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Clayton Staples Gallery 

The Clayton Staples Gallery is on the second floor of McKnight Art Center in the School of Art & Design. The gallery is generally used for solo and juried exhibitions by professional artists, though traveling or curated shows are sometimes held there as well. The Clayton Staples Gallery accepts submissions for exhibition proposals; honoraria available. Submit materials for review via the link below.

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Contemporaneous Commentary: Voices in the Current Sociopolitical Atmosphere

Contemporaneous Commentary: Voices in the Current Sociopolitical Atmosphere, Dec. 10, 2014-January 22, 2014 Closing Reception: January 21, 4-6 pm
Deadline: November 3, 2014 Fee (USD): $25.00

In the age of increased accessibility of information, the awareness of human coexistence has transformed into an active consciousness of coexistence, therefore furthering the ability to interact with and share ideas. Issues that existed with Baby Boomers are still in existence, such as “big brother” intrusive technologies such as airport scanners, and government surveillance coming to light in the form of the Utah Data Center, and as seen by recent events in Ferguson, MO, etc. In addition to these issues, there are still classist issues shown by the disappearing middle class, resulting in a disparity creating “haves” and “have-nots” within our nation.

As long as these sociopolitical issues have existed, artists have been there to document and discuss ideas and emotions spurred by major national events and issues. In keeping with that tradition, “Contemporaneous” seeks artwork that exposes, proposes, explores, investigates or otherwise addresses social, political, environmental, or economic issues of injustice in the sociopolitical atmosphere since 9/11. The juror is Dr. Lisa Volpe, Curator, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Ks. Open to any media; maximum size 42" w x 72" h for 2D & 3D media.

Clayton Staples Gallery 2014-15 Schedule
• August 25 - October 3:
Photographs From Go Deep Into The Woods and In Range: Jennifer Ray

Artist's Talk: 2:30 – 3:30pm, Thursday, September 18, 210 McKnight

Closing Reception: 4 – 6pm

• October 13 - November 26: Ni de Aqui ni de Alla, Armando Minjarez

Artist's Talk: 2:30 – 3:30pm, Thursday, October 23, 210 McKnight

Closing Reception: 4 – 6pm

• December 10 - January 22: Contemporaneous Commentary: Voices in the Current Sociopolitical Atmosphere (Juried Exhibition by MFA students. Juror: Dr. Lisa Volpe, Wichita Art Museum)

Juror's Talk: TBA

Closing Reception: 4 – 6pm, Thursday, January 21

• January 27 - February 27: The Traveling Seedpod...Rolling Into The Hood, The Seed House

Artist's Talk: 2:30 – 3:30pm, Thursday, February 26, 210 McKnight

Closing Reception: 4 – 6pm, Thursday, February 26

• March 9 - April 24: Recent work by Judy Rushin

Artist's Talk: 2:30 – 3:30pm, Thursday, April 9, 210 McKnight

Closing Reception: 4 – 6pm, April 23

• April 27 - May 15: BFA & MFA Exhibitions

Details TBA