Calls for Submission


The Art History Students’ Association (AHSA/AÉHA) is currently accepting submissions for “Empty Aviary”, an upcoming contemporary art exhibition which will run from March 19th to the 29th at Gallery 115, in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Ottawa.

Birds provide an endless and unmatched source of fascination, across disciplines, histories and cultures. Subjects in scientific fields of ornithology and environmentalism, their images may also carry religious, poetic, literary, and political significance. This exhibition draws inspiration from the human propensity to ascribe symbolic meaning to observed phenomena of the natural world. We are seeking artwork which engages with these, or any other, conceptual directions:

• Issues of flight, nesting and migration, literal or metaphorical
• Birds of any species imbued with poetic, literary, or symbolic significance
• Observation, categorization and archival preservation of the natural world
• Convergences of the artistic and the scientific

Artists working in all mediums including (but not limited to) painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, video, or mixed media are invited to submit. Sculptural and installation-based works and those utilizing natural and/or unusual materials are particularly encouraged. Please send submissions to ahsacurating@gmail.com, and include the following information:

• Name
• Contact information
• Artist proposal/statement - describe submitted work and its relevance to the theme of the exhibition (up to 250 words)
• Support material: digital images of submitted work (JPG)
• Medium
• Dimensions (if applicable)
• For digital media, please include a list of equipment needed for installation
• Optional: link to artist website, or samples of other work (JPG)

The deadline for submissions is February 16th.