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Request for Proposals – Re:res Contemporary Interpretations of the Cravens World Collection

June 30, 2015  by: Natalie Fleming



University at Buffalo Department of Art & UB Art Galleries invite artists to submit proposals for new works of art for:

Contemporary Interpretations of the Cravens World Collection

UB Art Gallery, November 11th 2015 – January 10th 2016
Curated by Katharine Gaudy, UB Department of Art MFA Student

The Cravens World collection is an astonishing amalgam of archaeological and ethnographic objects spanning the globe and dating as far back as 4,500 BC. Donated to the UB Art Galleries by Annette Cravens, in 2010, the collection consists of nearly 1,100 objects, artworks, archives of written documents, oral histories and photos. Re:res offers the Cravens World objects to artists, writers, musicians, historians, and other professionals to utilize within their practice for this exhibition. The exhibition seeks to probe the timelessness of human endeavors, and questions aesthetic approaches that objects reveal. Where is the continuum that cuts through time and space that labels us homo sapiens? What are the implications of the ways we assign values to objects by housing them in public and private collections?

Participants will be given the opportunity to access the collection, which includes additional research materials and tools. Overseen by the staff at the UB Anderson Gallery, participants will engage with the collection or its objects, with particular consideration paid to the fragility of chosen objects and the proposed utilization. Artists are encouraged to investigate unique ways of employing these objects in a way that directly relates their distinct practice.


* Open to all—A small honorarium will be provided


July 31st: Proposals due
August 14th: Announcement of accepted artists
October 28th: Finished work drop-off/ Installation at UB Second Floor Gallery
November 11th: Opening Reception at UB Second Floor Gallery


Include in the subject line “re:res Proposal”
• Artists name and contact Information
• Statement of Intent/ Brief description of proposal—illustrative images if applicable
• Portfolio of up to 10 recent works in any medium—JPG, sound, brief video or other ways necessary to present the specific medium (files should not exceed 25MB)


202 Center for the Arts, North Campus
Buffalo, New York 14260-6010
(716) 645-6878
(716) 645-6970 fax
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