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CALL FOR ENTRIES ​ 2019 Theme Show: The Illusion and Reality

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What is an illusion? What is reality? How are they related? The conflict between uncertainty and certainty, non-existence and existence, unreal and real are all a kind of question that provides a puzzle through the vicissitude of time.

This exhibit will explore the artists' interpretations of the relationship between reality and illusion in their creative processes. It will also explore how art bridges the gap between the world of imaginations and facts. We seek artists who’d like to express their thoughts through their own art that is related to this topic.



Xiaojuan Xie is an independent curator based in New York, United States. Xie studied at the state university of New York and has curated in China, Spain, Italy, UK, Japan, and the US. Notable exhibitions curated by Xie include Evolution: about the survival and growth of underground musicians in China, Ning Gallery, NY; Nirvana Rebirth-the 57th Venice Biennale, Italy; Barcelona International Art Fair, Spain; World Art Center, NY; Oxford International Art Fair, UK; Tokyo International Art Fair, Japan; Xie’s exhibitions have been featured in i-D, VICE, Musée Magazine, VeNews Magazine, Florence is You!, Nouvelles d'Europe, Sinovision, The China Press, Sing Tao Daily, etc. Xie’s article was published in Asia Art Magazine, VeNews Magazine, ART NEWS OF CHINA, ART & TRIP Magazine, etc.

Ruonan Yan is an artist based in New York, United States. Yan graduated from New York Academy of Art with MFA degree in drawing major. Yan’s works have been exhibited in a number of galleries in the United States and overseas. Yan’s solo show “A serious joke” was exhibited in Miranda Kuo Gallery in 2017. Ruonan Yan is also an award-winning graphic designer, her poster design “Stop ignoring” won the top 10 award in Poster for tomorrow competition in 2012, the poster has been exhibited around Europe. Ruonan Yan has been featured and interviewed in Vogue, Elle, Art China, and Sinovision, etc.



Entry deadline:  Sunday, January 20

Notification: Tuesday, January 22

Drop off/Mail works: January 24 - 27 (12pm-6pm), mailing work arrives before Tuesday, January 29

Opening reception: Thursday, February 7

Exhibition Date: February 7 - February 21

Pick up/Return works: Friday, February 22, or by appointment.



This juried competition is open to U.S.-based artists at least 18yrs. old.


  1. Artists working in all mediums are welcome to apply.
  2. The work must be original.
  3. 2-D work must be smaller than 40 inches, including frame.
  4. 3-D work must be able to hang securely on the wall, sit on a shelf, pedestal or the floor.
  5. All works must be ready to hang. Works on paper must be framed under plexiglass or glass. Canvases must be wired for hanging.


Image: All entries must be submitted electronically. Please upload your picture as jpg. format. Maximum size: 5MB. Please name your digital file as “Lastname_Firstname_Title.jpg”

For video work, you may upload a video file no larger than 20MB, or add a url link in your work list.

Work List: Please make a list of your works including title, dimension, year, medium, and sale price. Please also make note if your work needs special installation requirement. *Height must be given before width regardless of whether the work is a vertical or a horizontal. The gallery will not correct dimension errors.

CV and Artist Statement: Please upload your CV and a short artist statement.


$20 non-refundable submission fee for up to 3 works. $5 for each additional one. Maximum 10 works. Once the submission is received, a PayPal link will be emailed to you. You may choose to pay with PayPal or credit card. Submission without payment will not be considered.


If the artwork is for sale, Ning gallery will retain a 30% commission on all sales made during the exhibition. Work not for sale must be marked "N.F.S.". No "P.O.R." sales.


For more information or any question, please contact:

Ning Gallery |

333 Fifth Ave, # 4F, New York, NY 10016(by appointment only)


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