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CALL FOR ENTRIES: Hungry Ghost, Yearning for Fulfillment


CALL FOR ENTRIES Hungry Ghost Yearning for Fulfillment

A Visual and Literary Art Exhibition, at Thoreau Center for Sustainability Curated by Lisa Chiu

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 11:59 PM Notification of acceptance will be on or before March 14, 2012

Exhibition Premise: The Hungry Ghost, a concept based in Buddhist and Taoist beliefs, is a lost soul that roams burdened by unmet needs. Driven by insatiable greed and intense desires, the Hungry Ghost wanders, searches and feeds. In Chinese folk religion, families prepare food offerings for deceased relatives to keep ancestral hungry ghosts at bay. Hungry Ghost: Yearning for Fulfillment asks you to interpret and illuminate this powerful, culturally rich metaphor. How do Asian American women artists express deep emotional and physical desires? How do we relate to the idea of isolation and alienation? How do we reconcile our Asian backgrounds and American surroundings? How do food and family shape our identity? How do we deal with consumption and compulsion? How do we crave acceptance and fulfillment? What feeds us?

Eligibility: The exhibition is open to Asian American women literary and visual artists 18 years and older.

Visual art Original 2D and 3D works of any medium completed since January 2010 will be reviewed. No greater than 50 pounds, no larger than 7' x7' x 2' wide.

Installation work Freestanding, no fragile installation, no wider than 3 feet. 7' x 7' x 2' deep

Literary art Original poetry, fiction or nonfiction completed since January 2010 will also be reviewed. 2 pages or less in length, 12-point type, double-spaced. Submit as a word doc.

Work will be selected by curator, Lisa Chiu and AAWAA's Curatorial Team.

Venue: Thoreau Center of Sustainability, Building #1014, Tourney Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 11:59 PM

Delivery of artwork: Sunday, April 15, 2012, 11 AM - 5 PM

Dates of exhibition: Monday, April 23 – Saturday, June 9, 2012

Opening reception: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 5-8:30 PM at Thoreau Center of Sustainability

Entry details: Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, March 6, 2012 11:59 PM PST. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Information submitted may be used for publicity purposes.

Entries must be submitted online via EntryThingy 

An $8 entry fee must be submitted via PayPal Here

Insurance: Provided by Thoreau Center for Sustainability while artwork is onsite.
Drop-off and pick-up: Artist is responsible for transit of accepted works to and from Thoreau Center. No storage is available.

Sales: 10% commission of sales goes to AAWAA’s Emerging Curator Program.

LisaChiuCropAbout the Curator: Lisa Chiu is a Taiwanese American writer and food fanatic. Her essays appear in Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women (2007) and Who's Your Mama?: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers (2009). Coming from a background in literature, journalism and marketing, she is fascinated with myth, metaphor and the craft of storytelling. Her interest in curation stems from a desire to cultivate creative opportunities that foster cultural awareness. She conceived Hungry Ghost as a forum to amplify Asian American women’s voices and showcase their art. She writes about family, food, culture and community on her blog, Rants, Ravings and Ruminations.

Emerging Curators Program:  AAWAA’s Emerging Curators Program provides a platform for aspiring curators residing in San Francisco Bay to develop their vision and encourage curatorial expertise in the Asian American community.

Presenting Organizations: Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to ensuring the visibility and documentation of Asian American women in the arts. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, we offer thought-provoking perspectives that challenge societal assumptions and promote dialogue.

Thoreau Center For Sustainability: Operated by Tides, Thoreau Center for Sustainability is a green nonprofit center dedicated to social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Thoreau Centers are named after the American writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau. As American’s first notable naturalist, Thoreau believed in the importance of democracy and advocated living in harmony with nature.

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