2018 CSF Symposium Exhibit

Atrium Gallery, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
1 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI • Directions and parking

Exhibition: June 11 – July 13, 2018
Application deadline extended: Now Friday, May 11, 2018  Monday, April 30, 2018
Notification of acceptance: by Sunday, May 20, 2018
Delivery of work: Saturday, June 9, 2018 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Pickup of work at conclusion: Saturday, July 14, 2018 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Opening Reception: Friday, June 15, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Award: Up to two artists will be selected and awarded an exhibit in 2019

Eligibility: Artists whose work fits within the criteria may apply. Must be 18 years or older.

Please note:  If you have questions or need some clarity about this call for art please email ALRI at artleagueri@gmail.com with your questions and the best way to reach you and we will get in touch.

** Please see below for some work presented in last year’s show. **

Goal: The goal of this exhibit is to represent the visual interpretation between art, science and medicine as it relates to neurometabolic disorders, specifically connective tissue and cerebrospinal (CSF) disorders. CSF Disorders are conditions that create a change in CSF pressure, which often lead to numerous neurological and physiological symptoms. The original concept and vision was created by a Rhode Island neurosurgeon, Dr. Petra Klinge. Her vision for the exhibition is to capture through artistic renderings the “essence” of a clinical disorder, specifically those associated with cerebrospinal fluid and connective tissue disorders. Dr. Klinge reflects upon these artworks as part of her annual medical symposium held at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and utilizes them to assist physicians and scientists to both gain a better understanding of the patient experience and create empathy for the patient’s condition. To research and learn more about these disorders, you may want to visit the Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation and the CSF Foundation websites. For information on connective tissue disorders, visit the Ehlers-Danlos Society.


Petra M. Klinge, M.D
Professor of Neurosurgery, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Director, Center for CSF Disorders of the Brain and Spine, Rhode Island Hospital

Nancy Gaucher-Thomas
Painter, Arts Administrator, Founder/Past President Art League Rhode Island

Gretchen Dow Simpson
Painter, New Yorker Magazine cover artist (58 covers); Honorary Doctorate Degree, Bryant College, Smithfield, RI

Mim Brooks Fawcett
Executive Director and Chief Curator, Attleboro Arts Museum

Application Guidelines:
Artists may submit up to two entries. Applications must be received no later than Friday, May 11, 2018.

Artists may elect to apply by mailing the attached forms, digital or hard copy materials and fee to: Art League Rhode Island, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 02903. Or fill in the forms electronically and send by email to artleagueri@gmail.com with subject line CSF Exhibit. Please attach jpegs of work to be submitted with your application. jpegs must be 6” in either direction at 300 dpi. Include artist’s last name and title of work in the file name.

Applications will be reviewed by the jury to assess the quality and appropriateness of the artist’s work and ability to work within the parameters and criteria for this exhibit. It is expected that artists will research this topic and use the information to help with their process in creating artwork that is relevant to this exhibit.

Artwork: Two-and three-dimensional work will be accepted. No video. Use discretion in the presentation of works that contain nudity, or touch on racial, ethnic, political or religious issues, as the gallery is in a government building. All work must be exhibition-ready to install with the appropriate hardware. No saw tooth hangers or clips or dark-colored mats. Work that does not adhere to the guidelines will not be exhibited.

Entry Fee: An entry fee of $35 may be made payable to ALRI by check and mailed to Art League Rhode Island, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 02903 or with PayPal.

Size limit: Maximum size up to 48″ wide x 72″ high including frame. Artists may have multiple pieces (diptych, triptych etc.) to make up one work. 3D work will be moved on a regular basis for events. We ask that the overall footprint of 3D work be 10″ x 10″ x 16″ (L x W x H) or less, with a weight limit of 50 pounds.

Sales & Commissions: Work in this exhibit may be for sale or listed as Not for Sale (NFS); NO Price on Request (POR). Prices provided by the artist should reflect the 30% commission taken by ALRI on all artwork sold.

Liability, Legal Agreement & Participant’s Waiver: Submission of work automatically waives any claim for damage or loss against ALRI, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, the Department of Neurosurgery at Rhode Island Hospital, Atrium Gallery including the officers, members, and employees. All reasonable care will be exercised in handling all artwork, however ALRI will not assume any liability for loss or damage while on exhibit. Work should be independently insured by the artist.

Questions: E-mail artleagueri@gmail.com or call (401) 861-0500.


Karen Rand Anderson

CSF-17 6

CSF-17 5

CSF-17 4

CSF-17 Colleen Fitgerald

Colleen Fitzgerald

CSF-17 Edward Krent

Edward Krent