Call for Art!
Submission Dates: June 11 through June 25, 2023
On View: June 28 through July 23, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 8 (5-8:00pm)
Aha! Night: Thursday, July 13 (5-8:00pm)
Gallery X transforms into Galaxy X in honor of the 76th anniversary of the UFO crash in Roswell, NM, July 7 1947.
Do you believe in aliens, have a groove for far flung galaxies, have a passion for planets? All artists are encouraged to submit artwork with the theme of all things Out of this World. Interpret the theme as you see fit and submit your artwork by June, 25, 2023
Gallery X celebrates all the possibilities of art making. We look forward to seeing your inner or outer planetary works ready to be hung. *Artists are strongly encouraged to submit images as part of a series or a portion of a portfolio (up to five images) in any medium. Create a narrative through photographs, drawings, print making, etc.
Humans have been fascinated with the unknown of space for centuries. On July 7th, 1947, an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) crashed landed in the desert outside Roswell, New Mexico. The era of the flying saucer was launched as interplanetary beings became part of the popular culture. For some it was evidence of intelligent life from another planet, for others a giant hoax. However, it has sparked the imagination of generations of folks to make art while pondering their place in the universe.
Perhaps there has existed evidence throughout the ages. Recently, the US government released sealed documents and footage of long denied evidence of UFO encounters. Scholars speculate the appearance of angels in religious texts and images may have been a human interpretation of alien encounters. Was it the angel Moroni or an alien who appeared to John Smith guiding him to find the plates that would become the source material for the Book of Mormon?
Aboriginal artwork is filled with captivating depictions of figures and symbols that have been decephered in many ways. Some have interpreted these humanoid figures as representing visits from alien life forms, offering a unique interpretation of the traditional artwork. In the painting by Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494) The Madonna with Saint Giovannino, there seems to be what modern-day believers identify as a UFO craft in the sky. The object has a disk shape with a halo around it and two small figures standing on top. The painting is believed to have been created in the late 15th century, and the presence of the mysterious object has raised questions about its origin. Many believe it’s an early depiction of an alien encounter. While the meaning of the image remains unknown, its presence has raised interest in the possibility of intergalactic contact. Is there truth to these interpretations? It’s interesting to speculate.
Explore the mysteries of the cosmos at Gallery X this July! From the X-Files to the Final Frontier, uncover the secrets of the universe with a special exhibition featuring artwork inspired by the wonders of outer space.
About the curator
David Walega is a member of Gallery X, an established designer, photojournalist and fine artist. As a contributing photographer, his work has been published in publications worldwide documenting social justice and international projects for UNICEF and Human Rights Watch among others.
This is a non-juried show, all artists and media are welcome.
In-Person Submission Guidelines and Info
• Submission Fees (for non-members): $15 for the first piece, $10 for each additional piece (2 for $25, 3 for $35, 4 for $45, 5 for $55). GX members submit work for free!
• All forms of media are accepted; paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, etc.
• All work must be ready to hang/present and include proper hanging attachments (wire, sawtooth hanger, etc.). Pedestals are available for sculptures, three dimensional work, and jewelry.
• Gallery X handles all sales and retains a 35% commission on any sale made by non-members. Members are subject to 25% commission on works sold. Works do not have to be for sale to be included in the exhibition.