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Contemporary Abstraction
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Entry Deadline: 9/15/22
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Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $17.00
Media Fee(Media Fee): $3.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 3
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 3
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: Missouri
Event Dates: 10/7/22 - 11/23/22
Jury Dates: 9/16/22 - 9/17/22

There are some people who will tell you that abstract art and contemporary art are the same thing. Though the terms are often used interchangeably, their meanings do differ. As our shows have shown that contemporary art is a classification of art. The classification of abstract art is not particular to any one period and that is the essential difference.  Rather than describing a specific art movement, the phrase ‘abstract art’ is a very broad umbrella term encompassing a huge range of styles and approaches. Because abstraction first appeared in the early 20th century, the term is usually applied to modern and contemporary art made during and after this time, including the art of today. Modern art refers to the beginning of Impressionist period that happened around 1870 and were not always abstract. Thus the use of modern art to describe abstract art is a fallacy. Ultimately, the evolution of abstract art—like the evolution of modern art more broadly—has been a series of responses to the experience of life in the 20th and 21st centuries

  The contemporary art genre finds a vast amount of quality abstract art being made today, and the best of it is every bit as good as the best abstract art of the past. The formal qualities of an abstract painting or sculpture are significant not in the aesthetics sense but as part of the work’s message or overall meaning. Artists work by reviving and transforming archetypes from the unconscious of modern culture. Therefore, the most useful questions to ask about contemporary abstract painting or sculpture are: What themes and forms does it retrieve from the tradition of modern art? How have they been changed? And how has the artist used them to express the social, political, and spiritual experience of our own time?


Open to all applicants and mediums, work is to be for sale and must be in a finished state, i.e., framed, ready to hang

Open to any and all works of abstract nature that fits within the contemporary art world.