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now . . .  Illume International Art Gallery announces an upcoming juried, collective exhibition entitled 'now'. It will premiere on our website on January 1, 2022 and remain online permanently (as long as Illume exists, not for eternity). Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2021. The world has gone through and is still going through a difficult and dangerous time since the pandemic spread across our planet. The idea for this exhibition is to chronicle the next 24 months or 2 years with art expressions. From what was happening 'now' on January 1, 2020 to what is happening 'now’ on any day until December 1, 2021. Whenever you create your artwork for the show will be your 'now' so do include the date of your artwork, month and year. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out to selected artists on December 21, 2021.

There is no particular theme — just what is 'now’ on any day for artists whether about personal, global, spiritual, political, love or romance during the pandemic, scientific, war and violence, protests, bigotry, immigrants, medical or pandemic related, etc. What will have changed, transformed, or be gone? What will be new, continuing, expected, or unknown? What will be feared or hoped for? What ultimate impact did the COVID-19 pandemic have on our world and on our lives?

However, the works submitted MUST be about something that has happened or was experienced by someone and/or somewhere in the world in these 2 years. There must be substance to the works that are submitted. Submitted artworks that do not adhere to the proposal and submission guidelines will not be accepted for consideration by our curators.

We may also start publishing books to document each of our group exhibitions. Selected artists have no obligation to purchase the book documenting the show they were in, but if they want to purchase the book from Blurb, they can do so whenever they choose. We do not need high resolution, print-ready images submitted for consideration. For submission purposes, all we need are jpeg images at 72dpi and 10 inches or 26 cm in height. Selected artists will be asked to send high resolution, print-ready images after December 21, 2021 when acceptance notifications are emailed out.

Copy the information below, fill it out, and send with
each artwork you submit.

Information about you and your artwork:
Your name

Title of artwork (all artworks in the show must have titles)

Dimensions of artwork

Media used in the artwork

Date of all artworks must be between January 1, 2020 and December 1, 2021
Date must include the month and year of creation

Country of residence

Required statement about what the artwork represents in 2020 and 2021
450 characters maximum

Website or webpage

Contact email

Exhibition Information and Dates:

1-10 artwork submissions allowed
Deadline for submissions: December 1, 2021
Acceptance emails sent out: December 21, 2021
Online exhibition premiere: January 1, 2022

Do NOT send us:
Photos of yourself
Your bios, CVs or résumes

Videos as art submissions

Send your art submissions to:

Curators: As always our group exhibitions are curated/juried by artists, usually 2 artists. "now" is being curated by Michael Berry of Australia but our second artist curator prefers to remain anonymous as most of our curators also have chosen.