Juror: Mika Yoshitake, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden


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In its 30th year, the annual Positive/Negative National Juried Art Exhibitions, organized by the Slocumb Galleries under the Department of Art & Design at East Tennessee State University, have consistently served as a platform for diverse visual art production that surveys various media, perspective and style from all over the country. Since 1985, the annual juried art event has contributed to the promotion and appreciation of contemporary art in the East Tennessee region and surrounding states of Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia and North Carolina. It provides the academic and local communities access and opportunity to engage with wide-ranging work by artists from around the country. The event is open to all categories of artistic practice. There is no theme specified for this year but the Juror will curate two exhibitions, one that is open and another as 'themed' from the entries submitted.

Two concurrent exhibitions:  PN 30 Open from February 6 to 27, 2015, @ Tipton Gallery and PN 30 Themed from February 9 to March 6, 2015, @ the Slocumb Galleries.
Best of Show cash award of $500.00 and Honorable Mention. Invitation to future shows may develop through selection by the Slocumb Galleries Committee.
All 2D, 3D and video art are eligible. Due to space considerations, performance art is not eligible. Work using materials hazardous to health and safety of the public will be disqualified. Work must not exceed 5 ft. in any direction and preferably weigh under 30 lbs.

All 2D work must be ready for hanging. Frames with glass are discouraged; acrylic glaze is preferred for framed work. All 3D work must have a stable base and installation instructions. Works that require complex installation are discouraged.
Mika Yoshitake is Assistant Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where she coordinated Ai Weiwei: According to What? organized by Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator at Mori Art Museum, and was co-curator of Dark Matters: Selections from the Collection with Melissa Ho. In 2012, she curated Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha (2012) at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles, which traveled to Gladstone Gallery in New York.

Based on her dissertation on the late 1960s Japanese sculptural movement, Mono-ha (School of Things), Yoshitake received an AICA-USA award in 2011-2012 for Best Show in a Commercial Gallery Nationally. From 2010-2011, she served as the curatorial liaison for the Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity (Retrospective) at the Guggenheim Museum, and was the project coordinator of Takashi Murakami retrospective, © MURAKAMI at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles from 2005-2009. She has contributed catalogue essays for Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place 1958-2010 (DiaArt Foundation, forthcoming); Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-garde (2012); Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity (2011), Target Practice: Painting Under Attack, 1949–78 (2009) and © MURAKAMI (2007). Yoshitake received her M.A. (2004) and Ph.D. (2012) in Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles, and B.A. in political science and art history at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Artists may request Prospectus via email contrera@etsu.edu
or send SASE to Positive/Negative 30, Box 70708,
Slocumb Galleries, ETSU, Johnson City TN 37614.

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Entries must be postmarked by DECEMBER 12, 2014.
Complete entry must include: (1) Entry Form, (2) jpeg images, either on CD or Slideroom (3) Artist Statement with Image List in .doc format, and (4) Entry Fee check, (5) printed Artist Statement with Image list (optional).

A non-refundable fee of $30.00 is required . Artists may submit up to three entries; additional $5.00 per entry in excess of 3. Make all checks or money order payable to: Positive/Negative 30

Mail entries to: Positive/Negative 30
Slocumb Galleries, Box 70708
Johnson City, TN 37614

Juror's Notifications will be SENT VIA EMAIL by the week of January 12-16, 2015. Artists must provide legible email address.

The Juror's decision is final. Late, non-compliant entries will not be considered. For inquiries, email Slocumb Galleries' Director Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay via .

The 30th Annual Positive/Negative National Juried Art Exhibition ONLY accepts digital images submitted either via slideroom or on CD/thumb drive. Artists must submit electronic images in JPEG (at least 300 dpi) format. Label the top of CD with the Artist's full name and "Positive/Negative30".

Entry images must have the following as title: Artist's LastName.Entry#.Title.jpg. A brief Artist's Statement (150 words to 200 max) with Image List in .doc format are required for both Slideroom or CD submissions.

Include the Artist's Statement with Image List  in .doc format with the jpeg images on CD or thumb drive. The Image List must include (1) Artist's contact info - mailing address, email, mobile no. (2) entry images that show top-front work orientation with label info - Artist's name, entry #, title, year, media, dimension.

Accepted work will be disqualified if misrepresented or if photos are digitally enhanced. Only one electronic image per 2D entry; 3D work may include a detail shot.

All video art submissions should be in digital form and submitted in either CD, DVD or thumb drive; video art should not exceed 30 minutes running time. All accepted video art will be played collectively on a loop during exhibit unless accompanied by viewing device from Artist.

All submitted application materials will not be returned. Artists agree that Slocumb Galleries may use images for educational and promotional purposes. Work should be original and the sole copyright property of the Artist. Slocumb Galleries will be indemnified for any legal claims on the submitted work.
Accepted entries will be insured ONLY during the installation and exhibition of work at the Slocumb Galleries. The Slocumb Galleries will not be responsible for loss, theft, or damages to work with inadequate packaging and shipping provisions. A minimum of 10% commission is requested on all work sold during the exhibition. A signed Insurance/Loan Agreement Form will be required for all accepted entries.

The 30th Annual Positive/Negative National Juried Art Exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the United States and Canada. All work must be original and completed within the last two (2) years. Work previously submitted to the Positive/Negative or exhibited at the Slocumb Galleries or Tipton Gallery may not be resubmitted. Current students and employees of East Tennessee State University are not eligible to apply.

Accepted entries may be shipped or hand delivered. All shipped and hand-delivered work must be adequately packed in secure, reusable containers. Do not send work framed with glass. Installation instructions should be included.

The Artist is responsible for insurance during transit and all shipping costs. Please ensure that work is securely packed and labeled for both shipping and hand-delivered submissions.

Shipped work should include a pre-paid label for return shipping. Work without return provisions and that which is not claimed after 60 days from the last day of exhibit will become property of the Slocumb Galleries.

Ship work to:
Positive/Negative 30 c/o Slocumb Galleries
325 Treasure Lane, ETSU
Johnson City, TN 37614

All shipped entries must be received at ETSU on or before February 4, 2015.

Submit Hand-delivered entries from February 2 to 4, 2015, between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., please call 423.483.3179 or email contrera@etsu.edu to schedule the delivery.
Submit work at the Slocumb Galleries Office, Room 419, Ernest C. Ball Hall, Department of Art & Design,
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN 37614

Directions to the Slocumb Galleries are available online at www.etsu.edu/cas/art/slocumb. Online map available via http://www.etsu.edu/maps. Ball Hall is listed as bldg. no. 6.
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Call for Entry Deadline: December 12, 2014