February 11, 2016

Artists invited to submit work for juried exhibition

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Critical Forum, also known as C4, a Registered Student Organization at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, invites the Carbondale area community to submit art for the annual C4 Juried Art Exhibition at SIU. 

This is the 10th anniversary for the event, which each year highlights student and community art at the Surplus Gallery in the Old Glove Factory (432 S. Washington Ave.). The event is a juried art exhibition featuring $500 in prizes and awards for winners of Best in Show, second and third places and honorable mention. 

Cobden artist Mel Watkin is this year’s judge. Watkin’s solo or two-person exhibition venues include the Missouri Botanical Garden and several other art galleries in St. Louis, the Illinois State Museum in Chicago and Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. His work is part of group exhibitions in St. Louis, including the Metropolitan Gallery, the Longue Vue House and Garden in New Orleans, Bronfman Gallery in Washington, D.C., and several galleries in Chicago. In 2014, he served an artist’s residency in Noepoli, Italy, and he has earned grants and fellowships from the Kranzberg Foundation in St. Louis, the Illinois Arts Council and the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, to name a few. 

C4 accepts all forms of artistic media. Artists should send digital images of their work to Jamie Lovell at jclovell@siu.edu by March 20 for consideration for the show. Artists whose work is accepted must deliver it to the Surplus Gallery by March 22. C4 may make some exceptions for art that is difficult to transport. 

The entry fee is $20 for up to three pieces, with additional entries at $5 per piece. Critical Forum members may submit art free of entry fee. Eligible artists must reside within a 120 mile radius of Carbondale. 

Critical Forum is an RSO committed to the advancement of sculpture and all artistic endeavors as well as the promotion of interdisciplinary communication through art. The RSO is affiliated with the School of Art and Design at SIU. 

The exhibition is March 28-April 1.