The 27th Drawing Show
Curated by Erin Genia, invited Curator and Juror
Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts
551 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
On View: May 11 – August 3, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, May 17, 2024
ABOUT THE DRAWING SHOW
Since 1979, the Drawing Show has been a signature group exhibition at the Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts. For each Drawing Show, we invite an accomplished external curator to develop a unique, topical concept for artists to respond to through an Open Call. The curator then selects the works and develops exhibition-related public programming for the show.
This juried group exhibition has shown more than five hundred artists through the years. Previous Drawing Shows have been curated by Chanel Thervil (2019), Robert Moeller (2018), and Susan Metrican (2015), among other artists and curators.
ABOUT THIS YEAR'S GUEST CURATOR: ERIN GENIA
Erin Genia (she/her), Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota, is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and cultural worker specializing in Native American and Indigenous peoples’ arts and culture. Genia’s work in these areas is focused on amplifying the powerful presence of Indigenous peoples on the occupied lands of America in the arts, sciences and public realm to invoke an evolution of thought and practice that is aligned with the cycles of the natural world and the potential of humanity. Genia’s artistic practice merges Dakota cultural imperatives, pure expression, and exploration of materiality with the conceptual. Erin is fluent in multiple modes of expression: sculpture, fiber, sound, performance, digital media, painting, printmaking, jewelry and ceramics. Genia served as an artist in residence for the City of Boston and developed a project, “Cultural Emergency Response,” that creatively repurposes disaster planning methods to address complex issues like climate change, institutional racism, ecological destruction and economic inequality from a decolonial lens.
In the Dakhota language, the word Yušká means: to untie, release, uncoil, loosen, set free. Its meaning can range from the simple untying of a knotted rope, all the way to a philosophical undoing of political, economic and social constructs.
Life is sustained by Earth and everything we do is the result of our connection to the lands we live on. This basic reality has been lost to most, but it is central to Dakota cosmology. All cultures of the world stem from Earth-based ways of living, and for the past couple centuries, those ways have been targeted for erasure and nearly destroyed by dominant societies, but we remain Earth-based beings.
Artists’ unparalleled ability to speak to the intangible gives them a singular way of addressing inequities and presenting visions of a better world. This power, alongside fluency in the creative process, can be a catalyst for social change that aligns with the Dakhota word Yušká.
Beginning with Yušká, how can artists honor the agency of the Earth and our place in it? How can we devote our creative work to unraveling the immense knot formed by harmful ideologies that threaten the web of life? The crises of climate change and ecological destruction are the result of the same cultural dynamics that are intertwined with economic inequality, the injustices of racism and the devastation of war.
Artists are invited to apply to this Open Call with proposals to exhibit work in any media that engages with drawing in its process, including two- and three-dimensional work, as well as sound, video, and installation. Your interpretation of Yušká: Uncoil could be as conceptual or literal as you like. Pieces can deal directly with the formal qualities of line in composition, or possess a representation of the ways the act of drawing shows up in your artistic process.
In addition to individual works, the show will include a collaborative artistic project and a gathering to talk about issues important to you as an artist, and build community. If you are interested in participating in this optional collaborative project, please indicate so in the application.
For more than 50 years, Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) has served as a not-for-profit, multidisciplinary arts center that supports working artists to create, perform and exhibit new works; develops new audiences; and connects arts to community.
The 27th Drawing Show, Yušká: Uncoil curated by Erin Genia is open to all local, national, and international artists.
Please see Items 3 and 7 (below) regarding shipping and packing responsibilities and artist stipends.
Only complete submissions will be reviewed.
Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 11:00pm: Application deadline
Week of March 25, 2024: Notification of accepted works
April 29 - May 3, 2024: All works must arrive at Mills Gallery, Boston, USA
May 11- August 3, 2024: Exhibition on View
Friday, May 17, 2024 6-9 PM: Opening Reception
August 5-9, 2024: De-install week, all works get returned.
HOW TO APPLY
Please see the following page for application instructions and submission form.
Requirements & General Guidelines
1. The Visual Arts staff of the Mills Gallery at BCA, in consultation with the Curator, will make all final decisions regarding the appropriateness of materials and installation methods.
2. Artists may submit up to 5 works to be considered for the show. More than 1 work per artist might be selected to be part of the show.
3. Artists are responsible for all expenses, packing and logistics related to the delivery and/or shipment of the work to and from the gallery. All work must be delivered with pre-paid return labels in order for your work to be returned to you.
4. Packaging and Shipping: All artwork must be securely and properly packed for shipping both to and from the gallery. BCA is not responsible for damage to artwork during the shipping process, both to and from the gallery. All artwork to be shipped must also contain pre-paid return shipping labels. Work can also be dropped off at the gallery in person.
5. Exhibiting: selected work must arrive ready to hang. Any special hanging requirements or mounting needs instructions and hardware/materials must be included in shipment. If the work is media-based (video, sound) there are screens, speakers and projectors available in the gallery that will be used to exhibit those works.
6. Selected artists are expected to participate in press interviews, media tours, and other such requests.
7. There will be a nominal stipend for each artist for participating in the show. The exact amount will be confirmed with the notification of acceptance --Please remember, that the artist is responsible for expenses related to the delivery and shipment of works, the artist stipend may be used to cover these costs (see Item 4).
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