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Call for Artists: 'UN/Sustainable' - Stamp Gallery Exhibition

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Posted by: Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland
Deadline: Mon, April 1st, 2019

Call for Artists

Application Deadline | April 1st, 2019

Exhibition Dates | May 30th - June 30th, 2019





In recent years there has been a resurgence of concern about sustainability as the world confronts and reacts to the ramifications of decisions, past and present. The impending environmental realities of the future give birth to revolutionary conversation and oftentimes protest. Artists sit at the forefront of these movements, using their stories to open the eyes of viewers and reflect upon their own relationships to the physical world. A lack of concern for the earth, and more widely the cultures and peoples that so heavily rely on nature, reflects larger structures of power at play and forces questions about our collective priorities.


UN/Sustainable will examine these priorities through contemporary works that critically interact in bold and creative ways with the artist’s experience of the physical world and its future. The exhibition will feature a range of media and will seek to include art that asks: what is the role of sustainability in the art world? What is an artist’s responsibility to the environment in art creation? In documentation? In protest? Can art play a role in sustaining the earth or is it merely reflection on the issues?  How do culture and larger power structures affect environmental action and opinion? Are our ways of existing sustainable?


Submitted work may focus on concerns specific to the United States as well as be historically situated or centered on other cultures and regions. The works will reach a wide range of patrons, including but not limited to students and are thus encouraged to provoke dialogue and new ways of thinking. Selected artwork will be exhibited in Stamp Gallery in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park.



Applicants must submit:

Artist’s Statement about specific works being submitted

Link to artist’s website (if applicable)

Proposed works with title and short description (up to 200 words), year of production, and medium)

Digital documentation of work

5-10 images/files (JPEG 72 dpi), video/audio clips should be shared as a

link to a streaming site (with password information as necessary)


Artists are responsible for delivering finished work to the Stamp Gallery by May 20, 2019 and for picking up their work from the Stamp Gallery no earlier than the close of the exhibition in July 2019 and no later than August 5, 2019.



The Stamp Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art with an emphasis on the work of emerging and mid-career artists. The gallery supports contemporary art that is challenging and/or academically engaging and that addresses broad community and social issues. The gallery serves by providing exhibitions of social responsibility and artistic substance, as well as by offering an educational forum in which dialogue between artist and viewer and art and community is encouraged.


The Stamp Gallery is located on the first floor of the Stamp Student Union (1220 Stamp Student Union, The Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life, University of Maryland College Park, 20742). 301-314-8492,


Posted on Wed, February 20th, 2019
Expires on Mon, April 1st, 2019

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