Gift Exhibition

Artists creating original work in painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, photography, graphic design, and both sculptural and functional ceramics are encouraged to apply. The title of the show borrows from issues discussed in Lewis Hyde’s book, The Gift, in which he compares the reception of an artwork to that of a gift that is received. As such, the artwork plays a unique and privileged role in society and one that fosters community and dialogue. 

Jordan AmirkhaniWe’re fortunate to have art historian Jordan Amirkhani as our juror. She is deeply involved in contemporary art and culture both internationally and regionally and her writings have been published in a range of publications including Artforum, Art in America, and Dr. Amirkhani is also an expert on the French artist Francis Picabia and is currently assistant professor in the Art Department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. 

Submissions are accepted until Friday, January 19 by 5pm (EST)

Notifications will be made by Thursday, January 25

No entry fee is required (current staff, students, and faculty are NOT eligible to apply)

Accepted work must be received at Berry no later than Monday, February 5 packed in a reusable container (no Styrofoam peanuts please) with return postage from the United States Postal Service, Federal Express, UPS, Airborne, or DHL enclosed. Containers for artwork cannot exceed 75 x 48 x 70" or weigh over 60 lbs.  Artwork should be ready to install with appropriate hardware. 2-D work should be framed and utilize Plexiglas only. 

Artists may submit up to 3 pieces (with the opportunity to submit 2 additional detail views) online by filling out the the form found on the registration link to the left.

Participating in the exhibition acknowledges that you agree to the following terms:

  • Shipment of work to and from Berry College is the responsibility of the artist 
  • Permission is granted to photograph or use digital images of artwork for publicity purposes
  • Artwork is insured once received at Berry College until it is shipped to sender according to verifiable insurance value
  • Berry College reserves the right not to exhibit work that differs significantly from the image submitted