Fracture at Kirkland Arts Center: Calls for Artists: (Due. Apr 28)


Kirkland Arts Center is proud to present our second open call juried exhibition, Fracture. This years Jurors are Shayla M. Alarie and Sarra Scherb of Quartz Projects. Applicants from across the country and the world are welcome to apply with artwork pertaining to the theme of Fracture. The entry fee is $20 and all mediums will be accepted for consideration, including, but not limited to, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, printmaking, and video. Cash awards will be given for Juror’s Choice and People’s Choice.

The Kirkland Arts Center was founded in 1962 and features rotating exhibitions and classes in a variety of mediums and for all ages and skill levels. Fracture is the third exhibition in our 2019 cycle around the intersection of Art and Healing.

Exhibition Statement:

A crack, a break, a severance.

A distance between, a misalignment.

A sudden impact, or a slow widening; a quick trauma, or a gradual erosion.

Fractures occur everywhere: in a body, to a psyche, within an identity, between individuals. A fracture can be the site of trauma and breakage, the echoes of which reverberate long after impact. Or, it can represent a thrilling change that shakes a placid surface, laying ground for a new beginning. Sometimes fractures are the clean break we need to move on, a necessary catalyst for growth and transformation. The pain from such a fissure can harrow or hallow: it can be embraced as a sign that we have survived and are on the way to healing, or it can be dwelt in and rued bitterly. Some fractures can heal and knit, mending what was sundered, bridging the gap. Or, they can be places weakened forever: landscape altered beyond recognition. Whatever the cause, and whether or not it is welcome, a fracture is a shock–and a sign that nothing will ever be quite the same.

About the Jurors:

SARRA SCHERB is a gallerist, curator, designer, freelance writer and journalist who has been based in Seattle for fifteen years. She has worked with art galleries, museums, publications, and individual artists across the Northwest to publicize artwork and exhibitions, develop and curate shows, and cover the arts scene. She holds an MA in Museology.

SHAYLA M. ALARIE is an historian, teacher, writer and researcher. She has worked extensively in galleries and in higher education with a passion for teaching and for helping artists and art historians refine their craft and further their careers. Alarie holds an MA in art history and is currently an adjunct professor at Seattle University.

Together as Quartz Projects, Scherb and Alarie have joined forces to collaborate on curation, writing and arts education. Based out of Seattle, they are focused on promoting the arts, crafting meaningful and timely exhibitions, and sharing their knowledge with artists through lectures and workshops. They are particularly invested in advocating for queer, minority and women artists.

Acceptance emails sent to artists: By May 17th, 2019
Exhibition Dates: June 25 – August 3, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, June 28, 2019, 6-8 PM
Artwork Arrival: By June 18, 2019
Artwork Pick Up: August 4 – 7, 2019

Kirkland Arts Center provides insurance for all artwork while exhibited at the KAC Gallery, but does not cover shipping costs or shipping insurance. Artwork must be delivered to KAC by the artist or through a mail carrier such as FedEx or DHL. All shipping costs are the responsibility of the artist.

Exhibited artwork does not have to be for sale, but insurance values are required on all received artwork. KAC takes a 40% commission on all artwork sold.


Jamie Earnest