2021 Call to UC DAAP Artists!

Outdoor Gallery Winter Exhibition 2021

Gathering: Connections in a Changing World

November 13 – December 31, 2021

Kennedy Heights Arts Center (KHAC) is proud to partner with University of Cincinnati DAAP to select 10 original artworks from current UC DAAP students for a Winter exhibition in the Outdoor Gallery at KHAC. These works will be reproduced large scale (4 ft x 6 ft), printed on panels, and installed around the grounds of KHAC. Every Winter, KHAC partners with a local school and aims to use their Outdoor Gallery as an opportunity to support emerging artists by showcasing their works based on a given theme.

The Outdoor Gallery at Kennedy Heights Arts Center consists of 10 large, white frames with the ability to change out the panels for different exhibitions. There are 7 vertical frames and 3 horizontal frames (this cannot be changed) spaced along the driveway that wraps around the KHAC building. This Outdoor Gallery can be viewed as a drive-through experience, or guests can park and explore the exhibit on foot. KHAC installs yard signs with QR codes that link to the KHAC website, so guests can find out more about the exhibit and read artists’ statements and bios.

Our theme for 2021 is Gathering: Connections in a Changing World

Gathering n. meeting; collecting; harvesting; get-together; mobilizing; assembly; rally; crowd

What does the concept of a gathering mean during a pandemic that has brought so many changes to all our lives? In a year and more of extraordinary challenges, we have all tried to find ways to remain connected to friends and family, colleagues, communities and even our countries.

The Winter season is traditionally one in which we gather together, and this year some of us will be able to gather in person again, but some will not. What have we learned as individuals and as communities about the value of connection, and its opposite, isolation?

We invite artists to create artwork in response to their interpretation on the theme of gathering – of connecting as individuals, families, friends, colleagues, and communities within a country and around the world.

Original artworks can be 2-D or 3-D, and in any medium (digital, photography, painting, sculpture), but keep in mind that the work will be printed two-dimensionally from a high resolution digital image for the exhibit.

Selected artists will get to keep their large-scale prints at the end of the exhibition!

Artwork will be selected by jury members:
• Mallory Feltz, Director of Exhibitions & Public Art, Kennedy Heights Arts Center
• Benjamin Britton, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati DAAP
• Alison Jardine, Adjunct Instructor, University of Cincinnati DAAP

– Open to any full-time or part-time student currently enrolled in the Fall Semester
– Open to any student majoring in any DAAP school (open to all design, architecture, fine art, and planning students)

Application instructions:
– FREE to apply!
– Each student may submit a maximum of 2 pieces for consideration
– Upload your best quality image (only 1 per artwork, please), 10 mb Maximum, to the ONE DRIVE folder link labelled “Kennedy Heights.” Label your image file name in this format:
o FIRST NAME_LAST NAME_2 (if you are submitting a second artwork for consideration)
– Please note that the jurors will be viewing the images FULL SCREEN on a computer. Please make sure your images are oriented correctly (the top of the artwork appears at the top of the screen), and that your image is not blurry when enlarged to full screen. The quality of your image matters.
– If selected, we will work with each artist on obtaining a high resolution image that will be used for enlarging and printing the artwork for the 4 ft x 6 ft panels.
– Upload an Image Sheet as a Word Document to the same “Kennedy Heights” ONE DRIVE folder link. This Image Sheet should include your first and last name, title and medium for each artwork, and your major.

Application submissions are due: no later than Monday, October 4th by Midnight

Artists will be selected and notified by: Friday, October 15 by Midnight

Outdoor Opening Reception will be on Saturday, November 13 from 5-7pm. Light refreshments will be served.

QUESTIONS? Please email Mallory Feltz at mallory@kennedyarts.org

  • Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 - 5:00
  • Saturday: 11:00 - 4:00
  • Closed Sunday - Monday