Archway Gallery presents its 12th Annual Juried Exhibition, benefiting the Houston Junior Forum, in July. This annual event is an opportunity for area artists and non-members of the gallery to participate in an exhibition of works in Houston’s finest artist-owned space.
The exhibition will be presented online July 5 at 6:30 p.m. with remarks from the juror. Applications for the show are accepted June 1-24.
Fifty percent of the proceeds from the show benefit the Houston Junior Forum, which provides charitable services to children, youth, seniors and women, and the other 50 percent will be distributed to the artists. The first-prize winner will also receive a month’s guest artist privileges at Archway Gallery. Interested artists can get entry information and forms on the gallery’s website, ArchwayGallery.com.
Due to the challenges presented by COVID-19, this year’s exhibition will be selected from digital entries. Apart from the prize-winning works, the show will not be physically installed. It will be exhibited entirely on the Archway Gallery website.
First, second and third prize winners, along with honorable mention works, will be physically displayed in the front gallery space viewable in the large display windows. These and all other selected works will be featured in the online exhibition, shared with patrons and followers, and posted prominently on the gallery website.
This year’s juror, Wayne Gilbert, is a self-described “ordinary artist in an extraordinary city full of great artists and art.”
Using the cremated remains of Americans that were uncollected from funeral homes to create works of art, Gilbert’s intent is to question the phenomenon of art as it relates to humanity and vice versa. He investigates and questions the academic substance of art as it integrates into theory and critical analysis: What is art? Why does it matter? Who defines a work of art? What is it about this peculiar and mystifying human undertaking that can result in such a huge worldwide industry, sometimes relegated to the lofty world of “priceless?” The range of imagery is wide, entertaining the momentary flicker of a thought as it might relate to our philosophical, theological, physical or mental journeys through life.
Gilbert has been a guest speaker at Bard College, Annandale on the Hudson, Rutgers University and Texas Tech. He has curated exhibitions in Texas cities such as Arlington and Marfa as well as in Seattle, Cuba, Germany and Peru, to name a few. With his wife Beverley, he owned G Gallery and now shows the works of selected artists in Houston’s G Spot Gallery.
“We are excited to be partnering with Houston Junior Forum on this year’s show,” said Liz Conces Spencer, who co-chairs the Juried Art Exhibition with fellow artist Becky Soria. “This show is near and dear to the gallery as it allows us to express our gratitude to a community organization that serves a need in our city. While we are sad to have to make changes to the physical exhibition, we are so grateful to be able to give back to an organization that has been doing good since 1946.”
The Houston Junior Forum (HJF) is open to women age 21 and older who wish to “make a difference” through community service. Today’s 400 members provide services for 16 nonprofit organizations. HJF owns and operates the HJF Resale Shop located at 1815 Rutland St. in the Heights.
Established in 2010, HJF’s Community Grants Program has provided grant funding in excess of $500,000 to organizations including its designated service sites and other nonprofits whose mission is to provide services for children, youth, women and senior adults. Visit houstonjuniorforum.org for more information.
Cohen is an artist and founder of the First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards. Find him at ArtValet.com for additional highlights and artist’s stories.