Call for Entry: Woodworks and Wood Art

Call for Entry: Woodworks and Wood Art

Timber Tales: Exploring Function, Form, and Fantasy in Woodworks and Wood Art

About the Exhibition: Timber Tales invites artists, designers, and creators to delve into the enchanting world of wood and its endless possibilities. This exhibition celebrates the rich narrative of timber through the lens of function, form, and fantasy. From its practical applications in everyday life to its mystical allure in folklore and imagination, wood has long been intertwined with human culture. Timber Tales seeks to unravel these narratives and showcase the diverse ways in which wood inspires creativity and innovation.

*Selected pieces will be shown in the SA+C online gallery. All selected artists will be featured on SA+C social media, on the website, and in our eNewsletter (sent to 10,000+ recipients). One artist will be awarded a $1,000 grant to inspire their continued work. Plans for an in-person exhibition will be announced at a later date. Work should have been made within the last five (5) years.

Theme: Timber Tales encourages participants to explore the multifaceted nature of wood, considering its historical, cultural, and ecological significance. Artists are encouraged to interpret the theme across various mediums, including but not limited to sculpture, woodworking, furniture design, painting, photography, and mixed media.

Key Elements to Explore:

  1. Function: How does wood serve utilitarian purposes in our daily lives? Explore the practical applications of wood in architecture, furniture, tools, and beyond. Highlight the versatility and sustainability of wood as a building material.
  2. Form: Delve into the aesthetic qualities of wood, from its natural grain patterns to the sculptural possibilities it offers. Experiment with different techniques and styles to showcase the beauty and diversity of wood as a medium for artistic expression.
  3. Fantasy: Tap into the whimsical and magical associations of wood found in mythology, folklore, and storytelling. Create artworks that evoke a sense of wonder and enchantment, drawing inspiration from forests, fairy tales, and the imagination.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Artists may submit up to three (3) works for consideration, with two (2) per piece.
  • Submissions must be original works created by the artist, preferably within the last five years.
  • Mixed media pieces are welcome, with the condition that wood constitutes at least 50% of the artwork.
  • Maximum dimensions are: 3′ x 3′ x 3′.  (This call is not focused on furniture makers.)

Eligibility

This international call is open to both emerging and established makers.

Dates:

  • Submission Block: 3/25-6/1/2024
  • Jurying Block: 6/3-6/12/2024
  • Notification Date: 6/14/2024

Jury Process

Jurors will evaluate the submissions based on creative approaches to the theme, craftsmanship, technical proficiency, aesthetics, and other considerations as determined by the jury.

Jurors TBD

NOTE:  This system cannot save partial entries; you cannot log in repeatedly to make changes or updates. You must start again if you neglect any documents or details the first time. Here is a sample of the form, so you can prepare your materials. 

Join us on a journey through Timber Tales, where wood becomes a canvas for imagination, storytelling, and creativity. Let your artistic vision take root and flourish in this celebration of timber’s timeless allure.


*“No human face is exactly the same in its lines on each side, no leaf perfect in its lobes, no branch in its symmetry. All admit irregularity as they imply change; and to banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality (source).”**Please contact us if the submission fee represents extreme hardship.