Open Call:Cuts Across

Do you make artwork about your lived identity? Is your identity complicated and layered? We want your work in our gallery! This project is a point of inquiry, asking how different artists respond to the pressure to perform isolated aspects of our whole selves. Carnation Contemporary is an artist-run gallery in Portland seeking Oregon artists to submit work for our May curatorial project Cuts Across: Artists Respond to Lived Intersections.

Artists of all experience levels working in visual media (2D, 3D, photography, mixed media, digital media, installation, & more) are encouraged to apply. Our priority is to see your art, so please interpret this call broadly. We wish especially to welcome artists from underrepresented groups including BIPOC artists, LGBTQIA+ artists, working-class artists, women artists, disabled artists, parents & caregivers, and any artists facing systemic barriers to showing work in a gallery setting.

Eligibility: Oregon artists over the age of 18 working in any visual media.

DEADLINE: March 31, 2024

Cost: FREE

Exhibition Dates: May 4-26, 2024

How to Apply: Email your PDF with up to 4 works to:

Please include the following in your PDF:

·     Your name and email
·     Images of 4 works that are available for this exhibition, with a maximum of 10 images total to allow for detail images of the work. 
·     Include below each image: title, size, materials, and any special hanging considerations/instructions. 
·     Artist Statement 200 words max.

* Please note that we most likely cannot accept substitutions for work--apply only with images of work you can commit to exhibit with us.


If you would like to see more free and low cost opportunities that lift up underrepresented voices, please consider donating to Carnation Contemporary.

8371 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97217

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