1628 Ltd Call to Artists – Summer 2022 Art Exhibit


Open Call: January 31st – February 18th, 2022

Exhibition Dates: May 23rd – August 12th, 2022

Deadline: February 18th, 2022 at 11:59 PM

“Abstract art” is an extensive term that sprawls throughout the archives of art history. It has a deeply rooted history across the world, and as centuries pass, we are still drawn to the unseen and the imagined. It spans all art forms and can be interpreted endlessly by each person that views the work. 

There is no unchangeable formula to abstraction. Expressionism and even geometric abstraction provide radical freedom from principle, and in doing abstract work, artists are in a sort of conversation with the surface. Rituals and processes are created by the artist, not solely by the rules of the past. Color and shape are essential—they guide our eye, are loaded with meaning, and unlock the emotions of each image. Bold hues catch our attention while subtle tones provide a sense of peace, drawing each person deeper into the artist’s narrative.

Not Quite Seen is an exhibition about freedom from strict methods. It is an exploration of form, color, and emotion created individually by each artist and interpreted uniquely by each viewer. Above all, it presents new ways of looking at the world and within ourselves. 

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. We understand that “abstract” is a broad term that encompasses many styles and mediums, therefore, acceptable works can include minimal figurative/representational elements but must be predominantly abstract.

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, February 18th, 2022 at 11:59 PM. The final decisions of the art to be featured will be decided by Friday, March 18th, 2022. 

Please submit artwork at the following link: https://1628ltd.typeform.com/to/AMiK9xW7 

Important Dates

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, 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: Saturday, June 4th, 2022

Artist Submissions & Referrals

Click Here to Apply.

The deadline to apply is February 18th, 11:59 PM.

Final decisions will be made and communicated by our curation team by March 18th. We are looking forward to reviewing your submissions. 

Feel free to email Katherine Donaghy, 1628 Art Curator, at art@tamaras.wpenginepowered.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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