Calls for Art

VETS Gallery: Parsing Sign and Image

Exhibition : September 14 – December 1, 2018

Parsing Sign and Image – An Open Juried National Exhibition
VETS Gallery, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 02903

Images have power to convey ideas across languages and cultures. Images can stand alone without relying on a literal translation. Today our visual fields are filled with imagery (television to Instagram) and a literate mind unconsciously reads text without considering it. You don’t have to tell yourself to read a stop sign – you just do. From road signs and graffiti, to pop-up ads and text messages, we are constantly and instantaneously ingesting language and its message. How does the involuntary practice of reading, translating, influence the artistic practice? Can text itself stand as an image, or will our minds always connect to a literal meaning? Must a word always carry meaning, or can words and letters act as graphic elements of pattern and design?

Parsing Sign and Image sought submissions that consider the influence of letters, text, signs and language.

*In this prospectus, we use the term parsing to mean: to analyze (something, as a speech or behavior) to discover its implications or uncover a deeper meaning.

View the online gallery here. 


Reception and Awards: Thursday, September 27, 2018, 5:30-8pm
Exhibition: Friday, September 14, 2018 –
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Pick up:  Monday, December 3, 2018 (10am – 3pm)
& Tuesday, December 4, 2018 (12 – 5pm)

Juror:  Kaveh Mojtabai, Publisher, Artscope Magazine

Congratulations to the Award Winners:
1stPrize $300  – Taylor Andrews “Cradle”
2ndPrize $200 – Catherine Radix Mansell “In Motion”
3rdPrize $100 – David Formanek “Train Wreck ll”

Kaveh Mojtabai is the founder and publisher of Artscope magazine, a media company that is dedicated to reviewing art exhibits, covering cultural events, connecting artists with their audience and creating access to the arts. Kaveh manages a team of editors, writers, graphic designers, web developers, technology experts and advertising account executives to publish Artscope in its print, email, online, social media, mobile and digital edition formats to the industry and the public. In addition to his work in media industry, Kaveh has worked on projects like co-curating the “A Politic” exhibit that showcased the Abraham Obama billboard and recently juried at the Copley Society and Galatea Fine Arts in Boston. Also, Kaveh has appeared on various “Money Matters” and entrepreneurial business radio networks where he explained how Artscope’s business model supports connections between artists, collectors and the public. Previously, Kaveh worked internationally with Fortune 500 clients at a “Big Four” global consulting firm to develop client performance through strategic, operational and financial processes. He has graduated with two degrees, a B.A. in Astrophysics and B.S.B.A in Business Administration. His previous work included astronomy research at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics under the direction of a Nobel Astrophysics Prize winner.

Sales & Commissions: Sales are encouraged. Work may be for sale or listed as not for sale (NFS); however, NO work may be listed as Price on Request (POR). Prices provided by the artist should reflect the 40% commission taken by ALRI on all artwork sold. Artists will be paid their 60% percentage of the sale by ALRI within 30 calendar days after the exhibition closes. 

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