A VIRTUAL GALLERY
OF SECRET ART
Without art, women are silent.
CALLING ALL CREATIVE WOMEN
Beside a well
One does not thirst
Beside a sister
One does not despair
A Nüshu poem like this has bonded generations of women in sisterhood, and affirmed their dignity in the face of daily struggles.
Today, with the rise of a global roll-back on women’s rights, Nüshu is back.
The VIRTUAL GALLERY OF SECRET ART provides internationally accessible spaces for
women to weave a landscape, with art, that allows expressions of vulnerability,
resilience, and complexity of experience. The gallery selections will be curated by
established artists in multiple mediums.
The Virtual Gallery of Secret Art honors creative expression that speaks to the fragility, resiliency, and complexity of the experience of being a female-identified person. The gallery will honor a varied group of artists who, through fusing artistic expression with real experiences, address works that are profoundly rooted in global sisterhood using their own distinctive perspectives, mediums, and processes. The virtual gallery will include an AR component in which selected artists can provide a personal video message that will ‘appear’ with their art pieces allowing the viewer to hear directly about the artist’s inspiration and message attached to their art.
The Virtual Gallery of Secret Art is inspired by the documentary Hidden Letters. Four hundred years ago in a few secluded villages of central China, foot-bound women created a secret written language, called Nushu. Written in poems or songs on paper-folded fans and handkerchiefs, these hidden letters were passed down from generation to generation as a way for women to share their stories, express hope and solidarity, and affirm one’s dignity in the face of daily struggles. The art of Nushu embodies a powerful sisterhood that has challenged patriarchy for centuries.
The gallery selections will be curated by established artists in multiple mediums. 3-5 pieces will be selected by our judges for cash awards ranging from $100-$500.
The exhibition and winning artists will be marketed and promoted extensively through the Hidden Letters website and social media, press releases, Public Television, international virtual event (Spring 2023) email marketing and through organizations, galleries, cultural centers, modern art museums and others.
All artists will receive a digital award certificate, event announcement and copy of any promotion highlights for their art portfolio. Links to the artist's website will be listed on the exhibition page and should result in increased traffic to the artist's website.
Submissions Open: September 15, 2022
Deadline for Submission: March 15, 2023
Opening of A Virtual Gallery of Secret Art: April, 2023
The gallery invites visual and audio submissions from identified women only, regardless of their formal artistic experience and education. There are no submission fees.
Please provide a bit of information related to yourself and the inspiration for your work as it relates to the theme of the gallery.
Short Bio or Artist Statement (250 Word Limit). This is your opportunity to tell us a little bit about yourself, including your artistic training, inspiration, media choice, any special techniques used or anything that you might like people to know about you and your art. If you have a website and/or social media presence, please include your URLs. Please note that any bios that exceed the word limit will be edited.
A statement about how your work relates to the theme of the gallery. This can be written or submitted as a video.
"Traditional" art includes the following 2D mediums: painting, drawing, pastels, inks, pencil, printmaking, encaustic, fabric, collage, and mixed media.
"Photography & Digital" is open to the following mediums: analog photography, digital photography, digital photo artwork, digital painting, digital manipulations, digital collage, photopainting, vector drawing, digital mixed media (integrated art). Digital Art that is a derivative work, created from another original artwork, must be significantly different as to constitute a new original work. The gallery reserves the right to request a copy of the original artwork if copyright infringement is suspected.
"3-Dimensional" art is open to the following media: relief, pottery, sculpture, installation, kinetic, and conceptual 3-D artworks created in metal, paper, wood, stone, fiber, plastics, glass, ceramics, or any other material which can be used to create 3-dimensional art. All 3D entries now require front, back and side views to be considered and properly juried. 3D entries can also be displayed via video* or GIF.
Performance Art videos are welcome.
MEDIA FORMATTING GUIDELINES
Images should be labeled as:
FirstName_Lastname_Title.jpeg (Example: John_Smith_Untitled.jpg). Do not include special characters such as #,!, * or stray spaces in the file name. Doing so may prevent the file from uploading.
Image should be clear and in focus. Please remember that this image represents your work.
With your approval, Fish and Bear Productions, LLC may crop, or color correct your images to enhance the overall presentation and/or for formatting purposes for use on, YouTube videos, Fish and Bear Productions, LLC presentations and marketing materials, and for other areas where your images may appear.
MEDIA FILE SIZE LIMITS
Image should be in JPG format, 72 dpi, highest compression quality of 12.
Image should not contain any frame, mat, or watermark.
JPEG 2000 file formats are supported: .jp2, .jpg2, .j2k, .jpf, .jpm, .j2c, .jpc, .jpx
The following RAW file formats are supported: .arw, .srw, .nef, .cr2, .cr3, .crw, .rwl, .rw2, .raw, .raf, .pef, .orf, .mrw, .dng, .sr2, .srf, .kdc, .k25, .dcr, .x3f, .erf, .3fr
Animated WEBP images are currently not supported and convert to static image
15MB for GIFs
15MB: VideosAVI, MPEG, MPG, MPE, MP4, MKV, WebM, MOV, OGV, VOB, M4V, 3GP, DivX, XVID, MXF, WMV, M1V, FLV, M2TS
Recommended resolution 1920 x 1080px, 15MB: Transparent Videos Apple Animation (MOV), Apple ProRes 4444 (MOV), PNG Sequence (MOV), GoPro Cineform (MOV), AVI uncompressed (AVI), vp6a Flash Video (FLV), vp8 & vp9 (+alpha) (WebM)
15MB: MP3, WAV, FLAC, M4A, WMA, AAC, AIF and AIFF50MB.
Number of channels: 1 (mono) or 2 (stereo)
Wix MusicWAV, FLAC, M4A (Apple Lossless) & MP3.
15MB: MS Office: DOC, DOCX, DOCB, DOT, DOTX, XLS, XLSX, XLT, XLTX, PPT, PPTX, POT, POTX, PPS, PPSX