The Philip Dressler Center for the Arts presents:

We want you to get Off the Wall Again….and onto the floor at the Philip Dressler Center for the Arts as we journey into our 2nd year for this 3-D exhibit. We are looking for artists that work in a three-dimensional space to create unique, unusual, off the wall pieces to display throughout our galleries. Instead of walking up to the art, we want you to be able to walk through the art as it’s displayed on the floors, on pedestals, tables, or even hanging from the ceiling.

What do we mean by three-dimensional art? This is art that is presented in the dimensions of height, width, and depth that occupies physical space, and can be perceived from all sides and angles.

We are looking for artists that make three-dimensional pieces in any medium (wood, stone, metal, plastic, glass, found objects, etc.), sculptural, welding, blacksmithing, carvings, castings, installations, reliefs, mixed media, 3-D printing, collages, mosaics, jewelry, pottery, and/or fibers. Your piece can be whimsical, abstract, or realistic. This is your chance to go completely off the wall with your designs and thoughts, so don’t wall yourself in!

IMPORTANT DATES:

February 1, 2024: Online entry period begins for the pre-jurying process. Submit entry form(below), images, and non-refundable $30.00 entry fee online. If you experience difficulties, please contact us at 814-443-2433 or gallery@laurelarts.org.

March 4, 2024: Online entry period CLOSES at 11:59 p.m. EST. No submissions will be accepted after this date and time.

March 25, 2024: Artists will be notified of selected/unselected art via email by 4:00 p.m. EST.

March 30, April 1, or April 2, 2024: Delivery of accepted artwork at our facility.
March 30 (10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) April 1 & 2 (11:00 a.m-6:00 p.m.)

April 4, 2024: Exhibit opens.

April 5, 2024: Opening Reception and Award Presentation for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and more. Free and open to the public.

May 2, 2024: Exhibit closes.

May 4, 2024: Art pick-up.

ENTRY DETAILS:

Maximum of three (3) entries per artist. A non-refundable fee of $30.00 must accompany your online submission. Artists must offer at least two of their entries for sale. The Philip Dressler Center for the Arts/Laurel Arts will transact all sales and sales tax. If sold, the artist receives 70% of the sale price so price your work accordingly. A W-9 will be furnished to each artist to complete at drop off.

POLICIES FOR ACCEPTANCE:

This juried exhibit is open to all artists, age 18 and older. All submitted artwork must be original and created solely by the submitting artist. No AI generated artwork is permitted. Recent work is encouraged; however, work that has not been exhibited at the Dressler Center within the past three (3) years is acceptable. Laurel Arts reserves the right to reject work accepted by the juror that does not meet the exhibit requirements, including but not limited to, content, inability to install the work (i.e. improper hardware) or work not ready (i.e. wet paint). For each accepted piece, please attach a small label (usually underneath) containing your name, title, material/medium and price/NFS.

For each submitted entry: Along with title, medium, dimension and price; upload two (2) images for each online submission (one overall and one detailed) with a simple white background. Be sure your images are in the correct orientation (not sideways). Accepted image formats: .png, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg; Max file size: 8 MB

Each artist is responsible for inputting accurate information on the online submission form. Please double-check spelling, grammar and capitalization for your titles and information. Our Virtual Gallery and wall tags will match what you type.

On the submission page you will be asked to include a few sentences about each piece, which will be displayed with your work. This can be about your process, your influences, why you chose to work with a particular material, etc. This is optional.

Gallery Specifications & Pedestal Information

The gallery ceiling height is 10’ and doorway height is 81”. The smallest doorway width is 32”. The Dressler Center has a very limited number of pedestals. Artists are encouraged to provide their own pedestals if possible. Please label your pedestal with your name. There are also a limited number of ceiling hooks for hanging artwork. Please contact us prior to submission regarding weight limitations and availability for the ceiling hooks. Artwork must be ready for display; free-standing, placed on a pedestal, or properly wired for hanging (no sawtooth hangers).

MEET OUR JUROR

Kyle Houser, Executive Director – Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media

Kyle Houser is an accomplished artist, educator, and arts administrator based in the vibrant cultural hub of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With over two decades of experience in art education, Kyle brings a wealth of expertise to his current position as the Executive Director of Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media.

Besides having a long history as an educator in public, private, international and higher education, Kyle has worked as a Ceramic Studio Manager for the School of Art at Chautauqua Institution in New York as well as PCA&M. Kyle also held a Gallery Director position for Indiana University of Pennsylvania for four years while teaching a variety of courses and has been a visiting artist and guest lecturer for universities, public schools and arts organizations in Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina and Texas.

Throughout his career, Kyle has maintained a rigorous professional studio practice of his own. His ceramic works have been exhibited and sold through galleries, exhibitions, festivals, and tours since the mid-90s, and his most recent work includes mixed media-based painting and drawing. His art has been collected by private and public collectors across America and as far away as Australia and Croatia.

Kyle received a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Studio Arts from Florida State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

 

Liability and Agreement

This exhibit will also be displayed virtually on our website, www.laurelarts.org. The artist understands and agrees that Laurel Arts reserves the right to reproduce and distribute the images through print and/or electronic media for promotion of the exhibition. The artist grants Laurel Arts the right to allow authorized agents to photograph and/or videotape the artwork and to use or reproduce images of the artwork for publicity and educational purposes. The artist confirms there are no existing copyrights on the listed artwork(s) that interfere with these conditions and will retain all copyrights to his/her/their artwork(s). All entries will be handled with care; however, the Philip Dressler Center for the Arts/Laurel Arts is not responsible for any loss or damage. Participating artists agree to hold the Philip Dressler Center for the Arts/Laurel Arts harmless and to indemnify the Philip Dressler Center for the Arts/Laurel Arts against any and all claims resulting from losses.

Other Information

All artwork is required to remain on display until the end of the exhibit at 6:00 p.m. EST. on May 2, 2024.

After the close of the exhibit, artwork must be picked up on Saturday, May 4, 2024, between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST. Other pick-up arrangements may be made PRIOR to the closing of the exhibit. All artworks left at our facility for more than thirty (30) days from the close of the show will become the property of the Philip Dressler Center for the Arts/Laurel Arts.

Questions?

Please contact us with any questions, concerns or issues using the Submission Form.

The Philip Dressler Center for the Arts
Alison Leer, Gallery Coordinator
214 S. Harrison Avenue, Somerset, PA 15501
814-443-2433 OR alison@laurelarts.org