Call for Artists: Through the Cracks, the Light Comes In

Submitted by OPAL720art on Sat, 06/23/2018 - 9:00am
“Ring the bells that still can ring.  
Forget your perfect offering.  
There is a crack, a crack in everything. 
That’s how the light gets in.” 
-Leonard Cohen

To celebrate Arts and Humanities month, Oak Park Art League is presenting an international juried exhibition that explores the theme of beauty emerging out of that which has been broken. 

Leonard Cohen said about his lyrics, “...there is a crack in everything that you can put together: physical objects, mental objects, constructions of any kind. But that’s where the light gets in, and that’s where the resurrection is...where the return,...where the repentance is. It is with the confrontation, with the brokenness of things.”

The exhibition is open to artists of all mediums who are over 18 years of age. Cash awards will be presented.  


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About the Juror 
Doug Stapleton is an artist, curator and educator. He is an Associate Curator of Art with the Illinois State Museum and a former adjunct faculty in the Interdisciplinary Arts graduate program at Columbia College Chicago. Stapleton's work has been the subject of two solo exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center and Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago in 2012. He is a former Artistic Associate with the Chicago based contemporary dance company The Seldoms, as a dramaturg and performer. Prior to his work with the Seldoms, he performed in over 40 solo and collaborative performances since 1989. He received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Anthropology from University of Delaware with a minor in Art History and Ceramics.

Important Dates
Application Deadline: Saturday, September 1, 2018, Midnight PDT
Shipped Works to Arrive by: October 4, 2018
Hand-Delivered Works Accepted: October 6, 7, and 9 during gallery hours
Exhibition Opening: October 12, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, October 12, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Exhibition Closes: November 3, 2018
Artwork Pick-Up in Gallery: November 3, 5, and 6 
Returned Artwork Shipped Out by: November 16

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Saturday, September 1, 2018
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720 Chicago Ave
Oak Park  Illinois  60302
United States