23 Dec 2018

Competitions The Illusion and Reality

Ning GalleryNew York, New York, United States

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Ning Gallery

Opportunity Description

U.S. National Deadline: January 20, 2019 – We are very excited to announce the open call for Ning Gallery’s next exhibition: “The Illusion and Reality.” This is an opportunity for artists residing in the U.S. to showcase their works in a competitive and juried exhibition.

What is illusion? What is reality? What is the relationship between the two? The conflictions among certainty and uncertainty, existence and nonexistence, reality and unreality are all a sort of question that has puzzled mankind over the vicissitude of time.

This exhibition will explore artists’ interpretations of the relationship between reality and illusion in their creative processes and will explore how can art bridges the gap between the world of imaginations and that of the facts. Therefore, we are looking for artists who’d love to express their thoughts in the artworks related to this topic.

Xiaojuan Xie is an independent curator based in New York, United States. Xie studied at the state university of New York and has curated in China, Spain, Italy, UK, Japan, and the US. Notable exhibitions curated by Xie include Evolution: about the survival and growth of underground musicians in China, Ning Gallery, NY; Nirvana Rebirth-the 57th Venice Biennale, Italy; Barcelona International Art Fair, Spain; World Art Center, NY; Oxford International Art Fair, UK; Tokyo International Art Fair, Japan; Xie’s exhibitions have been featured in i-D, VICE, Musée Magazine, VeNews Magazine… see more

Ruonan Yan is an artist based in New York, United States. Yan graduated from New York Academy of Art with MFA degree in drawing major. Yan’s works have been exhibited in a number of galleries in the United States and overseas. Yan’s solo show “A serious joke” was exhibited in Miranda Kuo Gallery in 2017. Ruonan Yan is also an award-winning graphic designer, her poster design “Stop ignoring” won the top 10 award in Poster for tomorrow competition in 2012, the poster has been exhibited around Europe. Ruonan Yan has been featured and interviewed in Vogue… see more

This juried competition is open to U.S.-based artists at least 18yrs. old. Artists working in all mediums are welcome to apply. The work must be original. 2-D work must be smaller than 40 inches, including frame. 3-D work must be able to hang securely on the wall, sit on a shelf, pedestal or the floor. All works must be ready to hang. Works on paper must be framed under plexiglass or glass. Canvases must be wired for hanging.

$20 non-refundable submission fee for up to 3 works. $5 for each additional one. Maximum 10 works.

Visit us for complete details and easy online entry
. You will be ask to provide:

  • Images
  • Work List
  • CV and Artist Statement

Accepted work may be refused if it does not conform to the entered image. Absolutely NO SUBSTITUTIONS of accepted works will be allowed. All accepted work must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.

If the artwork is for sale, Ning gallery will retain a 30% commission on all sales made during the exhibition. Work not for sale must be marked “N.F.S.”. No “P.O.R.” sales.

Hand delivered work will be accepted at the gallery from January 24 – January 27, 12pm-6pm. Any other delivery time must be by appointment. Packaging must be removed from the gallery at the time of delivery.

All artwork shipped by mail must arrive before Tuesday, January 29. Artists are responsible for all shipping costs. Work must be shipped in a substantial, reusable container with a prepaid shipping label. Artwork without prepaid shipping label will not be returned.

Hand-delivered work must be picked up on Friday, February 22, or by appointment.

Shipped work will be returned by mail beginning Friday, February 22.

Ning gallery will not be responsible for artwork not retrieved after February 22, if arrangements have not been made with us. After 30 days the gallery may dispose of the work.

Great care will be taken with all work, but artists are responsible for insuring their own pieces if they wish. Ning Gallery will not be responsible for any loss or damage to work while on the premises or in transit to or from the gallery. The submission of a work of art to this exhibition shall be understood to constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to the conditions set forth in this prospectus.


  • Entry deadline: Sunday, January 20
  • Notification: Tuesday, January 22
  • Drop off/Mail works: January 24 – 27 (12pm-6pm), mailing work arrives before Tuesday, January 29
  • Opening reception: Thursday, February 7
  • Exhibition Date: February 7 – February 21
  • Pick up/Return works: Friday, February 22, or by appointment.

For more information or any question, please contact ninggallery.info@gmail.com

Located in the center of New York City, Ning Gallery is a premium art space focuses on showing both emerging and established artist from the U.S. and around the world. The goal of gallery is not only to show artists who are successful and widely-recognized but also bring opportunities and attention to the new talents. Ning gallery works with a group of outstanding curators and artists to present high-quality art exhibitions and events, including artist talks, lecture, and workshop.

The gallery is dedicated to support and promote thoughtfully curated visual experience for our artists and our audience, as well as the research and communication between the east and the west. Ning Gallery’s exhibition has been featured in i-D, VICE, Musée Magazine, The China Press, and Sing Tao Daily .

Ning Gallery
333 Fifth Ave, # 4F
New York, NY 10016

Opp Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opp Types: Competitions. Opp Tags: Deadlines 01 Jan thru Feb, Open to U.S. Artists Only, and Special Opportunities. Income: Exhibition – Group, In-Kind Benefit, and Sales.

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