Beyond 2020 Vision – Open Call: Submissions Due May 10th, 2021
In 2020, the ever-present injustices of our world were revealed in powerful and compelling ways. How can you create lasting change? How has your imagination been activated to new possibilities? What do you want to remember about this moment in history?
What does the view look like from your window?
Kiosk is seeking submissions of artist-made postcards, mail art, and writings for a rolling open call. Deadline: submissions must be postmarked by May 10th, 2021.
We will add submissions to the gallery walls as they come in (after a brief quarantine). A selection of works including all participating artist will be on view during open hours and by appointment as safety permits – check our website for up to date info on closures and social distancing requirements.
Two guest-curators, A. Andresia and marcus scott williams, will each select highlights from the submissions to display as groupings on the walls of the gallery, and to share on Instagram. Andresia and williams will also share their own creative responses to their experiences of 2020 and the work they reviewed. Watch for those interactions this spring!
After the show, we will be looking for opportunities for this archive to go to an institution that can maintain it long term as a primary source for what artists were thinking at this moment.
If you need assistance with materials, we can send you a packet of blank postcards and stamps to get you started – please contact us with your address and we’ll put it in the mail right away!
Requirements: Work should be two-dimensional (flat), and a maximum of 8.5 x 11 inches (one side). All media will be accepted, but must be able to go through the mail (using an envelope is fine). Multiple works may be submitted. Any kind of imagery or text will be accepted, but we reserve the right to use our discretion so as not to display works that are racist or include hate speech.
Front of work: Put your images, or any writing you want displayed, on the front of the work, as that is the side we’ll display and post.
Back of work: On the back, include your name, and your instagram handle if you’d like to be tagged. If you’re sending postcards and would like to include your return address in case of postage issues, we’ll block out your return address with tape to maintain your privacy.
1600 Genessee St, Suite 133
Kansas City, MO
Submissions will not be returned, but will be archived in our back room after the show, available for viewing upon request, until the archive moves to a more permanent home. Submissions will be scanned, and may be shared on our website or on instagram – if you do not want your work published online, please write “do not publish” on the back of your work.
This exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Art Where You’re At: Socially Distant Art Projects.
About the guest curators:
A. Andresia is a Florida-based artist who explores conditions of racial, cultural and gender identity through questions of communication. She received her BFA from the Painting Department of the Kansas City Art Institute in 2015. Allowing curiosity to lead, Andresia’s pursuit of learning and understanding knows no material bound. Her studio practice requires mental flexibility and skill as she moves from a white walled room to a kitchen to a laptop to speakers and beyond. Andresia utilizes visual and auditory tension and release to engage the viewer in a response to what W. E. B. Du Bois calls ‘double consciousness.’ Presenting the inaccessible as a modern-day trickster to distract the viewer with beauty from grotesque realities mirrors everyday life as a black woman in a white society. Light, texture and sound illustrate internal and external pressures of existence as the ‘other.’ These unobtrusive narratives reveal contemporary social conditions.
photo courtesy of the artist.
marcus scott williams is a writer and artist from Kansas City Missouri living in New York City. his works include “Sparse Black Whimsy: A Memoir” (2fast2house 2017) and “damn near might still be is what it is” (Noemi 2022). Collaborations with both haul and HOUSING galleries, as well as work appearing in the Black Warrior Review, will also slide through 2021. he loves and appreciates you.
It’s not too late to send in your mail art for williams to review, just have your work at the gallery no later than May 10th! Visit the link in our bio to see details for the call.
photo credit: Kassanda Pinero