Announcing the call for artists for the 9th Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition


An exhibition of self-portrait works within the
confines of 12″ x 12″ x 12″

The 9th Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition 2013

July 19 to August 10, 2013


“WITHIN” celebrates nine consecutive years of successful national self-portrait exhibitions. Over the years, over 900 artists have participated in this annual event which began nine years ago as 33 Contemporary Gallery opened its its doors to the public for the very first time at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago.

Unlike the past two years in which the exhibition had no size restrictions and took place in the entire first floor of the Zhou B Art Center, WITHIN will be hosted in the intimate gallery setting of 33 Contemporary Gallery. The works in the exhibition will not exceed 12 inches in any direction and will ask the viewer to experience the entire show in close proximity. This intimate setting will serve as an invitation for exporation, discovery and conversation.

Between July 19 and August 10 of this year, 33 Contemporary Gallery will become a national laboratory for the exploration and visual representation of the self. The exhibition will include works ranging from representational, non-representational and conceptual ideas of the self. It will feature works in a variety of media.

The National Self-Portrait Exhibition has become one of 33 Contemporary Gallery’s most viewed and anticipated exhibitions. Now in its 9th year, the self-portrait exhibition will focus on the “miniature representation of self”. All works selected will also be part of the online exhibition. This exhibition showcases high quality works from artists from all over the United States working in a wide range of media and styles.

This will be the last year of the Self Portrait Exhibition as a national open call. The 10th Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition of 2014 will be open ONLY to artists who have participated in previous self-portrait shows. Therefore, this is your last chance to enter. After 10 years of successful exhibitions, the National Self Portrait will end with its las exhibition scheduled at the Zhou B Art Center in 2014.

WITHIN invites artists in all media to limit their self-portrait works to the confines of 12 inches because BIG is not always better.




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