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Wednesday, December 3, 2014




In its 30th year, the annual Positive/Negative National Juried Art Exhibition, organized by the Slocumb Galleries under the Department of Art & Design at East Tennessee State University, has consistently served as a platform for diverse visual art production that surveys various media, perspectives and styles from all over the country. Since 1985, the annual juried art event has contributed to the promotion and appreciation of contemporary art in the East Tennessee region and surrounding states of Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia and North Carolina. It provides the academic and local communities access and opportunity to engage with wide-ranging work by artists from around the country. The event is open to all categories of artistic practice. The Juror will organize two exhibitions, one that is open and another that is curated from the entries submitted.

Two concurrent exhibitions: PN 30 Open from February 6 to March 2, 2015, @ Tipton Gallery and PN 30 Curated from February 9 to March 6, 2015, @ the Slocumb Galleries.

Up to $1000 in awards: Best of Show $500. Honorable Mentions $100 each. Invitation to future shows may develop through selection by the Slocumb Galleries Committee.

Up to 3 entries per applicant. Eligible media: 2D, 3D, and video. Work using materials hazardous to the health and safety of the public will be disqualified. Work must not exceed 5 ft. in any direction. 2D work must be ready for hanging. Plexiglass is preferred for framed work. If necessary, work should include detailed instructions for installation. Video art should not exceed 30 minutes running time. All accepted video art will be played collectively on a loop during the exhibition unless accompanied by a viewing device from the artist. Accepted work will be disqualified if misrepresented or if it is not installation ready.

Mika Yoshitake is Assistant Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where she coordinated Ai Weiwei: According to What? organized by Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator at Mori Art Museum, and was co-curator of Dark Matters: Selections from the Collection with Melissa Ho. In 2012, she curated Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha (2012) at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles, which traveled to Gladstone Gallery in New York.

Based on her dissertation on the late 1960s Japanese sculptural movement, Mono-ha (School of Things), Yoshitake received an AICA-USA award in 2011-2012 for Best Show in a Commercial Gallery Nationally. From 2010-2011, she served as the curatorial liaison for the Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity (Retrospective) at the Guggenheim Museum, and was the project coordinator of Takashi Murakami retrospective, © MURAKAMI at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles from 2005-2009. She has contributed catalogue essays for Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place 1958-2010 (DiaArt Foundation, forthcoming); Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-garde (2012); Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity (2011), Target Practice: Painting Under Attack, 1949–78 (2009) and © MURAKAMI (2007). Yoshitake received her M.A. (2004) and Ph.D. (2012) in Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles, and B.A. in political science and art history at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Submit entries online via Slideroom:

Download the Entry Form in pdf format:

Artists may request Prospectus via email

Entries must be completed in Slideroom by December 15th

Complete Slideroom entry must include: (1) Images, (2) Artist Statement with Image List in .doc or pdf format, and (3) payment, (4) Entry Form (optional).

For Slideroom, the non-refundable fee is $36, artists may submit up to 3 entries.

Juror Notification will be SENT VIA EMAIL by week of January 12-16, 2015. Artists must provide email address.

The Juror's decision is final. For inquiries, email Slocumb Galleries' Director Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay via

Entry images should have the following as title: Artist's LastName.Entry#.Title.jpg. A brief Artist's Statement (150 words to 200 max) with Image List in .doc format are required.
The Image List must include (1) Artist's contact info should include mailing address, email address, and phone number.

Accepted work will be disqualified if misrepresented or not ready for installation.

Video art should not exceed 30 minutes running time. All accepted video art will be played collectively on a loop during exhibit unless accompanied by viewing device from Artist.

Artists agree that Slocumb Galleries may use images for educational and promotional purposes. Work should be original and the sole copyright property of the Artist. Slocumb Galleries will be indemnified for any legal claims on the submitted work.

Accepted entries will be insured ONLY during the installation and exhibition of work at the Slocumb Galleries. The Slocumb Galleries will not be responsible for loss, theft, or damages to work with inadequate packaging and shipping provisions. A minimum of 10% commission is requested on all work sold during the exhibition. A signed Insurance/Loan Agreement Form will be required for all accepted entries.


The 30th Annual Positive/Negative National Juried Art Exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the United States. All work must be original and completed within the last two (2) years. Work previously submitted to the Positive/Negative or exhibited at the Slocumb Galleries or Tipton Gallery may not be resubmitted. Current students and employees of East Tennessee State University are not eligible to apply.

Accepted entries may be shipped or hand delivered. All shipped and hand-delivered work must be adequately packed in secure, reusable containers. Include installation instructions.

The Artist is responsible for insurance during transit and all shipping costs. Please ensure that work is securely packed and labeled for all shipped or hand-delivered submissions.

Shipped work must include a pre-paid label for return shipping. Art work without a prepaid return label and/or unclaimed after 60 days from the last day of the exhibition will become property of the Slocumb Galleries.

Ship work to:
Positive/Negative 30 c/o Slocumb Galleries
325 Treasure Lane, ETSU
Johnson City, TN 37614

All shipped entries must be received at ETSU on or before January 30, 2015, for PN 30 Open, or on February 4, 2015, for PN 30 Curated.

Submit hand-delivered PN 30 Curated entries from February 2-6, 2015, between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Room 419, Ernest C. Ball Hall, Department of Art & Design, ETSU, Johnson City, TN 37614.

Submit hand-delivered entries for PN 30 Open at Tipton Gallery, 126 Spring Street, Downtown, Johnson City 37604 on January 29 or 30, between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Directions to the Slocumb Galleries are available online at Online map available via Ball Hall is listed as bldg. no. 6.

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