Gift Exhibition

Juried Exhibition

Marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Moon Gallery at Berry College invites submissions to the juried exhibition, blot. The title comes from Frankenstein’s Creature wrestling with his identity in chapter 13: “Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?” Artists creating original work in painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, photography, and sculpture that deals with issues raised by Shelley’s novel are welcome to apply. Several of these issues are discussed in Steven J. Kraftchick’s essay, “Who is a Monster, When?,” such as:

  • What is the relationship of monsters to procreative enterprises that were once attributed to the divine? 
  • Who deserves to be called a monster - and who is responsible to decide? 
  • Is one born a monster or do they become one over time? 
  • Does an individual’s outward appearance mirror its true self?
  • What happens when we succeed in creating something and the result is not what we expected or wanted?

We’re fortunate to have Dr. Kraftchick as our juror. He is Professor of the Practice of New Testament Interpretation in the Candler School of Theology and Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. In addition to his research on Pauline thought and language theory, he is exploring the trans-human and its connection with theology and technology.  

Submissions are accepted until Monday, August 27 by 5pm (EST)

Notifications will be made by Monday, September 10 

Artists are asked to submit the following:

  • Images of up to 3 pieces labeled with artist’s name, title, materials, size (H x W x D), and date.
  • A statement about ways in which artwork addresses theme of exhibition (not to exceed 200 words)
  • A brief biography including recent exhibitions and education (not to exceed 200 words) 

No entry fee is required (current staff, students, and faculty are NOT eligible to apply) 

Accepted work must be received at Berry no later than Monday, October 8 packed in a reusable container (no Styrofoam peanuts please) with return postage from the United States Postal Service, Federal Express, UPS, Airborne, or DHL enclosed. Containers for artwork cannot exceed 75 x 48 x 70" or weigh over 60 lbs.  Artwork should be ready to install with appropriate hardware. 2-D work should be framed and be glazed with Plexiglas only.  

Participating in the exhibition acknowledges that you agree to the following terms:

  • Shipment of work to and from Berry College is the responsibility of the artist 
  • Permission is granted to photograph or use digital images of artwork to publicize the exhibition 
  • Artwork is insured by Berry, according to verifiable insurance value, once received at Berry College and until it is turned over to the carrier to be shipped to sender
  • Berry College reserves the right not to exhibit work that differs significantly from the image submitted

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