b.j. spoke gallery PAPERWORKS 2023 International Juried Competition

b.j. spoke gallery PAPERWORKS 2023 International Juried Competition

This will be a virtual show with a virtual reception on Zoom.

Juror: Emily Olek is a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Currently, Emily is working closely with Samantha Friedman on the upcoming exhibition of Georgia O’Keeffe’s works in series Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time, set to open April of 2023. Before joining MoMA, Emily was the Janet and Craig Duchossois Curatorial Research Assistant in Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she worked on projects including Joseph E. Yoakum: What I Saw, Hairy Who? 1966-1969, and Lygia Pape: Tecelares. She also worked on exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library. Emily recently completed her M.A. at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a concentration in American works on paper and holds a B.A. in Art History from Loyola University Chicago. Her Master’s Thesis entitled “So-Called „Outsiders‟: A Case Against the Moniker” won UIC Graduate College’s 2022 Outstanding Thesis Award.

Accepted Media: Works made on paper, of paper or about paper: cut paper, folded paper, woven paper, glued paper, drawings, paintings, pastels, printmaking, photographs, paper sculpture, 3D, bound books, collage, mixed media, video, and installation.

Eligibility: Artists who use paper as their primary medium, as a substrate, or as the subject of a video. All entries to the Paperworks 2023 competition must be the original work of the artist. Artist will be allowed to submit up to 6 images and/or 2 videos. Submissions must be the original work of the artist.


Open Call Begins: March 1, 2023.

Deadline for Submission: May 24, 2023.

Entry Fee: $35.00 for up to 6 images and/or 2 videos. Artists will be judged on their body of work.


Awards and Reception: b.j. spoke gallery will promote the virtual show and display the finalists work on the gallery website (bjspokegallery.org) and social media platforms. The virtual show dates will be July 1 through 31, 2023. Cash prize for First Place is $300, $200 for Second Place and $100 for Third Place. A Zoom Reception and Awards Presentation will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2023 (7pm EST), for artists, their guests and the public, at which time the award winners will be announced.

Notification: Finalists will be notified by June 7, 2023.

Promotion: If selected as a finalist, images of your art, your name, voice, video, artist’s statement and/or bio will be used on the gallery website social media, print and any other publicity used to promote the show.

Size Limitations: There are no size limitations.

Note: Entering the competition implies your consent for b.j.spoke gallery to use your name, artist statement and images of your work in all advertising and publicity for PAPERWORKS 2023, including but not limited to: print, video, online, bjspokegallery.org website and social media.

Links: Full prospectus at https://www.bjspokegallery.org/paperworks-2023/

Submissions: through the Call for Entry (CaFÉ) website, http://www.callforentry.org. To apply, you must become a member of their organization (it’s free). The sign-up address is https://artist.callforentry.org/register.php.

Find our call: The PAPERWORKS 2023 call can be found on the CaFÉ home page by selecting: VIEW ALL CALLS, and then searching for PAPERWORKS 2023. Or, you can go directly to the call with this link:  https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=11555.