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Totems - Beacon Gallery International Juried Show 2020

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This is the third annual International Juried Show at Beacon Gallery and we receive hundreds of entries from various countries around the world every year.

What Makes this event different?

This event features three jurors including Lydia Gordon, associate curator for exhibitions and research at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. It's an opportunity to show work in Boston's SoWa Arts District in a commercial gallery focused on creative programming.

Beacon Gallery's 2020 International Juried Show - Totems

Since time immemorial spritiuality and symbolism has played an important role in the arts. The 2020 International Juried Show at Beacon Gallery calls artists to take this concept of the "totem", an item that represents a symbol of a quality or concept (spiritual or not), and to submit artwork on this theme. The artwork may be in any medium that feels appropriate. 

We invite artists to explain their works in short paragraphs in order that their importance or symbolic nature may be adequately appreciated by the jury.

$1700 in prizes will be awarded: $100 for 3rd place in 2D/Digital work, $200 for 2nd place and $300 for 1st place; $100 for 3rd place in 3D/sculptural work, $200 for 2nd place and $300 for 1st place. Best in show: $500. 


Lydia Gordon is the associate curator for exhibitions and research at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. Gordon is the coordinating curator for Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction and curator of Vanessa Platacis: Taking Place. Upcoming projects include Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle, accompanied by the multi-author scholarly publication, featuring her essay “History Forward: Jacob Lawrence and Contemporary Art.” Gordon also serves as an adjunct professor of Modern Art History at Montserrat College of Art. She earned her BA in art administration from Simmons College in 2010 and her dual MA in art history, theory and criticism, art administration and policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017.  

YoAhn Han is a Korean painter based in Boston. He received his MFA 2D at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and obtained a Bachelors of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). YoAhn's work has been shown internationally, in the United States, South Korea, and the Netherlands. Han has a particular interest in Korean Totems. 


Christine O'Donnell is the Owner and Gallery Manager of Beacon Gallery. Christine has juried many shows around the Boston area for galleries, art associations and museums.  



Dec 20 11:59 pm  Deadline for Entries 

Jan 6th  Tentative Acceptance Notification (delays will be announced) 

January 20th – Postmark deadline for all shipped works

January 25th-27th – In-person delivery of all accepted works 

February 7th  –  Totems: opening reception & awards announced 

March 15  – Show closes

March 16/17 - Artwork pickup

Guidelines: (see the Legal Agreement on Call for Entry for an exhaustive list of terms and conditions)

Submission of artwork is considered an acceptance of the Terms and Conditions 

Competition is open to all artists 18 years and older.

Each artist may submit digital samples of recent original 2D or 3D artworks (artwork must be framed and/or ready to hang (wired or d-rings) or otherwise display) in any medium.

The image submitted must accurately represent the art being submitted. 

Video artwork may be submitted. 

Please note: Ceiling height in gallery is maximum 99 inches, with a suggested maximum height of any work submitted to be 95 inches. 

 Artists are responsible for any display needs such as pedestals, etc. unless otherwise arranged with the gallery (NB international artists – please contact gallery regarding shipping display needs for 3D works)

If work is accepted, artists are responsible for shipping costs to and from the gallery. 

NB: The gallery is not responsible for any works damaged in transit to/from the gallery or from any damage resulting from poor framing.  

A non-refundable fee of $35 entitles the artist to submit up to 5 pieces of artwork for consideration. Only one image per artwork, please.

The gallery may decide to accept any number from zero to all 5 pieces for the show.

You may submit work as NFS but need to submit a price for insurance purposes.

For all sales, Artist-Gallery split is 50%-50%


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