CALL FOR ART

Drinking Gourd Gallery presents exciting exhibitions of works by professional and self-taught artists. Here you can find listings of open artist opportunities for the current calendar year. The Call for Art details are listed below. If you would like a PDF copy of the details, just click where indicated below or scan the QR code. Should you have any questions, please reach out to us via e-mail at dggartinfo@gmail.com for assistance. Thank you for your interest! 

CURRENT ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES:

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PAST ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES:

Drinking Gourd Gallery is seeking submissions for M is for Menopause, Baby!, a group exhibition that aims to raise awareness and challenge the stigma, stereotypes, and myths that surround the menopausal journey. Menopause is divided into three basic stages: perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. Your work can represent any of these stages or all of them, if you wish. Art submissions can be 2D or 3D, which can include paintings, drawings, mixed media, collages, assemblages, and sculptures. Your representation could be a person or persons, a place, a thing, or something abstract—really, whatever comes to mind for you when you think about perimenopause or menopause or postmenopause. Just let your creativity and imagination guide you. We look forward to seeing your work!

Applicants must be residents of North Carolina. No Entry Fee. This is a Non-Juried Exhibition. 

The exhibition is being presented by Drinking Gourd Gallery in partnership with Rocky Mount Mills, Kiki Piper, and Nash UNC Health Care. It opens on World Menopause Day, October 18, 2023, at Rocky Mount Mills, Rocky Mount, NC and will also be available virtually. 

Please note that both the in-person and virtual exhibition spaces are destinations for people of all ages, so artwork featured in the show needs to be work that can be enjoyed by diverse audiences. 

 

 

CALL FOR ART

Drinking Gourd Gallery: M is for Menopause, Baby! — A Non-Juried Exhibition

Drinking Gourd Gallery invites submissions for M is for Menopause, Baby!, a group exhibition that aims to raise awareness and challenge the stigma, stereotypes, and myths that surround menopause. The goal is to use art to start conversations that will help people to be better informed and better equipped to handle any stage of menopause, whether it’s perimenopause, menopause, or postmenopause. The exhibition is being presented by Drinking Gourd Gallery in partnership with Rocky Mount Mills, Kiki Piper, and Nash UNC Health Care. The exhibition will be on view at Rocky Mount Mills in Rocky Mount, NC and available virtually, as well.    

Submission Deadline EXTENDED: Saturday, September 30, 2023, by 11:59 p.m. EST

Exhibition Dates: October 18 – November 15, 2023

Curating this exhibition are Carol Torian, founder of Drinking Gourd Gallery and Kirsten Moore, founder of Kiki Piper.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications are to be submitted via e-mail to dggartinfo@gmail.com on or before the deadline. Up to (two) 2 works, represented as JPEG files may be included for consideration. Label each JPEG file with the artwork title and your first and last name. Please read the full information below prior to applying. We invite you to give your interpretation of the exhibition theme through your artwork.

Artwork Size Restrictions

2D paintings, drawings, and mixed media artwork may be no larger than 48 inches high, 48 inches wide, and 4 inches in depth and not weigh more than 20 pounds (even when framed). All 2D artwork must be suitably framed unless a wrapped canvas is used. Artwork received without attached hanging hardware will not be included in the show. Works will be on display indoors. Must be original work.  Giclée prints or reproduced works are not acceptable.

3D collages, assemblages and sculptures must be free standing, self-supportive or wall mountable, or pedestal ready. Assemblage work does not require a frame. Work may be no longer than 36 inches in its longest dimension and weigh no more than 25 pounds. Pedestal will be provided, if required. Works will be on display indoors. Must be original work. Giclée prints or reproduced works are not acceptable.  

Shipping & Delivery for Accepted Artwork

Please do not ship or hand deliver artwork until you are notified regarding drop-off and shipping instructions. Artists are responsible to pay for the delivery and return shipping of their work. Artists are responsible for any travel expense associated with the shipping and delivery of their artwork. Artists are also responsible for any travel expense associated with attending the exhibition’s opening reception.

Eligibility

Applicants must be residents of North Carolina.

Artists may submit two original works.

All works must be the sole work and exclusive property of the submitting artist.

Works must have been created within the last four years.

Sales and Commission

All submitted artwork must be for sale. Artists set the sales price. Sales prices are firm. The artist will receive 60% of the sale price and Drinking Gourd Gallery will retain 40%. North Carolina sales tax will be added to the sales price. All sales will be handled by Drinking Gourd Gallery. Artwork sold during the exhibition will remain on display until the end of the show.

Submission Requirements

Online submissions only. No entry fee. Artists may submit up to two (2) works, represented as JPEG files, not to exceed 4MB per image.

 

  1. Submissions should be sent to dggartinfo@gmail.com and received by the deadline in order to be considered for the upcoming exhibition. Submission Deadline has been EXTENDED and is now Saturday, September 30, 2023, by 11:59 p.m. EST

 

  1. In the subject line of your e-mail, please write – Menopause Exhibition with your first and last name.

 

  1. Label each JPEG image file with your first and last name and the artwork title and include the file(s) in your e-mail as attachments.

 

  1. In the body of the e-mail list the available artwork, and include your name, the artwork title, media, size, and sales price. If you are submitting mixed-media work, you must include the names of all media used in the creation of the artwork. Please also include a short bio and a telephone number where you can be reached.

 

Receipt of your artwork submission will be confirmed by e-mail.

 

Exhibition Partners

About Drinking Gourd Gallery

Based in Raleigh, North Carolina and established in 2018, Drinking Gourd Gallery is a virtual gallery space offering the works of established, mid-career and emerging artists. Looking back and ahead, the gallery is dedicated to artistic freedom and committed to showcasing diverse voices and perspectives. Known for its eclectic, ever-changing collection, Drinking Gourd Gallery offers a relaxed space for visitors to discover and shop for unique artwork and gift items. The gallery is also proud to present exhibitions, book and film discussions, artist talks, lectures, classes, and performances to inspire and engage. 

 

About Rocky Mount Mills

Located along the Falls of the beautiful Tar River, Rocky Mount Mills is a development of historic proportions, bringing together residential, commercial, cultural, and entertainment amenities in one unique destination. The 82-acre campus of this restored cotton mill showcases a bold approach to historic preservation — honoring the past while also breathing new life into the plank floors, stout timbers, and intricate brickwork of this storied place that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Rocky Mount Mills features vibrant community gathering areas, abundant restaurant options, craft breweries, River & Twine a “tiny house” hotel, indoor and outdoor event venues plus light-filled residences and workspaces. It’s a place to wander, to explore and be surprised. It’s a place to connect, to collaborate, and be inspired — a place to craft your own story.

 

About Kiki Piper Paper 

Founded in 2021, formerly Sola Bee Artistry, Kiki Piper  is an online art gallery and store, showcasing original artwork, prints and products, artisan home goods, and upcycled decor that emphasizes sustainability by using primarily recycled paper as a medium along with other repurposed materials.

 

About UNC Nash Health Care

In the 1960s, Nash County community leaders had the vision to create a new hospital in their area to meet health care needs in Rocky Mount. Today, UNC Nash is a nonprofit hospital affiliate of UNC Health Care, a leading national health care system. The hospital’s partnership with UNC offers expertise, innovation, resources, and research to the patients they serve in eastern North Carolina.

 

Curators

Carol Torian is a writer, gallerist, and contemporary artist, known for her drawings and abstract paintings. She is a self-taught artist whose work is inspired by nature, urban settings, women's issues, and social justice issues. Carol is a graduate of Meredith College, and the founder and owner of Drinking Gourd Gallery.

Kirsten Moore is a mixed media artist residing in Raleigh, North Carolina. As a native to the North Country, she has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Design, concentrating in sculpture and graphic design, from the State University of New York at Potsdam, located in Potsdam, NY. With a passion for planet sustainability, Kirsten uses repurposed materials and discarded items to create her mixed media artwork. Her process of deconstructing the material and giving it new life can be seen in her paintings, sculptures, and even digital artwork. With a broad range of subject matter, Kirsten focuses on the beauty found in nature, people, and everyday life in hopes to capture the magic unseen. Her unique application of material often creates “messages” in the composition, adding another depth of spirituality and adventure for the viewer. Kirsten is the founder and owner of Kiki Piper.

Legal Agreement

Entry in the Exhibition constitutes agreement to the conditions set forth in this call for art. The artist grants Drinking Gourd Gallery permission to photograph any work accepted for the Exhibition for archival or educational purposes or publicity. For the in-person component of the exhibition, Drinking Gourd Gallery will exhibit the artist’s work indoors at Rocky Mount Mills in Rocky Mount, NC. For the virtual component of the exhibition, Drinking Gourd Gallery will exhibit the artist's work on the Kunstmatrix exhibition platform. The artist also grants Drinking Gourd Gallery permission to send emails specific to the M is for Menopause, Baby! Exhibition.

 

Questions

If you have questions or need additional information or accommodations in order to submit work for consideration for this exhibition, please email Carol Torian at dggartinfo@gmail.com or call (919) 627-4994 for assistance.

Sincerely, 

Carol Torian and Kirsten Moore

Curators

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

This is a running list of questions that we have received about the exhibition or Call for Art submission process. 

What are the stages of menopause?

Menopause is divided into three basic stages: perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. 

If you have questions about perimenopause, menopause, or postmenopause, the Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (https://www.womenshealth.gov/) is one of many reliable, accurate resources available. However, your doctor or other licensed health care provider is in the best position to assess and address your individual health care needs. Information from the internet or other sources, is not a substitute for medical consultation with a qualified health or medical professional.