Open Call 2015

An art reality game show curated as part of Over and Back.

Produced in collaboration with Amanda Leigh Evans at Surplus Space in Portland, OR.

Open Call is a competition for visual artists that parodies the form of a sports tryout, a juried application process, and a reality game show. For this iteration, five artists were selected from a pool of applicants to compete in a series of challenges that tested their intellect, creativity, and professional "skill" in front of a live studio audience. At the end of four rounds of challenges Megan Harned, visual art critic at Willamette Week, chose Sarah Wolf Newlands as the winner. She was awarded a solo show at composition which occurred in September 2016.

Four rounds of challenges: Create 3 works of art (15 min), Write an 100 word artist statement (5 min), Document the work and post it online (5 min), and Give an artist talk using the images posted online (3 min each).

Competitors: Nina Berry, Spencer Byrne-Seres, JAH Justice, Eric John Olson and Sam Wildman, and Sarah Wolf Newlands.
Open Call was sponsored by composition and presented in Over & Back, an exhibition curated by Ryan Woodring with guest curator Roz Crews.

Featuring Beatrice Redstar Fletcher as round transition sign holder.

Photos by Tim Roth, Video by Gabe Flores.