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Eye of the Camera: Call for Art

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Call for Art:

Eye of the Camera - Space to Wonder

Applications Open from Monday, November 1 - Thursday, December 16, 2021

Exhibit open to public: January 21, 2022 - March 12, 2022

The City of Littleton Fine Arts Board proudly presents the 56th Annual Eye of the Camera art competition at the Littleton Museum. Open to Colorado artists, the competition is exclusively for the medium of photography. 

From the time we are born, we are curious about the world around us. We explore with our senses, touching, tasting, smelling, and seeing, trying to make sense of it all. As we grow into unique individuals, the things that cause us to ponder become specific to our individual desires and experiences. There is no science to explain what causes us to admire those things that strike us as amazing. But wonder is a shared human emotion, some would say the hallmark of human experience. William James, one of the first modern psychologists, called it "the impulse towards better cognition." 
 
Some feel wonder wanes with age and is unattainable as we become information-retaining adults. But if we are given the space to wonder, does this change? And what does that encompass, “space to wonder”? Is it a literal or a physical space, a mental space? Is it permission to admit ignorance and awe? Is it an allotted break in the endless chatter of our minds? Does it have a sense of urgency or is it irrespective of time and physical location?

In this year’s Eye of the Camera exhibit, the Littleton Fine Arts Board, and the Littleton Museum invite artists to explore the concept of “Space to Wonder.” This is a broad theme that can be interpreted in many ways, so we look forward to seeing your individual perspective and how your work or body of work addresses this incredibly human experience.

Surprise us with your interpretation and be sure to include a short statement on how your work relates to the theme!

Deadline to Apply: Midnight (11:59 pm) on Thursday, December 16, 2021

Surprise us with your interpretation and be sure to include a short statement on how your work relates to the theme! Applications accepted through callforentry.org.

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Theme: Space to Wonder

 

The exhibit will be open to the public in the Fine Art gallery at the Littleton Museum from Friday, January 21, 2022 - Saturday, March 12, 2022.

The gallery opening and juror prize presentation will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 5:30 - 7 pm.
 

 

Juror: Rupert Jenkins

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Rupert Jenkins HeadshotRupert Jenkins has thirty years’ experience working as a writer, curator, and gallery director in San Francisco and Denver (1985–2015). Between 1985–2005 he curated numerous exhibitions of photography and related media by emerging and mid-career artists at three San Francisco organizations: The Eye Gallery, San Francisco Camerawork (both non-profit), and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, the city’s municipal gallery programming at four sites. 

Jenkins was editor of the San Francisco Camerawork Journal for six years. From 1994–95 he was book editor, essayist, and exhibition consultant for Nagasaki Journey: The Photographs of Yosuke Yamahata, a project commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki (Pomegranate ArtBooks/Friends of Photography, 1995). 

After moving to Denver in 2005, he worked as editor/curator at the Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, University of Denver. Among his projects there were Warhol in Colorado (co-curator with Dan Jacobs/catalog writer and editor, 2011). Subsequently he directed the Colorado Photographic Arts Center for six years (Chair 2009–2010; director/curator 2011–2015). CPAC, a small nonprofit organization in Denver, was founded in 1963. Its five-plus decade history, and its 600-print collection of fine art photography, inspired him to begin researching the post-WWII history of creative photography in Colorado in 2016.

As a freelance editor, his most recent projects include Rauschenberg: Reflections and Ruminations (exhibition catalog, Museum of Outdoor Arts, Littleton, 2020) and three books on Native American art for UCLA scholar Nancy Marie Mithlo: Making History (University of New Mexico Press, 2020), Knowing Native Arts (University of Nebraska Press, 2020), and Visualizing Genocide (University of Arizona Press, forthcoming).