“Textile Posters: Communication & Commentary,” SAQA

IQF, Houston:  Work must be available to travel from August 15, 2017, to December 31, 2020

The history of the poster as art started towards the end of the 19th century, when Jules Cheret began creating posters as a recognizable form of public announcement. Soon posters were liberally plastered on public walls throughout Europe, promoting shows, circuses, and manufactured goods. However, the widespread popularity of posters did not arrive in America until World War I, serving as the perfect vehicle for patriotic propaganda.

Posters are used as a method of advertisement. They may also be employed as a way to educate on topics of historical, social or cultural significance. Posters sometimes reflect on personal, daily experiences, going beyond the medium’s original and inherent function.

Some posters grab the viewer’s attention in an attempt to be heard above the incessant demands of other media. Other posters are more subtle in their approach, forcing the viewer to study the components in detail, intending to open a reflective dialogue. The artistic possibilities are infinite, allowing for both representational and abstract submissions..

Deadline: January 31, 2017

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“Chaos,” Arc Galleries

San Francisco, CA:     May 7 – June 21, 2016

The creative spirit often spins out of control. How does one handle a vortex of senses, impressions and memories and capture the experience in the form of art? Is chaos something you fear, create, or control?

Interpretations could include, but are not limited to: chaos caused by nature such as global warming, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tornadoes and floods; sensory overload caused by the constant feed of social media and 24-hour news; the chaos of consumerism and materialism, the chaos of diversity in language, perspectives and religious beliefs; the chaos of war, displacement, overpopulation, hunger and diaspora; and the chaos you cause through subversive, anti-social or outrageous actions.

Deadline: February 21, 2016

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