Gamut Gallery holds call for submissions for its annual juried show
Jade Patrick, owner of Gamut Gallery, firmly believes that everyone is capable of creating important artwork and making a creative impact. The gallery, an intimate space in downtown Minneapolis, is currently preparing to host its third annual juried exhibition, and Patrick is encouraging artists working in any medium to submit their work to be reviewed and considered for a month-long showing beginning October 24.
"There's no theme. There's no limitations, only that it be visual media," Patrick says.
For the 2013 show, over 90 artists submitted their work to be considered. Eventually, 28 pieces by 20 different artists were exhibited. Past submissions have included video, sculpture, painting, and print work. "Basically traditional media, but some things outside of those bounds as well," she says. For example, last year one of the chosen pieces was a video that was shown in an interactive display, encouraging attendees to experience the work in a more intimate manner.
The selections shown this year will be chosen by Kristoffer Knutson, owner of Robot Love, the much-missed store and creative think-space which, for several years, played a major part in connecting the Minneapolis community with local contemporary art and street art, and the artists who were creating it.
"Robot Love was for contemporary art in Minneapolis what a good record shop could be for any city's music scene," Patrick says. Her high regard for Knutson's intentions with the store played a large role in her decision to ask his hand in making the final curatorial decisions. "People would go there and get to know more about street art, and get to know more about contemporary art. It really kind of helped nurture a community around art." This will be the first time that Knutson works with Gamut Gallery.
As part of the event, Knutson will be holding a curator talk at the gallery with Tricia Khutoretsky, owner of the Northeast gallery Public Functionary. The two will have a conversation with attendees and select artists who have made it into the show. Although an exact date has not yet been scheduled, Patrick plans on releasing more details about the exhibition, including the curator talk and show opening, shortly after the deadline has passed.
Previously, some of the pieces chosen have been created by notable local artists, including Christopher Atkins, curator of the MAEP program at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. However, anyone reading this who creates visual art of any kind should consider submitting their work for the opportunity to be involved.
"We really push that art is for everyone," Patrick says. "We welcome everyone. The most important reason we do this show is to meet new artists, and to see new work." Patrick has had artists she met through the juried exhibitions hold shows later at the gallery. So this opportunity potentially opens the door for future endeavors at Gamut.
The deadline for this year's event is September 10. Details for submitting art can be found on the Gamut Gallery website. Be sure to keep an eye out in City Pages for more information on the curator talk and exhibition opening.