Fort Works Art is excited to announce the second annual First Come First Serve Exhibition in which the gallery will be opening up its walls to each and every artist that comes to its doors -- on a First Come, First Serve basis. With a mission to give artists an esteemed platform for showing their work, Owner Lauren Childs is excited to fill the gallery with over 200 works of local, regional, and national artists that want to showcase on the high-profile white walls of Fort Works Art. Experience the innovative exhibition of all mediums at the Opening Reception on October 25, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm where guests can enjoy a limited number of ice cream scoops from Fort Worth’s favorite MELT Ice Creams. Exhibition brought by and in support of the non-profit Gallery of Dreams. Please visit www.galleryofdreams.org.
The exhibition includes eligibility for 2D and Limited 3D artwork. Video and installation work will not be accepted. The exhibition will be open October 23rd through November 30th with an opening reception on the evening of October 25th. Due date for entries is October 1, or until the gallery reaches maximum capacity for submissions, whichever comes first. Contemporary 2D and 3D works that follow the requirements detailed in the prospectus are accepted.
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PROSPECTUS – FIRST COME FIRST SERVE EXHIBITION
October 23 – November 30
September 2, 2019, 10 a.m. CST
October 1, 2019 or until the gallery reaches capacity for works.
Due Date / Deadline for online submissions – October 1, or full capacity.
Notification of Acceptance – October 2 (By email and on the Café site)
Shipping/Receiving – October 3 – October 18 (Shipping information will be shared with accepted artists with notification of acceptance email)
Hand Delivery Drop Off - October 15 – October 19 (During Fort Works Art open hours, Tues - Fri 11-5pm and Sat 10-6pm)
Exhibition on Display– October 23 - November 30, 2019
Opening Reception – October 25, 2019 6:00 to 9:00pm. $10 admission, benefiting the non-profit Gallery of Dreams
Shipped Return – December 3 – December 14
Hand Delivery Pickup – December 3 – December 14
Eligibility & Mediums
- Open to artists residing in the continental USA.
- Contemporary original work in any media including painting, prints, and drawings.
- All work must be original (no reproductions), produced within the last two years and not previously shown at Fort Works Art. Price of work should include 50% commission to gallery.
- All works must be available for sale and have a price above $250
- The digital image of the piece submitted must be the piece delivered to Fort Works Art if selected. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- All works submitted may not exceed 36” x 36” in size, including framed. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Sculpture or ceramic work must fit on a pedestal. Admissions will be limited due to space restrictions. We will accept these works until we are at capacity.
Fort Works Art will not be judging or jurying any of the artworks submitted, however, gallery reserves the right to refuse a work at their discretion if necessary.
Please see CaFe for digital file requirements
$35 to submit to the exhibition, with proceeds going to the non-profit Gallery of Dreams
- Price of work should include 50% commission to gallery.
- All pieces will be for sale at Fort Works Art. The gallery will retain 50% commission on any work sold.
Insurance & Liability
- Work will be insured at Fort Works Art but not in transit.
- The gallery will not assume responsibility for work improperly framed or poorly packaged for shipping.
- Images of accepted work may be used for promotional purposes and featured in an exhibition catalogue.
Shipping/ Installation Requirements
- Artists are responsible for shipping work to and from gallery.
- Artwork must be received by October 18.
- Your work of art should be ready to install, and should have hardware installed that will allow for immediate installation by the gallery with no adjustments to the pieces necessary. NO EXCEPTIONS — ARTWORK MUST HAVE HARDWARE INSTALLED FOR IMMEDIATE INSTALLATION.
- All shipped work MUST include a return shipping label. NO EXCEPTIONS. Any works shipped without a return label included, will not be returned.
- E-mail Fort Works Art — email@example.com
Picking Up the Pieces
September 4 - September 28, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, 6-9pm
Fort Works Art is pleased to present Picking Up the Pieces, a solo exhibition featuring Brooklyn-based artist Eric Inkala in our Main Gallery. The exhibition will run from September 4 through September 28, 2019, with an artist reception on Saturday, September 7th for Fort Worth’s Fall Gallery Night. ‘Picking Up the Pieces’ is Inkala’s return to the gallery following his participation in the massive group show #28grams in 2017 and comprises over fifteen acrylic on canvas paintings created within the last year. Focusing on large-scale works, he has produced several monumental 7ft by any artist 7ft pieces that are the largest the artist has ever created for a gallery setting.
In the same vein as KAWS and Keith Haring, Eric Inkala’s graffiti-turned-contemporary paintings depict environments of emotional expression and abstract escapades emphasized by bold color palettes. He uses a vocabulary full of cartoon-like imagery to explore and work through themes of love, mortality, coping and coming back from loss. Inkala’s paintings present a playful graphic language in the form of a signature character who serves as a vehicle for an autobiographical narrative. It's through this personal storyline that he is able to illustrate thoughts and emotions with expressions of shape, color and text.
September 4 - September 28, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, 6-9pm
Fort Works Art is excited to present Honey Bee, a solo exhibition by Fort Worth artist Jay Wilkinson in our Upstairs Gallery. The exhibition will run from September 4 through September 28, 2019, with an artist reception on Saturday, September 7th. Honey Bee will feature over 30 graphite on paper drawings that showcase small-scale portrait studies of those who have inspired the artist, whether friend, fellow artist, or complete stranger. In a return to his childhood roots, Wilkinson created these highly detailed and expressive portraits using a medium he is not widely known for - graphite.
Rendered in Wilkinson’s distinctive style, each drawing is based on the artist’s own point-and-shoot photography taken while either traveling or exploring his own Fort Worth, Texas. Using these images as a guide, Wilkinson chose an unfamiliar medium like graphite to provide the freedom to create these small-scale drawings in any location and allow the environment to influence the nature or tone of each highly expressive work. Wilkinson plays up the sharp lighting and negative space present in each spontaneous moment, focusing on the kind, silly, strange, and honest human characteristics in each of his subjects. A compelling collision between realistic figurative imagery and abstract composition, Wilkinson’s work is both gentle and haunting and reveals to the viewer the complex emotions and dynamics that tie each individual to society as a whole.
For his second solo show with the gallery, Jay Wilkinson states “Honey Bee is a return to drawing for me and an exploration of the value of the individual little bees and how unfortunately that’s not always enough to keep the colony from collapsing”.
Wilkinson's work is an exploration of the assemblage of the human condition. He uses portraiture to construct expressive views of soft and emotional human characters. They have deeply rich classical truth to them, almost as if they were convoluted literary figures captured in a point of shift. He portrays this small narrative by twisting, pulling, adding or removing from the image to create implied lies between what you expect them to be and what they truly are. This is overtly true of his painting works and neatly hidden into his sculpture and larger installations which seem to push past the normal limits of what he is as an artist.
Jay Wilkinson attended Pratt Institute in New York and upon returning to Texas, he began creating large scale installations and experiences within the local underground art and music scene of Fort Worth. This lead to the founding and inaugural installation show of Bobby On Drums in 2015. Since then Wilkinson has co-founded The Art Tooth Gallery Project, been awarded the first Art South Residency and painted in The Bass Performance Hall, Casa Manana Theatre and The Kimbell Art Museum. Wilkinson has shown in DFW, Miami Art Basel, New York, and was recently selected for a New American Paintings edition by Alison Heart, assistant curator at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
'Honey Bee’ will run alongside the highly anticipated solo exhibition ‘Picking Up the Pieces’ by Brooklyn-based artist Eric Inkala.