Call for Entries

An Eye for Color

A National Juried Art Exhibition

Juror: Michael Rooks, Weiland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art , High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Deadline: January 19, 2019
Exhibition Dates: Apr 6 - May 18, 2019

Barrett Art Center seeks artworks in which color is the primary instrument of expression for this national juried exhibition to be held April 6 through May 18, 2019. The French painter Eugene Delacroix said, I can paint you the skin of Venus with mud, provided you let me surround it as I will. Delacroix was referring to the power of color dynamics.  This call for works is looking for submissions in which which color plays a transformative role. Drawing, painting (all mediums), pastel, printmaking, photography, sculpture, fiber, mixed-media, new media, and installation works are eligible. Maximum dimensions for 2D work: 72" in each dimension; 3D work, 36"x72"x72"  We invite proposals of both contemporary and traditional pieces that create a visually-compelling complement, or counterpoint, to Barrett Art Center’s 1840s Greek Revival townhouse interior.

Michael Rooks joined the High Museum of Art as Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art in January 2010. Besides his responsibilities at the High, Rooks was appointed Commissioner and co-curator of the U.S. Pavilion at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2010 and is a member of ActArt, the President’s committee for contemporary art and social action.

Prior to joining the High Museum, Mr. Rooks held curator positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, and the Honolulu Academy of Arts.  At Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Rooks curated several group exhibitions and solo projects in addition to survey exhibitions of work by Roy Lichtenstein (1999) and H. C. Westermann (2001) for which he co-authored Westermann’s catalogue rasionné.  As curator at The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu Rooks curated more than 15 exhibitions including projects by Michael Lin, Paul Morrison, and Yoshitomo Nara.   

Exhibitions at the High Museum of Art have included Workshopping: An American Model of Architectural Practice (U.S. Pavilion at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2010), two historical survey exhibitions in partnership with MoMA entitled Picasso to Warhol: 14 Modern Masters and Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913-2013,  KAWS: DOWN TIME, Alex Katz: This Is Now which traveled to the Guggenheim Bilbao, and most recently Al Taylor, What Are You Looking At? which travels to the Menil Collection in September 2019.  Other High Museum projects include Imagining New Worlds: José Parlá and Fahamu Pecou, Michael Lin: Utah Sky 2065-40 (blue curve), Drawing Inside the Perimeter, and Sprawl: Drawing Outside the Lines. His current project With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith represents the culmination of a multi-year collaboration between Los Angeles based artist Glenn Kaino and the legendary ’68 Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith and will include sculpture, installation, and an original documentary film by Kaino and director Afshin Shahidi.