Broadsided! The Intersection of Art and Literature

October 2-31, 2009
23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon

THEME – Before books, before blogs and before broadcasts, there were broadsides. Historically, broadsheet posters were ephemeral in nature: often political or editorial proclamations or even advertising. Today, broadsides hang at the intersection of art and literature. Letterpress printed broadsides are valued as fine art designed and printed by a true craftsperson; but also as fine literature featuring poetry or prose.

MEDIA - This exhibit is open to letterpress printed broadsides created in an edition. At least one element of the broadside must be letterpress printed and can be combined with any other artistic medium. The finished broadside can be any size or style and must be a single sheet of paper or paper-like substrate. The broadside can be created in whole by the artist or in collaboration with others.

JURORS - This exhibit will be juried by the staff of 23 Sandy Gallery including Laura Russell, a book artist, graphic artist and owner/director of the gallery; Deborah Watkins, the gallery’s workshop coordinator and formerly the owner of DS Watkins Gallery in Kennewick, Washington, also a book artist and letterpress printer; and Linda Kiley, the gallery’s marketing maven, also a graphic designer and calligrapher. Broadsides will be judged on overall design, typography, cohesiveness of text and image as well as craft and production quality.

BEST OF SHOW AWARD - One broadside chosen by the jurors will be awarded a Best of Show Award with a cash prize of $300 and the promise of a solo show in the book gallery at 23 Sandy at a future date.

ONLINE CATALOG - The Gallery will publish an online catalog on the Gallery web site, which will remain for at least one year following the exhibit. The online catalog will include one photo of each broadside along with the text featured on the broadside in text format just in case the text in the photo is not readable on the JPG.

EXHIBITION DISPLAY – The broadsides for this show will be hung salon style, unframed, attached to the wall with magnets. We request that you ship your broadsides to the gallery flat to avoid curl while hanging. You will be asked to ship three bagged and backed copies of each broadside accepted into the show. Bagged and backed means enclosing each broadside in a "clear bag" with a piece of mat board to stiffen it. We’ll display one on the wall and the others in print bins.

SALES - All broadsides entered in this exhibition must be for sale and are sold on consignment. The Gallery keeps 25% of the sale price. The artist receives 75% of the sale price. Sale proceeds will be paid to the artist within 30 days of the close of the show.

Special Note: In light of the recession we have lowered the gallery commission on sales for this show to 25% instead of our usual 40%. Crossing our fingers that we can write big checks to everyone in the show! 

ENTRIES - A maximum of three broadsides may be submitted per artist. Entries must be received online or by mail at the Gallery no later than SEPTEMBER 1, 2009. Jury selection will be made from JPGs submitted either online or via mail. Artists accepted for the exhibition will be notified via email. The curators reserve the right to decline any accepted artwork upon delivery if the condition or quality are other than represented in the electronic entry.

PREPARING YOUR IMAGES FOR ENTRY - Name your files as yourlastname-1.jpg, yourlastname-2.jpg, yourlastname-3.jpg Your last name is followed by the broadside number which corresponds with the entry number on the online entry form. Please submit JPG images. All JPGs must be 72 ppi sized to 1000 pixels in the longest direction.

TO SUBMIT ONLINE - See instructions at the end of this page. Online submissions are fun and easy!

TO SUBMIT VIA MAIL - We greatly prefer that you submit your entry online. However, if you can’t, you may submit the old fashioned way. Download the entry form for mail submissions here.

FEES - A $25 non-refundable entry fee for up to three broadsides must accompany each submission. When entering online you will pay via Paypal or any major credit card. The Entry Form will have complete instructions.

SHIPPING - All shipping and shipping insurance costs for broadsides to and from the Gallery are the responsibility of the artist. Complete instructions will be provided upon acceptance into the show.

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS - Artists residing outside of the United States are welcome to enter this exhibition. The exhibition entry fee of $25 must be paid in US funds. Return shipping of broadsides will be handled via the carrier of your choice but you must provide pre-paid, ready-to-ship shipping labels and customs documents.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE - The Gallery shall be responsible for the safekeeping of all consigned artwork while in Gallery’s possession. The Gallery shall be strictly liable to the artist for their loss or damage (except for loss due to earthquake, flood or damage resulting from flaws inherent in the artwork), to the full value artist would have received from Gallery if the artwork had been sold.

AGREEMENT - By submitting to this show, the artist agrees that images of selected broadsides can be used to promote the show including publicity, catalogs and web site promotions. Copyright credit will be given to the artist. Submission of entry constitutes agreement to all conditions in this Call for Entries and the attached Entry Form.

SEPTEMBER 1, 2009 - Deadline for submissions
SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 - Announcement of accepted entries
SEPTEMBER 25, 2009 - Artwork Due at Gallery
OCTOBER 2, 2009 - Exhibition Opens
OCTOBER 2, 2009 - First Friday Opening Reception, 6-9pm.
OCTOBER 31, 2009 - Exhibition closes and unsold broadsides will be returned or held for pickup.

Email: 23sandygallery@gmail
Phone: 503-927-4409

ONLINE ENTRY FORM - Once you have read all of the information on this page you may submit online using our Online Entry Form.

Thank you for your interest in Broadsided!
We look forward to seeing your work.

Sandy Tilcock

Above: Opus from Outer Space, a broadside designed and letterpress printed by Sandy Tilcock at lonegoose press. Text by Pattiann Rogers. Drawing by Judith Sparks. Printed on handmade paper from Twinrocker in an edition of 75 numbered and signed copies. 20 x 12 inches. See more about this broadside and others by Sandy Tilcock here.