By Jonathan Rutter and Mark Elton
TAP Community Contributors
”Art Ghoullery IV: The Fantastic & Frightening” is the fourth iteration of an annual exhibition dedicated to the scariest of holidays. It brings frightening fringe art back to The Rourke with the assistance of fantastic artists – both local and remote. The interpretation of the theme ranges from cute to creepy, while the diversity of visual language on display creates a macabre melody sure to delight both the sinister and silly. This year, entries are encouraged to embrace the more frightening aspects of fantasy, fairy tales, and folklore.
As an artist, you are cordially invited to submit up to three pieces of art to Art Ghoullery IV: The Fantastic & Frightening, which will take place from October 1 until November 7.
Art Ghoullery IV: The Fantastic & Frightening is meant as an exploration of the question “What myths and monsters come to life from folklore and fairytales?” Artists are encouraged to submit pieces that reflect upon their own real or imaginary experiences with scary stories and All Hallow’s Eve.
Pieces can be creepy, kooky, mysterious, or spooky, but are encouraged to remain PG13 or under and retain some semblance of whimsy.
The Art Ghoullery will be on display from Friday 1 October through Sunday 7 November 2021. A Masquerade Reception will be held at the Rourke Art Gallery + Museum on Friday 29 October where we shall announce the winners of the Juror’s Choice and Audience Choice awards.
This is a juried show. Artists are required to submit their entries by Monday 6 September and will be notified of acceptance by Friday 10 September. Images of the artwork submitted must be in JPG/JPEG format and no larger than 3MB.
Fill out the entry form at TheRourke.org/artghoulleryform.html to qualify for the juried selection process. To be included in The Art Ghoullery, your accepted piece(s) must arrive at The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum on, or before, Sunday 26 September. By submitting the Entry Form, you acknowledge and consent to all conditions and guidelines set forth in this Call for Artists. If your art is accepted, it must arrive on, or before, Sunday 26 September with a printed copy of your submission confirmation email. Your submission will not be accepted if the form submission and artwork do not arrive by their respective deadlines.
Your artwork may be in any media. We prefer that no object exceed 36” in any of its dimensions. If your piece must be larger, please contact the Rourke Art Gallery + Museum about the availability of space within the exhibition. All entries are for sale. The gallery commission (40%) must be included when you list the price of your art. If you are exclusively represented by another gallery, please inform the Rourke of any special arrangements with which the Museum must comply.
All art must arrive ready for installation. Two-dimensional art must arrive ready to hang.
Works on paper must be protected under glass or Plexiglas. All wooden picture frames, canvas stretcher bars, or panel supports must accept eye screws. Metal picture frames must include adjustable hanging hardware. Be aware: We reserve the right to refuse artwork which is in poor condition, which is poorly framed, or which we deem otherwise unacceptable for installation.
Your artwork must arrive on or before Sunday 26 September.
Send your art to:
The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum
521 Main Avenue
Moorhead, MN 56560
Artists are responsible for shipping costs to and from the Museum. For hand-delivered works, we ask that you schedule a half-hour delivery window between your notification of acceptance and end of business on Sunday 26 September by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delivery hours run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays – Fridays.
After the end of the exhibition, unsold artwork will be available for pick-up by scheduling a half-hour window during the hours of 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 November and by special appointment thereafter. Artists will be invoiced for return shipment unless shipping is prepaid with a return carrier. Artwork which is not claimed prior to Friday 31 December 2021 (or which has not been designated to remain on consignment by both the Museum and the artist) will be accepted as an unrestricted donation to The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum.
Jonathan Rutter is the Executive Director and Curator at The Rourke Art Gallery and Museum in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Mark Elton is a Creative Solution Consultant/Multimedia Artist and Rourke Guest Curator and Artist.
The Rourke Art Museum and Gallery is a proud TAP Partner Organization.