Call for entries: SHY RABBIT Print National

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts announced a call for entries for the SHY RABBIT Print National: A National Juried Exhibition, Aug.15-Sept. 26, 2009. Juror: Michael D. Barnes.

This exhibition is open to any artist 18 years of age or older.

Original contemporary works in traditional and nontraditional printmaking media including book arts, three-dimensional and mixed media prints are eligible. All submissions must have been completed within the last three years. Straight or purely digital prints and photography are not eligible.

Entries may be mailed or submitted online. Submission deadline is June 17.

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Michael D. Barnes is currently an associate professor of art and head of the Printmaking program at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., where he has taught since 1998. Barnes received his BFA from Alma College, Mich., in 1991, and his MFA from the University of Iowa in 1996, both with a focus on printmaking.

Barnes has presented over 20 solo exhibitions since 2000, including shows at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, Pagosa Springs; Street Level Gallery, Highwood, Ill,; the OIA-Gallery, New York City; Anchor Graphics, Chicago; and Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, Ariz. 

His work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions including Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago; Davidson Galleries, Seattle; Printworks, Chicago; Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles; and the International Print Center, New York.

Barnes has been the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and residencies, including an Illinois Arts Council Grant and residencies at the Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium; The Bemis Center of Contemporary Art in Omaha, Neb.; the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, N.D.; and Anchor Graphics at Columbia College in Chicago. 

Barnes’ work has also been exhibited internationally in over 100 competitive group exhibitions, including exhibitions in Great Britain, Ireland, Wales, Poland, Taiwan, Estonia, Japan, Romania, Finland, and the Republic of Macedonia.

His work is included in many collections, including the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; The Royal Museum of Art, Antwerp, Belgium; the City of Vaasa, Finland; The Plains Art Museum, Fargo, N.D.; and many university and private collections.

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SHY RABBIT strives to present ongoing exhibitions that invite curiosity and discussion; that keep artists involved and challenged; that create excitement and interest in the arts community and beyond; and that showcase contemporary fine art trends and ideas.

SHY RABBIT Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday through Wednesday, by appointment or chance.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is located at 333 Bastille Drive, two blocks north of US 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard.  The 4,000 square foot arts facility houses a ceramic studio and fine art gallery, two mixed-media workshops, and two large exhibition spaces.

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