Monday, January 20, 2014

CALL FOR ART from NJ Social Workers and Art Therapists

SWART: Social Work Works
A juried exhibition of artworks by New Jersey social workers and art therapists, March 6-31, 2014
In celebration of Social Work Month 2014, Gallery U in Westfield, NJ, presents the juried exhibition SWART: Social Work Works. Each of the exhibiting artists are practicing social workers and/or art therapists in New Jersey. Ranging from complex abstract explorations of themes such as trauma, psychological theories and mental health recovery, to realistic renderings of people, places and things, this show offers a cross section of perspectives from the richly varied social work community. The NASW theme for 2014 is “All People Matter.” Artists are encouraged, but not required, to submit artwork that illustrates this theme. 
Gallery U is an extension of Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The venue serves as a vocational training program whose goal is to introduce people with TBI back into the work force and community. Clients at Universal Institute take part in all aspects of running Gallery U. Vocational therapy is conducted in their back rooms using art as a medium.

Eligibility: Open to all current and retired social workers and art therapists (including students) who live or work in New Jersey.
Submission Guidelines: Artists are asked to submit 1 to 3 maximum digital images in JPEG format, of two-dimensional artworks to All medium accepted maximum size of 48” in length or width. All artworks must be for sale, be framed (or canvas wrapped),  wired for hanging (no saw-tooth hangers), and a retail price that includes a 50% commission paid to Gallery U on all sales. Label each jpg image file with artist’s name and artwork title (ie: Artist_title.jpg) and include a list of artwork submitted that provides the following information for each artwork: number, artist name, title, dimensions (HxW), medium, and price. Please include a brief bio that includes information on your practice and location and your art interest.

Exhibition Calendar, 2014
o Sunday, February 16- deadline for art submission to:
o Monday, February 17- judging and selection of artworks
o Wednesday, February 19-accepted artists notified
o February 20-March 1 (10 am to 6 pm) - Drop-off of artworks to gallery
o Thursday, March 6 (6 pm to 8 pm) - OPENING RECEPTION
o Saturday, March 8- (1-4 pm) Gallery workshop/lecture- SWART:Making a Mark. Artists are encouraged to participate in this public discussion on the benefits/connections of art and social work/therapy.
o Thursday, March 20- (7-9 p.m.) Poetry U- SWART edition
Saturday, March 22- (1-4 p.m.) Cultural Guardians: Social Work Advocacy for Art and Meaning in Culture lecture. Earn 3 free CEUs. Attendees must preregister. 
o Friday, April 1 (10am - 6 p.m.) removal of artwork from gallery
Robert P. Langdon is Gallery Manager and Curator at Gallery U in Westfield, NJ. He curates monthly group art exhibitions for Gallery U and also curates the monthly poetry reading series, Poetry U, at Gallery U. Robert has worked in the publishing field for the past 20 years and now enjoys working with the community through his work at Gallery U. He is also an exhibited photographer and published poet.
Lou Storey , MSW, LCSW, LCADC, has exhibited his artworks nationally as well as designed exhibitions in museums, galleries and public institutions and was the 2004 recipient of the American Association of Museums Excellence in Design award . Beyond private practice in Red Bank, NJ (Meaningful Therapy Center, LLC) his social work activities include NASW NJ elected CCNLI committee member, Adjunct Instructor in the School of Social Work at Monmouth University, Diplomate of Logotherapy from the Victor Frankl Institute, and 2009 recipient of Award of Recognition from the Monmouth County Mental Health Association.
Insurance and Handling- Great care will be taken with all work, but artists are responsible for insuring their own pieces if they wish. Gallery U will not be responsible for any loss or damage to work while on the premises or in transit to or from the gallery. Artists are advised to obtain their own insurance. Artwork remaining beyond April 30, 2014 will be donated.

Robert Langdon, Gallery Manager / Curator, Gallery U 439 South Ave W, Westfield, NJ 07090
(908) 232-1895

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