They may be small, and we may not always notice them, but insects are the dominant form of animal life on this planet! Close to a million species of insects have been described to date and those insects are the linchpins of the living world, carrying out many of the functions that make life possible. However, studies have shown that insect populations are in a steep decline. From habitat loss and degradation, to pollution, pesticides, climate change, and disease – these essential creatures are in jeopardy.
A portion of all artwork sales will go to the Xerces Society, a Portland-based nonprofit focused on research and conservation of invertebrates.
The Elisabeth Jones Art Center is hosting an exhibition to celebrate these unsung heroes of our ecosystems. We are looking for artwork about bugs! This could be anything from detailed studies of the insects themselves, too imagery that explores their interactions with humans or their environment.
We welcome all artistic styles and media, and are looking for work that is unique, interesting, and thought-provoking.
The exhibition will be curated by the Elisabeth Jones Art Center’s Executive Director, John Teply, and Director of Exhibitions, Inga Hazen.
There is no limit to the number of participating artists in the show, but there are three cash awards offered to the top selections, chosen by the curators:
$150 for first place
$100 for second place
$75 for third place
Submission deadline: December 17th, 2020
Jury selections made and participants notified: December 23rd, 2020
Work due in gallery: January 15, 2020
Exhibition date: Opens February 2021
Projected Exhibition Dates:
Artwork will need to be either shipped or hand-delivered to The Elisabeth Jones Art Center in Portland, Oregon by January 15th, 2021. Artwork will need to be nicely framed and ready to install upon delivery.
Artists are responsible for costs associated with getting the artwork to the gallery. Elisabeth Jones Art Center will be responsible for return shipping of unsold works.
Submissions should include high quality images of the work you would like to have considered for the show. You can include up to 20 images for consideration. Please include information about your medium and dimensions with your submission.
Questions about submissions? Get in touch! Inga@elisabethjones.art
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Elisabeth jones art center is located in the pearl district of downtown portland, oregon