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“In the future, everybody will be famous for 15 minutes” –Andy Warhol

Accept Artwork: April 19 (11:30-6) and 20 (11-5)
Opening Reception: April 26 (6-8)

This show invites artists to explore the power of symbolic imagery and the legacy of humanity’s pursuit of the ideal in representative form.  From the surprisingly evocative cave paintings of our distant ancestors, to the opulent religious iconography of the Middle Ages, to the carefully crafted image of the modern pop star, we ask artists to consider the beguiling and enigmatic power of the icon. When does icon become idol?  When does admiration morph into obsession? And when does identification with the symbol itself usurp the power of the idea it stands for?  Our favorite brands, our familiar flags, our colorful ribbons for causes: these things can become little badges proclaiming our identities and our ideals, real or aspirational, but do they really define us? Amidst the visual panoply of the digital age, we ask artists to help us take a closer look, to reflect on the iconography that is all around us, and consider the ways we are shaped by it.

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Artist Agreement: I understand the Columbia Art League may photograph my work for public relations materials related to this show. I also understand the Columbia Art League will retain a 35% commission on any artwork sold in the gallery, and I will receive 65% for the sale of my work. I understand that should I sell this work as a direct result of it being shown in the CAL gallery within the next 6 months, I will sell my work through the Columbia Art League. I understand that For Sale artworks shown in the exhibition will be kept in the gallery until the end of the exhibition, unless a buyer specifically requests to remove the work early. Once purchased the decision to keep or remove an artwork from the show is at the discretion of the buyer and the gallery director. I confirm that the submitted artwork is my own original work and is not a copy or likeness of another artist’s work including published photographs or reference material not attributable to me. Standard insurance is provided by CAL while artwork is on CAL’s premises. Work is insured at 50% of retail price.
Earlier Event: February 26
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Later Event: June 18
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