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Pollution or Solution

Open Call to Artists

Open Call to Artists

Opens: June 7th | 6:00pm

Closes: June 27th | 5:00pm

SBDAC’s Grand Atrium

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The era we currently inhabit, known as the Anthropocene, is characterized by the profound alterations made by humanity to every facet of life on our planet. One significant consequence of these changes is the rampant proliferation of pollution.

Pollution, in essence, refers to the act of contaminating or degrading the environment, rendering it unsuitable or hazardous for use due to the introduction of man-made waste. While pollutants can occur naturally, such as volcanic ash, they are often the byproduct of human activities, such as the disposal of trash or the runoff generated by industrial factories. These pollutants inflict damage upon the quality of our air, water, and land. 

In addition to environmental pollution, we are also faced with the side effects of technological advancements affecting our natural state of being. The omnipresence of social media and the dependency on electronics are perhaps developing new forms of mental and spiritual pollution in our society. 

How can we confront and combat these forms of pollution we face on a daily basis? What solutions can we envision to not only reduce but eradicate both environmental and mental/spiritual pollution? 

The challenge posed by this year’s juried exhibition lies in your ability to propose solutions to the multifaceted issue of pollution, encompassing environmental, spiritual, and mental realms. It beckons you to delve into the depths of your imagination and present innovative approaches to combatting these topics of discussion.  Artists are encouraged to use recycled materials in their art pieces. 

 Submission Guidelines for Pollution or Solution.

Please read them carefully before submitting artwork!

   The deadline is Friday, May 24th, 2024.

*Artists may submit up to Three pieces for consideration. ($30 submission fee)

*All artists, regardless of experience level, are encouraged to submit. 

*All media is accepted, including sculpture. There are no size restrictions, so long as the piece will fit through standard doorways, weigh no more than 80 lbs, and is ready to display. (3-dimensional pieces must be display-ready, either free-standing or wall-hanging)

*Please upload quality images (no more than 2MB in size, jpeg, no less than 1MB) labeled appropriately for identification purposes (ex: lastname_title.jpg) 


*Artists not from the SWFL area are responsible for any and all shipping costs for the delivery of accepted artwork and the return of unsold work.

*Pending acceptance, artwork must be ready to display. 2D work must be ready to hang with hanging wire or appropriate hardware, and the sculpture must be free-standing. Pedestals can be provided for small-scale 3D works. Any works not display-ready upon the drop-off date are subject to rejection!

*Artwork must have been produced within the past 24 months. 

Art previously exhibited at SBDAC shows will not be accepted.

**Most importantly, artwork must adhere to the theme of “Pollution or solution, environmental, mental or spiritual ”

Submission form coming soon!

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