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ARTSWIN Increases ‘Open-Call’ Exhibits in 2023

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Tim Jagielo
ARTSWIN Gallery Director Andrea Adams holds "Burning My Problems Away" by Lost Akuma, an entrant into the RED exhibit which opens later this month. RED was also an open call exhibit; anyone could apply.

The Art Council of Southwest Indiana announced eight exhibits for coming year — they include literary themed exhibits, ceramics and two just for youths

The first open call exhibit of 2023 is already leaning against the freshly painted (and dried) walls of the gallery, ready to be hung. They include portraits, abstract painting and some sculpture.

It’s simply called “RED” — a collection of black white and grey 2D images with the addition of red and all its hues to mix things up a little. Normally this show would just be black and white.

“We decided to add a little bit of color to our black-and-white exhibit that we traditionally do once a year once every other year,” said Gallery Director Andrea Adams. She’s also excited about a literature-based open call exhibit coming in April called “Literally.”

“It's an assignment-based show where we have a list of books for people to choose from, and they pick a book and they have to build a visual representation on that book.”

Adams says they strove for more open call shows this year. Both “RED” and “Literally” are open call. Anyone can apply to five of the eight shows planned.

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Tim Jagielo
"Popped!" by Conn d. Y. McConaughy is a 3D entrant into the RED exhibit.

“We have several opportunities for local artists to get some experience to see what it's like to have art in a space where people come in specifically to look at art," Adams said. "We think that's important.”

The other three limit for age or for attendees of the Signature School or for ARTSWIN members.

“Every year, I strive to get different artists, new artists, new faces in our space, new audience in our space,” Adams said. “That is always my goal at the beginning of the year is to see how many new people I can get in our space.”

Other exhibits include standards such as “The Spooky Show” and Holiday Fine Arts Sale and some variations on old favorites.

“Red” will be up on January 24 with an official opening weekend just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Go to artswin.org for more information.

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Tim Jagielo
RED entrant "Inner Odyssey 1" by Beata Marczak

ARTSWIN 2023 Exhibit Calendar


Exhibit exclusively in the spectrum of red. Open call for artists.

Exhibit: Jan. 24 – March 2

Reception: Feb. 11

Young at Art 2023

Regional K-8 art exhibit. Open call for young artists.

Exhibit: March 14 – March 31

Reception: March 18

Caliber 7

Exhibit of Signature School students art. Closed call for Signature School IB students.

Exhibit: April 4-6

Reception: April 4


Assignment-based exhibit inspired by National Literature Month and National Library Week. Open call for artists.

Exhibit: April 20 – May 25

Reception: April 29

Art in the City 2023

ARTSWIN annual members-only exhibit. Closed call for ARTSWIN members only. 

Exhibit: June 13 – July 20

Reception: June 17

Wall to Table

National call-for-artists ceramics exhibit. Open call for artists.

Exhibit: Aug. 8 – Sept. 14

Reception: Aug. 19

Spooky Show 2023

Exhibit that celebrates Halloween with an emphasis on 3D entries. Open call for artists.

Exhibit: Sept. 29 – Oct. 31

Reception: Oct. 28

Holiday Fine Arts Sale 2023

The gallery becomes a holiday gift shop for the winter holiday season. Open call for artists. Nov. 11 – Dec. 22