Call for Art (closed): EARTH MATTERS

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While the term matter bears different scientific and geologic connotations, EARTH MATTERS, as an exhibition theme, presents an expanded and nuanced perspective on issues relating to current ecological conditions that have been shaped by human habits. Threading the needle through divergent creative views, practices, and materials that are sensitive to nature and planetary preservation, the exhibition will explore how ecological considerations are factored into the making of art.

How can we make the earth or earth materials matter, while enabling innovative processes in artmaking? How do we address the issues that face the planet in ways that acknowledge our complicated relationship with manmade and natural environments? The exhibition will aim at not only catalyzing multilayered perspectives that present ways to critically think about and understand earth matters but raise important questions about how we cultivate eco-based approaches that engage and consider different ecologies.


Nnenna Okore
Nnenna Okore, "Earth Matters" Juror

Nnenna Okore was born in Australia, raised in Nigeria and works in the United States. Throughout her long career as an artist-researcher-teacher, she has focused on ecological issues steeped in artistic practice, pedagogy and social engagements. As a Chicago art practitioner, Okore has been involved in numerous participatory art projects and exhibitions designed to produce dialogue, artmaking and an awareness of current environmental issues.

In her most recent art project, she uses bioplastic and environmentally friendly materials from food waste to create new art works. Okore is passionate about environmental issues and is currently involved in collaborative environmental projects in Australia. She is a professor at Chicago’s North Park University and in addition to receiving numerous national and international awards, Okore was a recipient of the 2012 Fulbright Award.

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Watermark Art Center will be the 2021 venue for the Surface Design Association Juried Member Show Earth Matters scheduled for September 3–October 30, 2021.

Works chosen will demonstrate unique, well-developed artistic vision and innovation, and will include the best of contemporary work by SDA members.

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All SDA members working in all media are encouraged to apply. EARTH MATTERS will celebrate works that push the evolution of textiles through the use of color, design, processes, and meanings.