2018 Athenaeum Invitational

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Regional
City: Alexandria
State: Virginia
Fee: $40.00
Event Dates: 9/13/2018 – 11/11/2018
Entry Deadline: 7/13/18
Artists from DC, MD, VA and WV are invited to submit works, in 2 and 3 D, that respond in any way to the concept of Cabinets of Curiosity. A $1000 prize will be awarded to the best submission as chosen by a noted area art expxert, TBD.

Cabiniets of curiosity were first popular in Renaissance Europe and consisted of esoteric collections from nature, the sciences, the arts — and the bizarre. Before public museums were common, these private collections were seen as status symbols. Often housed in elaborate structures made of exotic materials, the cases had drawers and compartments sepcially designed for the contents. In some instances the comprehensiveness was noteworthy, sometimes the diversity, and sometimes the cabinet itself was as amazing as the contents.

Works will be selected based on aesthetic excellence, mastery of media, creativity, and relevance to the theme.

This exhibition is underwritten by TTR | Sotheby’s International Realty.