Monday, November 19, 2012

Call for Entries: On The Verge

"On the Verge" - At the Lowe House Office Building
Prince George's Delegation Area, Annapolis, MD.

January 11 - April 9, 2013
Presented by the M-NCPPC, Department of Parks of Recreation, Prince George's County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division

All submissions must be received by 4:00pm
The M-NCPPC, Department of Parks of Recreation, Prince George's County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division, with support from the Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council, is pleased to announce On the Verge: Extension, Transition, Conversation, this year's exhibition of Prince George's County artists in the Lowe House Office building in Annapolis, during the Maryland General Assembly's Legislative Session for 2013.

Verge is verb, signifying a shift, a switch, and evolution. Verge can also mean modification, expansion, and a substantial moment. This exhibition calls on Prince George's County artists to share their interpretation of what it means to be on the verge. As artists our perception of transition and change vary; is verge a meeting of artistic minds, a collaborative effort? Are you on the verge of a major decision in your studio? Or perhaps verge is an important moment for you conceptually or formally, on the cusp of a breakthrough in a new direction? The meaning of verge may present itself symbolically, through the exploration of boundaries, or literally through juxtapositions in ideas and materials. On the Verge provides an opening to reflect upon the interpretations of verge, or verging, asking artists to present work related to insightful, prospective and major transitions, as they define it. This exhibition celebrates Prince George's County artists as well as art's ability to represent these shifts and express the experiences that bring us all together.
  • Deadline for receipt of entries: December 10th
  • Notification of selected works: December 17th
*All notifications will be sent by email.
  • Artwork drop-off period: December 27st - 31th
  • Exhibition Opens: Week of January 9th
  • Opening Reception: TBA
  • Exhibition closes: April 9th
  • Artwork pick-up period: April 15th - 26th
This call for entries is open to all artists 18 years old or older who live, work, attend school or have studio's in Prince George's County, MD.

Artists may submit a maximum of 5 artworks for consideration. All works must be original and may use any media. Art works must also be presentation-ready and able to hang on a wall without projecting off the wall in such a way that they could obstruct or endanger foot traffic in the exhibition area. Art works must be able to safely hang on Walker Display system hanging rods. All works must follow the Maryland House of Delegates guidelines for displaying artwork. To receive a copy of these guidelines artists may contact staff at the Brentwood Arts Exchange at (301) 277 - 2863.

Artists selected to have their artworks exhibited in On the Verge will receive an honorarium of $100.
Submission materials should be mailed or delivered in person to the Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722. Please send:
  • Your name and contact information, including address, telephone number, and email.
  • A CD containing up to 5 images.
  • A printed list of the works submitted with titles, media, and dimensions.
  • If your mailing address is not in Prince George's County but you are eligible to apply under other criteria, please provide a very brief explanation of your eligibility (i.e. your in-county studio address, etc.)
  • *Optional: An artist's statement
  • If you would like your materials returned, please include an SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope). Materials sent without an SASE will not be returned.
Please note: Only entries sent in digital formats will be accepted for entry. We will not review printed images, slides, or original artworks. We regret that we cannot accept submissions via email. Digital files must be submitted on a CD.

Attn: On the Verge
Brentwood Arts Exchange
3901 Rhode Island Ave.
Brentwood, MD 20722

Effort will be made to review all submissions, regardless of format. However, please be aware that incompatible files may cause submissions to be rejected. Applicants are encouraged to format files as described below.
  • Image files should not be larger than 1MB, and should be formatted as jpeg or tiff.
  • Name each file according to the following format: "last name" underscore "document". Example: jones_imagelist.pdf.
  • Please number each image/video file corresponding to the work sample list. Example: 01_jones_stilllifewithguitar.jpg
All artists will be informed of acceptance or rejection by email. Artists who do not have email addresses may request to be notified by mail.

Artists are responsible for transporting work to and from the drop-off/pickup location at the Brentwood Arts Exchange. Artwork must be delivered ready to hang and appropriately presented. Artworks that differ significantly from the images submitted for judging or are not ready for gallery installation may be rejected. If you need to ship the work, please call us to let us know what arrangements you have made.

The exhibition will be transported, installed, and dismantled by
M-NCPPC staff or third parties contracted by the M-NCPPC. All work accepted for exhibition will remain at the exhibition site for the duration of the exhibition.

The M-NCPPC will retain a 25% commission on all artworks sold during, or as a result of the exhibition. The M-NCPPC will insure all consigned artwork in the custody of the Brentwood Arts Exchange from the time they are received by delivery, until the pick-up date only.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact: Rushern Baker IV, at the Brentwood Arts Exchange 3901 Rhode Island Ave.  Brentwood, MD 20722,; tel. 301-277-2863; tty. 301-446-6802