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“What is the point of making beautiful things, or of cherishing the beauty of the past, when ugliness runs rampant?” asks Alex Ross in the 2017 New Yorker magazine article “Making Art in a Time of Rage.” Ross later references a London gallery that, in the midst of World War II, prefaced the exhibition catalogue for Jacob Epstein’s flower paintings with a quote from Shakespeare:

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It’s an age-old question. Are we as artists responsible for creating challenging works and addressing critical issues of our time head on? Are other expressions trite or selfish acts of escapism? Or can beauty be powerful? Can the act of creating beauty during a time of ugliness be a form of resistance in itself, offering a vision of all that humans can aspire to?

In the spirit of Van Jones’ Love Army, and Pete Seeger’s banjo, Kehler Liddell Gallery (KLG) invites artists working in ALL MEDIA (visual, auditory, tactile, etc.) to submit works that: represent fierce expressions of beauty; offer an understanding of our shared humanity; create a profoundly needed respite or refuge. In short, works that show beauty and love as a form of resistance.

The exhibition will run from April 26th – May 27th, 2018, a timeframe that includes Westville's Annual Art Walk (May 11th & 12th, 2018). The opening reception will be on Sunday, April 29th, 3-6pm with a panel discussion @ 2pm moderated by Lucy Gellman, Editor of the Arts Paper.


Artists may submit up to 3 images. There is a $30 entry fee, payable via the link below. 

Please send the below information to: kehlerliddell@gmail.com, w/ subject line: JURIED SHOW 18

  • Contact Information: Artist First + Last Name, Address, Phone Number, Website 
  • (up to) 3 Images (jpgs preferred), each labeled w/ Artist's Last Name_Artwork Title 
  • Image List that includes: title, dimension, medium, price for each artwork
  • Artist Statement / CV (recommended)

Submissions must arrive NO LATER than 11:59pm, Sunday, March 25th, 2018.

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of KLG member artists, who have all been juried into membership themselves. Accepted artists will be notified by the beginning of April 2018.

Artists who need to ship artwork are responsible for the cost to do so. Sound/video files can be shared via Dropbox or Google Drive or other approved methods (email us for approval). Artists working in these media are responsible for providing and installing necessary equipment to display the works.

The gallery will take a 40% commission on sales from the exhibition.

Accepted artworks will need to be delivered to the gallery Sunday, April 22nd, 4-6pm or Monday, April 23rd (time TBD). Shipped artworks will need to arrive by Monday April 23rd. If those dates are problematic, we can likely make special arrangements. Email us to discuss before submission.

Contact kehlerliddell@gmail.com with any questions.