Call for Entry: Seeing Each Other: Portraits in Time and Place

August 27 –October 19, 2024

Exhibition Theme

We are seeking visual art interpretations on the theme of "portraiture", from realistic likenesses (including an artist’s self-portrait) to more conceptual interpretations and portrayals of an individual or group. Entries will be evaluated on professionalism of execution, inventiveness of concept and capture of subject’s uniqueness.

Deadline for all entries: Materials must be postmarked by Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Online submissions may be loaded until 11:59 p.m. on June 12.

Selection Process

Works will be selected by invitation and from a national call for entry by NIU Art Museum staff members and the museum’s Exhibition Advisory Committee.

Call for Entry Prospectus Information

About the NIU Art Museum

The exhibitions and programs of the NIU Art Museum are sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency; the Friends of the NIU Art Museum; the NIU Arts and Culture Fee; and the College of Visual and Performing Arts' season presenting sponsors Shaw and WNIU/WNIJ Northern Public Radio. Learn more about the NIU Art Museum.

Eligibility

The NIU Art Museum is currently accepting submissions in all media. This call is open to all artists in the United States 18 years of age or older. Two people must be able to handle and install the submitted artwork which must also fit through a single door (36” wide x 84” tall).

Entry Fee

The entry fee is $35. Checks made out to NIU in U.S. dollars or credit card by phone are the only forms of payment currently accepted. Submissions received without a fee will not be considered. Credit card payments must be made over the phone at 815-753-1936 and mailed payments must be postmarked by the application deadline announced in the call for entry. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Please do not e-mail, fax or leave credit card information in a voicemail as that is not a secure method of communication or payment.

Entry Formats and Required Materials

Online Submissions

  • Resume (1-2 pages)
    • Upload .doc or .pdf files with contact information
  • Upload images: Applicants may submit up to three works in any medium for consideration. You may include an additional two detail images of each work.
    • Upload 1-9 .jpg images
    • Format file names: LASTNAME_Title.jpg; LASTNAME_Title_Detail.jpg
    • File size 2500 px, 300 DPI
  • URL link to video hosting site of performance documentation, video or digital artwork.
  • Illustrated image list and artist statement
    • Upload .doc or .pdf files with thumbnail images
    • Title, dimensions, date, medium, additional artists in the case of collaboration and insurance values.
  • Include a 50-250 word artist statement about this body of work. Elements of this text will be displayed with your artwork.
  • Entry fee check (mailed separately) made out to NIU in U.S. dollars or credit card by phone at 815-753-1936.
    • Please have ready your entry number from your confirmation e-mail which you will receive after you make your online submission. Online payments are not accepted at this time.

Call For Entry Online Submission Form

Mailed Submissions

  • Resume (1-2 pages)
    • Typewritten with contact information
  • Flash Drive or CD must be labeled neatly with the artist's first and last name.
    • Submit 1-9 .jpg images
    • Format file names: LASTNAME_Title.jpg; LASTNAME_Title_Detail.jpg
    • File size 2500 px, 300 DPI
    • Applicants may submit up to three works in any medium for consideration. You may include an additional two detail images of each work.
  • DVD video footage of performance documentation, video or digital artwork. Must be labeled neatly with the artist's first and last name.
  • Illustrated image list and statement
    • Typewritten with thumbnail images
    • Title, dimensions, date, medium, additional artists in the case of collaboration, and insurance values.
    • Include a 50-250 word artist statement about this body of work. Elements of this text will be displayed with your artwork.
  • Entry fee
    • Enclosed check made out to NIU in U.S. dollars or credit card by phone at 815-753-1936.
  • Appropriately sized self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish your materials to be returned to you.
    • Mailing address for entries:
      Call for Entries – Seeing Each Other
      NIU Art Museum, Altgeld 116
      Northern Illinois University
      1425 W. Lincoln Highway
      DeKalb, IL 60115
Conditions of Acceptance

Artwork must arrive at the museum ready for exhibition. All accepted work must remain on display for the full duration of the exhibition: from Aug. 27 – Oct. 19, 2024. Please consider any potentially conflicting commitments with your work before making your selections for submission.

The NIU Art Museum reserves the right to maintain its established professional standards when selecting work for any exhibitions. To that end, the museum reserves the right to accept any number of applicants or none at all. The Museum reserves the right not to exhibit accepted work that differs significantly from images initially submitted. View examples of past exhibitions or visit the museum’s Flickr page.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Friday, July 12, 2024.

Shipping and Insurance

Artwork should arrive at the Art Museum by Friday, Aug. 2, 2024. Insured shipping to the Museum is the responsibility of the artist. The NIU Art Museum will provide insured return shipping after the exhibition via UPS 2nd day air unless other arrangements are agreed upon at notification of acceptance. Please be conscious of artwork package girth and standard UPS restrictions. Artwork must not require freight shipping.

Ship to:

NIU Art Museum
c/o Central Receiving
180 W. Stadium Dr.
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-0262

The NIU Art Museum provides fine art insurance for all artwork while on the museum premises and during return shipping.

Exhibition Calendar
Date Activity
June 12, 2024 Postmark deadline for mailed entries; upload deadline for online entries, 11:59 p.m.
July 12, 2024 Notification by phone or email
July 28 – Aug. 3, 2024 (by appointment) Drop off appointments for hand-delivered work
Aug. 2, 2024 Shipped work due at the NIU Art Museum
Aug. 27 Oct. 19, 2024 Exhibition dates 
Sept. 12, 2024 Public reception at 5-7 p.m.
Oct. 27 – Nov. 2, 2024 (by appointment) Pick up appointments for hand-delivered work
Nov. 8, 2024 Return of shipped artwork begins

Contact Us

NIU Art Museum
Altgeld Hall 116
815-753-1936
artmuseum@niu.edu

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Gallery Hours

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
Noon - 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday
Noon - 3 p.m. Saturday and by appointment for group tours.

Closed university holidays and between exhibitions.