Crossing Art Gallery

Entry Deadline: Apr. 30

136-17 39th Avenue (at Main Street) Ground Floor
New York City, NY 11354


Open Call Submission


Exhibition Dates: June 14 – July 14, 2012

*Application deadline (postmarked by): April 30, 2012

Crossing Art is seeking submissions for Going Green II, the second annual juried group exhibition of local and international artists that will be on view at Crossing Art from June 14 – July 14, 2012.

In 2011, over 50 international and local artists applied; 6 were selected and exhibited their artwork as part of the first Going Green exhibition. Two award recipients were chosen, each receiving a solo exhibition. Susan Evans Grove, one of the award recipients last year, recently held her solo exhibition at Crossing Art, Material Reflections, which received great reviews and success.

This year, from the artists selected for the “Going Green II” exhibition, one artist will be chosen to have a solo exhibition at Crossing Art in 2013, receiving potential representation and a cash prize. Proceeds collected from the “Going Green II” Open Call application fees are given directly to support the non-profit organization, Queens Council on the Arts. QCA provides support to arts organizations and individual artists in presenting their culturally diverse programs for the benefit of the community. QCA has grown into a wide-ranging arts service organization providing grants, professional development, and education services. In recent years, QCA has innovated a wide variety of programming and events, including Project Diversity Queens, the Individual and Teaching Artist Initiatives, and the Arts in the Schools grant program.

“Going Green” is now an annual exhibition that supports not only an eco-friendly environment but raises issues about the current trends and future fate of urban landscapes. “Going Green” started as an Open Call to artists to apply to be considered for the exhibition, presenting innovative artworks and ideas that integrate natural systems with human patterns while celebrating continuity, uniqueness and place making. We are looking for local and international artists, architects, and designers to submit either artworks that explore contemporary meanings of “green”, whether relating to past, present and/ or what the future holds for the environment in general.

The natural environment is our greatest resource; we utilize it for food supply, energy, medicine, industrial products, and even recreational activities. In the past, human interaction with nature, although often having a disruptive effect on nature, also enriched the quality and variety of the living world and its habitats. However, after years of thoughtless exploitation to satisfy our ‘needs’, the future of our environment has become at risk. What will happen to the Earth and its people, animals, plants, lands and oceans if we fail to successfully address the environmental issues we face today?

Fortunately, with more and more research being carried out to understand how humans affect the environment through agriculture, the energy industry, fisheries, forestry, manufacturing, tourism and recreation, as well as transport and infrastructure, an increasing number of people are awakening to the fact that the well-being of the environment and our survival are intricately woven into each other. Humans are in the position of the planet’s stewardship and must improve our relation to our environment and now that we know how humans affect the environment, each one of us can make a valuable contribution towards the ongoing preservation.

Work submitted should have the power to transform, inspire and/ or promote public awareness of green initiatives. Themes can range from the meaning of the color green to the green political party to issues concerning eco-systems, conservation, recycling and sustainability to what green cities might look like or what constitute a green lifestyle. All creative persons are invited to submit any artwork or proposal that evokes some form or concept of “green”. All media is acceptable including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, performance, installation, video and sculpture.

The Jurors:

Juan Puntes, Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of White Box, New York
Hoong Yee Lee, Executive Director of Queens Council on the Arts. Regina Forlenza, Visitor Services Coordinator of the Queens Botanical Garden
Derrick Meade, Freelancer at Metropolis Magazine and Open Space Institute McHenry Award Grantee at the Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming
Brian Tate, President of The Tate Group and Co-Developer/ Producer of QAX 2012
Catherine Lee, Owner & Executive Director, Crossing Art Gallery, New York & Shanghai.

Please download the application form, which includes the checklist of requirements to be placed on a readable CD by clicking on the link below and follow instructions.

Again, all entry fees will be donated to the non-profit art organization, Queens Council on the Arts. Only international submissions may submit a credit card payment, all others please make checks payable to: Queens Council on the Arts.

*Schedule for Submitted Work: Submissions Deadline: April 30
Review Submissions: May 1 – 7
Notice of Artist Selection: May 10
Work Delivered to Gallery: 1st week of June (exact dates to be announced)
Opening Reception: Saturday June 14
Exhibition Dates: June 14 – July 14, 2012
Artwork pick-up: July 20 – 30

For questions or additional information, please contact Maria Boobis at [email protected].

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