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Hera Gallery and Educational Foundation

Open Call for Art- The Perfect Age
Due Mar 11 2022

What does it mean to age, and how would you describe it?

Everything in the natural and constructed world evolves and is seen through the lens of time. Consider how society perceives the aging process, from the first cry of an infant, to the deeper awakening of a teenager, to the life experience of the centenarian. How do memories and stories morph over time? How do our perceptions of aging extend to other living things? Or to the way animate and inanimate things change and mature over time -- animals, oceans, soils, stars, machines, roads, water systems, and architecture?

How does ageism exist as a socially constructed system? Can we understand ageism apart from race, class, and gender? How are economic markets influencing these categories for profit?


The objective of the exhibition is to explore the transient and universal nature of aging and how it can be visualized and interpreted across time and cultures.

All media is welcomed to apply to this exhibition!

Juror Bio:

Lydia Gordon is a specialist in modern and contemporary art. At the Peabody Essex Museum, she is the coordinating curator for the nationally touring and critically acclaimed exhibition Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle (2020-2021) and Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction (2019). Gordon is curator of Vanessa Platacis: Taking Place (2019-ongoing), a long term site-specific painting installation. Her book publication projects include Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle (Peabody Essex Museum / University of Washington Press, 2019) and Inappropriate Bodies: Art Design, and Maternity (Demeter Press, 2019). Gordon’s writing can be seen in Hyperallergic, ARTnews, and Boston Art Review. She is also associate professor of Modern Art History at Montserrat College of Art.

Application Deadline: March 11th, 2022
Exhibition Dates: May 14th- June 18th, 2022

Notification of Acceptance: Hera Gallery will contact artists by April 11th, 2022
regarding their inclusion in: The Perfect Age
Artwork Delivery: Local delivery instructions will be sent to all accepted artists.
Delivery Due Date: Artwork must be at the Gallery by Friday May 6, 2022
Return Shipping: Artist is responsible for all shipping costs and shipping containers. Artist must include prepaid return shipping label.
Sales Commission: Hera Gallery retains a 40% sales commission.