The Zhou B. Art Center’s New Media and Performance Arts Space presents:



An exhibition of experimental film and video shorts

Screenings from November 20 through November 22, 2015


Twisted Oyster Experimental Film Festival is a short film and video competition presented by the Zhou B Art Center’s New Media & Performance Arts Space. Curated by Pía Cruzalegui and Sergio Gomez. The focus of Twisted Oyster is to highlight independent and experimental film and video shorts that will engage diverse audiences on a range of aesthetic, socio-political, and/or conceptual levels.


Works must be no longer than 15 minutes and produced in 2013 or later. One movie per submission. Selected works for the show must be downloadable. MOV or .MP4 files, preferably in H.264 codec. Submissions must include all of the following as a single Word document:

• Name of artist, director and/or producer

• Full contact information (address, phone, email, website)

• Title of work, date of production, running time

• Direct web link to preview film or video project online.

• Direct web link to download film or video project. We will only download the final set of selected works

• Project Synopsis (250 words maximum)

• Brief biography of the artist/director (150 words maximum)

• Screening history, achievements and awards

Submissions must be sent via email with a direct web link to the artist/director/project website, link to YouTube or Vimeo account to view the work online (please provide passwords if necessary), or via web file transfer. Please label subject heading as “Open Frontier Experimental Film Fest: YourFirstName YourLastName” and send to kineticartprojects@gmail.com


Open to film/video artists in the U.S. and abroad, ages 18 or over. No works previously exhibited in the state of Illinois. Works may be representational, abstract, non-representational or conceptual.


Sergio Gomez, MFA

Sergio Gomez is a Chicago based visual artist. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University. As an art student, Sergio was recipient of the Lincoln Laureate Medallion Award given by the Lincoln Academy and former Governor of Illinois Mr. Jim Edgar. Sergio’s work has been subject of solo exhibitions in the United States, Italy and Vienna. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in US, Mexico, Italy, Vienna and Spain. His work can be found in private and public collections of the National Museum of Mexican Art, Brauer Art Museum, and the MIIT Museo Internazionale Italia Arte among others.

Presently, Sergio Gomez is the Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center, owner & director of 33 Contemporary Gallery, contributor for Italia Arte Magazine, founder of VisualArtToday.com; a curated online exhibition space for international contemporary art. In addition, Sergio is an accomplished graphic designer, Art/Design faculty at South Suburban College, Creative Consultant for Idea Seat Marketing and Advertising and co-founder of 3C Wear LLC.

As a curator, Sergio has organized numerous important exhibitions such as “The National Self-Portrait Exhibition”, “Get Real: New Figurative Realism in Chicago” “CelebrARTE”, “Chicago’s Twelve”, “Chicago’s Twelve at Garfield Park Conservatory”, “Style Bombing” and the “National Wet Paint Biannual MFA Exhibition” which has become a catalyst for emerging painters across the country. Additionally, Sergio has established international art collaborations in Italy, Austria, Mexico, Spain, Chile and China.

Pía Cruzalegui, MFA Candidate

Pía Cruzalegui is a Miami-Chicago video artist and graduate degree candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on 2016. Pía has exhibited in multiple group exhibitions in the United States, France, Dubai and Peru; and international art fairs like Art Basel.

Pia has worked in numerous productions for television and film, as well as the University of Miami and Miami Dade College as a media designer. Presently, Pía Cruzalegui is artist-curator in residence at the Zhou B. Art Center, where she has her studio practice, co-curates and works in a research called Kinetic Art Projects with a mission to investigate artists, people and community.

The screening is cosponsored by K¡netic Art Projects and artNXTlevel dedicated to the advancement, visibility, and development of emerging, established artists and creative professionals by providing a physical space to profile their creative and intellectual work across disciplines.


Films or videos must be under 15 minutes in length.


$25.00 non-refundable fee is required per film/video artist.



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