Juror: Wassan Al-Khudairi (chief curator Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis)
For this national juried exhibition the St. Louis Artists’ Guild is looking for works of art that examine the state of our shared environment. The word politics is derived from the Latin words polites “citizen” and polis “city.” Politics as a term used in everyday life first appeared in the 15th century and referred to the state and its administration of public life. As a society how are we linked together through the decisions of our leaders? What is your reaction to the shifting tectonic plates of today’s political landscape? Propaganda is part of our political dialogue. Is fake news the same? Do you trust the news you receive? How are you or someone you know personally impacted by the policies and actions of government today? We are looking for all media in this exhibition including but not limited to painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, video, and performance art.
About the Juror: Prior to accepting the position of chief curator at Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, Wassan Al-Khudairi was the Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama. Recently Al-Khudhairi was appointed as one of the guest curators for the 2017 Asian Art Biennial, to be held in Taiwan in the fall of 2017. Al-Khudhairi was born in Kuwait to Iraqi parents. She has lived in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, England, California, Georgia, Egypt, Qatar, Korea, and Birmingham, Alabama. Previous positions have included Co-Artistic Director at the Gwangju Biennale Foundation in South Korea; and Founding Director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar. She has also held positions at the Brooklyn Museum, British Museum, and the High Museum of Modern Art. Al-Khudhairi studied at the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University and holds degrees from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and Georgia State University.
Commissions: Sales are encouraged. The St. Louis Artists’ Guild retains a 35% commission on all works sold from this exhbition.
Awards Cash prizes totaling $1000 will be awarded by the juror. 1st Place: $500; 2nd Place: $250; 3rd Place: $150; Honorable Mention: $50; Honorable Mention: $50.
Exhibition Dates: September 28, 2018 to October 24, 2018
Opening Reception, Awards, and Juror Discussion: Friday September 28, 2018, 5pm to 8pm