Wednesday, March 14, 2018

CALL FOR ENTRY: RISE: Empower, Change and Action!

RISE: Empower, Change and Action!
Call for Art

DEADLINE: April 21, 2018
ELIGIBILITY: Artists residing in the United States. 
DATES OF EXHIBITION: July 18 – August 31, 2018
RECEPTION:  Saturday, July 21, 2018 

​Imagine creating positive change through art!
How do we listen, speak our minds, and collaborate across the generations, race, identity and culture? How do we build and empower our future, both locally and globally?
RISE: Empower, Change and Action! seeks to bring artists into dialogue and to bring forth what is important to self, community, our nation and the world at large through art that reflects and addresses complex socio-cultural issues and focuses on a vision for a more positive, empowering future, particularly for self-identified women and girls as well as their families. It is underpinned by the feminist principle that believes in political, economic and social equality for all.
Manifestations of empowerment can include gender equality; economic independence, education, access to health care, reproductive rights, human rights, freedom of expression, changing gender roles, and breaking gender and race stereotypes. Art submissions can range from literal to poetic, abstract to representational, and include social and political commentary. The show looks to include the more abstract ideals and universal themes of peace, exploration of belief systems, universal responsibility, and the search for beauty, and transcendence. Artists may submit works that are a source of healing, hope and compassion or instruments of growth, self-discovery, and social or political transformation. We welcome art that reflects personal as well as observed stories, whether myth, fact or fiction.
RISE aims to emphasize the commonalities of our human experience.
Art can be a powerful, productive force and instrumental in sparking change or critical thinking. Through this exhibition, we are committed to promoting and supporting local, national, and global art activism and bring to light issues and concerns, art can effect change.

FROM THE ACCEPTED ARTISTS IN THIS EXHIBITION, ONE ARTIST WILL BE CHOSEN by Suzanne Whitney-Smedt, owner of Whitney Modern, TO HAVE A TWO-WEEK SHOW at Whitney Modern in the summer of 2019. All selections for RISE will be made by the exhibition curators. 

In addition, three SPECIAL AWARD JURORS will view the works and choose one piece each to receive acknowledgement, and prominent display in the catalog, website and social media sites of Whitney Modern and Gutfreund Cornett Art. 
This project will include a fundraiser for a nonprofit focused on women and girls empowerment focused on bringing awareness to issues of self-identified women and a variety of programming. Details will be provided as these are developed. 

[To enter, please go to: 
https://www. for-art-rise.html]

Works will be selected by the four curators for the exhibition. From this selection, the Special Award Jurors will each choose a piece they feel exemplifies the theme of this exhibition. All decisions are final. One artist will be chosen by the Whitney Modern Gallery for a two-week exhibition in the summer of 2019. 

Suzanne Whitney-Smedt is Owner and Director of Whitney Modern Contemporary Fine Art Gallery (see Venue information). She is past Vice President of the Whitney Foundation, which helps fund and supplement those educational, health and housing projects that bring about positive changes in peoples’ lives.

Marianne McGrath is Curator of Art at New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU). Her passion for art and art education motivates her work as a curator, consultant and art advisor. Prior to her position at NUMU, she served as Education Curator and Associate Art Curator at The Museums of Los Gatos. Her professional experience includes work as an independent curator, art historian, teacher and designer. Ms. McGrath has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and holds a Master of Arts in Art History. 

Gutfreund Cornett Art is an independent curatorial partnership between 
Karen Gutfreund and Sherri Cornett which specializes in creating exhibitions on themes of “art as activism” to stimulate dialog, raise consciousness, encourage social change. Past exhibitions have focused on democracy, social justice, feminism and immigration issues.

Joan McLoughlin
Owner, McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco.
The McLoughlin Gallery is contemporary art gallery serving as a site for exhibitions and public programs working with established international and local mid-career and emerging contemporary artists. We represent and promote artists working in a wide array of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation. The mission for the gallery is to promote works and exhibitions with a social conscience and with plans to give back to the community. The gallery features established, European artists and emerging artists in the United States.

Jessica Porter
Executive Director of NY Artists Equity Association and Owner, Porter Advisory, New York City
Jessica L. Porter is the Executive Director of New York Artists Equity Association, Inc (NYAEA) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1947 by artists and art patrons with the mission to promote opportunities for artists. It operates Equity Gallery, an art space located on the Lower East Side of New York City. Porter maintains her own consulting company since 2001, Porter Advisory, working with organizations and other galleries as an independent curator, creating exhibitions in alternative spaces and exposing emerging artists to unique opportunities. She advises emerging artists on career development, marketing and strategic growth and guides collectors and institutions through art selection processes and investment. From 2006 to 2017, Porter founded and directed Porter Contemporary, a Chelsea art gallery, where she was responsible for the overall strategy, business development and market growth, marketing and communications as well as talent acquisition and development of the gallery.

David Weinberg
Executive Director, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Chicago.
David Weinberg is the Executive Director of a contemporary art gallery originally debuted in 2006 as David Weinberg Collection in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. In 2016, the space became Weinberg/Newton Gallery, having taken on a new mission focused on social justice issues. The change reflected and acknowledged the influence of attorney and philanthropist Jerry Newton on the gallery’s work, particularly in building relationships with partner non-profit organizations. Newton actively has been involved with organizations including the ACLU of Illinois, Human Rights Watch, and Personal PAC for more than four decades. Together, David Weinberg and Jerry Newton have guided the Weinberg/Newton Family Foundation since 2009. David’s commitment to educational reform and passion for social justice is at the core of the gallery's mission. Weinberg/Newton Gallery aims to create space for dialogue about the many social justice issues that concern our local Chicago community and beyond. In collaboration with artists and non-profit organizations, we work to cultivate a culture of consciousness and inspire change by way of exhibitions, panel discussions, film screenings, artist talks, and more.


MEDIA ACCEPTED: Sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, video, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, glass art, performance, artist book. No giclees of original works are permitted. Giclees as part of a mixed-media work are acceptable. 
​Gallery will exercise the right to reject any work that does not accurately represent the submitted image. 

NONREFUNDABLE ENTRY FEES: $35/entry [students email us at for reduced $15/entry instructions]. Fee is per entry for up to three pieces of art per entry. Payments to be made through PayPal only. You do not need to have a PayPal account to pay through PayPal. No refunds will be made after the jurying process has begun. 

CATALOG: We will create both print and online catalogs. Print catalog will be available through 

SALES OF ART: All sales will be handled by Whitney Modern with 50% going to the artist and 50% to the gallery. 

Any questions? Email


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Beyond Borders: Stories of im/Migration

Beyond Borders: Stories of im/Migration
January 8 - April 6, 2018
Santa Clara University, Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building Gallery
755 Franklin Street, Santa Clara, CA
Community Conversation with the Artists Friday, February 2, 2018, 4-5 p.m. 
Gallery Reception: Friday, February 2, 2018, 5-8 p.m.
Music and refreshments!

Please join us for the artists conversation and the opening on Friday, February 2nd!

Participating Artists: Tessie Barrera-Scharaga, Carlos Cartagena, Rolando Chicas, Kathryn Clark, Judy Gelles, Taraneh Hemami, Diane Kahlo, Sana Krusoe, Erin McKeown/Stephen Brackett/Shawn King, Delilah Montoya and Sin Huella Collective, Julio Cesar Morales, Gala Narezo/Shamina de Gonzaga/Chantal Fischzang, Priscilla Otani, Judith Quax, Zahava Sherez, Doerte Weber, Shannon Wright, Yu-Wen Wu

Curated by: Karen Gutfreund and Sherri Cornett of Gutfreund Cornett Art
The exhibition Beyond Borders: Stories of im/Migration by the curatorial team Gutfreund Cornett Art and their group of international artists, sheds light on the personal and observed narratives surrounding the struggles of flight, immigration, assimilation, deportation, and the perception of being “other" in American society. The works acknowledge the dignity, dreams and sacrifices of these people and reflect on where we are going, individually and as community with shared desires for hope and home. 

Enter the new Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building at Santa Clara University and one is immediately confronted with a Trumpian-inspired barricade, Feral Fence, a monstrous twisting armature reaching skyward with formidable barbed artist Shannon Wright. Through this “border wall”, visitors gain access to powerful, multi-media works: horrific and impactful, hopeful and reverential, abstract and emphatic, poetic and conceptual, with a call for reflection and action. The multi-media works powerfully speak to current, hot button and polarizing topics ripped from the news headlines. 

Boy in Suitcase, a video by Julio Cesar Morales, shows the alarming lengths to which people go to bring in their children to safety. The video The Jailer, Part 2, by Erin McKeown, Stephen Brackett and Shawn King, is a call to action to defeat hatred. Diane Kahlo has created a reverential altar to those who lost their lives in transit through the desert. The tender voices of youth as they assimilate are captured by Judy Gelles in a series of fourth graders’ portraits. Carlos Cartagena’s diptych speaks to overcoming fear of the unknown, because the alternative is worse. In large banner portraits, Gala Narezo, Shamina de Gonzaga and Chantal Fischzang challenge preconceptions of immigrants propagated by media and politicians. Delicate ceramic sculptures by Sana Krouse and a butterfly installation by Priscilla Otani speak beautifully and conceptually to im/Migration issues, while Daniela Ortiz’s video brutally sheds light on procedures used during forced deportation. These detail just a few of 24 artists in the exhibition that candidly, poetically and conceptually speak to these issues, highlighting universal, shared human experiences.

Gutfreund Cornett Art is committed to promoting and supporting local, national, and global art activism. Art can produce a visceral response and can provoke, inspire, or disturb, and opens one’s eyes to worlds other than your own. Art can transcend language barriers, strengthen understanding, stimulate greater compassion between displaced people and the communities that receive them, move us to action and advocacy and create visions for a new, more inclusive society.

Karen Gutfreund and Sherri Cornett