Collar Works Flat File 2020
Guest Curator: Jessica Cannon of Far X Wide
Deadline: July 1
Collar Works is proud to announce our 2nd Annual Flat Files Open Call for artists to participate in the 2020-2021 Flat File Program. The mission of the program is to promote selected artists’ work, create a space for affordable art, enhance current exhibition programming, and expand the Collar Works community.

We are excited to partner with Brooklyn based artist, educator, and curator Jessica Cannon of Far X Wide to juror this year's submissions. Far By Wide is an ongoing series of exhibitions online and in pop-up spaces to support artists and social/ environmental justice organizations. Individual works from the Flat File will be for sale and highlighted throughout the year on our website and in the gallery, as well as through social media (Facebook/Instagram).

Gallery and online visitors will be able to view and purchase works in the Collar Works Flat File Program. The 2020-2021 program will run for one full year, from September 2020 through August 2021. Artists will receive 75% of all sales. 25% of sales will be donated to Soul Fire Farm, a nonprofit dedicated to ending racism and injustice in our food system.

About Collar Works
Collar Works is a non-profit art space located at 621 River St. in Troy, NY dedicated to supporting emerging and underrepresented artists, working in any media, exhibiting challenging and culturally relevant contemporary artworks. Expanding the current art vernacular in New York’s capital region, Collar Works provides a venue for community dialogue focused on serious, provocative, and spirited artworks.

About Soul Fire Farm
Soul Fire Farm is a BIPOC-centered community farm committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. Soul Fire Farm raises and distributes life-giving food as a means to end food apartheid. With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, they work to reclaim our collective right to belong to the earth and to have agency in the food system. Soul Fire Farm brings diverse communities together on this healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, natural building, spiritual activism, health, and environmental justice. Soul Fire Farm is training the next generation of activist-farmers and strengthening the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination.

About Jessica Cannon
Born in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn in 1979. She has exhibited her work at Honey Ramka (Brooklyn, NY), Not Gallery (Austin, TX), Crush Curatorial (Amagansett, NY), Big Medium (Austin, TX), The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Tinlark (Los Angeles, CA), Atelier Seruse (Marseille, FR), and elsewhere. 

She is a past recipient of The Brooklyn Arts Council’s Community Arts Fund Grant and has been awarded residencies at the Jentel Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s SwingSpace on Governor’s Island. Select press and publications include: The New York Times, Flaunt Magazine,, Maake Magazine, New American Paintings, Dovetail, and Hyperallergic. 

In Fall 2017 Jessica founded Far X Wide, an ongoing series of exhibitions online and in pop-up spaces to support social and environmental justice organizations. She received a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Parsons School of Design. She currently teaches at Parsons School of Design and CUNY Queens College.

Collar Works Flat File Submission Guidelines
Please read the instructions carefully. Submissions that do not meet the parameters will be automatically disqualified. If accepted artwork does not meet the parameters when received at Collar Works, it will not be included in the Flat Files Program.
1. Work cannot exceed 16” x 22” with a maximum thickness of ¼ inch or less.
2. All selected works must be flat and be able to fit into an archival acetate envelope.
3. All types of media are welcome; however, works incorporating charcoal, pastel, or loose or delicate parts will not be considered as they are too fragile for handling. All submitted works must be sturdy enough to be handled throughout the year.
4. All work for consideration must be unframed, unmounted, un-matted.
5. Up to 5 works may be submitted. To prepare for the Submittable upload, image files must be sized at 1500 pixels longest length, and be identified in this manner: Lastname_Firstname_#.jpg
6. Artists must submit a 150-word artist statement and 150-word bio.
7. The submission fee is $10, non-refundable
8. The maximum retail price of each work submitted is $300 or less.
9. Specific works submitted to the open call must be available for the Flat File Program. If an accepted work is not available for any reason it may not be switched with replacement.
10. All accepted work must arrive to the gallery by August 15, 2020.
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