Bloc Gallery seeks student proposals. Submissions due 11/30/17
Gallery Mission Statement
The mission of Bloc Gallery is to serve communities of the School of Art and Design and the wider university by:
· Fostering interdisciplinary collaboration within the School of Art and Design.
· Presenting a platform to collaborate with other schools in the university.
· Encouraging experimental methods of making.
· Creating opportunities for students to investigate their practice outside of the classroom.
· Showcasing the talents of Art and Design students.
· Providing professional development opportunities for student members of the gallery committee.
· Bridging the gap between undergraduate and graduate students.
Submitting a Proposal
Proposals are sought from graduate and undergraduate students across the university. Themed shows, group shows, and collaborations are encouraged, though proposals for solo shows will receive consideration. Each exhibition is scheduled for two weeks. Exhibition proposals must include a detailed statement of intent for the exhibition, 3-5 representative work samples, and a list of works submitted. The gallery is located on the first floor of the School of Art and Design in room 114. It is 22’ 11’’ wide by 25’ 5’’ deep, and the ceiling height is 10’ 7” high. Three walls are available for hanging work, and the space can accommodate sculpture, performance, projection, and more.
Statement of Intent
The statement should communicate a clear vision for your exhibition and its concept. Include the title of the exhibition, theme, description, the names of participants, and requirements for installation. Include your phone and email contact information. For group shows, one participant should be designated as contact person. Please address the work of each participant in the statement.
Include 3-5 samples of work which are representative of the work you intend to present in the gallery. Images, videos, and other time-based works are accepted. Images should be saved as jpegs, 2000 pixels in the longest dimension, 72 dpi. Name each file using your last name, first name, and number (lastname_firstname_1.jpg, lastname_firstname_2.jpg, etc).
Videos and time-based work may be submitted via a streamable link. Include this link and any necessary password in your image list. A Vimeo account is free and easy to set up for the purpose of uploading and sharing your work. Information on file specifications can be found at https://vimeo.com/help/compression. For help encoding your file, visit: https://vimeo.com/help/faq/uploading-to-vimeo/compression-tutorials.
List of Works Submitted
Samples of work must be accompanied by an image list, in PDF format, that corresponds to your file names and provides detailed information about each work. Include title, artist’s name, media, dimensions, and year created for each work.
Uploading Your Proposal
All proposals will be reviewed by the committee. Proposers will be notified of the status of their application by December, and selected exhibitions will be offered time on the Spring semester gallery calendar. Exhibitions are two weeks long, including installation and de-installation.
Expectations of Accepted Exhibitors
Exhibitors who have had a proposal accepted are required to secure the sponsorship of a faculty member. In order to access the gallery, exhibitors will need to ask their sponsor in advance to check out a keyring from the Checkout Window on their behalf. This keyring contains a key to the Bloc Gallery and a key to the Link Gallery, where tools and supplies are located. Exhibitors are responsible for the installation of their show on Sunday, the first day of the scheduled exhibition, as well as de-installation no later than the end of Saturday, the last day. The keyring must also be returned to the Checkout Window at this time. Locking and unlocking the gallery is at the discretion of the exhibitors throughout the duration of the show, so that hours of viewing may be continuous or restricted to daytimes only.
Exhibitors must make any repairs necessary to restore the gallery to its original state, including spackling/painting over nail holes. Supplies are stored in the gallery closet inside the Link (in the northwest corner). Do not prop open doors to the Link, and ensure that doors are locked when you are finished. Members of the committee can advise on installation/de-installation as needed. Any equipment needs such as a projector, computer, or sound equipment are the responsibility of the exhibitor. Please note the gallery is not staffed, and while the Art and Design Building is fairly secure, the gallery is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Exhibitors must provide the committee with the title of the exhibition and one representative image no less than two weeks before the opening. Include the title of the image, artist’s name, media, and dimensions. The committee will assist with publicizing the exhibition.