Open Call: May 17th – May 31st, 2023

Exhibition Dates: August 28 – November 16th, 2023

Deadline: May 31st, 2023 at 11:59 PM

Stillness in Motion: Still Life Art and its Reflection on Human Existence

Still Life art is a captivating genre that invites viewers to appreciate the beauty and significance of ordinary objects carefully arranged and captured in a static composition. Stillness in Motion is an exhibition that seeks to showcase the beauty, diversity, and complexity of still life art throughout history to modern day representation. This show allows artists to speak through inanimate objects using their specific style and choice of symbolism. This act of artistic creation invites viewers to appreciate the quiet beauty of everyday objects and the stories they tell, providing a space for introspection, contemplation, and connection. 

The relationship we hold with our everyday devices hold a multitude of layers. Our inanimate objects hold memories, experiences, and emotions. A still life can stand in the simplest form of celebrating our everyday material goods. A still life can also tell a story of a timeless testament to our shared or personal experiences as mortal beings. Our lives are fast paced and constantly in motion, and at times hard to conceptualize. When we allow ourselves to take a moment and experience hush, we may find it easier to process life as we know it. Stillness in Motion is intended to evoke that same feeling, transforming our perception of the world around us.

Stillness in Motion will give the spotlight to artists from the greater Cincinnati, Ohio region. The goal of the pieces showcased in this exhibition is to reflect timeless aspects of everyday life. Each work carries a unique message intended to evoke familiar and/or new emotions and memories. With every wall of this exhibition offering up classic and modern still-life art, it will be easy for patrons to find something new that will leave them feeling inspired.

1628 Ltd. is accepting all mediums: painting/drawing, photography, mixed media, 3D works, etc. Experienced and emerging artists are encouraged to participate. We recommended 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 link. Here you will find a virtual tour of our space with a previous exhibition. 

The deadline to submit for the exhibition is Wednesday, May 31st, 2023 at 11:59 PM. The final decisions of the art to be featured will be decided by Wednesday, June 14th, 2023. 

Please submit artwork at the following link:

We are proud to have an extensive artist network, and we hope to create an interesting and varied list of artwork to show. We would greatly appreciate any contacts you could send our way. 

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: Wednesday, May 31st, 2023 at 11:59 PM
  • Notification of Acceptance:​  Wednesday, June 14th, 2023
  • Artwork Drop-Off: Saturday, August 26th, 2023 at 10 AM – 12 PM
  • Public Opening: Thursday, September 7th, 2023, 6-8PM
  • Art Pick-Up:​ Saturday, November 18th, 2023 at 10 AM – 12 PM
  • Show Duration: August 28th – November 16th, 2023

Other Important Show Information:

Address: 11 Garfield Pl. Cincinnati, OH 45202

Medium: 1628 Ltd. is accepting all mediums: painting/drawing, photography, mixed media, 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, and 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: Thursday, September 7th, 2023

Artist Submissions & Referrals

Click Here to Apply!

The deadline to apply is May 31st, 11:59 PM.

Final decisions will be made and communicated by our curation team by June 14th. We are looking forward to reviewing your submissions.

Feel free to email Fiona Schade, 1628 Art Curator, at with any questions regarding the exhibition.