Film and Alternative Photography Styles Exhibition


Entry Deadline: Nov. 19

620 Wealthy St, SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
PHONE 616 608-5884

Cultivate invites submissions from artists engaged in intentional image-making through film and alternative photographic processes. In an age of constant digital practices, we are particularly interested in work exploring analog photography’s technical and conceptual underpinnings.

“Analog Realities” is an upcoming exhibition that aims to explore the complexities surrounding the nature of image-making through the lens of analog photography and alternative-style photography.

We are especially interested in how the intentionality of this slower, analog process affects the relationship to the work itself. This complex interplay invites viewers to consider not just what the image shows, but also what it is, thereby enriching our understanding of what an image can be.

We are seeking work that is based in film or alternative-style photography only. These techniques may include, but is not limited to the following techniques –
Cyanotype on paper or a variety of surfaces
Wet Plate Collodion
Salt Printing
Gum Bichromate
Lumen Printing
Polaroid Lifts
Liquid Emulsion
Van Dyke Brown
Bromoil Printing
Photopolymer Gravure
Carbon Transfer
Platinum/Palladium Printing
Oil Printing
Tintype (Ferrotype)

While 2D works are a focus, we also encourage interdisciplinary practices that may employ floor or ceiling installations, windows, or leverage the light conditions of our gallery space.

Submission Guidelines

Artists 18 years and older are eligible to submit.
Submissions must be original artwork created within the last two years.
Artwork must not have been previously exhibited at Cultivate Gallery.

Media:   We are particularly interested in 2D works and work that may be displayed or installed on the floor, hung from the ceiling, or utilize natural light.
The focus is on alternative and film photography techniques. Interdisciplinary practices are welcome.

Number of Works:  Artists may submit up to 5 works for consideration.

Submission Materials:  High-resolution digital images (JPEGs preferred) of each piece of work.
Image list including title, dimensions, medium, and year.
Artist statement
Current CV or resume.

Submission Method:
Submissions are submitted through our Airtable link below.

October 22 – Call Opens
November 19 – Call Closes
December 9 – Artists are Notified
January 19 – 26 – Artwork is Received at the Gallery
February 9 – March 29 – ‘Analog Realities’ Exhibition
February 9 – Opening Reception
Optional Zoom Panel Discussion with artists sometime during exhibition
March 29 – Exhibition Closes
April 1 – April 12 – Artwork pickup or Shipments out

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