CHI Memorial partners with the Visual Arts Association for a new exhibition


CHI Memorial is pleased to partner with the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) for a new Open Call exhibition, How are we? A pandemic retrospective.

This exhibition is an invitation for artists who have created works on COVID-19 and the realities of the pandemic, in response to the process, to face, to educate, to learn, to cry, to evacuate, to seek, to be souvenir, or to reach out.

Did you do any work with the pandemic materials (masks, vaccine vials, hand sanitizer, stimulus checks, Zoom, take-out boxes, etc.)? Have you started a new practice or artistic rituals while in confinement? Did you make a memorial for a loved one or a tribute to first responders? Did you do beautiful, hopeful things to surround yourself with? Have you explored the imagery of new standards in your work, such as the Zoom meeting screen?

“The past 18 months have been difficult for all of us with the realities of COVID-19. As the effects of the pandemic continue to impact the rhythms of daily life, many people around the world are asking the questions, “How am I / are you / are we doing right now?” ? ”Said Tim Goldsmith, curator and director of education at AVA. . “This exhibition aims to provide space for all types of work and processing and to remind us that we are all in the same boat. “

“Our hope is that this exhibition will provide a creative and artistic outlet for community members to address some of what we have collectively organized over the past two years,” said Chyela Rowe, Art Therapy Program Coordinator. and wellness at the CHI Memorial. “It could also provide a useful outlet for local healthcare workers and first responders who are artists – to process some of their experiences through works of art and exhibitions. I think it’s going to be a really powerful show.

This call is open to AVA members and non-member artists within the Chattanooga metro area and within a 2 hour regional radius (Nashville, Knoxville, Atlanta and Birmingham). All media are permitted. There is no charge for AVA members to submit. There is a $ 10 fee for non-members to submit. The submission deadline is Wednesday December 15, 2021.

How are we? A retrospective of the pandemic will be displayed from January 7 to February 18, 2022, in the AVA Main and Landis galleries, with the possibility of expanding part of the exhibition at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga.

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