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Annual Theme Show: Food for Thought
August 21 - September 13, 2014 Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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What is on the mind of every starving artist? Food! 440 Gallery is seeking entries for their annual summer theme show; this year's will explore food in all its manifestations from farm to table. The history of art is the history of food: ever since our ancestors depicted the hunt for dinner on the walls of caves, cuisine and culture have always met in art. Consider Van Gogh's Potato Eaters, Edward Hopper's Diner, and Judy Chicago's Dinner Party. In addition to depictions of edibles, artisans shape vessels and embroider linens for the preparation and service of our meals. Artists also confront current issues such as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's), factory farming and our national obesity epidemic. The exhibition will run from Thursday, August 21, through Saturday, September 13, 2014, with an opening reception on Thursday, August 21, 6:00-9:00 PM.

Juror: The juror for this year's Theme Show is Jennifer Coates, a painter, musician and writer living in New York City. She has written reviews of art exhibits for major arts publications, and has taught in art programs around the country. She has also widely exhibited her work in numerous group shows and has had solo shows at Feigen Contemporary, Kevin Bruk Gallery and Luxe Gallery. (See below for More About Our Juror.)

Eligibility: Open to artists living in the US. We welcome all media including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawings, printmaking, mixed media, photography, sculpture in any medium, and digital media. All work must be suitably framed, wired and ready for hanging. Works on paper must be framed under plexiglass or glass. Maximum weight of sculpture: 50 pounds. Sculptors must provide floor stand with a maximum footprint of 30" x 30." Artists must provide monitors or projectors for video works.

Acceptance: Accepted work may be refused if it does not conform to the entered image. Absolutely NO substitutions of accepted works will be allowed. All accepted work must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.

Sales: The gallery will take 20% commission on any work sold. Work not for sale must be marked "N.F.S." in the Price section of the submission form. No "P.O.R." (price on request) sales.

Entry Fee: The fee is $35 for 1 - 3 works, $5 for each additional work up to 6 works total. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Entry Requirements: AAll entries must be submitted electronically. (See below for link to online submission form.) Judging will be done entirely from JPEGs. No other formats will be accepted. This includes PowerPoint Presentations or any other imaging software. JPEGs must be 72 dpi, and at least 600 pixels but not greater than 1200 pixels in either direction. Maximum file size for any individual image is 1 MB.

JPEG images MUST BE labeled LAST Name_FIRST Name_The number that corresponds with that work's placement on the Entry Form (1, 2, 3, etc.), for example:


Files which are mislabeled or lack the artist's name will not be viewed by the juror.

The size given for works should be the framed size, Length x Height x Depth. The gallery will not correct dimension errors. Entry form must be filled out completely. Failure to follow instructions may result in the nullification of your entry. Your payment will serve as your acceptance of the terms and conditions stated in this prospectus.

Delivery of Work:
1. Hand-delivered work will be accepted at the gallery ONLY on Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8, 12 noon - 6 PM. Packaging must be removed from the gallery at the time of delivery. Floor stand or wall mounting shelf must be brought with sculpture.

2. Shipped work must arrive at the gallery Tuesday, December 3 - Friday, December 6, in a reusable container. A computer-generated return label for return of work MUST be enclosed. NO EXCEPTIONS. Pre-paid shipping arrangements must be made through UPS or FedEx websites or with other shippers who will pick up work at the gallery. NO U.S. POSTAL SERVICE OR C.O.D. RETURNS. DO NOT SEND CASH, CHECK, STAMPS, OR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION FOR RETURN OF WORK.

Return of Work: Hand-delivered work must be picked up on Sunday, January 12, 2014, 4 - 7 PM or Monday, January 13, 2014, 6 - 8 pm. Shipped works will be returned the week of January 20. The gallery accepts no responsibility for work not retrieved on pick-up date and will charge the artist $5.00 a day thereafter for storage. After 30 days the gallery may dispose of the work.

Liability: Great care will be taken with all work, but artists are responsible for insuring their own pieces if they wish. 440 Gallery will not be responsible for any loss or damage to work while on the premises or in transit to or from the gallery. The submission of a work of art to this exhibition shall be understood to constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to the conditions set forth in this prospectus.

Important Dates

JULY 25, Friday: Notification of acceptance
AUGUST 13-15, Wednesday - Friday: Receipt of shipped work via UPS or FedEx
AUGUST 16-17, Saturday - Sunday, 12-7 PM: Hand delivery of accepted work
AUGUST 21, Thursday, 6-9 PM: Opening Reception
SEPTEMBER 13, Saturday, 4 PM: Show closes
SEPTEMBER 13, Saturday, 4-7 PM: Pick up of unsold, hand-delivered work
SEPTEMBER 14, Sunday, 12-7 PM: Pick up of unsold, hand-delivered work
Week of SEPTEMBER 15: Return of unsold, shipped work via UPS or FedEx

More About Our Juror

Jennifer Coates is a painter, musician and writer living in New York City. She has written reviews of art exhibits for publications such as Time Out New York, Art in America and The Brooklyn Rail, as well as catalog essays for artists, including Dennis Congdon and Melissa Steckbauer. She will be co-curating a show this summer for Jeff Bailey Gallery's Hudson, NY, exhibition space entitled "Tossed," which will be about salad. She has taught at RISD, University of the Arts and has been a visiting artist at Williams College, UC Davis and University of Georgia, to name a few. She has also exhibited her work in numerous group shows and has had solo shows at Feigen Contemporary, Kevin Bruk Gallery and Luxe Gallery. She will be included in a two-person show this fall at Fred Valentine Gallery. She can also be seen playing fiddle, ukulele and singing in various musical groups around the city.


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