“How with this Rage shall Beauty hold a Plea?” (Shakespeare)

Kehler Liddell Gallery

Entry Deadline: Mar. 25

873 Whalley Avenue
New Haven, CT 06517
PHONE 203-389-9555


“What is the point of making beautiful things, or of cherishing the beauty of the past, when ugliness runs rampant?” asks Alex Ross in the 2017 New Yorker magazine article “Making Art in a Time of Rage.” Ross later references a London gallery that, in the midst of World War II, prefaced the exhibition catalogue for Jacob Epstein’s flower paintings with a quote from Shakespeare: “How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea?” (Sonnet No. 65)

It’s an age-old question. Are we as artists responsible for creating challenging works and addressing critical issues of our time head on? Are other expressions trite or selfish acts of escapism? Or can beauty be powerful? Can the act of creating beauty during a time of ugliness be a form of resistance in itself, offering a vision of all that humans can aspire to?

In the spirit of Van Jones’ Love Army, and Pete Seeger’s banjo, Kehler Liddell Gallery (KLG) invites artists working in ALL MEDIA (visual, auditory, tactile, etc.) to submit works that: represent fierce expressions of beauty; offer an understanding of our shared humanity; create a profoundly needed respite or refuge. In short, works that show beauty and love as a form of resistance.

SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES: Artists may submit up to 3 images. There is a $30 entry fee. Please visit our website for details.

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