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What Is Good Art? Call for proposals

The Kenan Institute for Ethics invites students from across Duke to submit artwork for What Is Good Art?–an exhibit on ethics and art that will be held at the Keohane-Kenan Gallery on the first floor of the West Duke Building on East Campus.

The theme for the show is “The New Normal: The Effects of Coronavirus”. Works should explore the impacts of Coronavirus, focusing on the role that art plays in our lives as we continue to battle the global pandemic one and a half years later. From minor changes in our everyday routine, to larger structural and systemic changes, how has our society transformed and what modifications may remain long after the pandemic is over?

Artwork may be in any two or three-dimensional format, including the following:

  • Painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor)
  • Drawing (pastel, pencil, charcoal)
  • Textiles
  • Short Film/ Video
  • Photography
  • Mixed media
  • Digital photographs, illustration or manipulations

Work submitted by graduate/professional students will be judged separately from undergraduate submissions. The panel-designated winners will be unveiled at the Gallery opening event, to be held on November 5th, 2021. The First Prize entry will receive $500; $300 and $100 will be awarded for Second Prize and Third Prize, respectively. One additional “People’s Choice” prize will be awarded, to be based upon the votes of event attendees and will also receive a $100 prize.

THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 8th, 2021!

The competition is open to all currently-enrolled Duke undergraduate and graduate students.

  • All submissions must be submitted via the submission form on the Kenan Institute for Ethics’ website by 11:59:59 pm EDT on October 8th, 2021.
  • All submissions must be original artwork created by the artist(s) indicated on the submission form.
  • Each individual artist may submit up to two (2) pieces for consideration.
  • Groups may submit single works, provided none of their members exceed two submissions.
  • Artwork may be in any two or three-dimensional format, including the following:
    • Painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor)
    • Drawing (pastel, pencil, charcoal)
    • Textiles
    • Mixed media
    • Digital photographs, illustration or manipulations
      • Digital still work should be submitted as a jpeg file, with a 5 megapixel (2560 x 1920px) minimum resolution, in sRGB
    • Short Film/Video (not to exceed 10 minutes in length)
      • Video work should be submitted as an mp4 file, with a minimum resolution of 720p
  • Artists should include a 1-3 paragraph explanation of the work as part of the submission form. The judging panel will use this statement when evaluating the piece. If the piece is selected, the statement will be mounted alongside the work.
  • A panel of faculty and staff will judge submissions based on effectiveness in fusing interesting ethical ideas and artistic expression.
  • Works chosen as finalists must be available for display by November 1st, 2021. For photographs, artists may either provide printed enlargements for mounting, or the Kenan Institute for Ethics will arrange for enlargements to be made. Photographic enlargements paid for by the Kenan Institute for Ethics will be the property of the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Please contact Jose Ortega (ortega@duke.edu) for details.
  • Selected pieces will be displayed in the Keohane-Kenan Art Gallery until December 6th, 2021.
  • Students must make arrangements to claim their work by December 13, 2021. Please contact Jose Ortega (ortega@duke.edu) for details.