Call for Self Portraits

33Daddies - who's your daddie
Image by Matthew Cherry

Reinventing Ourselves from Another POV

Exhibition and Publication
Art NXT Level and GOSS183 Press
Zhou B Art Center, 4th Floor
Curated by Sergio Gomez and Didi Menendez


This exhibition aims to explore how we see ourselves from an external point of view. Artists are invited to examine and interpret the theme from a social, political or psychological point of view. We are looking for self-portraits that examine how you think others would see you as an outsider. This is an opportunity to reinvent yourself. From high realism to abstract expression, Reinventing Ourselves from another POV exhibition will provide an open platform for self-exploration.


Exhibition Dates: August 19 to September 10, 2016

Deadline for Submission: Midnight July 20, 2016

Notice of Acceptance/Decline: You will receive an email notice of acceptance no later than July 27th. A list of accepted artists will be posted in our website and Facebook page on July 27 (mark your calendars).

Delivery: All accepted work must be received in the gallery by August 15, 2016

Publication Deadline: July 31, 2015


All artists living in the U.S. and its territories ages 18 or over. All 2D media will be considered (painting, drawing, photography, digital, printmaking, collage, mixed, textile, etc). Original work only. No works previously exhibited at 33 Contemporary Gallery/Art NXT Level will be accepted. Work may be representational, abstract, non-representational or conceptual.

Online/Print Publication

All works selected for the gallery exhibition will also be included in an edition of PoetsArtists.

Size Restrictions

24″ max any direction.

FRAME should not exceed more than 26” per side

Submission Fee

$25 non-refundable fee is required per artist and includes submission of up to 3 images for consideration.

Accepted Work

All artwork remains on exhibit for the duration of the show. Gallery reserves the right to refuse work damaged or considered too fragile to exhibit, or misrepresented in digital image.


All work must be presented in a professional manner. Paintings on board or stretched canvas does not need to be framed. Works on paper should be framed. Works that do not require framing should be properly protected for shipping and handling. Framed works must be wired, and ready to hang. All work must be ready to install. Art NXT Level Projects/33 Contemporary Gallery reserves the right to install accepted works in a manner deemed necessary for exhibit or security reasons.


Art NXT Level Projects/33 Contemporary Gallery will retain a 30% gallery commission of the listed price on all work sold. Work may be listed as “Not for Sale” (NFS).


HAND DELIVERY days and times will be provided and arranged by Art NXT Level Projects/33 Contemporary Gallery. FOR THOSE WHO MUST USE SHIPPING, each artist is responsible for all shipping costs to and from the gallery. Shipped art should arrive at the Zhou B Art Center gallery during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm) no later than July 15, 2013. Any special opening and hanging instructions should be accessible on the exterior of the container. Return shipping is the responsibility of the artist. Prepaid return shipping labels should be included with the package. They can be included in an envelope on the interior of the package. Please allow two weeks for return shipping after the end of the exhibition. Gallery is not responsible for works not collected after the pickup dates or without return prepaid shipping information. After 30 days of storage, works will become the property of Art NXT Level Projects/33 Collective Gallery. Avoid shipping works framed under glass.


Works of art will not be insured by Art NXT Level Projects/33 Contemporary Gallery or the Zhou B Art Center. All precautions will be made to handle and secure the work while in our care. Shipping insurance to and from the gallery will be the responsibility of the artist.


Your email/online submission grants the following: 1) Permission to Art NXT Level Projects/33 Contemporary Gallery and Zhou B Art Center to use digital images sent by the artist for publicity, publication, promotional and/or educational purposes. 2) Placement of digital images on our website unless written notification is given to Art NXT Level Projects/33 Contemporary Gallery before exhibit opening. 3) Agrees with all the terms and conditions listed above. 4) Releases Art NXT Level Projects/33 Contemporary Gallery and Zhou B Art Center of any lost or damage of works.

Written Works

Poetry is being considered. Submit up to three new poems fitting the theme to Didi Menendez via email at Include a short introduction and bio. Works accepted will be published along the artwork in the publication and not on display in the gallery. Poems should be in the email body. Do not send attachments. Place in the subject line ALIEN POETRY. There is no fee to submit poetry.


Front Cover
The honor of having the front cover of the publication iARTistas. The front cover is selected by the curators.

The Coat Hanger Award (GOSS183) – Selected by Howard Tullman
$500 – This award was first given as a poetry prize in 2004 for MiPOesias Magazine. It is now extended to the visual arts. The award originally had a different title but after Jack Anders wrote the dedication for it, he referred to as “the coat hanger” because it is in reference to the last memories Dulce Menendez has of her father who wove strings onto wire coat hangers while he was instituted in a facility for the mentally ill. One of these hangers was given to Jack Anders and his wife when visiting Menendez for a poetry reading in South Florida. Read the dedication by Jack Anders here.

Award of Excellence selected by artist John Seed ($300)

Next Level Award ($300)


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 at Governors State University, 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 group exhibitions in Spain, Sweden, Mexico and the US. 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, founder of Art NXT Level and co-founder of Care+Commit=Change. In addition, Sergio is an accomplished graphic designer, Art/Design faculty at South Suburban College and Creative Consultant for Idea Seat Marketing and Advertising.

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”, “I AM American” 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.

Didi Menendez

Cuban born American Publisher Didi Menendez is the creator for PoetsArtists, iARTistas, MiPOesias and OCHO. She has curated several exhibitions at the Zhou B Art Center and her publications have been recognized in several anthologies including Best American Poetry and the Pushcart Prize.


First, you will be asked to pay a $25 submission fee via PayPal, then email your images following the instructions online. Images received without the PayPal payment or without following the submission instructions will not be accepted. A confirmation email will let you know that we have received your images. Please print this page for your own records.


Submitting poetry? Read the guidelines under “Written Works”.

*Featured image by Matthew Cherry

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