OPEN CALL: Vermont Studio Center & Vermont College of Fine Arts Alumnx* Exhibition


We are thrilled to invite all alums from the Vermont Studio Center and Vermont College of Fine Arts to an exhibition open call!  The VSC/VCFA Alum Open Call is an exciting exhibition opportunity to submit work for inclusion in a group show juried by Meg Onli, the Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. The exhibition will run May 7th, 2018 - June 1st, 2018 in the Alumnx Hall at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, VT.  

Theme: The Vermont Studio Center and Vermont College of Fine Arts are united in their belief that the arts are central to the human experience and have the ability not only to reflect reality but to also create it. This call invites alums of both organizations to submit artwork in any media that was created in response to our current contemporary political upheaval. This may be articulated both literally or metaphorically as an expression of the potential of creativity to shift  consciousness. All progress and change has been achieved through a radical reimagining of what is and what could be. We are seeking a vision of a future that has yet to be determined, understood, or adopted by any position of power or control. 

The deadline to submit was Friday, March 23, 2018 at 11:59pm Eastern.
We look forward to reviewing your work! 

Eligibility: ALL alumnx* of the Vermont Studio Center and ALL graduates from Vermont College of Fine Arts are welcomed to submit work for consideration. *Alumnx is a gender-neutral term that embraces the full spectrum of gender identities within our community. 

Submission Requirements: Applications must be submitted online via SlideRoom:  There is a $10 application fee which goes directly to the cost of the SlideRoom application. All media will be accepted and applicants can submit up to five work samples, a current CV and artist statement. Work must be completed within the last three (3) years. 

Exhibition Dates: May 7th, 2018 - June 1st, 2018. Opening Reception Saturday, May 12, 2018. 

Shipping and Insurance:  Accepted work must be shipped to VCFA with an arrival date no later than May 3, 2018. Artists are responsible for shipping work to and from the gallery as well as liability insurance, if your require it. VSC and VCFA will take the utmost care in the handling of your work, but will not be responsible for damages. Drop off arrangements can also be made. VSC/VCFA will take a 20% commission on any work that sells during the exhibition. VSC/VCFA reserves the right to decline work that does not reflect the digital submission.

Installation:  Work must arrive ready to be installed. For display purposes, VCFA can provide pedestals, basic digital equipment (TV, laptop, headphones), however, artists wishing to project their work will need to provide their own projection equipment. For more information and/or questions please contact:  Nicole Czapinski:  or Brittany  M. Powell:


About the Juror: Meg Onli is the Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Her recent exhibition Speech/Acts explores experimental black poetry and how the social and cultural constructs of language have shaped black American experiences. Prior to joining Institute of Contemporary Art she was the Program Coordinator at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. While at the Graham Foundation she worked on the exhibitions Architecture of Independence: African Modernism and Barbara Kasten: Stages. In 2010 she created the website Black Visual Archive for which she was awarded a 2012 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. In 2014 she was the recipient of a research grant from the Graham Foundation for the collaborative project Remaking the Black Metropolis: Contemporary Art, Urbanity, and Blackness in America with curator Jamilee Polson Lacy. Onli holds a Master’s degree in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her writing has appeared in Art21, Daily Serving, and Art Papers.