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MFA Open Call

Eligibility- The opportunity is open to MFA graduates, who use glass in their work, and have received their degree between 2020-2022.

Selection Process- Our jurors for this group exhibition are 2023 Curator-At-Large, Alpesh Kantilal Patel, and guest juror matt lambert. Together they will select 3-5 artist to be curated into one exhibition.

About Alpesh Kantilal Patel: Alpesh Kantilal Patel is an associate professor of contemporary art at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, Philadelphia. His art historical scholarship, curating, and criticism reflect his queer, anti-racist, and transnational approach to contemporary art. The theme of his year of exhibitions as the UrbanGlass 2023 Curator-At-Large is titled Forever Becoming: Decolonization, Materiality, and Trans Subjectivity. You work does not need to directly be influenced by this theme but should consider it in the language of your application.

About matt lambert: matt lambert is a non-binary, trans multidisciplinary collaborator and co-conspirator working towards equity, inclusion, and reparation. Their practice is based in polydisciplinamory — entangling making, writing, curating, collaborating, and performing. lambert is currently a PhD candidate by artistic practice at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm Sweden focusing on mapping collaborative movements with craft through a methodology of cruising. They have published, curated, exhibited, and is collected internationally. Most recently they were the guest editor for Decorating Dissonance Journal #15 on Tools, Use and Mastery. They have a MA in Critical Craft Theory from Warren Wilson College and an MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Artist Responsibilities- Artists who are selected to participate will be responsible for shipping their work to and from UrbanGlass, and providing insurance during transit. UrbanGlass will insure the work while on the premises. Artists are responsible for both installation and deinstallation of their work in the exhibition. This includes wall repair during deinstallation, i.e., patching and sanding of any holes or blemishes created by the artist.

Guidelines- All images submitted must be of the same artwork being entered into the exhibition. All artwork entered must be available for sale. All artwork entered must be available during the exhibitions dates. Exhibition install will take place from June 21 -27, 2023 with the exhibition running from June 28 - September 1, 2023.

Sales and Commissions- All artwork offered will be for sale. UrbanGlass will retain 40% of the purchase price. Shipping and insurance costs will be the responsibility of purchasers. 

To apply, please submit through the Zealous portal by deadline of December 23rd. Submit the following:

  • Up to 10 images that represent your proposal and highlights the work that you intend to show in the gallery. Images must be in JPG format and be 300 DPI. Maximum size of 6 inches in height and width. Each image should be a maximum of 8M each. Label each image with your last name and the number in the order in which you would like the image to be viewed. Example: Smith_01.jpg. All images submitted must be of the same artwork being entered into the exhibition. 
  • Image list in PDF format including: title, date, medium, dimensions of each work.
  • Artist statement in PDF format that includes a description of submitted images.
  • Current resume/curriculum vitae in PDF format.


Please direct all questions to meg@urbanglass.org