VETS Gallery

Parsing Sign and Image Exhibition

Parsing Sign and Image – An Open Juried National Exhibition
VETS Gallery, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 02903

Images have power to convey ideas across languages and cultures. Images can stand alone without relying on a literal translation. Today our visual fields are filled with imagery (television to Instagram) and a literate mind unconsciously reads text without considering it. You don’t have to tell yourself to read a stop sign – you just do. From road signs and graffiti, to pop-up ads and text messages, we are constantly and instantaneously ingesting language and its message. How does the involuntary practice of reading, translating, influence the artistic practice? Can text itself stand as an image, or will our minds always connect to a literal meaning? Must a word always carry meaning, or can words and letters act as graphic elements of pattern and design?

Parsing Sign and Image sought submissions that consider the influence of letters, text, signs and language.

*In this prospectus, we use the term parsing to mean: to analyze (something, as a speech or behavior) to discover its implications or uncover a deeper meaning.


Exhibition: Friday, September 14, 2018 –
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Registration Deadline: Sunday, July 22, 2018
Deadline Extended to Saturday, July 28, 2018
Reception and Awards: Thursday, September 27, 2018, 5:30-8pm
Drop off: Monday, September 10, 2018 (10am – 3pm)
& Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (12 – 5pm)
Pick up:  Monday, December 3, 2018 (10am – 3pm)
& Tuesday, December 4, 2018 (12 – 5pm)
Notification of Acceptance: On or before August 10, 2018 via email.
No inquires please. All decisions are final.

Juror:  Kaveh Mojtabai, Publisher, Artscope Magazine

1stPrize $300
2ndPrize $200
3rdPrize $100

Kaveh Mojtabai is the founder and publisher of Artscope magazine, a media company that is dedicated to reviewing art exhibits, covering cultural events, connecting artists with their audience and creating access to the arts. Kaveh manages a team of editors, writers, graphic designers, web developers, technology experts and advertising account executives to publish Artscope in its print, email, online, social media, mobile and digital edition formats to the industry and the public. In addition to his work in media industry, Kaveh has worked on projects like co-curating the “A Politic” exhibit that showcased the Abraham Obama billboard and recently juried at the Copley Society and Galatea Fine Arts in Boston. Also, Kaveh has appeared on various “Money Matters” and entrepreneurial business radio networks where he explained how Artscope’s business model supports connections between artists, collectors and the public. Previously, Kaveh worked internationally with Fortune 500 clients at a “Big Four” global consulting firm to develop client performance through strategic, operational and financial processes. He has graduated with two degrees, a B.A. in Astrophysics and B.S.B.A in Business Administration. His previous work included astronomy research at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics under the direction of a Nobel Astrophysics Prize winner.

Eligibility: Any artist who is at least 18 years or older may participate to the extent that their participation is allowed under law.

Artwork: All 2D and 3D media is eligible. No video entries will be accepted. Artwork previously exhibited with ALRI is not permitted. All work must be original. Work found to be copied from copyrighted work will not be hung. Reprints from non-copyrighted work are also not permitted. All work must be exhibition ready to install with the appropriate hardware. No saw-tooth hangers or clips. No dark colored mats.  Work that does not adhere to the guidelines, or is deemed not to be a faithful representation of the image for jurying, will not be exhibited. Artwork must be appropriate for viewers of all ages. Accepted work MUST remain in the Gallery for the duration of the exhibit

Submission Fee: ALRI Members may submit up to 3 artworks for $25.  Non-ALRI Members may submit up to 3 artworks for $30.

All CAFE fees are non-refundable and must be paid by credit/debit card. Payment of those fees indicates the acknowledgement of the terms and conditions of the exhibition. 

Sales & Commissions: Sales are encouraged. Work may be for sale or listed as not for sale (NFS); however, NO work may be listed as Price on Request (POR). Prices provided by the artist should reflect the 40% commission taken by ALRI on all artwork sold. Artists will be paid their 60% percentage of the sale by ALRI within 30 calendar days after the exhibition closes. 

Liability – Legal Agreement & Participant’s Waiver: Submission of work automatically waives any claim for damage or loss against ALRI or The VETS, including the officers, members, and employees. ALRI will exercise reasonable care in handling all artwork but will not assume any liability for loss or damage while in ALRI’s possession. Work should be independently insured by the artist. 

Usage Rights: The artist retains all copyright interests or claims that they have in their art. By submitting images, you give ALRI the right to use and reproduce the images to market and document the exhibition, and to enable the image to be part of an online exhibition. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use. ALRI reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control. Payment of the submission fee indicates acknowledgement of all terms and conditions. 

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