Call for Visual Art - CONTEXT by Oholiav & Jewish Art Salon

The Jewish Art Salon and Oholiav are collaborating on a series of inter-disciplinary events in October & November 2012. These will be hosted by the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life at Columbia /Barnard University, 606 W 115 Street, New York, NY 10025.

Come celebrate with text, around text, through text, about text, and without text.

See below for the visual art application information. Call for Performers: click here.

Exhibition title: CONTEXT
There will be two visual art exhibits, one called TEXT, the other CONTEXT. TEXT will consist of Ellen Alt's 15 text-based art works, mainly black and white. CONTEXT will be a group exhibit of 2-D visual art.

We are looking for artworks about text, writing and language. The text should be the basis for the imagery. Using words is possible, but more as an abstraction. Text as Art. The text does not have to be Jewish. The text IS the imagery.
Some artists as reference for this idea: Moshe Castel, Cy Twombly, Shirin Neshat, Franz Kline.
NOT applicable: calligraphy, or images that are an illustration of text.

Curators: Ellen Alt, Timna Burston (Oholiav) and Yona Verwer (Jewish Art Salon).

Dates and Deadlines
September 12, 2012 10 pm E.S.T.- Submissions Close (Deadline)
Notification of Artists - During the week of September 16, 2012
Drop off & installation: Date to be announced.

For out-of-town artists there is the (limited) possibility for mailing the art in beforehand.October 11, 2012 - Opening Reception 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Followed by a live music performance at 7:00 PM, and talkback with select featured artists at 8:00 PM. Times may be subject to change.
Exhibition Hours: October 11 - November 29  Mon - Thurs 9am - 9 pm.

Additional art events to be held at the venue over the course of October and November, including programming on the exhibit’s final night (November 29).


Open to artists 18 years of age or older who submit 2_D artwork in any medium except video. Maximum dimensions approx. 3’ x 3’. Submissions must be the creation of the artist. Reproductions of original artwork, such as glicee prints of original paintings, will not be accepted.
If selected, you will need to drop off the work (early October; exact date TBA), or have someone drop it off for you. Mailing ahead is not possible. The art should be ready to hang (specifics will be given), and easy to install.
There will be a small time window to install the artwork; artists are requested to stay for an hour or two to help installing. More details on that to follow.

  • Artists may submit images by email to this address. jasimages18 ( at ) gmail ( dot ) com
  • Subject line: CONTEXT
  • The size of the jpg should be no more than 500 kb each.
  • IMPORTANT: Many of you sent in jpgs that were not saved properly. See below for instructions. Any improperly named jpgs will be disregarded.
  • The file name of your image should be saved like this: last name, title of work (perhaps abbreviated), and size in inches [for example, SMITH_Text1_30x20.jpg]. Follow this format exactly please, including the underscores.
By submitting work to be considered for the exhibition, artists grant Oholiav and the Jewish Art Salon the right to use their image(s) for the purpose of marketing. Images may appear on their websites, and on their social network sites.

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