2018 Drawing Discourse Call for Entries:

9th Annual International Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing

Download full 2018 Drawing Discourse Prospectus here

 Applications must be made only via CaFE and be received by Midnight, November 19, 2017 (Mountain Time) ENTRY CLOSED

Inquiries: Tamie Beldue at UNC Asheville

EXHIBITION: As part of an ongoing commitment to promote drawing practices in the visual arts, the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNC Asheville) invites artists to submit entries to a Juried International Exhibition of contemporary drawing. UNC Asheville seeks to examine drawing as it is practiced and defined by today’s artists.  Such an exhibition will demonstrate the continued significance of drawing through both conventional and innovative methods. Accepted work will be exhibited in UNC Asheville’s S. Tucker Cooke Gallery from January 19, 2018 through February 23, 2018. Esteemed juror, Stuart Shils, will be present and open the exhibition with a lecture about his practice on January 19, 2018; an opening reception for Drawing Discourse will follow immediately after the lecture.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists who are 18 years of age or older. All work must be original, completed in the past two years and cannot have been exhibited at The University of North Carolina Asheville before. It is at the juror’s discretion to choose single or multiple works from each artist’s submission. 

MEDIA: In effort to support the breadth in international contemporary drawing, media is open to any traditional or experimental drawing media welcoming both two or three-dimensional works, video or installation. Size is open to works that can fit through a standard set of double doors, 10’6” ceiling height and up to 36’ for both floor and wall space.  

CATALOGUE: A full color catalogue of the exhibition will be printed. Each accepted artist will receive one complimentary copy, additional copies will be available for purchase. View previous catalogues at Blurb.com using search words “Drawing Discourse”

AWARDS: $2000 in cash prizes, as chosen in person by the juror, will be awarded during the exhibition opening reception. This award amount has doubled this year due to the generous contribution from Professor Emeritus, S. Tucker Cooke. 

JUROR: Stuart Shils is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship in Ballycastle, Ireland, where he spent thirteen summers working. Shils is a weekly critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he also teaches painting. His work has been presented in solo shows in New York, Philadelphia, Tel Aviv, Boston, Scottsdale, Stuttgart, Los Angeles, Richmond, San Francisco, and Cork (Ireland). Critical review and commentary has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Sun, Ha'aretz, The Jerusalem Post, artcritical.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Irish Times, Art in America, The New Republic, The New Criterion, Art New England, American Artist, and The Hudson Review. Stuart Shils has painted outside and looking through windows for 30 years, but now is in the studio with an eye tuned to mining his cumulative visual memory by way of cut and torn paper on LED light tables, collage, and monotype.

ONLINE IMAGE SUBMISSIONS: Submissions are accepted only via CaFÉ (Call for Entry) at http://www.callforentry.org/. There is no additional fee to use the CaFÉ online application system. All entries must be uploaded using this online system. Please do not upload digital images that contain borders or text info that is not part of the original work. Applications must be received by Midnight, Novermber 19, 2017 (Mountain Time).

ENTRY FEE: Each artist may submit one image for a non-refundable fee of $30. Each additional image, including detail images, are a additional non-refundable fee of $5 each, limit 6 images total ($55 max). The entry fee does not cover shipping expenses. Credit cards are accepted forms of payment via CaFÉ online submission. 

NOTIFICATION:  All entries will receive a CaFÉ email notification of juror’s results no later than December 11, 2017.  Please check your spam folder if you do not receive an email or check status on the CaFÉ website under My CaFÉ Entries.

ACCEPTED WORKS:  Accepted works must arrive ready to install between January 8–12, 2018.  Pieces received outside of this time frame may not be exhibited. Work should not exceed 100lbs and should be able to fit through a standard set of double doors. The University reserves the right to exclude any work that is not professionally presented. Please note: this does not infer that works have to be framed and under glass (especially larger works). All works must remain on display for the entire exhibition. Shipped works should be packed in reusable containers. DO NOT use styrofoam peanuts when packing artwork. Artwork should be shipped prepaid via UPS, USPS, DHL or Fed Ex, and must be accompained with a prepaid return shipping label. COD deliveries will not be accepted. Artwork may be hand delivered to the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery during normal operating hours; Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hand delivered entries may be picked up February 26 & 27, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Accepted work left for 30 days after the designated return dates will be disposed, at the discretion of the coordinator.

SALES:  Sales will be encouraged and a 30% commission will be retained by UNC Asheville from the retail price listed on entry form. All work will be available for purchase unless indicated NFS on the entry form. 

QUESTIONS:  All questions may be directed to Associate Professor & Director of Drawing Discourse, Tamie Beldue at tbeldue@unca.edu

Image Captions

Stuart Shils, 2017 Two Friends Sitting Together Over Coffee, torn and cut paper drawing on LED Screen, 2017, 12x12 inches.

Stuart Shils, Visiting Tuscan Villages in Afternoon Sun, But Not Really, torn and cut paper drawing on LED Screen, 2017, 12x12 inches.

Stuart Shils, Full Size Render 16, torn and cut paper drawing on LED Screen, 2017, 12x12 inches.

Stuart Shils, Full Size Render 81, torn and cut paper drawing on LED Screen, 2017, 12x12 inches.

Stuart Shils, Full Size Render 16, torn and cut paper drawing on LED Screen, 2017, 12x12 inches.

Stuart Shils, Full Size Render 8, torn and cut paper drawing on LED Screen, 2017, 12x12 inches.