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Calls for Proposals, Papers, Submissions, Entries, and Volunteers

SECAC posts academic and studio calls of potential interest to our members. To add a call, please forward a description in a Word document without special graphics to SECAC administrator Christine Tate at

  • Call for Exhibition Submissions, Marshall University Galleries (2/1/20)
  • Call for Exhibition Proposals, 1708 Gallery (5/24/19)
  • Call for Sculptors, Out of the Box (5/31/19)
  • Manuscripts for Humanities (6/30/19)


Call for Exhibition Submissions: Marshall University Galleries
The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2020.
Notifications will be sent by late Spring 2020.
For more information please contact Jamie Platt, Gallery Director, at

Marshall University’s School of Art & Design is seeking submissions from emerging to professional artists for solo and group shows in the fall of 2020 and spring of 2021. We have two galleries of varying sizes: The Carroll Gallery and the Birke Art Gallery located in Huntington WV. All visual arts media are eligible for consideration.

Please note that artist(s) are responsible for the cost of delivery and return shipping for their work and their travel expenses. Some gallery installation and promotional expenses are covered by the Marshall University School of Art & Design depending on the needs of the artist(s).

Electronic submissions are preferred. Please submit a brief exhibition proposal, an artist’s statement, biography, CV and a sample of 10 images representative of those you intend to display and an accompanying image list.


Call for Exhibition Proposals: 1708 Gallery, A Non-Profit Space for New Art
Entries due: May 24
Submissions and details:

1708 Gallery welcomes all artists to submit exhibition proposals for the year 2020-2021. 1708 Gallery strongly encourages proposals for new or developing projects and bodies of work. In addition to proposals for exhibitions in 1708’s gallery space, public works and other non-gallery based projects will be considered. If you are currently a student, you must have graduated by the exhibition year.

Exhibition periods are approximately six weeks. 1708 provides a $1000 honorarium, plus shipping, travel, installation and other exhibition support.

1708 Gallery is committed to providing opportunity and space for experimentation, freedom and artistic growth, while promoting understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. We also support artists’ professional development through creation and facilitation of public or educational programming; interaction with curators, other arts professionals and collectors; and engagement with diverse audiences.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM EST on Friday, May 24, 2019. Final notifications will be sent by late spring 2020.

Application Fee: $10

For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit

Please contact 1708 Gallery Coordinator Erin Willett with any questions at or 804.643.1708.


Call for Sculptors: Out of the Box: A Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
Entries due: May 31
Exhibition dates: October 4, 2019-October 4, 2020
Submissions and details:

The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University is pleased to announce an open call for sculptors, aged 18 and older, for Out of the Box: A Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition (October 4, 2019-October 4, 2020). Internationally-renowned sculptor Patrick Dougherty is the juror for our 2019 cycle.

This fourth in the series of yearlong exhibitions is the biggest and best yet, with up to 15 impressive outdoor sculptures to be exhibited on the grounds of both the new Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, otherwise known as the Arts District. The selected artists will present concurrently with Patrick Dougherty, who is creating a fantastic, site-specific installation for the museum.

To view the submission process, requirements and award information, go to:

For assistance, contact Jessica Hughes, curatorial assistant, at 334-844-1596 or

Special Issue of Humanities: Realism and Naturalism in the Humanities

Guest Editor: Cameron Dodworth, Ph.D., Department of English, Methodist University
Deadline for Submissions is June 30, 2019

As a movement and genre, Realism—including Naturalism and Impressionism—had its origins in the literature and visual art of France in the early- to mid-nineteenth century, but it soon became very much an international and interdisciplinary methodology that extended well into the twentieth century and beyond. This special issue of Humanities invites submissions that engage with Realism, Naturalism, and even Impressionism (as articulated through Realism) as international and interdisciplinary movements and genres. Particularly through the lens of the Humanities (literature, art, theater, film, history, music, and philosophy), submissions that engage one or more of those disciplines—and that form interdisciplinary connections between those and others—are encouraged. Also welcome are studies that connect with Realism at any point from the nineteenth century through the Modernist period, including papers that make even more contemporary connections (through adaptation studies, for example).

While the study of Realism, in broader contexts, contains a significant amount of scholarship, focus on Naturalism, in particular, is of major concern in this special issue. This special issue seeks to not only gain a greater sense of understanding in relation to Naturalism—as an oftentimes underdeveloped, underexplored, and even ambiguous genre within the umbrella of Realism—but it also seeks to challenge previous understandings of Naturalism.

Gabriel P. Weisberg observes—mainly of visual art—in Beyond Impressionism: The Naturalist Impulse (1992) that Naturalists “were overlooked by collectors and critics who believed that the avant-garde—those artists in total opposition to an academic tradition—came to full ascendancy at the turn of the twentieth century,” and that Naturalism was often stigmatized as failing to reflect “the stylistic traits of nascent modernism.” Papers that challenge and/or support these claims, especially on a more interdisciplinary basis, are of particular interest. To what extent does Naturalism, within the realm of Realism, deviate in various disciplines from the evidently more avant-garde fin-de-siècle movements that are typically considered more consistent with the evolution towards Modernism? To what extent is Naturalism an avant-garde movement in its own right? What about the liminality as well as the limitations of Naturalism, within and beyond the scope of Realism?

Papers that address the above questions or that explore any other subject matter within Realism, Naturalism, and Impressionism will be considered.

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in.

Once you are registered, complete the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page.

Humanities is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.