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Call for Art

Undergraduate and Graduate Students who are currently in school or have completed school within the 2018/2019 academic year are invited to submit work for the SculptureX 2019 exhibition juried by artist Scott Hocking.   



This year’s symposium exhibition will focus on undergraduate and graduate level work that engage in the exploration and expansion of ideas surrounding materiality.  “Materiality” is a loaded term within the space of sculpture.  Historically, we’ve used it to specify our medium and media, but over the last six decades the field has expanded in such a way that the idea of materiality has been redefined and moved beyond the traditional boundaries of “medium”.


We seek artwork and expressions of constructed forms, actions and interactions that examine or reexamine any of the following conditions or states of material and materiality:  physical matter such as stone, metal, clay, glass, fiber, natural or human made objects; expanded media forms including immersive, performative, virtual, generative, environmental and/or social; as well as research-oriented models focused on informational and diagrammatic outcomes.

MATERIAL | IMMATERIAL will take place in a 6000 square foot  exhibition space on the 7th floor of the historic Secor Hotel building in downtown Toledo.    


Juror  & Curator


Detroit-based artist Scott Hocking will be selecting works to include MATERIAL/IMMATERIAL.  Brian Carpenter,  Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Toledo School of Art, will be curating and designing the exhibition. 


Undergraduate and Graduate Students who are currently enrolled or have just completed their course of study in an academic institution located in one of the following geographic areas are eligible to apply:







West Virginia

Western Pennsylvania (West of Harrisburg)

Western New York (West of Syracuse)

Ontario, Canada. 



Any size and medium of work (see above descriptor) will be considered including two-dimensional, three-dimensional works and installation.


All entries must be original. No giclees of canvas art, photographs reproduced on canvas (gallery wraps), copies of artworks, or reproductions will be accepted.

Up to 5 individual works of art with a total of 10 files may be entered.   3D works and installations must include multiple views and details within the 10  file limit.


Deadline to apply: JULY 8, 2019

Entry fee: $15



Entry Procedure

Go to CATOLEDO.ORG/sculpturex-submission 


  •  Have ready the following information:

    • Name, email, phone number

    • short bio/artist statement (optional)

    • List of artworks you are submitting with the following information

      • Artwork title

      • Year

      • media, materials

      • dimensions (please note weight of piece in your artist statement if it is more than 50 lbs.)


  •  Upload files: Minimum of 3 files, Max of 10

    •  For images  - please submit JPEGs only; 5 MB max

    • Label each image entry Lastname_Title’ or ‘Lastname_Title_detail’

    • For 3D works, please include at least one detail and/or alternate view per piece.



  •  Submit payment of $15

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Accepted Works

Entrants will be notified by July 25.

Accepted artwork should be ready to install with complete instructions for installation if necessary. Works with unusual or complex installation may require artist assistance during installation. All work must be shipped or hand-delivered to the exhibition location between August 1 and August 15.   


If shipped, include a UPS or Fed-Ex pre-paid return label in your package.  Instructions for pick-up and delivery will be sent upon acceptance.


Please note: Professional presentation of each piece is required. We reserve the right to reject any work not accurately represented in submission images, videos, etc.




1st Place: $500

2nd Place: $300

3rd Place: $200

Presentation Award: 

In addition to cash prizes, the top three selected winners and honorable mention awardees will be offered the opportunity to participate in the Lightening Round Presentations  on Day 2 of the Symposium ( Saturday, October 5th). 




  • Entries due:  July 8

  • Notifications to artist on or before:  July 25

  • Delivery of Artwork: Between August 1 and 15 (during gallery hours)

  • Exhibition Dates: September 6 – October 5

  • Closing Reception: 10/5/2019 6-9

  • Pick-up Artwork: 10/6/2019



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