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Call for Submissions: SAWCC’s Annual Visual Art Show

Call for Submissions: SAWCC’s Annual Visual Art Show

Ornate Activate
Curated by Alexander Campos
Submission deadline: April 24, 2015


The South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) is pleased to announce a call for submissions for our annual visual arts exhibition, Ornate Activate, to be held at Shirin Gallery in Chelsea, NYC, opening June 11th, 2015.

Ornate Activate examines the use of decorative motifs, architectural elements, cursive scripts and other forms of pattern making by artists to create and imply content. The exhibition will also examine the employment of culturally specific motifs as social and/or political commentary, as well as cultural indicators of historical referencing. The goal of the exhibition is to bring together a body of work that demonstrates a current interest by contemporary artists to merge and reclaim decorative and craft elements as meaningful and critical content signifiers. Submitted artworks that engage the above can be in any media, including painting, work-on-paper, sculpture, installation, photography, video, performance, Internet-based art, and audio works.

Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator of the Center for Book Arts, has over 25 years of museum experience with positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. Campos has served as Executive Director of the Center for Book Arts since 2004, organizing many major exhibitions. including Interweaving Textu(r)al Meaning, The (Un)Framed Photograph, I’ll Cut Thr(U), and upcoming July exhibition /mit ðə detə/: Source Materials Visualized He has an MA from New York University in Arts Administration and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in Art History and Romance Languages.

Submission Requirements:

Please send submissions by email to: vashow@sawcc.org with the subject line: “SAWCC 2015: [Your Full Name]”

ALL submissions must include the following as attachments:
– 6-10 JPEGS of artworks available for the exhibition: 820 pixels wide or high, 100 dpi, titled as number underscore last name (ex. 1_Chaudhury)
– Media artworks can be submitted via direct weblinks to preview works online
– Resume/CV as PDF or Word document
– Artist statement pertaining to above curatorial proposal as PDF or Word document

In the body of your email, please include:
– Name,
– Address
– Email
– Telephone number
– Website (if applicable)
– Corresponding image/media script including title, media, dimensions, and date. For media artworks please provide the running time.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and identify as South Asian women. Please note that the gallery and SAWCC cannot provide art shipping or insurance for artworks-in-transit. If the artwork is available for purchase, and it sells during the run of the exhibition, there will be a 50% gallery commission. Detailed instructions on the installation schedule for accepted works will be communicated to the artists after the juried process. Artists will be notified of acceptance in early May. Please email any questions to vashow@sawcc.org

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SUBMIT NOW!! Process/Practice/Portfolio 2.0 — A Seminar for South Asian Visual Artists and Academics

Process/Practice/Portfolio 2.0
A Seminar for South Asian Visual Artists and Academics

Saturday, July 13 and Sunday July 14, 2013

@ Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
8 Washington Mews
(btwn 5th Ave and University Pl)

SAWCC is proud to present Process/Practice/Portfolio 2.0 (P/P/P 2.0), an exciting opportunity for academics and emerging visual artists to meet SAWCC artists, curators, and arts professionals; participate in panels; present and receive feedback on their work; and tour artists’ studios.  P/P/P 2.0 is an intensive seminar geared towards helping female South Asian visual artists by fostering academic exchange and dialogue about their work. The aim is to provide artists and academics with a community of peers to support, challenge, and fine-tune their practice through sustained interaction. Our first seminar, held at Pratt Institute in 2011, was attended by twenty women from around the country and has resulted in three participants joining the SAWCC board. With P/P/P 2.0, we are including discussions with art historians and academics to broaden the dialogue. As a follow-up to P/P/P 2.0, selected participants will be able to hold regular studio visits, culminating in group presentations to the public through SAWCC’s Studio Circle.

For this seminar, there will be 22 slots available to artists and 8 slots available to academics. An application with work samples is required to be considered for this program. Women wishing to access SAWCC’s resources beyond the seminar are strongly encouraged to apply. Application deadline is May 31st, 2013.

For details on how to apply, full schedule, and bios, visit our website at http://www.sawcc.org/processpracticeportfolio/

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“Open/Close” SAWCC’s 14th Annual Visual Arts Exhibition at Cuchifritos Gallery, NYC

SAWCC’s 14th Annual Visual Arts Exhibition

September 17–October 3, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 5–7 pm
Cuchifritos Gallery, 120 Essex Street, Essex Street Market, New York, NY 10002 (South End of the Market, nearest Delancey Street).

Curated by
Maymanah Farhat

Jaishri Abichandani <http://jaishriabichandani.net/> , Nida Abidi <http://kaabakaze.blogspot.com/> , Fariba Alam <http://faribaalam.com/> , Vaidehi Kinkhabwala <http://vaidehikinkhabwala.com/> , Priya Nadkarni <http://www.priyanadkarni.com/bio.html> , Sadia Salim, Amruta Shah <http://www.amrutashah.com/> , Tuba Zaki, Hayat Gul <http://hayatgul.com/>  and Vandana Jain <http://vandanajain.com/> .

The South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) in collaboration with Cuchifritos <http://www.aai-nyc.org/cuchifritos/>  Gallery New York are pleased to present SAWCC’s Annual Visual Arts Exhibition Open/Close curated by Maymanah Farhat <http://maymanahfarhat.com/> .

As Open/Close will be on display in Cuchifritos, a nonprofit art space that is located in the Essex Street Market, this forthcoming exhibition seeks to engage, highlight and explore the complex undercurrents that define the social terrain of a popular New York City shopping district. With a layout that is reminiscent of an old world bazaar, the Essex Street Market ismeant to create a small commercial hub for a diverse community of longtime residents, immigrants, and recent urban transplants. Organized with a strict set of guidelines that outlines the need for each vendor to present an aesthetically pleasing display, the Essex Street Market is in many ways like a gallery, or even an art fair, in which curators are expected to arrange their designated spaces as they vie for the interest of viewers. Essentially, the act of curating is visible throughout the market, as the fostering of visual culture results from meticulous displays of products.

At the center of the show’s curatorial premise are the connections that can be made between the selected works and the daily happenings of the market. A special emphasis has been placed on the layout, objects and overall experience of such an environment—from the visuals of household supplies that are displayed in an orderly fashion to the iconography of religious imagery that adorn a Catholic gift shop, and everything in between. Issues of identity, gender, class, race, globalization andconsumerism are crucial to the exhibition and are addressed through the many creative, theoretical and sociopolitical investigations of its artists. By encountering, examining and considering Open/Close, viewers are encouraged to establish links between the exhibited works and their surroundings so that they might reexamine how art and visual culture often overlap.

This event is made possible with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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