31 Americans are murdered with guns daily and 151 are treated for gun assault. The firearm homicide rate is 20x higher than the COMBINED rates of 22 peer countries. The problem is urgent and warrants an exhibition dedicated to exploring the complex issues surrounding gun violence.
The Innovative Merger of Art & Guns to Inspire New Expressions, or IMAGINE PEACE NOW Exhibition, is a call to arms, hearts and hands intended especially for contemporary metal artists. Included work will respond to, and initiate conversations regarding, the gun violence so prevalent in American culture today. We are soliciting proposals for art via an open call for proposals from the greater metals community. Submitted proposals must be accompanied by a detailed drawing, a brief (100 word maximum) statement to qualify. All entrants will be asked to pay a fee to help defray our shipping and operational costs. A portion of the fee will be returned upon receipt of completed work for the exhibition. All works will be for sale. A percentage of sales proceeds will be donated to the Brady Campaign, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence and also to the Society of North American Goldsmiths.
A panel of three prominent Jurors will join Boris Bally in selecting work for the show, for the catalogue and for Awards (based on acquiring funding). For more info visit borisbally.com/peace/
Due to the finite number of disabled guns available for this project, entries will be accepted on a first come basis. Invited and accepted entrants will be shipped the dismantled weapons to transform into (un)loaded objects of art.