2021 VCUarts Undergraduate Juried Exhibition CALL

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS – You don’t want to miss this!


Submission Period: 9/15 – 9/24

Exhibition: 11/11 – 12/9

The Anderson and VCUarts are excited to announce the 2021 VCUarts Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, November 11 – December 9, juried by Jennie Goldstein (Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC).

The Undergraduate Juried Exhibition is open to undergraduate students from all VCUarts Departments, working in any media or discipline – or combination thereof! In a break from recent years, the Fall 2021 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition WILL NOT feature a thematic call. Rather, students will self-select and submit their strongest work for the juror’s consideration. While there is no specified theme, works that thoughtfully engage important aesthetic, social, formal and critical issues in contemporary artistic practice are encouraged.

The Call:
There is no thematic call. Students are encouraged to submit their ‘strongest’ work.

About the Juror:
Jennie Goldstein is an Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Most recently she co-curated Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019, which is on view until February 2022. Other exhibitions include Christine Sun Kim: Too Much Future (2018) and An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney Museum, 1940 – 2017 (2017-2018). 

While the Anderson will serve as the primary hub of the exhibition, off-site, online, and alternative venue projects are encouraged. In such cases, students may be called upon to assist in securing the locations and permissions required to carry out their project. And remember that, in addition to traditional gallery space, the Anderson has an array of exterior and non-traditional interior spaces that can be made available on a case by case basis.

Submission Guidelines:
-Submit up to 3 works. (full instructions on supported file formats are provided on the submission form)
-Submit a resume or CV.
-Submit an artist statement, up to 250 words, that will help the juror appreciate the meaning(s), material techniques, concepts and/or context of your work.

Shipping Work:
While we expect that work will be dropped off in most cases, we understand that students studying remotely may need to ship their work for inclusion in the show. Shipping of works will be addressed on a case-by-case basis following the jurying process. While we anticipate that some funds will be available, we are not yet clear on a shipping budget for the exhibition and whether shipping costs could be covered in all cases. With that in mind, students will want to be thoughtful in considering potential shipping costs when choosing works to submit.

Exhibition Timeline:
9/15 – Submission period opens
9/24 – Submission period closes
10/22 – Selected artists notified
11/11 – Juror lecture, Juror awards announced, & Opening Reception of Exhibition
12/09 – Closing Day of Exhibition

Juror Awards:
A number of scholarship awards including the Dean’s Award, Juror, and department-specific recognitions will be given out. A detailed list of awards will be made available in the coming weeks.

For detailed timeline and instructions please visit the submission form:

Questions can be directed to: theanderson@vcu.edu.

About the Anderson:
Formerly known as the Anderson Gallery, the Anderson reopened its doors in 2016 as VCUarts’s student-centric exhibition facility. Focusing on creative engagement and discovery, the Anderson is a laboratory where students can experiment with conceptual and practical strategies of art making and display.