BRIC will mount its first open-call exhibition, OPEN (C)ALL: The Artist’s Studio, from January 14 to February 8, 2015. The exhibition will be presented in the 3,000-square-foot Gallery of BRIC House and will be open to all members of the online BRIC Contemporary Artist Registry or to those artists who join the BRIC Artist Registry during the exhibition submission period (through Jan 7, 2015). BRIC’s Registry is free and open to artists who were born, live, or work in Brooklyn.
For the OPEN (C)ALL exhibition, Registry artists may submit a single work of art of their choosing and representing their practice. All work submitted within guidelines will be shown, while space is available.
Artists are also asked to submit photographs of their studios and work spaces, which will be projected alongside the exhibition as part of a special installation by guest artist Wendy Richmond. This inaugural open call takes on the theme of “The Artist’s Studio” to reverse the existing relationship that the artists have with BRIC’s Registry. Rather than being represented online digitally, the works of art will now be manifested physically in the gallery; the studio will be represented digitally. While the “search” and “query” functions might not translate into our physical realm, the myriad art works in the Gallery will show, at true scale, the depth and breathe of talent in Brooklyn and on BRIC’s Registry.
Two prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the exhibition. A “Best In Show” Prize will go to an artwork of exceptional merit selected by BRIC’s Contemporary Art team, with the artist awarded $300 and a solo exhibition of their work at BRIC House in summer 2015. A “Viewer’s Choice” Prize will go to an artwork of exceptional merit selected by the public, with the artist awarded $100 and a profile of their practice on the BRIC Blog.
BRIC’s Contemporary Artist Registry is the oldest registry of visual artists in Brooklyn, and one of the largest and most comprehensive artist registries in the country. Currently, it has over 1,200 active members. Originally established in 1983, the Registry became an online resource in spring 2010. The Registry is not curated, and costs nothing to join or use. Curators, artists, collectors, and other arts professionals from around the world consult the Registry to discover the work of Brooklyn-affiliated visual artists.