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Juror: Anja Foerschner, Getty Research Institue, Los Angeles

March 13 to April 7, 2017, Slocumb Galleries
Presented by the ETSU Department of Art & Design, and Slocumb Galleries with the Honors College, and Women's Resource Center

 The 32nd Positive/Negative National Juried Art Exhibition, organized by the Slocumb Galleries under the Department of Art & Design at ETSU, serves as platform for diverse and innovative contemporary art practices of various media and perspectives since 1985, initiated by ETSU Department of Art & Design faculty and former chair, Prof. M. Wayne Dyer.

This year's juror is Dr. Anja Foerschner, an independent curator, photographer and research specialist at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Foerschner has curated exhibits, conference sessions and published essays on performance art and the abject. Her research encompasses modern and contemporary art with emphasis on artists from the West Coast, feminism and disgust.

There is will be two exhibitions, the PN32 'Open' with NO theme, from March 13 to 24, at Tipton Gallery. The P/N 32 'Curated' will feature work that has resonance with what Dr. Foerschner has developed as curatorial trajectory.  She stated, "Recent political developments in Europe and the US testify to deep-seated divide, high frustration and fear seated in its population. The public discourse is characterized by political and economic themes with humane and cultural issues receiving less attention. The visual arts are pushed into the margins, even though their power as tool for expression of, reflection on, and change of social conditions is undeniable and currently becomes increasingly important. PN32 Curated seeks diverse work that reclaim art’s space in our society, especially in times of political/social upheaval; pieces that are created out of concern with cultural, social, economic and political circumstances." The PN 32 is from March 13 to April 7, 2017, at the Slocumb Galleries.

The event is open to all 2D and 3D categories of artistic practice, and video art, to all artists 18 years and above, living in the US. Work must not exceed 6 ft. on any side and no heavier than 50 lbs, video must have maximum play time of 15 minutes. All accepted work must be ready for hanging. All submission must be original work by the Artist (or collaborative), and must not be exhibited at Positive/Negative exhibitions in the past. Juror notification is February 18, 2017, accepted works must be received by March 8, 2017 at ETSU Slocumb Galleries.

The PN exhibitions have contributed to the promotion and appreciation of contemporary art in the East TN region and surrounding states of VA, KY, GA and NC. It provides the academic and local communities access and opportunity to engage with contemporary art. The Awarding Reception is  on March 23, Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., juror's lecture starts at 6 p.m., Ball Hall Auditorium. Up to $1,000 in cash prize ($500 for Best of Show, $100/ea Honorable Mention) and exhibit opportunities. There will be a printed catalogue for accepted artists.

For inquiries, email Slocumb Galleries’ Director Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay or call 423.483.3179. Deadline for submission is extended to Febaruary 10, 2017.

Past Exhibitions

Positive/Negative 22
Juror: Toby Kamps
Menil Collection, TX

Positive/Negative 23
Juror: Antoine Guerrero

Positive/Negative 24
Juror: Pradip Malde
Sewanee University, TN

Positive/Negative 25
Juror:Julien Robson
PA Academy of Fine Art, PA

Positive/Negative 26
Juror: Sammy Nicely
Atlanta, GA

Positive/Negative 27
Juror: Dr. Gail Levin
PN27 'Material Transformation'

Positive/Negative 28
Juror:Michael Ray Charles
Art21 & UT Austin, TX
PN28 'Minority Rule'

Positive/Negative 29
Juror: Buzz Spector
Washington University, MO
PN29 'Open and Pages'

Positive/Negative 30
Juror: Dr. Mika Yoshitake
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

Positive/Negative 31
Juror: Al Miner
Museum of Fine Arts,
MFA Boston, MA
PN31 'American' and 'Woman'


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