FIRE Art Studios and Gallery, LLP
190 E. Fifth Avenue
Naperville, IL 60563
Call for Entries
”Rejuvenate” Juried Show
May 11th – June 8th
Opening Artist Reception – Awards Presented
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Art is the journey we take to express our deepest sometimes darkest emotions. Unwittingly what the artist feels lurks in their work. Once it is out there, for everyone to see, you seem to have unburdened yourself from the baggage of emotions you carry around each day.
What does your art do to rejuvenate you? How does it express what it means to be reborn as a person much lighter from yesterday?
Submit: Your art in any medium, painting, sculpture, ceramic, jewelry, fabric, video, installation…
Images must be in jpg format & include title & dimensions.
Submit: A writing piece to tell your story about the piece and how it unburdened you…
Submit: A description of each piece. (max. 50 words)
Juror: Adrienne Rosen, listed in Who’s Who of American Women for her career in the arts, is a juried member of the Best of Missouri Hands, and has illustrated The Twelve Months of Leap Year, by Maxine Prochnow. She currently teaches at Meramec Community College in St. Louis.
She works in watercolors, oils, and acrylics painting animals, flowers, and landscapes with a colorful, impressionist style, and has spent many years creating art that expresses her love of nature and continues taking painting workshops with nationally known artists.
First Prize 50$ gift certificate usable in the gallery against next month’s Display fee or Walk in classes and a certificate signed by the Judge.
Second Prize 25$ gift certificate usable in the gallery against next month’s Display fee or classes and a certificate signed by the Judge.
Two Special Mentions 10$ gift certificate usable in the gallery against next month’s Display fee or classes and a certificate signed by the Judge.
Rules for Submission
Deadline for Submissions
April 12th, 2013
Email Submissions with title of the show in subject line to:
Notification of Acceptance via email
April 19th, 2013
Size of Artwork
Artwork size may not exceed 36” x 36″ x 18″ for one, or 84″ x 60″ x 18″ for three pieces.
Contact us for any oversized artwork submissions.
Due by April 26th, 2013
Upon acceptance you will be expected to pay a display fee at the rate of $20 per painting or $50 for 3 paintings, as we are a co-op gallery run by artists.
You will receive invites, webpage, and inclusion in press releases.
You will pay 20% on your sales as commission to the gallery.
Drop Off/Receipt of Work (for international applicants)
May 7th – May 10th
You are responsible for hanging your gallery ready work for display in the designated area before the show. If you are outside of Chicago, you are responsible for shipping, and for a reusable package plus the shipping fee for the return (any overage will be refunded in the event of a sale).
Pick up/Return Shipping Date
June 11th – June 14th
Artwork which is not picked up within 30 days becomes the property of the gallery.
100% Insurance of your work on our premises at the fair value you declare. You are responsible for insuring artwork in transit. Artwork will not be insured after June 14th.
So after seeing that last video, I was inspired to do a little research.
rdon Parks was one of the seminal figures of twentieth century photography. A humanitarian with a deep commitment to social justice, he left behind a body of work that documents many of the most important aspects of American culture from the early 1940s up until his death in 2006, with a focus on race relations, poverty, Civil Rights, and urban life. In addition, Parks was also a celebrated composer, author, and filmmaker who interacted with many of the most prominent people of his era—from politicians and artists to celebrities and athletes.
Born into poverty and segregation in Kansas in 1912, Parks was drawn to photography as a young man when he saw images of migrant workers published in a magazine. After buying a camera at a pawnshop, he taught himself how to use it and despite his lack of professional training, he found employment with the Farm Security Administration (F.S.A.), which was then chronicling the nation’s social conditions. Parks quickly developed a style that would make him one of the most celebrated photographers of his age, allowing him to break the color line in professional photography while creating remarkably expressive images that consistently explored the social and economic impact of racism.
When the F.S.A. closed in 1943, Parks became a freelance photographer, balancing work for fashion magazines with his passion for documenting humanitarian issues. His 1948 photo essay on the life of a Harlem gang leader won him widespread acclaim and a position as the first African American staff photographer and writer for Life Magazine, then by far the most prominent photojournalist publication in the world. Parks would remain at Life Magazine for two decades, chronicling subjects related to racism and poverty, as well as taking memorable pictures of celebrities and politicians (including Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and Stokely Carmichael). His most famous images, such as Emerging Man, 1952, and American Gothic, 1942, capture the essence of activism and humanitarianism in mid-twentieth century America and have become iconic images, defining their era for later generations. They also rallied support for the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement, for which Parks himself was a tireless advocate as well as a documentarian.
Parks spent much of the last three decades of his life expanding his style, conducting experiments with color photography. He continued working up until his death in 2006, winning numerous awards, including the National Medal of Arts in 1988, and over fifty honorary doctorates. He was also a noted composer and author, and in 1969, became the first African American to write and direct a Hollywood feature film based on his bestselling novel The Learning Tree. This was followed in 1971 by the hugely successful motion picture Shaft. The core of his accomplishment, however, remains his photography the scope, quality, and enduring national significance of which is reflected throughout the Collection. According to Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Center at Harvard University, “Gordon Parks is the most important black photographer in the history of photojournalism. Long after the events that he photographed have been forgotten, his images will remain with us, testaments to the genius of his art, transcending time, place and subject matter.”
Flavio, 1964. Director and screenplay
Diary of a Harlem Family , 1968.. Narrator, still photography.
The World of Piri Thomas, 1968. 16mm. Director
The Learning Tree, 1969. 35mm. Director, producer, screenplay, music.
Shaft , 1971. 35mm. Director
Shaft’s Big Score! 1972. 35mm. Director
The Super Cops , 1974. 35mm. Director
Leadbelly , 1976 35mm. Director
Solomon Northrup’s Odyssey , 1984. 16mm, made for TV. Director, screenplay.
Moments Without Proper Names, 1987. 16mm. Director, screenplay, music.
Flash Photography, NY: Grosset and Dunlap. 1947
Camera Portraits: Techniques and Principles of Documentary Portraiture, NY: F. Watts. 1948
The Learning Tree, NY: Harper and Row. 1963
A Choice of Weapons, NY: Harper and Row. 1966
Gordon Parks: A Poet and His Camera, NY: Viking Press. 1968
Born Black, Philadelphia: Lippincott. 1971
Gordon Parks: In Love, Philadelphia: Lippincott. 1971
Gordon Parks: Whispers of Intimate Things, NY: Viking Press. 1971
Moments Without Proper Names, NY: Viking Press. 1975
Flavio, NY: W.W. Norton. 1978
To Smile in Autumn, NY: W.W. Norton. 1979
Shannon, Boston: Little, Brown. 1981
Voices in the Mirror: An Autobiography, NY: Doubleday. 1990
Arias of Silence, Boston: Bulfinch Press. 1994
Glimpses Toward Infinity, Boston: Little, Brown. 1996
Half Past Autumn: A Retrospective, Boston: Bulfinch Press. 1997
A Star for Noon: An Homage to Women in Images, Poetry, and Music, Bulfinch. 2000
The Sun Stalker, Ruder-Finn Press. 2003
Eyes With Winged Thoughts, Atria. 2005
A Hungry Heart, Washington Square Press. 2005