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This is an open Call for Submissions from artists all over the USA for an exhibit in our gallery  – an 8000 square foot Civil War-era warehouse on the Red Hook waterfront.    With its trendy restaurants, bars, boutiques and billion dollar view of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor, it’s an exciting place to visit and EXHIBIT.  The enormous space of the gallery affords us the opportunity to exhibit really huge work, and we welcome it. We are fortunate to be joined by a prestigious juror – Brooke Kamin Rapaport, former curator in Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and guest curator at NY’s Jewish Museum.  With her experience, expect an exceptionally exciting exhibition!

Call to Artists for Submissions
Early Bird Discounted Deadline:  May 21, 2012
Final Submission Deadline: June 4, 2012

Gallery Exhibition Dates:
July 28 – August 19, 2012 weekends 1-6PM
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 1-6PM
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This juried show looks to explore this idea of “color” in all the hidden niches of our collective psyche.

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple

“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.”
– Oscar Wilde

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”
– Vincent Van Gogh
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ELIGIBILITY: This call for submission is open to all residents of the U.S. and its Territories, 18 years of age or older. This is a juried exhibition for artists working in all traditional and non-traditional 2D and 3D media, including film/video when part of an installation. All artwork must be original in concept, design and execution. Note: Crafts, kit work or reproductions of original works in other media (such as giclee print of oil painting), unless used as part of a mixed media work, will not be considered.
Oversize Work, Assemblages and Installations are welcome at the discretion of BWAC, but must meet all other specifications and be delivered, installed and removed by the artist (or their agent) upon arrangement with BWAC staff.   All work requiring electricity must auto on/off with the line power.

JURYING:   Entries that differ significantly from their digital images may be rejected. Decision of the judges is final.

SUBMISSIONS AND FEES: Only original works may be submitted.  The Early Bird discounted fee is $45 if received by midnight, May 21, 2012.  The regular fee is $65. The fee is for up to three (3) images, plus $5 for each additional image. Sculpture and installations: artists may use two additional images for details, at no extra charge. Contact bwacinfo@aol.com if you need them. 

All entries must be registered/received by midnight, June 4, 2012.   All entry fees are non-refundable.


1.  Sign Up Now! Follow the directions on the Site Login Page to either create an account for a new visitor or if you applied to Wide Open or Black and White, your username is your email address (if you’ve forgotten your password there is a link for help).

2. Click on Color to register. (It is under the heading AVAILABLE SHOWS). You will be taken to a secure site where you can pay your application fee.

3. Once you have paid your application fee, you can upload your images. Prepare your images following the format below:
• sRGB or RGB color space (standard) - NOT CMYK (typically used by printing industry)
• 72 ppi resolution
• Sized to 1,280 pixels on the longest side, the other size width or height proportional
• Layers flattened
• 8 bit mode
• JPG format
• JPG compression at level 7 (medium)• Files must be named in the following format:  your last name, hyphen, your first name, hyphen, and the title of the work submitted (Examples: Smith-Joe-awalkinthewoods.jpg) Do not use characters other than a period preceding jpg in the file name. File names may not include special characters: ' " ; : { } | \ /or any of the characters found above the numbers (@, #, *, etc) - except the underscore and dash.

4. Browse for and upload your image as directed. Please note that Dimensions In Inches is a mandatory field. Medium is used on the exhibition labels and should be more informative than Category.  Category is a mandatory field.  Selling Price can be entered in the Special Notes box. Though it is not mandatory to supply price at this time, all work exhibited at Color must be offered for sale. You will need to include information about price on the agreement form if you are accepted into the show. Use the Special Notes box for additional information you would like the juror to consider. Click Add Image to upload it to the show. While the image is uploading do not press the back button or otherwise interfere with the upload process.   When the image appears in the column at the right, it has been received. Images will appear at the bottom of the column, you may have to scroll down to see newly added images.  Repeat this process for all your images.

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ACCEPTANCE: Notification of acceptance of work will be made via e-mail by Thursday, June 14, 2012, or mailed on that date for entries without e-mail information.

1. Maximum Size: 168”w X 96” X 96” (but packages must fit through a 76” X 58” wide door).
2. Where appropriate and at the discretion of BWAC, all work must be suitably framed to a professional standard. No clip frames or taped edges. All framed conventional work must use Plexiglas, except hand-delivered work less than 24” x 30”. Canvases may have neat gallery wrapped edges.
3. Work must be wired and ready for hanging. No ceiling mounts or special installation requirements unless agreed to beforehand by BWAC.
4. Sculptors may provide their own pedestals, or must agree to use those provided by BWAC.
5. A label must be affixed to the back of the work that indicates which end is the top and includes the following: Artist Name, Title, Medium, Dimensions, and Price. This information must correspond with the Accepted image as listed on Notification form. No artwork may be substituted.
6. All artwork must be priced for sale. Any work marked POR (Price on Request) or NFS (Not For Sale) will not be eligible for entry into the exhibition.
7. Work cannot be withdrawn, nor sales shipped, before the end of the exhibit.

1. Work can be hand delivered and unpacked by artist or artist’s agent to BWAC at 499 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn on Thursday, July 12, 2012 from 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. or Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. These hand-delivery works must be removed by artist or artist’s agent - see paragraph on Removal below. No UPS, Fedex or USPS delivery drop-offs will be accepted as hand delivery.
2. All work not able to be hand-delivered as noted above should be delivered (UPS, Fedex and USPS are preferred carriers) to BWAC’s exhibition receiving agent, Movers Not Shakers, 481 Van Brunt St #10A, Brooklyn, NY, 11231 from Monday, July 9th through Thursday July 12, 2012, 5PM. There is a “per-package” fee for this service of $40 for packages up to 70lbs. This fee includes delivery to BWAC from Movers Not Shakers, unpacking, repacking and arranging pickup by artist’s specified common carrier (with artist-supplied prepaid return labels). The artist assumes all responsibility for insuring artwork against shipping damage or loss.  For packages weighing more than 70lbs., contact BWAC for rates (about 25 cents per pound).

LATE ARRIVAL AND RETURNS: BWAC reserves the right to reject and return work that is late, is deemed unstable upon arrival, is not properly presented, requires assembly by BWAC, or differs from the submitted digital image. Returns will be solely at the artist’s expense.

SALES, COMMISSIONS AND DELIVERY:  BWAC will retain a 25% commission on all exhibition sales. The price represented on the artist entry form will be the sale price. No changes will be allowed. Sold works will remain until the end of the exhibition, except for those in the Affordable Art area, which may be removed by the buyer at the time of sale. All arrangements for shipping of works greater than 30” x 30” x 6” to buyers will be the sole responsibility of the artist. BWAC will ship and pack smaller works at the expense of the buyer.

REMOVAL: Hand-delivered artwork must be removed by the artist, or artist’s agent, on Thursday, August 23, 2012, from  4 P.M. to 9:00 PM or Saturday, August 25, 2012, 11 A.M. to 4:00 PM. Any work not removed during this specified time will be disposed of at BWAC’s discretion.

LIABILITY:  BWAC is not responsible for any damage, breakage, replacement or cost associated with any damage or breakage that may have occurred during transport or unpacking. Every precaution will be taken in handling the entries, but BWAC assumes no liability for any loss or damage to any artist’s work while in our care, custody or control, before, during or after the exhibition. Each artist, if they wish, needs to provide their own insurance.

USE OF IMAGES: Any image submitted may be used for marketing and promotional purposes directly related to this show. This use may include publication in any publications, printed materials, advertisements, or electronic media. Copyright and all other rights remain that of the artist.

CONTACT/QUESTIONS: Please direct all questions to color@bwac.org

ENTRY AGREEMENT:  With the submission of artwork into the “Color” BWAC Show, the artist agrees to all the terms and conditions set forth in this prospectus.

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About The Juror 
Brooke Kamin Rapaport is an independent curator and contemporary art writer.  She is a former curator in the contemporary art department of the Brooklyn Museum.
     As guest curator at The Jewish Museum in New York, she organized Houdini: Art and Magic, an interdisciplinary exhibition on the life and enduring significance in visual culture of the magician and escape artist, Harry Houdini (2010). Yale University Press published the exhibition catalogue. The show traveled to venues in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Madison, Wisconsin. Ms. Rapaport also served as guest curator at The Jewish Museum for The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend, a 2007 survey exhibition that toured to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young. The accompanying catalogue, published by Yale University Press, won the New York State Historical Association's Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogues of Distinction in the Arts in 2009.
     She is a contributing editor and frequent writer for Sculpture magazine.
     Ms. Rapaport is on the Board of Directors of Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City and the Advisory Committee of Madison Square Park in New York. She is a former chair and current member of the Board of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. She is a graduate of Amherst College and received an M.A. from Rutgers University. She was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow in the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. Ms. Rapaport lives in New York.


BEST of SHOW: $1000.00
At the Opening Reception, the artist whose work is juried as ‘Best of Show’ by Brooke Kamin Rapaport will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

The artist whose work is voted ‘Best’ by attendees at the Show Opening will receive a $500 cash prize. and a complimentary one-year BWAC membership.

The artist whose work the Show Curator chooses for excellence will receive a $250.00 cash prize and a complimentary one-year BWAC membership.

BESTS in CATEGORY:  $1100  
$100 each in the following:  Painting:  Bests in Oil, Acrylic and Watercolor; Photography:  Bests in Traditional film and Digital formats; Best in Pastel/Drawing/Print; Best in Computer Graphic Art; Best in Mixed Media; Best in Sculpture;  Best in Assemblage/Installation, Best in Fabric Art.   All selections will be made by the juror, Brooke Kamin Rapaport .

Artists accepted into Color can also send one additional work that will be exhibited in our Affordable Art area. All works must be smaller than 12” x 16” and must be priced for sale at $500 or under.