The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is pleased to announce a call to artists for Anthology: Visual Narratives from Nashville’s Print Community, a juried exhibition that celebrates Nashville’s small presses and artists who use printing techniques in artistically significant ways to tell stories. Whether in graphic novels, songs, concrete poems, updated folktales and urban legends, or other ways of sharing ideas and imaginative constructions, the narrative in all its printed forms represents the heart of Nashville’s culture.

Book artists, printmakers, and printers within a 55-mile radius of Nashville are invited to submit up to three works of art—books, posters, or other printed mediums—for consideration by a jury.

Anthology will coincide with the College Book Art Association conference, which takes place in Nashville in January 2016. “The Nashville area is home to some terrific graphic artists who work with a wide range of ideas and sensibilities,” says Frist Center Chief Curator Mark Scala. “Nashville, of course, is also a publishing center, and a world center of music—it’s all about the aesthetics of communication, storytelling and understanding ourselves through shared narrative.”

The work exhibited in Anthology will be selected through a “blind” jurying process. Three jurors—regional and national experts in the field of contemporary art, artists’ books, and printmaking—will evaluate the work submitted. Images that identify the artists or presses/imprints, including signatures, will be disqualified.

Exhibition dates and deadlines:
5/5/2015: Submissions due to the Frist Center
6/12/2015: Invitations e-mailed to selected artists
10/2/2015: Exhibitors deliver works to the Frist Center
11/7/2015: Exhibition opens, and continues through February 7, 2016
1/7/2016: Reception for exhibiting artists and College Book Art Association members
2/7/2016: Final day of exhibition
2/10 through 2/12/2016: Exhibitors pick up works at the Frist Center

Please see the attached release or visit for the entry form and full prospectus with details about the submission process, display requirements, content limitations, promotion, a description of the gallery environment and security.

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