Impossible Sites // Artist Relief Award

Impossible Sites // Artist Relief Award

This Deadline Expired: Friday, June 5, 2020

Impossible Sites invites American artists to submit sketches or renderings of impossible site-specific artworks for a cash award and inclusion in an online zine. This open call is intended to support artists living and working in the United States who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

While the pandemic has created many new limitations to daily life, this award asks artists to turn inward through exploring the creative space of ideas for nonviable (site-specific) artworks. Throughout our past, artists have often veered towards the imaginary or nonsensical during extreme times. This project endeavors to encourage dreaming of unfeasible or impractical possibilities as a way to open the door to bold ideas and new visions of our world. Impossible Sites provides an opportunity for artists to experiment, imagine, and create, as well as viewers a chance to experience art during an extreme time of social isolation.

They are seeking sketches or renderings that depict an impossible artwork situated within a real, existing location (i.e. the Moon, the Grand Canyon, a grocery store). The artwork can be deemed impossible for any number of reasons identified by the artist. For example, the artwork could be impossible due to gravity or other natural phenomenon, cost, scale, materials, timeframe, etc. The site or location the artwork is depicted within must somehow physically exist in reality at the current moment. Any medium is acceptable including drawing, video, performance, animation, painting, collage, digital, photography, etc. The awarded sketch submissions will be received and disseminated digitally, as well as included in an online zine.

Black Cube will award 5 artists $650 each for selected sketch submissions. Submissions are reviewed and selected by Black Cube’s Chief Curator.

Guidelines
+ no submission fee
+ artist must be based in the United States
+ the site must physically exist in 2020
+ any medium format is acceptable  
+ must be a new, original artwork  
+ only 1 submission per artist  
+ 2d submissions must be a high resolution JPG or PNG (1 MB min, 300 dpi)
+ video submissions must be no longer than 5 minutes
+ awarded work will be disseminated digitally through Black Cube’s social media platforms and included in an online zine

Deadline: Friday, June 5, 11:59 p.m.

Learn more here

submission form

Donna Backues

Donna Backues graduated with an MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She employs drawing, mix media as works on…

Donna Backues graduated with an MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She employs drawing, mix media as works on paper and works on board. She creates imagined, spiritual, abstract landscapes,…

Donna Backues graduated with an MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She employs drawing, mix media as works on paper and works on board. She creates imagined, spiritual, abstract landscapes, aerialscapes, and…

Leah Macdonald

Leah Macdonald's diversity and experience in the realms of photography, encaustic painting and mixed media continue…

Leah Macdonald's diversity and experience in the realms of photography, encaustic painting and mixed media continue to merge and compliment one another.…

Leah Macdonald's diversity and experience in the realms of photography, encaustic painting and mixed media continue to merge and compliment one another.…

Nancy Agati
Gina Michaels

Gina Michaels explores the structural and emotional relationship between humans and plants.…

Gina Michaels explores the structural and emotional relationship between humans and plants.…

Gina Michaels explores the structural and emotional relationship between humans and plants.…

Richard W. Gretzinger

Ever since I could remember I was always attracted to people and places, but I was not always good with words or finding…

Ever since I could remember I was always attracted to people and places, but I was not always good with words or finding connection. Photography was my way of fitting in--my way to communicate the beauty…

Ever since I could remember I was always attracted to people and places, but I was not always good with words or finding connection. Photography was my way of fitting in--my way to communicate the beauty I see around me.…

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