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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, to be shown virtually.

The theme for the show is “Ethics in the Age of Coronavirus” Works should explore how we should live during COVID-19, focusing on the role that art plays in our lives and its impact on how we see the world during a global pandemic. When social distancing, self-isolation, and stay-at-home directives are in place, what meaning does community hold and what new forms does it take?

Because work will be displayed in an online gallery, only submissions that can be reproduced virtually without degradation will be considered. These include:
• Digital photographs or manipulations
• Video
• Digital illustrations

Work submitted by graduate/professional students will be judged separately from undergraduate submissions, with a panel of experts in ethics and aesthetics awarding First ($500), Second ($300), and Third ($100) Prizes in each category.

The submission deadline has been extended to 11:59pm (EDT), May 2, 2020.

    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 May 2, 2020.
    • 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 none of their members exceed two submissions.
    • Artwork may be in any two-dimensional format that can be digitally reproduced without degradation, including the following:

    • Digital photographs or manipulations
    • Digital illustrations
    • Video (not to exceed 10 minutes in length)
  • Still work should be submitted as a jpeg file, with a 5 megapixel (2560 x 1920px) minimum resolution, in sRGB
  • 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 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.
  • Selected pieces will be displayed in a virtual art gallery beginning in May.