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Equity Gallery- Call for Entries

Lilo,  Hyeseung Marriage-Song, oil on canvas, 2018

Lilo, Hyeseung Marriage-Song, oil on canvas, 2018

It Could Be You: Portraiture in a Constructed World
Final Decision Notification: Oct. 7th, 2019

The Call for Entries for It Could be You: Portraiture in a Constructed World is officially closed.  Any new submissions past September 16th will not be eligible for review. However, if you were not able to complete your application prior to the deadline due to difficulties with PayPal or our website or other extenuating circumstances, please contact us at We will be happy to assist you in finishing your application.

Somewhere between the introduction of cheap camcorders and the proliferation of smart phones we became distrustful of our body’s ability to mediate directly with the physical world.  To a large extent we have exchanged the sensual perceptions emanating from our surroundings for simulated experiences that mitigate reality through camera lenses and digitalized imagery. Once understood to be aide-mémoirs of life’s lived experiences, the media is reality—a reality comprising instantly sharable content validated or refuted by social media emojis.  

That’s a risky way to construct one’s universe.  How can we hope to fix an identity, let alone one informed by ethical principles,  on a mutating digital stage that is subject to the whims of marketing algorithms and bots on a mission?  Given present conditions,  it’s no wonder that our instinct to ascertain “what’s real” has devolved into an addicting stalk for pleasure hits that never quite satiate an appetite weaned on spectacle.  

That said, can we stake out what is abiding, true and stable about us and our fellows?  In an increasingly alarming and chaotic era, art that depicts what is actually there and recognizable is defiant---and nothing could be more necessary and reassuring at the moment than simply showing what we actually look like (and mean) to each other.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Entries are to be submitted in digital format (preferably in a PDF format, but Word Docs are also accepted) to Submissions must include a maximum of 3 artworks, complete with accompanying images and information about the artworks, noting size, mediums, and date of production. Art works may be paintings, drawings, mixed media works, prints, sculpture, digital media, and more. The works’ size must to not exceed 48” in any dimension (including frame). Please also include a short artist statement, bio, and a CV within your submission.

  2. Entrants must successfully fill out and submit an entry form in the field below.

  3. Applicants must pay a submission fee of either $35 for general applicants or $20 for current NYAE members.

  4. The deadline for entries is Sept. 16th at Midnight. Artists chosen for the exhibition will be notified by Oct. 7th.

  5. Artists are responsible for arranging the shipping of works to and from the gallery locations. To be included in the exhibition, works must arrive at Equity Gallery by or before Nov. 8th.

  6. Entries will juried by a panel comprising fellow practitioners and allied professionals, including Beverly McNeil, proprietor of Portraits. Inc, and portraiture artists Patricia Watwood and Hyeseung Marriage-Song.

  7. The exhibition is currently projected to exhibit at Equity Gallery in New York, NY from November 14th -December 7th and Portrait Inc. in Birmingham, AL from Jan. 15th- Feb. 1st.

  8. The jury will also award a first, second, and third prize to exhibiting artists.

For the most recent version of the prospectus (as of 8/28/19,) click here!

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