Undergraduate Student Exhibition: Call for submissions

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Call for Artwork

Deadline to submit:
Monday, April 25, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

A tradition at Concordia for over thirty years, the Undergraduate Student Exhibition (USE) will showcase a selection of the strongest work produced at the undergraduate level. Collaborative at its core, this interdisciplinary initiative culminates in an exhibition, publication, and a performance series. Combining the efforts of many students, staff, and faculty members, the goal is to foster cross-disciplinary engagement within current contemporary art practices.

Call for Artworks:

For this next USE iteration, FOFA Gallery and Galerie VAV Gallery are inviting students to apply considering the theme “As We Are Moving Forward.” This exhibition aims to engage conversations about the relational and socio-economic structures that are currently being challenged, or even collapsing, clearing space for other ways of being. This call welcomes work that address one of the following questions:

  1. What kind of support systems emerge during chaotic times?
  2. How can we define apocalyptic care?

We are accepting submissions in various forms. Acceptable categories include individual visual art pieces, written and visual research, film and video art, digital art, sound art, audio-visual explorations, poetry, performances, submissions by artist collectives, and/or any other form of completed work. The VAV Gallery and FOFA are seeking varied proposals in order to constitute an exhibition representative of the diversity of current arts practices at Concordia. We are happy to review and discuss new ideas.

Eligibility: 

Concordia Undergraduate Fine Arts students enrolled in at least one Fine Arts course during the 2022-2023 academic year. Undergraduate Students of all year levels may apply.

Artist Fee: 

Each artist will receive a $200 honorarium for their participation. 

Guidelines

  • Students are invited to submit work in any medium. 

  • Please submit up to 10 files to show /describe the work that you would like to exhibit.

  • All files must be Mac OS compatible, and any linked content (video, audio, et cetera) must be viewable for at least two weeks after the deadline. Please include passwords for password protected content. 

  • Please note that each student may submit only one application. 

  • If the student is submitting individual work, they may only submit one work for consideration. This one work may take the form of a series or an installation involving more than one element. 

  • All other application formats (artist collectives, project proposals, group performances, etc) should be contained in one application.

  • Applicants are encouraged to consider the physical spaces of the FOFA Gallery and indicate which areas of the gallery would be most suitable for their needs. For example, an applicant may want to propose a vitrine-specific installation, to be displayed in FOFA’s York Vitrines (in the EV hallway leading to the Mackay exit) or the Ste-Catherine Street vitrine. Applicants are invited to visit the FOFA Gallery during opening hours (Monday-Friday 11am-6pm) and consult the FOFA floor plans, available here: https://www.concordia.ca/finearts/facilities/fofa-gallery/about/floor-plans.html

  • Submissions will be accepted in either French or English.

  • All submitted images must be high-resolution and publication-ready, as they WILL be printed in the USE catalog. 

How to apply

Interested artists must complete the form, which will ask for the following elements:

General information:

  • Name and pronouns.

  • Contact information.

  • Artwork details:

  • The kind of work being submitted (ex. Painting, performance, etc.)

  • The title of the piece with its dimensions, medium/materials, and year of completion.

  • A short general description of the concept behind the work being submitted (250 words max.) 

  • Short artist statement (150 words max.)

Documentation:

  • High quality documentation is required. All submitted images must be high-resolution and publication-ready. Images in submission WILL be printed in the USE catalog. 

  • (Optional) Supplementary materials are optional but encouraged. These could include other works from your portfolio, sample writing, etc.

Submissions will be accepted in either French or English and only proposals submitted via the online form will be considered. Before submitting, please read our Anti-Oppression Statement.

Selection Process:

The applications will be juried democratically by two VAV Coordinators, The FOFA Director and Exhibition Coordinator, and two external jurors. The jury will meet in early May and decisions will be disseminated by May 19th, 2022. 

Technical Considerations:

The FOFA Gallery has a variety of tools and equipment, as well as a technician to assist with installation. The gallery can accommodate a wide range of installation scenarios and can facilitate a variety of technical needs. Please feel free to inquire if you are unsure that your piece/proposal will be technically feasible. 

Please contact Geneviève Wallen at exhibition.coordinator@concordia.ca if you have any questions about the application process or need any specific accommodations to help you succeed in applying. We also encourage you to reach with any questions about the call or if you are seeking advice on your application materials.

Equity

BIPOC

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are disproportionately excluded from arts spaces. Thus, the VAV would like to uplift and prioritize BIPOC applicants who choose to be considered for BIPOC Equity. BIPOC applications will be given special priority over self-identified general Equity applicants. Candidates can be eligible for both, but the VAV would like to acknowledge that our Equity process in the past has failed to sufficiently distinguish between BIPOC artists and White artists who might qualify for some of the eligibility factors. While the VAV is committed to uplifting all marginalized identities, whiteness carries immense privileges which have historically shielded white artists from the exceptional marginalization that BIPOC artists have faced from arts institutions. 

Equity

The VAV Gallery values the contributions that individuals who identify as members of marginalized communities bring to our organization. We encourage, among others, people with disabilities, people identifying as neurodivergent, people identifying as LGBTQIA2S+, formerly incarcerated or institutionalized people, immigrants, and people from working class backgrounds to apply. If you would like to be considered for Equity, please indicate so in your application.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the VAV: vav.board@gmail.com

About The VAV

The V.A.V. (Visual Arts Visuels) Gallery is a student-run exhibition space, supported by a Concordia Fine Arts Undergraduate student fee levy. Concordia students of all identities and levels of experience are encouraged to participate. Learn more about the VAV gallery: VAV Gallery

About the FOFA Gallery

The FOFA Gallery is the primary venue dedicated to showcasing the current artistic and research practices of the Faculty of Fine Arts. Through exhibitions, publications, and events, the gallery makes public the work of Concordia alumni, faculty and staff. The Gallery also supports work from the student community, relating to the research and pedagogical aims of the Faculty. A space dedicated to innovation, FOFA Gallery fosters and facilitates pedagogical inquiries, curatorial experiments, cutting-edge artistic practices and training opportunities.

FOFA Gallery and the VAV recognize that our activities unfold on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’keha:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of these lands and waters. Tiohtià:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present, and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.

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