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Alien Invasion: RAM Virtual Community Art Show

July 21, 2021 – January 22, 2022

Entry Deadline: Monday, June 28 at 4:00 pm

Alien is one of those English language words that has multiple meanings. Primary definitions include things that belong to a foreign country or nation; something unfamiliar or disturbing; plants or animals that were introduced to a new environment and naturalized; and beings from other worlds. In a contemporary context, with social and cultural concerns so present in conversation, the ideas associated with the word alien are especially layered and complex. The upcoming exhibition Alien Invasion: (Un)Familiar Forms in Contemporary Art, opening in July in RAM’s galleries, will feature objects and images from the museum’s collection that are both fantastical and familiar. The contemporary artists whose works are featured—many of whom use the natural world as inspiration—do not shy away from the over-sized, dramatic, or intriguing.

RAM and RAM’s Wustum Museum invite you to our second Virtual Community Art Show. Show us work that addresses the idea of organic invasion—invasive species, invasive plants, or invasive creatures. Using innovation, invention, originality, and imagination, craft work that explores the concept of intrusion, possibly with imaginary plants, animals, creatures from a wide varieties of materials, maybe even an alien or two. You could also examine other invasive entities like waste and garbage. Upload a high-resolution digital image of your work (specifications below) to participate in RAM’s second online exhibition with a community of artists that believe in the power of visual art as a creative expression.

Questions? Please contact RAM Curatorial Assistant Kendra Voelz at kvoelz@ramart.org or by calling 262.619.3541.

VIEW THE 2020 VIRTUAL COMMUNITY ART SHOW
Maggie Maggio
Grow III Neckpiece, 2014
Polymer
12 1/2 x 12 x 4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Maggie Maggio
Grow III (Neckpiece), 2014
Polymer
12 1/2 x 12 x 4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Entry Deadline: Monday, June 28 at 4:00 pm

Alien is one of those English language words that has multiple meanings. Primary definitions include things that belong to a foreign country or nation; something unfamiliar or disturbing; plants or animals that were introduced to a new environment and naturalized; and beings from other worlds. In a contemporary context, with social and cultural concerns so present in conversation, the ideas associated with the word alien are especially layered and complex. The upcoming exhibition Alien Invasion: (Un)Familiar Forms in Contemporary Art, opening in July in RAM’s galleries, will feature objects and images from the museum’s collection that are both fantastical and familiar. The contemporary artists whose works are featured—many of whom use the natural world as inspiration—do not shy away from the over-sized, dramatic, or intriguing.

RAM and RAM’s Wustum Museum invite you to our second Virtual Community Art Show. Show us work that addresses the idea of organic invasion—invasive species, invasive plants, or invasive creatures. Using innovation, invention, originality, and imagination, craft work that explores the concept of intrusion, possibly with imaginary plants, animals, creatures from a wide varieties of materials, maybe even an alien or two. You could also examine other invasive entities like waste and garbage. Upload a high-resolution digital image of your work (specifications below) to participate in RAM’s second online exhibition with a community of artists that believe in the power of visual art as a creative expression.

Questions? Please contact RAM Curatorial Assistant Kendra Voelz at kvoelz@ramart.org or by calling 262.619.3541.

VIEW THE 2020 VIRTUAL COMMUNITY ART SHOW

Entry Requirements
  • Entry is FREE, and open to artists of all ages.

  • ONE entry per artist.

  • All work submitted must have been made after January 1, 2019, and must not have been previously exhibited at RAM or RAM’s Wustum Museum or in other virtual exhibitions. However, virtual entries are not prohibited from being exhibited onsite at RAM and/or RAM’s Wustum Museum in other future exhibitions.

  • All virtual entries must be represented with clear, high-quality images. See below for size and resolution requirements. If an image does not meet these quality standards, it will not be included in the exhibition.

Image Size Requirements
  • Your entry may be either two- or three-dimensional, and there is no physical size limitation.

  • The image of your work must be at least 1800 pixels on the longest side and have a resolution of 72 dpi, with a maximum file size of 1 MB.

    Need help reducing the file size of your image? Compressor.io is a free online service that compresses images with no noticeable loss in quality.

Selection Process

Entry is limited to the first 200 submissions. RAM received 103 entries to the 2020 Virtual Community Art Show, so the museum does not foresee this limit being reached.

Final selections will be at the discretion of RAM staff. While this is a non-juried community exhibition, RAM reserves the right to remove any works deemed inappropriate for display.

Media

Any medium may be used—clay, wood, paper, metal, wax, paint, textile, photography, printmaking, collage, assemblage, etc.

Identifying Your Work

Include all the requested information in the online entry form, including Artist Name, Title, Year, Media, and Value.

Valuation of Submitted Work

Please provide an insurance value for your work for internal museum reference only.

Don’t Forget to Vote!

The three artists whose artwork is voted as Audience Favorites throughout the run of the online exhibition will receive gift certificates for free studio art classes. Winners will be announced at the end of the show.

Entry Upload Form

Entry opens Thursday, April 15 and closes at 4:00 pm on Monday, June 28.
Please note: The file selector below will display a horizontal preview of your selected image before upload, which may crop vertical-oriented images. Your image will still upload at full-size and will not be cropped upon submission.

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