Art Openings

VETS Gallery: Narrative and Illusion

Opening Reception and Awards:
Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Art League Rhode Island / The VETS Gallery
One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 02903

Congratulations to the Winners for this Exhibition

1st Place – Hannah Cole Dahar  “Thank You”
2nd Place – Michael Price  “Homage to Durer, Colericum II, Opus Alchemicum”
3rd Place – Boris Rakhamimov “strangers in the museum”

View the online gallery of this exhibition.

Narrative art is that which tells a story. This can be achieved either by depicting multiple frames, collaging vignettes into a massive odyssey composition, or illustrating an explicitly active moment from a longer story. Examples of these (and many other) cinematic methods can be seen throughout art history in any number of ancient Chinese scrollwork, Renaissance martyrdom paintings, French Romantics, and American work anything from George Bellows to Marvel Comics to Kara Walker. Artists and Filmmakers alike rely on the viewer’s suspension of disbelief in order effectively tell their story, to get their message across.

In all manner of styles, artists and filmmakers build worlds just believable enough for viewers to enter. Appreciation of painting, theater and film all rely on viewers’ faith in the illusion. In conjunction with Flickers, Art League Rhode Island will present “Narrative and Illusion” to coincide with the Rhode Island International Film Festival and seeks 2D and 3D fine artworks that illustrate similarities in art and film, by narrative storytelling, world building and other tropes founded on illusion and escapism.

Juror: A panel of Rhode Island International Film Festival and Art League Rhode Island organizers.


1stPrize $300
2ndPrize $200
3rdPrize $100

Please read this prospectus carefully and only consider submitting work if you are able to comply with the requirements and timetable outlined in this document.


Exhibition:  Monday, July 15, 2019 – Friday, September 6, 2019
NEW Registration Deadline:  Sunday, June 2, 2019 May 19, 2019
Notification of Acceptance:  On or before Monday, June 10, 2019 via email.
No inquires please. All decisions are final.
Shipped Artwork Delivery Date:  Friday, July 5, 2019
Drop off:  Monday, July 8, 2019 (10am – 3pm) & Tuesday, July 9, 2019 (noon – 5 pm) EDT
Reception and Awards:  Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Pick up:  Monday, September 9, 2019 (10am – 3 pm) EDT
& Tuesday, September 10, 2019 (noon – 5 pm) EDT

This call is closed

Submission Fee: $25 for 3 entries. Free to all ALRI members. All CaFÉ fees are non-refundable and must be paid by credit/debit card.  Payment of those fees indicates the acknowledgement of the terms and conditions of the exhibition.

Eligibility: Any artist who is at least 18 years or older may participate to the extent that their participation is allowed under law.

Acceptable Artworks: All 2D and 3D media is eligible. No video entries will be accepted. Artwork previously exhibited with ALRI is not permitted. All work must be original. Work found to be copied from copyrighted work will not be hung. Reprints are not permitted. All work must be exhibition ready to install with the appropriate hardware. No saw-tooth hangers or clips. No dark colored mats. Work requiring particular installation must include a detailed description of any electrical, lighting, or space requirements. Work that does not adhere to the guidelines, or is deemed not to be a faithful representation of the image submitted, will not be exhibited. Artwork must be appropriate for viewers of all ages.

Size Limit: Maximum size up to 36” wide and 48” high including the frame. Artists may have multiple pieces (diptych, triptych etc.) to make up one work. 3D work will be moved on a regular basis for events. We ask that the overall footprint of 3D work be 24″ x 24” or less with a weight limit of 35 lbs.

Suitability of Work:  As the artwork will hang in a public/government building, it should be appropriate for viewers of all ages, not contain overt nudity, sexually explicit or suggestive content, profanity, political statements or subject matter and/or titles that may be deemed to be controversial. The ALRI reserves the right at its sole discretion to refuse submission or not hang individual pieces of artwork. In the event that artwork is submitted but not hung, the artist will have no recourse to ALRI aside from the return of the artwork.

Delivery of Artwork: All in-person deliveries will be made on date and time listed above at The VETS Gallery on the 3rd Floor of the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Providence. Access is provided via the street level entrance at 83 Park Street at the rear of the building. Parking is available either on the street, or in the Providence Place Mall parking garage. Anyone delivering artwork in person must remove any packing materials used from the Gallery. Please DO NOT use Styrofoam peanuts or their equivalents in packing. Accepted work MUST remain in the Gallery for the duration of the exhibit.

Shipping Artwork: Artwork that is accepted by the juror and needs to be shipped to participate in the exhibition will be subject to a $15.00 storage and handling fee. The $15.00 can be via PayPal once notification of acceptance is received by the artist.  The storage and handling fee can also be paid via check payable to “Art League Rhode Island” and can be included in the same envelope with the return shipping label.

Return of Work: If ALRI does not receive a prepaid shipping label for artwork, and the work is not sold during the exhibition, or a piece of artwork shipped back to the artist by ALRI is returned to ALRI as undeliverable, the artwork becomes property of ALRI to dispose of as it sees fit.

Shipment Artwork: Artists with accepted work will receive specific instructions via email. Each box shipped must be accompanied by a prepaid, return shipment label which is placed in an envelope inside the box. Please make sure that the box and materials that you use will adequately protect your work, and DO NOT use Styrofoam peanuts or their equivalents in packing. A $15 ALRI handling fee will be required for each box shipped. Accepted work MUST remain in the Gallery for the duration of the exhibit.

Return of Work: Participating artists who delivered their art in person should pick it up on the dates and times listed above. Those who shipped their art will have it returned to them in the packaging in which it was sent using its prepaid return shipping label. If ALRI does not receive a prepaid shipping label for artwork and it is not sold during the exhibition, or a piece of artwork shipped back to the artist by ALRI gets returned to ALRI as undeliverable, the artwork becomes the property of ALRI to dispose as it sees fit. If ALRI, UPS, FEDEX, USPS or other carrier determines that the packaging is not adequate to safely ship the art back to the artist, ALRI will contact the artist. The artist must notify ALRI in writing of any changes in their contact information, or their intended place or time of return of their art, prior to the end of the exhibition. The artist is solely responsible for any time, materials, storage, shipment, or other charges that may arise from inadequate packaging, delayed or redirected shipments, nonresponse of the artist, or any other artist requests. All additional charges must be paid prior to the return of the art.

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 30% (members), 40% (non-members) commission taken by ALRI on all artwork sold. Artists will be paid their 70% (members), 60% (non-members) percentage of the sale by ALRI within 30 calendar days after the exhibition closes.

Liability – Legal Agreement & Participant’s Waiver: Submission of work automatically waives any claim for damage or loss against ALRI, (the curator) or The VETS, including the officers, members, and employees. ALRI will exercise reasonable care in handling all entries, but will not assume any liability for loss or damage while in ALRI’s possession. Work should be independently insured by the artist.

Usage Rights: The artist retains all copyright interests or claims that they have in their art. By submitting images, you give ALRI the right to use and reproduce the images to market and document the exhibition, and to enable the image to be part of an online exhibition. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use.

Terms & Conditions: ALRI reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control. Payment of the submission fee indicates acknowledgement of all terms and conditions.

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