2 May 2019

Call for Submissions We Must Cultivate our Garden

Furman UniversityGreenville, South Carolina, United States

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Opportunity Description

U.S. Multi-State Deadline: June 15, 2019 – The Furman University Art Department is pleased to announce an Open Call for the exhibition ‘We Must Cultivate our Garden’. In Voltaire’s Candide, Candide begins his philosophical journey remarking that “this world is the best of all possible worlds,” but by the end of the book is discontent with unkind reality. Candide ultimately concludes that humanity can never be wholly fulfilled – there can always be a better world – but that men might be content by pursuing hope anyway – “we must cultivate our garden.”

It is all too easy to become jaded in a time that romanticizes suffering. Therefore, we encourage submissions that challenge cynicism and combat the ubiquity of negative images on display in our society. We Must Cultivate Our Garden looks for artists who explore deeply, digging to find the good in daily trials and celebrate the victories – small and large – in our own lives. Pieces do not need to be bright in color or flowery in subject – rather, work exploring the profundity of practical optimism will be preferenced.

This exhibition is a juried group show in the Thompson Art Gallery at Furman University and will showcase the work of 3-4 artists.


  • Artists from or living in the Southeastern United States
  • Entries of no more than 3 images
  • Multi- and non-traditional media encouraged
  • Brief concept statement (not exceeding 250 words)

All Applications must be compiled into one PDF file and uploaded here  (scroll down and click on link ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​’We Must Cultivate our Garden’ to access details).

Please include:

  • Artist statement
  • CV
  • Five digital images (72 dpi)
  • Please include titles, media, date completed and dimensions.
    Contact info including your address, email, and website

*$25 registration fee (make checks payable to Furman University Art Department) Please mail checks to:

Art Department
Furman University
3300 Poinsett Hwy
Greenville, SC 2961

Furman University is a small liberal arts university located in Greenville, SC. We have 2,700 students on campus from all over the country. The art department has about 45 students majoring in art history or studio art, 6 full-time faculty, and classes that range in size from 12-24 students. The art department offers classes in drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, graphic design, sculpture, printmaking, and art history. The upstate South Carolina area has a rich history that is rooted in the textile industry. The New York Times recently ranked Greenville #12 on their 52 Places to Go in 2017 list. Greenville has a vibrant and creative atmosphere, which is why so many creative industries have moved to the Greenville area.

Furman University
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, South Carolina, 29613

Opp Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opp Types: Call for Submissions. Opp Tags: Deadlines 05 May thru June, Open to U.S. Multi-State, and Special Opportunities. Income: Exhibition – Group.

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