BECA gallery call for submissions – deadline 21 February 2008

A call for 2D and 3D submissions for the second international emerging contemporary art group exhibition at BECA gallery, New Orleans, LA, USA.

‘Mirror for the 21st Century’

Art is the means by which we communicate what it feels like to be alive. – Antony Gormley

THEME: “Art is often described as reflecting the spirit of an age, providing an insight into the complexities of living in a particular time, place or society.

How will the early years of the third millennium be characterized? The theme for this exhibition focuses on works that reflect a personal or collective experience of what it means to be alive now and is open to artists globally. It can document a brief, individual moment, explore wider issues that relate to contemporary life or suggest cultural strategies for improving lives locally, nationally and internationally.” – Helen Pheby, PhD.

CURATOR and JUROR – Helen Pheby, PhD, Deputy Curator, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, England.

Helen’s PhD thesis examined case-studies of international public art in order to develop her ongoing research into why art in public collections is not seen to be ‘public’, and how lines of communication may be facilitated between organizations and audiences. In addition, Helen is one of a small number of cultural ambassadors invited by the National Government of the UK to inspire the next generation of students and is a mentor for local schools in deprived communities.

Helen is the Deputy Curator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, England, an international centre for modern and contemporary art. YSP is the largest of its kind in Europe with revolving exhibitions by artists including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Sir Anthony Caro, Mark di Suvero, Sol LeWitt, Ulrich Ruckriem, Antony Gormley, Winter/Ho?rbelt and works by James Turrell and Andy Goldsworthy in the landscape. It consists of eight outdoor exhibition spaces set within a 500 acre, 18th-century, country estate and four indoor galleries that total the largest indoor contemporary exhibition space outside London. Along with curating exhibitions and projects at YSP, Helen is working with communities worldwide to improve accessibility to and the appreciation of the arts, including helping forward the foundation of a sculpture park in Kurdistan-Iraq and several public art projects in the UK.

EXHIBITION – BECA gallery is pleased to present ‘Mirror for the 21st Century’, an international emerging contemporary art group exhibition from April 5 – 30, 2008. Complete information and submission form can be found here: Download Call_to_Artists.pdf