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Call for Artists: 2015 New Media Juried Exhibition at ISU Design on Main Gallery

November 13, 2014

"Second Livestock" interactive project by Austin Stewart, ISU assistant professor of art and visual culture. Photo courtesy of Austin Stewart.


AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Design on Main Gallery invites entries from Iowa artists for "Bits, Pixels, and Practice – Oh My! A New Media Juried Show," scheduled Feb. 1-28, 2015, at 203 Main St., Ames.

The exhibition will highlight exploration in the field of new media by providing Iowa artists the opportunity to engage in nontraditional artmaking. The gallery seeks work produced in two-, three- and four-dimensional new media technologies, including (but not limited to) computer/video/virtual art, interactive art, robotics, video games, art as social practice and art as biotechnology. Work can also be a hybrid of traditional media and technology.

"There are space constraints, but we are open to proposals for larger installations and ambitious projects," said Jennifer Drinkwater, Design on Main Gallery director and a senior lecturer in art and visual culture at the ISU College of Design.

Juror, Awards and Reception
The show will be juried by new media artist Jordan Weber, the curator of Fluxx Collective in Des Moines. Prizes will be awarded for best of show ($700), second ($200) and third place ($100). A public reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6.

Entry Guidelines
Artists may submit up to three (3) works (limit two images per work) through images and/or video links. Each image should be 3MB and labeled with the artist’s last name and image number: "LASTNAME1.jpg."

Email submissions by Saturday, Dec. 20, to with "BPP 2015" in the subject line. In the body of the email, include artist name, address, telephone number, email address. Also include an image list that corresponds to the submitted work, with the title of each piece, media, size, price (if not for sale, include price for insurance purposes), and installation requirements and details.

Accepted Work
Artists are responsible for transporting or shipping work to arrive by Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Please provide detailed instructions indicating how the piece works and/or is to be installed. If the work requires complex installation, the artist should prepare to assist in the process during the last week of January.

Important Dates
Dec. 15: Entry deadline
Dec. 31: Artist notification
Jan. 26: Work due at Design on Main Gallery
Feb. 6: Reception
March 5: Work picked up/shipped back to artist

Jennifer Drinkwater, Director, Design on Main Gallery,
Lyndsay Nissen, Coordinator, Design on Main Gallery,
Heather Sauer, Design Communications,