Collar Works is a non-profit art space located at 621 River St. in Troy, NY dedicated to supporting emerging and under represented artists, working in any media, exhibiting challenging and culturally relevant contemporary artworks. Striving to expand the current art vernacular in New York’s capital region, Collar Works provides a venue for community dialogue focused on serious, provocative and spirited artworks.
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Collar Works 2017 Visual Art Open Call 

"What is that leaping in your chest?" Guest Curated by Alexandra Foradas, Assistant Curator at Mass MOCA

Deadline to Submit: October 1, 2017

Exhibit Dates: November 10 - December 30, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, November 10, 5-8pm

Why and by whose power were you sent?

What do you see that you may wish to steal?
Why all this dancing? Why do your dark bodies
Drink up the light? What are you demanding
That we feel? Have you stolen something? Then
What is that leaping in your chest? What is
The nature of your mission? 

 From Tracy K Smith, “The United States Welcomes You”

 When he coined the term “American Dream” in 1931, historian James Truslow Adams described it as “a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.”

Ever since, if not before, the status of the American Dream has been in question. Is it truly a promise offered to all? Or is it just that, a dream? To quote Malcolm X speaking in 1964 and, more recently, Bernie Sanders: was America always for some, or has it become, a nightmare? Can we tell our children, in the words of the United States’ 44th president, that “America is big enough to accommodate all their dreams,” or is the American Dream, in the words of the 45th president, “dead"?

In a moment where the circumstances of individuals’ birth and position are increasingly the focus of scrutiny, the artists in this exhibition interrogate the uncertainty of access to the American Dream.

Alexandra Foradas, Curator

Visual Art Guidelines
  • Artists can submit up to 5 artworks for consideration.
  • All mediums welcome, including site-specific works.
  • Sculpture can not exceed 7' max height.
  • Collar Works is a non-commission art space. Artists receive 100% of all sales.
  • All Shipping & Handling is the responsibility of the artist.
  • Artwork must be delivered on or by Friday, November 3rd.
For more information about Collar Works and artist opportunities, visit www.collarworks.org or email info@collarworks.org
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The title of the exhibition refers to the 13th Article of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “the right to free movement in and out of the country.” Visual artists residing within a 65 mile radius of Troy, NY are invited to submit works that heighten awareness about the international plight of migration in all its physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual dimensions.

The installation will include visual works, poetry, video, and two events, subsequent to the opening of the exhibition, a poetry reading and a forum on Sanctuary Cities sponsored by the ACLU will be presented.

Visual works and poems selected will be published in a book documenting the exhibition. Copyright will reside with the curators and the book will be available print-on-demand.

Deadline to Submit: December 31, 2017

Entry Fee: $15

Exhibit Dates: March 30, 2018 - May 12, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, March 30, 2018 5-8pm

Location: The LAB at Collar Works Gallery. 621 River Street, Troy, NY 12180

Curatorial Statement 

Borderlines have been with us for most of recorded history. Forced human migration and diasporas emerge from tribal elements of civilization. Early in our own history, we witnessed the exodus of Native Americans to the far frontier. The United Nations has declared the right to (freedom of) movement within the borders of a State as well as the right to leave and to return,  and in addition, the right to enjoy asylum from persecution which is part of Article 14.  Visual artists are invited to submit works that heighten awareness about the international human plight of migration in all its physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual dimensions.


Visual Art Guidelines

            •           Artists can submit up to 3 artworks for consideration.

            •           Each image should be saved as a .jpeg at 150 ppi., sRGB color space no smaller than 1920 pixels longest edge, file size no larger than 5MB.

            •           Exhibition ready(wire or D-rings) two-dimensional work up to 20x24. If framed, please use simple (Nielsen-like) black metal or black wooden frames. All frames should have Plexiglas and a standard white or off-white window mat. Where appropriate, due to size or aesthetics, these directions may be amended.

            •           Identifying information to be included on a separate cover sheet in Times Roman font (size 11) with name, address, email, phone, titles of work and a brief bio up to 250 words.

            •           All Shipping & Handling is the responsibility of the artist.

            •           Artwork must be delivered by Saturday-Sunday, March 17-18th unless other arrangements have been made.

            •           No previously exhibited work will be accepted.

            •           Filing of the entry form constitutes an agreement on the part of the entrant to all conditions, including permission to the use of poems and images of the exhibited work in print or online media for promotional, educational, or archival purposes.

For more information or questions, email Anne Liljedahl at als.linden27@gmail.com.

Ends on December 31, 2017$15.00
$15.00

The title of the exhibition refers to the 13th Article of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “the right to free movement in and out of the country.” Visual artists residing within a 65 mile radius of Troy, NY are invited to submit works that heighten awareness about the international plight of migration in all its physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual dimensions.

The installation will include visual works, poetry, video, and two events, subsequent to the opening of the exhibition, a poetry reading and a forum on Sanctuary Cities sponsored by the ACLU will be presented.

Visual works and poems selected will be published in a book documenting the exhibition. Copyright will reside with the curators and the book will be available print-on-demand.

Deadline to Submit: December 31, 2017

Entry Fee: $15

Exhibit Dates: March 30, 2018 - May 12, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, March 30, 2018 5-8pm

Location: The LAB at Collar Works Gallery. 621 River Street, Troy, NY 12180

Curatorial Statement 

Borderlines have been with us for most of recorded history. Forced human migration and diasporas emerge from tribal elements of civilization. Early in our own history, we witnessed the exodus of Native Americans to the far frontier. The United Nations has declared the right to (freedom of) movement within the borders of a State as well as the right to leave and to return,  and in addition, the right to enjoy asylum from persecution which is part of Article 14.  Visual artists are invited to submit works that heighten awareness about the international human plight of migration in all its physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual dimensions.


Poetry Guidelines

•No previously published works will be accepted.

•Submit up to 3 poems in one MS Word file,  Times Roman font, size 12.

•Each poem no longer than one page.

•Identifying information to be included on separate cover sheet with title of poems, name, address, email, phone, and a brief bio of no more than 250 words. No identifying information to appear with poems.

All submissions will receive notice of decision no later than March 1, 2018

Filing of the entry form constitutes an agreement on the part of the entrant to all conditions, including permission to the use of poems and images of the exhibited work in print or online media for promotional, educational, or archival purposes.

For further information contact Curator, Sandra Rouse at sandra.rouse@gmail.com.