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Unconventional: A National Exhibition Highlighting the use of Unusual Materials and Found Objects in Art


Description: Unconventional is a national juried exhibition that features use of Unusual Materials and Found Objects in Art. This exhibition is open to all work that involves the incorporation of materials and techniques out of the traditional realm of art mediums, and standards. Work can include traditional aspects, but work in this exhibition should exhibit significant unconventional materials and methods in process and medium. Some examples (but not limited to) are recycled materials, coffee, ‘trash,’ spray paint, fiber, metals, plant materials, etc. Work may be 2D or 3D. If you are not sure if your work would qualify for this exhibition, please email the gallery manager, Amanda Bradley, at  This exhibition is open to all artists living in the United States. Juror TBA and will be co-curated by d’Art Center Staff and the juror. The d’Art Center is Norfolk’s thirty-year-old art center and includes working professional artist studios and provides a wide variety of exhibitions and programming open to the public. The d’Art Center is located in the NEON district of Norfolk. This exhibition reception will fall on the opening night of the 5th annual NEON Festival, a district wide arts festival in Norfolk, Virginia. 

Exhibition dates:   Thursday, October 17th - Saturday, November 16th     2019
Reception:             Thursday, October 17th 2019, 5:30-7:30pm
Call Open:              Friday, August 16th 2019 - Sunday, September 15th 2019
Notifications (by email):         By 5pm Monday, September 30th, 2019 
Accepted works arrive by:      Thursday, October 10th, 2019
Submission fee:                      $35.00 for up to 3 works  

1st Place:            $500.00
2nd Place:            $300.00
3rd Place:            $150.00