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CALL FOR ENTRIES:   The Happiness Show

July 12 – August 26, 2023

CAVA's Summer Theme Exhibition at
Epiphany Center for the Arts
201 South Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607

Sometimes the smallest things
make us happy.

“…the little stone whose ‘coat of elemental brown a passing universe put on.’”
—Emily Dickinson
The smallest things can surprise and delight,
and fill us with wonder and joy. This exhibition asks CAVA artists to channeled their creative vision to counterbalance these challenging times, and address the question, “What does happiness mean to you today, in the here and now?“ We invite you to create work specifically for this exhibit with happiness in mind!
Happiness Show Juror:
Nancy VanKane
Interdisciplinary Artist and Educator

ONLINE entry deadline                                June 16, 11:59 p.m.

Notification of Jury Results                        June 21

Artwork Drop-Off                                         Thursday, July 6, 12:00 noon–3:00 p.m. 

Exhibition Opening                                      Wednesday, July 12

Artist's Reception                                        Friday, July 14, 6:00–9:00 p.m. 
Gallery Hours                                               Mondays–Saturdays, 4:00–10:00 p.m. (Closed Sundays)
ANNUAL LEARNING SYMPOSIUM            Saturday, August 26,
1:00–5:00 p.m.

Artwork Pick Up                                          Saturday, August 26, 12:00–1:00 p.m., and 4:30–5:30 p.m.
                                                                                (Before and after the LEARNING SYMPOSIUM)

NOTE: Artists are responsible for on-time delivery and pick-up of their art. Any artwork left beyond the pick-up date is subject to a $10 daily storage fee.

Accepted Media: Drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, collage, photography, ceramics, fiber art, and 3D objects/sculpture.

Entry Instructions:

This exhibit is open to artists 50 and over. You must also be a member of CAVA. 

ENTRY FEES:CAVA members may submit up to two works. Entry fee is $30.
Entry fees are not refundable, and acceptance
into the show is not guaranteed. 

Non-members may enter for $30, but must also pay CAVA's annual membership fee of $50.
Membership fee can be paid on our website JOIN page.

REQUIRED ARTIST STATEMENT:  Artists should submit through the Entrythingy online application a statement of up to 400 characters for each piece of work submitted, describing how the pieces fit the theme of The Happiness Show. When adding work in Entrythingy, use the DESCRIPTION field under the TITLE field to enter each statement. Statements will be displayed in the exhibition, accompanying the gallery tag. 

1. All work must meet professional presentation standards—art dropped off without wire, or that uses sawtooth hangers will be not be displayed. 

2. 2-D work must be framed or gallery wrapped, wired, and ready for wall mounting. No alligator or sawtooth  hangers will be permitted.

3. 2-D work must not exceed 40 inches in either direction, INCLUDING THE FRAME. 

4. 3-D work must be wired and ready for wall mounting or fit on sturdy, properly weighted pedestals. Epiphany has some pedestals available, but artists may also provide their own pedestals that fit the work.

5. Work may not have been shown in any previous CAVA art shows. 

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