows at The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, NY, 2010, 2011, 2012), the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC, 2009, 2012), The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (Houston, TX, 2008), The Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY, 2007), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, IL, 2005). Additionally, she has an upcoming exhibit of seven works at the Saatchi Gallery (London, UK, 2015). Her artwork is in the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA), and the Urlich Museum (Wichita, KS), among others. An artists’ residency at the Maryland Institute College of Art brought her to Baltimore in 2011.  Here she received a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2013, and is also a recipient of both a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (2011) and a Joan Mitchell Award (2009).  Ahuja received her Masters of Fine Art from the University of Illinois in 2003, and her Bachelors of Art from Hampshire College in 1998.


Zoe Charlton creates detailed drawings that explore the ironies of contemporary social and cultural stereotypes. She received her Masters of Fine Art from the University of Texas at Austin and participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting (Skowhegan, ME, 2001), Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD, 2003), and ART342 (Fort Collins, CO, 2010). Her solo exhibitions include CONNERSMITH. (Washington, DC, 2013), the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (Wilmington, DE, 2009), and Wendy Cooper Gallery (Chicago, IL, 2006). Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions including those at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (Charlotte, NC, 2015), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR, 2014), Studio Museum Harlem (NYC, NY, 2012), Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (Houston, TX, 2000), the Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw, Poland 2006), and Haas & Fischer gallery (Zurich, Switzerland, 2006). She is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner grant (2012) and a Rubys grant (2014). Charlton is an Associate Professor of Art at American University in Washington, DC, and is represented by CONNERSMITH., also located in Washington D.C.


Ben Kelley is a 2010 Masters of Fine Art graduate of the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art. With motives driven by the smell of oak, high heels on glass, and the elegance of precision, Kelley re-contextualizes found objects with altered and fabricated structures. His works have been exhibited locally and nationally. These include solo exhibitions at CONNERSMITH. (Washington, DC, 2013); Open Space (Baltimore, MD, 2011); Patty and Rusty Rueff Gallery at Purdue University  (West Lafayette, IN, 2009), among others. Group exhibitions include those at  the Contemporary Museum (Baltimore, MD, 2012), Maryland Art Place (Baltimore, MD, 2011, 2010), Gallery Four (Baltimore, MD, 2010), Creative Alliance, (Baltimore, MD, 2009). Kelley has been awarded the Toby Devon Lewis Fellowship (2010) and the GoGo Emerging Artist Projects of CONNERSMITH., Washington, D.C. (2010-2013). His work has also been featured in such publications as the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, and the Baltimore City Paper.


Magnolia Laurie creates detailed paintings and installations that reference the sustained need to try and to build, with sometimes precarious results.  She received her Bachelors of Art in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College and her Masters of Fine Art from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a former Hamiltonian Fellow (2009-2011) and was a Platform Artist in Washington, DC’s (e)merge Art Fair (2012, 2013). She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2013), the Jentel Foundation in Wyoming (2013), the Creative Alliance in Baltimore  (2007-2010), and the Vermont Studio Center (2007). Magnolia has also been a recipient of a Mid-Atlantic Creative Fellowship in 2015, a Maryland State Arts Council Grant in 2011, and an Individual Artist Grant from the Creative Baltimore Fund in 2009. Her recent solo exhibitions include LANDMARK at frosch&portmann, what could hold us together also at frosch&portmann  (2012), and with a tug and a hold at VisArts (Rockville, MD, 2012).  Her work has also been featured in exhibitions at the Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York, NY 2014), Jordan Faye Contemporary (Baltimore, MD 2014, 2013), School 33 Art Center (Baltimore, MD, 2013, 2010) and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City, MO, 2011). Laurie is also a faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art and American University.


Jim Leach received a Bachelors of Fine Art from Kent State University in 2011, and a Masters of Fine Art from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014, where he was the recipient of the 2012-2014 Rinehart Fellowship. His sculpture has been in various solo and group exhibitions, including shows at the Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD, 2014); Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA 2014); Maryland Art Place (Baltimore, MD, 2014); The Gowanus Loft  (Brooklyn, NY, 2013); and Legation, A Gallery (Cleveland, OH, 2012). He also has an upcoming solo exhibition scheduled at The Sculpture Center (Cleveland, OH). Leach has been reviewed in several periodicals including Cleveland’s Scene Magazine, Washington DC’s City Paper, and Baltimore’s BmoreArt. In 2013, Leach was selected by Maryland Art Place for the 30: Thirty Creative Minds Under 30 lecture series and in 2014 to speak in Sculpture X: The Social Political Object.


Ryan Syrell is a painter whose work focuses on the interrelationship between cartooning, abstraction, perception, and the recollection of visual data. He received his Bachelors of Fine Art from the State University of New York at Purchase and has extensively exhibited and performed nationally. Syrell’s work has recently been included in Baltimore Contemporary Cross-Section at the Silvermine Arts Center (New Canaan, CT, 2014) and the Washington Project for The Arts’ Select 2014 at Artisphere (Arlington, VA) and the Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York, NY), as well as a solo exhibition entitled Roughed In at the John Fonda Gallery (Baltimore, MD, 2014). He has additionally been featured in exhibitions at Art Basel (Miami, FL, 2013), the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC, 2013), Current Space (Baltimore, MD, 2013), the Everything Is Festival (Los Angeles, CA, 2012, 2010) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2008), among several others. Catalogs featuring Ryan’s essays are in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art library, the International Center for Photography library and the Indie Photobook Library. In 2014, Ryan also received an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Art Council for his work in sculpture.


Wickerham/Lomax is the collaborative name of artists Malcolm Lomax and Daniel Wickerham. Formerly known as DUOX, the two have been collaborating since 2009. Working across diverse media (sculpture, installation, websites, prints, video, performance), curatorial platforms, and institutional contexts, they have created a body of work at once context specific and also broadly engaged digitally. Their work is currently focused on the deviation from the digital space to the physical space. Wickerham & Lomax have exhibited widely in both Baltimore and New York, including solo exhibitions at Springsteen gallery (Baltimore, MD, 2015), AC Institute Art Gallery (New York, NY, 2015 – forthcoming), the New Museum (New York, NY, 2014), Artists Space (New York, NY, 2012) and Open Space (Baltimore, MD, 2009), as well as a solo exhibition at Link Art Center (Brescia, Italy, 2014).  They have also been included in several group exhibitions, including Baltimore, Contemporary Cross Section at the Silvermine Arts Center (New Canaan, CT, 2014) and Baltimore Liste at The Contemporary Baltimore, MD, 2012).  Wickerham and Lomax both received their Bachelors of Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009.

Project Summary: The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist(s) to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside of the Rawls College of Business building addition, which will add a three-story structure on the northwest corner of the existing facility. The addition will contain faculty/staff offices, graduate and undergraduate classrooms, and professional education spaces.

This is a high-traffic area of campus; ideal submissions should be vertical and easily seen from intersecting roads that pass by the area. Submitting artists should consider lighting and other elements that will draw attention to the sculpture at various times throughout the day. The Rawls College is particularly interested in sculpture related to technological innovation for this project, but the sculpture may also include concepts related to applied science in business, marketing, technology, driving productivity, increased efficiency and standard of living, and process innovation. Artists should represent these concepts without being too literal. Finalists will develop a design concept that reflects the standards and culture of Texas Tech specific to the Rawls College of Business Addition. They will prepare presentation materials, drawings, a model, and related specifications in sufficient detail and in the format required to convey the design intent.

Location: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Budget: $142,000

Deadline: May 19, 2015, 3 p.m. (Central)

Link: http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=116648