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2017 CAL Shows
August 25-Nov 3, 2017
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May 9 - June 23, 2017
There’s a reason galleries around the world are filled with so many landscapes, seascapes and fantastical dreamscapes: at some point in our daily lives, we all crave an escape. For some that’s gazing out onto a golden hayfield beneath a huge mid-western sky, for others a view of a tumultuous ocean, or a languid wild-flower carpeted meadow, or maybe a view into another dimension, to a world other than our own.
In Scapes artists are invited to transform the gallery into a myriad of views - an exploration of the world we live in and worlds beyond, from the prosaic humdrum scapes of daily life, to inspirational views and escapist fantasies.
Information for submitting artists: Scapes is a juried show open to CAL members and non-members. Artists are invited to submit up to two works for the juror’s consideration. Artwork in all mediums is welcome. Artwork should be submitted on Friday 5th or Saturday 6th May, 11am-5pm both days. The work will be juried on Sunday 7th May and any work not selected should be picked up the following Monday or Tuesday. Please note that all artwork must be for sale, be no larger than 48" in any one direction and have been completed in the last two years. All paintings must be completely dry and all work must be WIRED – we cannot hang work that does not have a wire - and labeled on the back with the artist's name. The jury fee (per person, not per work) is $15 for CAL members and $25 for non-members.
CAL Members’ Summer Show: Eclipsed
June 27-August 23, 2017
At 1.12pm on August 21st 2017, Columbia will be plunged into 2 minutes and 37 seconds of total darkness as a solar eclipse passes overhead. The last time a total eclipse was visible in what would become Columbia was 1442, so, it seems fitting that our CAL Members’ Summer show should be an artistic paean to this phenomenon.
In the CAL Members Summer Show: Eclipsed artists are invited to explore shadow and light, sun and moon, from dappled to darkness and from bosky to bright. How do light and dark color our world? What is revealed and what is obscured by light and shadows cast by objects, seen or unseen, real or imagined.
Information for submitting artists: There is a suggested theme for this unjuried show, which is only open to current CAL members. Artists are invited to submit one 2D or 3D work. Artwork should be submitted on Friday 23rd or Saturday 24th June, 11am-5pm both days. Artwork in all mediums is welcome. Please note that all artwork must be for sale, be no larger than 48" in any one direction and have been completed in the last two years. All paintings must be completely dry and all work must be WIRED – we cannot hang work that does not have a wire - and labeled on the back with the artist's name. Artist entry fee is $10. Although unjuried, cash awards will still be given for work in the show. Due to space limitations only 120 works can be accepted for this show.
August 25 - November 3, 2017
Interpretations: A marriage of 40 visual artists and 40 literary artists, each submitting one work of his/her own choice with any theme. Then, an art swap: Each visual artist receives a work from one of the writers; each literary artist receives an artwork. The task for each artist and writer: to create a second work of art or piece of writing, which is his or her interpretation of the other artist’s work. The result: A show of 80 artworks and 80 pieces of writing. The aim of the show: A reminder that we all see the world differently; our interpretations of the world around us are uniquely ours. How will each artist interpret the other artist’s work? How will the viewer interpret the written words and artworks in the show? This will be the fifth year of this extraordinary show. You can see all of the previous years’ entries in the Interpretations, Interpretations II, III and IV books, available to view or purchase at the Columbia Art League.
Information for submitting writers: Writing may be fiction, non-fiction or poetry of no more than 100 words. The 100-word written piece should have a title of 15 words or fewer. Work should be submitted by email to the Columbia Art League no later than 5pm on Friday March 31st, 2017. A literary jury will review all the submissions and choose 40 works of writing for the show. You will be notified of the jury’s decision by April 30th. Those authors who are selected will be sent a digital image of an artwork. You will then create a second written work based on the visual artwork. This piece of writing must be emailed to the Columbia Art League by 5pm on August 18th, 2017. The non-refundable jury fee is $15. Writers may enter one work.
Information for submitting visual artists: Your artwork may be in any medium but should not contain any written words other than background incidental words. The artwork may be titled, but the title will not be shared with the writer. A digital photograph of your artwork should be emailed to the Columbia Art League, no later than 5pm on Friday, March 31st, 2017. As your work will be selected from the digital image, please make sure that you submit a high-quality jpg of your artwork. Jpg files should be no larger than 1MB. A visual arts jury will review all the submissions and choose 40 artworks for the show. You will be notified of the jury’s decision by April 30th. Those artists who are selected will be sent a written work. You will then create a second artwork based on the written work. Both your artworks must be physically submitted to the Columbia Art League on Tuesday 22nd or Wednesday 23rd August – so please ensure that your original submission is not sold before the show opens. The non-refundable jury fee is $15. Artists may enter one work.
Pricing: 15% will be added to the price of each submitted artwork as compensation for the partner writer. If an artwork sells, the artist will take 65% of the original price with the usual 35% commission paid to CAL, and the additional 15% will go to the author.
Submissions: Please email your written or visual work to and include your telephone number and postal address. Writers should also include the year the work was written and if it has been previously published. The $15 jury fee may be dropped off or mailed to Columbia Art League, 207 South 9th Street, Columbia 65201, or you may use our Paypal form. Download the poster (pdf).
Give a Gift of Art
Nov 7-Jan 12, 2018
Give a Gift of Art is a vibrant and eclectic annual showcase of work by the multi-talented members of the Columbia Art League and the perfect opportunity to choose a work of art as a gift this holiday season. From uniquely hand-crafted jewelry to hand-built ceramic wares, original paintings and photographs, CAL is also a great place to make your own holiday wish list! So, take a tour of the CAL gallery and see why the best place to buy award-winning art is right here in Columbia. Join us for the Opening Reception and raise a toast to our incredibly talented community!
Information for submitting artists: There is no theme for this unjuried show, which is only open to current CAL members. Artists are invited to submit one 2D or 3D work. Artwork should be submitted on Friday 3rd or Saturday 4th November, 11am-5pm both days. Artwork in all mediums is welcome. Please note that all artwork must be for sale, be no larger than 48” in any one direction and have been completed in the last two years. All paintings must be completely dry and all work must be WIRED – we cannot hang work that does not have a wire - and labeled on the back with the artist’s name. Artist entry fee is $10. Although unjuried, cash awards will still be given for work in the show. Due to space limitations only 120 works can be accepted for this show.