ekphrasis exhibit:
Nov. 2, 2018 -
Jan. 24, 2019

 

 

Think of Ekphrasis as a meeting of creative minds. Imagine one visual artist and one literary artist, each employing their own artform to respond to the other’s work. Would you welcome a new interpretation of your work?

Ekphrasis comes from ancient Greek and means literally to speak out, but it refers to the long-standing exercise of artists rhetorically describing another’s work: a poet creating verse about a painting, a musician responding to a sculpture, a painter giving perspective to a poem.

Writers and artists from Missouri and Kansas are invited to submit to Ekphrasis, a juried exhibition due to open in November 2018 at The Box Gallery in Downtown Kansas City.

The jury will select 20 artists and 20 writers to participate. Each selected writer will be paired with a selected artist – and they each will create new work inspired by the other’s work. The final exhibition will feature 40 paired works, which will also be featured in a published book on the show.

 

Call for Entries

Writers and artists living in Missouri and Kansas are eligible to enter one work for this juried show. The deadline for all entries is Saturday, June 30, 2018. Due to space limitations, we can only accept one work per person, so those who are both artists and writers will need to choose to enter either a literary or visual art work. The non-refundable jury fee is $15 and may be paid online through Paypal or via check to Yocto Arts, LLC. All entrants will be notified of the jurors’ decision by July 30, 2018.

By submitting, artists and writers agree to create a second written or visual work that is interpretive of another artist's piece, which will be assigned to them after jury selection.

 

For Submitting Artists

  • Artists from Missouri or Kansas are invited to enter.
  • Artwork may be in any medium. Due to space limitations, artwork may be no larger than 30” in any one direction.
  • A JPEG or PNG image of your artwork should be submitted with entry form via the link above no later than 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018. The non-refundable$15 jury fee must also be received by this deadline.
  • As the jurors will be selecting work based on the digital image submitted, please make sure that you submit a high-quality image. Aim to keep your file size around 1-3 MB.
  • A visual arts jury will review all the entries and choose 20 works for the show. All entrants will be notified of the jury's decision by July 30, 2018.
  • If your work is selected, you will be sent a written work. You will then have 10 weeks to create your ekphrastic response to the written work. Instructions for submitting this second art piece will be communicated to the selected artists.
  • As the show will feature BOTH your original submission as well as your response work, please ensure that your original submission has not been sold prior to the show. BOTH artworks must be physically submitted to The Box Gallery on or before Wednesday, October 20, 2018.
  • To pre-order copies of the Ekphrasis book at the advance price of $10 (reg. $12), please contact Diana Moxon at Yocto Arts (info below). All selected artists and writers will receive one complimentary copy.

For Submitting Writers

  • Writers from Missouri or Kansas are invited to enter.
  • Writing may be fiction, non-fiction, poetry or prose.
  • Works must be 100 words or fewer. The title of the work may be up to 15 words.
  • The written work should be submitted with entry form via the link above no later than 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018. The non-refundable$15 jury fee must also be received by this deadline.
  • Please submit your work as a Microsoft Word document file. PDFs will not be accepted.
  • The work may previously have been published, but the writer should own the rights.
  • A literary jury will review all the entries and choose 20 works for the show. All entrants will be notified of the jury's decision by July 30, 2018.
  • If your work is selected, you will be sent a digital image of an artwork. You will then have 10 weeks to create your ekphrastic response to the visual artwork. Instructions for submitting this second written work will be communicated to the selected writers.
  • To pre-order copies of the Ekphrasis book at the advance price of $10 (reg. $12), please contact Diana Moxon at Yocto Arts (info below). All selected artists and writers will receive one complimentary copy.

artwork sales and pricing

15% will be added to the price of each submitted artwork as compensation for the partner writer. If an artwork sells, the artist will take 85% of the original price, with 15% commission to Yocto Arts and the additional 15% to the writer. For example, if a work is submitted with a price of $100, the title card will list the price as $115, of which, if sold, $85 will go to the artist, $15 will go the writer, and $15 will go to Yocto Arts. Artists who would prefer not to sell their work may mark work as Private Collection.

about yocto arts

Yocto Arts, LLC is the new home of the former Columbia Art League Executive Director Diana Moxon. Diana stepped down at the end of December 2017 after 11 years of running both the Columbia Art League and its annual fine arts festival, Art in the Park. Diana can be contacted at yoctoarts@gmail.com or by phone at 573-289-1300. The Ekphrasis show is being curated in conjunction with Commerce Bank and The Box Gallery.