EXTENDED -- Call for art for 2019 “genetic futures” exhibit

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Richard Pell, Transgenic Blue Carnation, 3D anaglyphic photograph, 2015. From the series Specters of the PostNatural. Courtesy of the artist and the Center for PostNatural History.Richard Pell, Transgenic Blue Carnation, 3D anaglyphic photograph, 2015. From the series Specters of the PostNatural. Courtesy of the artist and the Center for PostNatural History.

The NCSU Libraries, NC State’s Genetic Engineering and Society Center (GES), and the Gregg Museum of Art & Design have extended their public call to Tuesday, Oct. 30 for art proposals for the upcoming exhibition Art’s Work in the Age of Biotechnology: Shaping our Genetic Futures.

Planned for fall 2019, the multi-site exhibition will be held simultaneously at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design and in the physical and digital display spaces of the NCSU Libraries--the Exhibit Gallery in the D. H. Hill Library and the video walls in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. Outdoor and/or greenhouse spaces are also available.

Art’s Work/Genetic Futures poses the question: How do artists and designers contribute materially, rhetorically, and conceptually to modern biotechnology? We are looking for contemporary work and project proposals that will engage viewers in examining how genomic sciences could shape the future of our society. Projects that question and challenge current biotechnology tropes, as well as projects that embrace the transformative potential of biotechnology and biomedicine, are welcome.

Guest curator Hannah Star Rogers will organize Art’s Work/Genetic Futures with a panel from the exhibition partners at NC State. Rogers has curated Making Science Visible: The Photography of Berenice Abbott, which received an exhibits prize from the British Society for the History of Science and resulted in an invited lecture at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. She is past Director of Research and Collaboration for Emerge: Artists and Scientists Redesign the Future 2016 and served as Guest Bioart Curator for 2017.

This call is open to artists, scientists, designers, and makers at all career stages. Emerging artists, creators who are traditionally underrepresented in the arts and sciences, and artists working outside the U.S. are especially encouraged to apply.

Artists will receive an honorarium of $2,500 and three copies of the full-color catalog with essays by the curator and other contributors. Artists working in a collaborative team will share the honorarium.

The deadline for work and proposals is Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. A shortlist will be announced Thursday, Nov. 30, 2018. Final notification of acceptance will be Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.

Full details about the exhibition, the call for art, and how to submit are available on the Art’s Work/Genetic Futures exhibition website.