1628 Ltd Call to Artists – Fall 2022 Art Exhibit

Open Call: May 23rd – June 10th, 2022

Exhibition Dates: August 22nd – November 4th, 2022

Deadline: June 10th, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Deeply Rooted, Deeply Held: An Exploration of the Natural World

Nature can be many different things. It is the environment around us, the ecosystem sustaining us, and the instincts woven into our very being. Nature can help create a culture, a cuisine, a religion; but in its fullness, it is also full of contradictions. It creates in the same breath that it breaks down. It inspires awe as it does fear. It is the deepest ocean in the same way it is the farthest star. Our relationship with it is similarly complex. It is key to our survival, yet we destroy it. It fosters our wellbeing, yet we isolate ourselves from it. It is untamable, yet we still try to contain it. Somehow all of these things can be true.

And somehow, the art created in its name can address all of these things. From the Hudson River School capturing the sublime beauty of untouched America, to the Land Artists creating ever-changing works from mud, stone, and grass, nature has been the subject and the tools of artists since the dawn of time. Whether realistic or heavily stylized, representational or abstract, artists have always been attracted to depicting nature and their own personal or cultural relationship with it. 

Deeply Rooted, Deeply Held speaks to the continuation of this millennia long dance between artists and the world they find themselves in. It explores our extraordinary planet and our connection to it – the emotions it inspires, the comfort (or danger) it brings – and urges us to appreciate and protect it, to closely hold what has been rooted within us for so long. 

1628 Ltd. is accepting all mediums: painting/drawing, photography, printmaking, mixed media, 3D works, etc. Work is not required to be representational so long as it visually or conceptually relates to nature. 

Experienced and emerging artists are both encouraged to participate. We recommend that artwork be minimally 11” x 14” to be considered for this show. However, if your work does not fit the minimum size yet still works with the theme, please feel free to apply.

If you are interested in seeing the space virtually before applying to the exhibition, please refer to this 1628 blog post. Here you will find a virtual tour of our most recently scanned exhibition, Queen City Visual Narrative

The deadline to submit for the exhibition is Friday, June 10th, 2022 at 11:59 PM. The final decisions of the art to be featured will be decided by Friday, July 8th, 2022. 

Please submit artwork at the following link: https://1628ltd.typeform.com/to/g29z8fwF 

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: Friday, June 10th, 2022 at 11:59 PM
  • Notification of Acceptance:​  Friday, July 8th, 2022
  • Artwork Drop-Off: Saturday, August 20th, 2022 at 10 AM – 12 PM
  • Public Opening: Thursday, August 25th, 2022
  • Art Pick-Up:​ Saturday, November 5th, 2022 at 10 AM – 12 PM
  • Show Duration: August 22nd – November 4th, 2022

Other Important Show Information:

Address: 11 Garfield Pl. Cincinnati, OH 45202\

Medium: 1628 Ltd. is accepting all mediums: painting/drawing, photography, mixed media, print-making, 3D works, etc.

Scale: Our gallery has multiple large walls that would be ideal for larger art installations. Submissions of large-format works or collections are encouraged. Generally, individual works submitted need to be minimally 11” x 14” for consideration. 

Eligibility: Established and emerging artists are encouraged to apply with up to 4 works per artist. Works should promote productivity and inspiration for our members, be appropriate for a professional workplace setting, be sturdy, durable, and ready to hang upon delivery (artwork should be ready to be hung with the appropriate hardware). 

Entry fee: There is no entry fee for submissions.

Artist Commission: 1628 Ltd. is committed to supporting the local art community. Artists will receive 75% of the retail sale price while the remaining 25% commission is retained by 1628 Ltd. All pricing of exhibited artwork will be determined by the artist and published in the exhibition catalog.

Liability: 1628 Ltd. will ensure all work up to the listed retail price, and provides a secure facility that is not open to the general public. Professional installation and de-installation are provided. 

Photography rights: Copyright and reproduction rights are reserved by the artist. 1628 Ltd. reserves permission to use images of the works for marketing and record-keeping purposes. 

Public Opening: August 25, 2022

Artist Submissions & Referrals

Click Here to Apply.

The deadline to apply is June 10th, 11:59 PM.

Final decisions will be made and communicated by our curation team by July 8th. We are looking forward to reviewing your submissions. 

Feel free to email Sarah Cushing, 1628 Art Curator, at art@1628ltd.com with any questions regarding the exhibition.

About 1628 Ltd.

1628 Ltd., a coworking space located in downtown Cincinnati’s Central Business District, offers communal coworking, office leases, and private event and meeting spaces for the modern professional.  The refined workspace environment combines the thoughtfully designed setting of a boutique hotel with a highly effective office. 1628 Ltd. members have access to concierge services, professional networks, group health care, and a number of other amenities that enable productivity. We believe where you work should work for you. 1628 Ltd. is a women-owned business. Click here to visit our website.

Location: 11 Garfield Place, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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