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RUST BELT BIENNIAL

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RUST BELT BIENNIAL

 
 

SORDONI GALLERY
Wilkes University

 

AUGUST 27th - OCTOBER 5th

 
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We are thrilled to introduce the first RUST BELT BIENNIAL, a celebration of photography with work realized throughout the Rust Belt Region in all its manifestations.

This land, its people, the pride and the struggles, the patina of the past and above all, the histories and memories ingrained in the soil across the region. It is time to make new memories and new histories, while revisiting and reevaluating old ones; It is time to start a new dialogue about the state of photography and it’s social, cultural and political effects in our society; it is time to give back to the photographic community but also the region; it is time for you to join us!

For our an inaugural Biennial we are grateful to have Andrew L. Moore as competition juror.

We are honored to collaborate with the Sordoni Gallery at Wilkes University, in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., where the Biennial will be held from August 27th to October 5th of 2019. Additional information regarding dates of the main exhibition with lectures and presentations will be published in the Spring.

Our juried competition is hosted in an agreement between LensCulture and Rust Belt Biennial. Once you click the “submit here” button, you will be redirected to the LensCulture website so that you can sign up for an account and submit your entry through the online entry portal.

 

PARTNERS & SPONSORS

 

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PRIZE

 
 

1ST PLACE
$2500

The artist whose work wins first place will receive a cash prize of 2500 USD and the work will be exhibited in the Sordoni Gallery at Wilkes University, with an extensive feature in the catalog and an interview with the Real Photo Show.

 

2ND PLACE
$1000

The artist whose work wins second place will receive a cash prize of 1000 USD and the work will be exhibited in the Sordoni Gallery at Wilkes University, with an extensive feature in the catalog.

 

3RD PLACE
$500

The artist whose work wins third place will receive a cash prize of 500 USD and the work will be exhibited in the Sordoni Gallery at Wilkes University, with an extensive feature in the catalog.

 

TOP 15
EXHIBIT AT THE BIENNIAL

The top fifteen photographers’ work will be exhibited in the Sordoni Gallery and will be included in the catalog.

 

BEST 50
ONLINE EXHIBITION

The top fifty photographers will be part of an online exhibition and will be included in a catalog.

 

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SUBMIT

 
 
 

Disclaimer

The Rust Belt Biennial juried competition is hosted in an agreement between LensCulture and Rust Belt Biennial. By entering this contest you acknowledge you have read the terms and conditions. Once you click the “enter” button, you will be redirected to the LensCulture website so that you can sign up for an account and submit your entry through the online entry portal.

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

 

What are we looking for?

We are looking for photographic bodies of works that explore the social and cultural realities that represent and make a commentary of this very important region within the American landscape.

Additionally we are looking for both in progress or fully realized photographic work in printed form.

 

Who is eligible?

Anyone and everyone are welcomed to submit work that was created within the Rust Belt Region (New York, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin)

 

Artist information

  • Legal Name

  • Artist Name if different

  • Address

  • Email Address

  • Telephone

  • Statement (up to 500 words)

  • Bio (up to 300 words)

 

Image information
and file requirements

  • Title format for each image: Title, Location Caption(optional)

  • Date

  • Medium (Print Type)

  • File naming: First and last name, image title

  • Example: John_Smith-Image_Title.jpg

  • File format: JPG

  • File dimensions: 2500 pixels on the longest side

  • Color space: sRGB

 

Submission fee

$35 for up to 25 images

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SELECTED ARTISTS

 

Preparation of work for exhibition

It is mandatory that all work will adhere to Rust Belt Biennial exhibition standards as follows:

  • Work dimension (framed) should not exceed 30” on its long edge without special pre-approval from the Rust Belt Biennial management

  • Images must be contained by white / black frames to keep consistency. Exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis.

  • Frames must be ready to hang with wire, brackets or french cleat.

 

Delivery of artwork

Sordoni Art Gallery does not cover packing or delivery costs.  All work should be securely packed with reusable materials to return in.  Packing contents can be stored while artwork is onsite.

Hand delivery of artwork should be brought to Sordoni Art Gallery, 141 S. Main Street, Wilkes Barre PA 18701.  If loading zone is needed for unloading, please make an appointment to drop off the work. Hours of which we can receive work are from Monday through Friday, between 9am and 5pm.  

Selected work needs to be sent to Wilkes University, 84 W. South Street, Wilkes Barre PA 18766 along with prepaid return shipping label

 

Insurance

Sordoni Art Gallery offers wall to wall insurance.  We need the name of the insuree, address, telephone number, email address, title of artwork, medium, date, and insurance value by no later than 2 weeks prior to delivery.  At that time, we will forward it to our broker to create a Certificate of Insurance for the lender.

 

Installation

Installation of artworks is conducted by the Sordoni Art Gallery.  All works should be wired and ready to hang. Clip frames are not advisable.  If the artwork requires special installation such as suspension from the ceiling, discussion with the SAG director needs to occur prior to delivery.  Pedestals and vitrines are limited. Display needs should be discussed prior to delivery.

 

Storage

Sordoni Art Gallery can store work for up to one month after the exhibition closes.  At this time, the gallery reserves the right to dispose of the work, if prior arrangements are not made.

 

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ANDREW L. MOORE

National Time, Detroit, MI © Andrew L. Moore

National Time, Detroit, MI © Andrew L. Moore

 
 

Andrew L. Moore is the competition juror for the first RUST BELT BIENNIAL. Born 1957, Andrew L. Moore carved his place in the art world making large format color photographs. Moore's photography series — typically taken over the course of many years —capture the effect of time on natural and man-made landscapes. Andrew Moore's photography follows locales from Cuba to Russia and the United States, including slices of cities like Detroit and New York as well as broader regions including the High Plains and American South. Andrew Moore's documentary-style approach to his work, along with his compelling subject matter, creates a hybrid that is equal parts journalism and art.

Andrew Moore's photography has appeared at Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institute, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, J. Paul Getty Museum and countless galleries and museums across the U.S. Andrew Moore has also had solo exhibitions at Jackson Fine Art eight times since 2003.

 

 

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FAQ

 
 

How is work selected for the Rust Belt Biennial exhibition?

The exhibition space will feature both curated work by the Biennial staff and work selected by our juror, Andrew L. Moore. From our open call for submission the juror will choose 15 artists who submitted to the open call their work will be featured in the exhibition space along with the artist selected for the biennial.

Will the curated work and the juried exhibition be exhibited in the same gallery space?

Absolutely! Both parts of the Biennale will take place at the Sordoni Gallery at the same time with a shared opening reception.

Are the artists who are selected through the curatorial process eligible for the grand prizes?

No. Artists who have been selected by the Biennale team are a separate part from the call for entry. Only photographers who submitted work to the call using the LensCulture platform are eligible to have their work seen by our Juror and therefore eligible to potentially win one of the prizes.

When will you start accepting submissions?

Submissions open February 17th.

What is the submissions deadline?

Submissions end June 15th.

What is the cost of submitting?

The cost to submit a portfolio of up to twenty-five images is $35

What forms of payment are accepted?

We are accepting electronic payments with credit cards via Lens Culture.

How do I submit my work?

Click the “Submit Here” button and you will be directed to the LensCulture submissions page. Create a free account and proceed.

What states are a part of the Rust Belt?

New York, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Can I submit work if I reside outside the Rust Belt Region?

Yes. Anyone is eligible to apply but the work must have been created within the Rust Belt Region.

Are there any prizes?

First Place: $2500, Second Place: $1000. Third Place: $500

Where is the main exhibition?

The selected photographers (top 15th) will be exhibited in the luxurious Sordoni Gallery, a 3500-square-foot space at Wilkes-University in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., August 27th to October 5th of 2019. Opening Reception, September 6.

Is video and installation accepted?

At this time we are only accepting photographic works in print form.

Do you accept photographs that are manipulated?

Yes, all process and creative response will be considered.

Is video and installation accepted?

No. At this time we are only accepted printed photographic works.

Is the photographer required to write a statement?

Yes. A statement of up to 500-words giving us a sense of what the work is about is mandatory.

Is the photographer required to have a submission title?

Yes.

What format and size should the work be submitted?

Submit the images at 2500px on the longest side, sRGB.

How will I know if my work is selected?

Winners will be announced two weeks after the competition period is closed.

Where do I deliver the work?

Hand delivery of artwork should be brought to Sordoni Art Gallery, 141 S. Main Street, Wilkes- Barre PA 18701. If loading zone is needed for unloading, please make an appointment to drop off the work. Hours of which we can receive work are from Monday through Friday, between 9am and 5pm.

Sordoni Art Gallery does not cover packing or delivery costs. All work should be securely packed with reusable materials to return in.

Packing contents can be stored while artwork is onsite.Shipped work should be sent to Wilkes University, 84 W. South Street, Wilkes Barre PA 18766.

When should I deliver my work?

If you are selected we suggest shipping the work as soon as possible. The work must be delivered to the gallery by August 5th.

Do photographers need to install their work?

No. The Sordoni Art Gallery conducts installation of artworks. All works should be wired and ready to hang. Clip frames are not advisable. If the artwork requires special installation such as suspension from the ceiling, discussion with the SAG director needs to occur prior to delivery. Pedestals and vitrines are limited. Display needs should be discussed prior to delivery.

Do you offer printing and framing services?

Photographers who will be selected for the show are responsible for printing, framing of the work and shipping it to the gallery.

Can my work be stored if I am not able to pick it up at the scheduled time frame?

Sordoni Art Gallery can store work for up to one month after the exhibition closes. At this time, the gallery reserves the right to dispose of the work, if prior arrangements are not made.

If I am one of the top selected photographers do I need to attend the opening reception?

It is mandatory for the first three photographers to attend the opening reception and participate in a panel discussion

Will my work be used in any other way beyond the exhibition space?

Selected artists work will be part of a catalog as well as a permanent online gallery. With the artist’s permission, the Rust Belt Biennial will use images for promotion of the festival and its events, in digital and printed form but never for a financial benefit


 

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