OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS
OVER THE EDGE: PAPERWORKS UNBOUND
Juried by Claire Gilman, Curator at The Drawing Center
Co-curated by Yuko Nii & Rebecca Cuomo
Show Dates: Sat. October 25 - Sun. November 23, 2014
Opening Reception: Sat. October 25, 4-6PM
Special Guest Artists: Doug Beube, Beatrice Colon, Li Hongmo and Wang Lei. As we have to wait until the submission deadline, Sept. 26, there are no artists' images to post on the site, these are the images of the works by the four "Special Guest Artists" we are inviting in the show.
Throughout human history, paper has been essential in countless developments that have transformed the way we
think, live, and act. Paper as we know it today originated in China over 2,000 years ago during the Han Dynasty
(206 BC – 220 AD). The ancient Silk Road eventually brought paper to the West, where it was quickly adopted and
widely used. Since its genesis, paper has been valued for its relatively easy, cost-effective production and functional
In 1453, Johann Gutenberg invented the first printing press in Germany – an innovation that revolutionized the
spread of information and initiated a proliferation of literacy and scholarship. For centuries, printed publications such
as books, newspapers, magazines, flyers and pamphlets were the primary sources for information and
communication. In recent years, however, these printed publications are becoming obsolete as we increasingly rely
on digital platforms. In addition to this paradigm shift, environmental concerns are cited as reason to abandon
published print and reduce paper products in favor of a more eco-friendly digital alternative.
Artists who use paper as the primary medium for their artworks defy the mainstream understanding of books as
antiquated artifacts and paper as a cheap, disposable commodity. These materials are used as points of departure
for infinite creative possibilities achieved through drawing, painting, cutting, carving, printing, folding, sculpting, and
assembling art that highlights the universality of paper.
The WAH Center presents “OVER THE EDGE: PAPERWORKS UNBOUND” – a group art exhibition exploring the
many artistic usages of paper and how paper has the ability to connect people of all different backgrounds. Artists
are encouraged to submit both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works:
- 2-D works may include: printmaking (woodcut, engraving, etching, mezzotint, aquatint, drypoint,
lithography, serigraphy, monoprint); illustration; drawing; photography; watercolor; collage, etc.
- 3-D works may include: sculpture; installations: papier-mâché; architectural models; industrial design
projects; origami; assemblage, etc.
In this spirit, our open call provides an opportunity for outstanding artists to showcase work to new audiences in the
prominent art community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, and to national and international visitors.
We are now accepting submissions for the “OVER THE EDGE: PAPERWORKS UNBOUND” show.
Eligibility: Artists working on/with paper
Deadline: Friday, September 26, 2014
Submission Fee: $25 for one artwork submission, $5 for each additional submission. Limit 3 submissions; can be
paid by cash or check (payable to: WAH Center, 135 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211). Submissions must be
sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, and must include the following information:
1) A completed entry form: Download PDF
2) Image files (jpeg, png, or tiff files, at least 72 dpi) of the artwork submissions titled with the appropriate
information as follows: “ArtistName_Submission#_ArtworkTitle_Medium_Dimensions_Date_Edition#”
3) Artwork category (please refer to the above 2-D and 3-D lists)
4) Note of how submission fee has been/will be paid