On the occasion of the Olympics coming in Athens in 2004, the Federation of Hellenic American Organizations ENOSIS, the Council of Hellenes Abroad North & South America Region and the Sisters Cities Chicago-Athens in cooperation with the Office of the Consul for Educational Affairs at the Consulate General of Greece in Chicago announce an open juried exhibition for artists residing in the United States.
The exhibition’s theme has been inspired by the concept of ‘ekecheiria’, meaning truce in English. Ekecheiria was observed for over 1200 years during the events of the Olympic Games in the whole of the Greek world so that the Olympics could take place in an atmosphere free of conflict, aggression, and war.
Nowadays the word ‘ekecheiria’ is particularly relevant as it expresses our anguish with the continuation of acts of aggression and violence around the world as well as the survival of human phobias manifested through multiple faces of racism and terrorism. Ekecheiria can be the process of rethinking and reconsidering notions of peace. It is also dramatically connected with notions of time as Ekecheiria exists only in fragmented and fragile moments. History has proven that truce has a tendency to be ultimately violated.
The questions posed by this exhibition are, How do artists define ‘ekecheiria’ (this valuable ‘pause’ in violence) in contemporary societies which are struggling with armed conflicts, bio-terrorism, and network virus attacks? How do they represent the human process of contemplating, rethinking and reconsidering peace as it is found during short periods of truce?
This exhibition is open to artists working in any medium.
2. Submission information
Each artist may submit up to three separate entries.
You may submit one of the following: Up to 3 color slides
a CD-Rom or DVD of 72dpi jpegs or interactive work
or a DV or VHS tape in NTSC format
All submissions should be accompanied by a document that clearly identifies the artist’s name, address, email-address as well as a list of all works organized by number, title and piece size (where applicable). All slides must be labeled with a red dot in the lower left corner with the above information repeated. Submitted materials should be true and complete representations of the final work.
All submitted materials relating to works selected for exhibition will be retained for the gallery archives. All other submitted materials will be returned, only when a SASE (self-addressed stamped) envelope is included with your submission.
Please send your materials to:
GENERAL CONSULATE OF GREECE
CONSUL FOR EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS
Attention to: Maria Paschalidou
151 N. MICHIGAN AVENUE
CHICAGO, IL 60601
3. Entry deadline: April 15, 2004.
All entries must be postmarked by this date.
4. No entry fee
5. Selection process
A jury committee will select sixteen (16) of the submitted artworks to be exhibited at the SCHOPF gallery in Chicago. Artists whose work has been selected will be notified on April 27, 2004. Artists will be responsible for all shipping costs, to and from the gallery.
Jurors: Adam Brooks (Artist, Curator, and Coordinator of Fine Art Program, Columbia College Chicago), Eleftheria Lialios (Photographer, Filmmaker, Installation Artist, Adjunct Associate Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Sabrina Raaf (Artist; Professor, Columbia College Chicago), Leonard Lehrer (Artist; Dean, School of Fine and Performing Arts, Columbia College Chicago), Maria Paschalidou (Artist; MFA Columbia College Chicago) the Federation of Hellenic American Organizations ENOSIS, the Council of Hellenes Abroad North & South America Region, the Sisters Cities Chicago-Athens, the Office of the Consul for Educational Affairs at the Consulate General of Greece in Chicago.
Three (3) monetary prizes of $ 2,500, $ 2,000 and $1,500 will be awarded.
7. Exhibition dates: June 4 – July 9, 2004 at SCHOPF GALLERY ON LAKE 942 West Lake Street, Chicago, IL. 60607. Opening reception: Friday, June 4, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
By submitting your work, you agree in its publication for the promotion of the exhibition in the form of an exhibition catalogue and an exhibition website.
9. Liability information
The Federation of Hellenic American Organizations ENOSIS, the Council of Hellenes Abroad North & South America Region and the Sisters Cities Chicago-Athens assure that every precaution will be taken for the safety of the work. However, neither ENOSIS, the Council of Hellenes Abroad North & South America Region, the Sisters Cities Chicago-Athens, the Office of the Consul for Educational Affairs at the Consulate General of Greece in Chicago, its officers nor employees, staff or volunteers nor anyone connected with the exhibition will be responsible for loss or damage however caused. Your entry into this exhibition constitutes agreement with these terms. Artists are responsible for liability during shipping and works left after the return deadline at the gallery.
Entrants and their collaborators will retain full rights to all work submitted for the contest. Every effort will be made to contact those who submit entries without valid contact information, however, completeness of entry remains the responsibility of the artist. Neither the Federation of Hellenic American Organizations ENOSIS, the Council of Hellenes Abroad North & South America Region, the Office of the Consul for Educational Affairs at the Consulate General of Greece in Chicago, its partners or sponsors are responsible for losses due to misdirection, mis-timing or incompleteness of entries or artworks. Entry constitutes permission to ENOSIS, the Council of Hellenes Abroad North & South America Region, the Sisters Cities Chicago-Athens and the Contest administrators reserve the right to adjust the deadline dates or open up a second deadline date for additional entries based on jury scheduling considerations and/or on total numbers of entries being received at any one time.
This document can be downloaded as a PDF file at visualpause.com, where updates about this exhibition will occasionally be posted.
Any further questions can be directed to the curator of the exhibition Maria Paschalidou
Schopf Gallery on Lake is committed to promotion of the arts in all medium and manner. It invites the public to share in the experience, interpretation and understanding of contemporary visual art. In 2003, the gallery hosted the highly successful Chicago Solutions Show featuring over 40 artists and juried by Ed Paschke. Bill Schopf, who is also owner of the Music Box Theater- long dedicated to cutting edge independent and foreign film, seeks also to bring a similar cultural contribution with Schopf Gallery on Lake.