Call for Submissions – All Byte: Feminist Intersections in Video Art

All Byte: Feminist Intersections in Video Art, April 9 – July 10, 2016Franklin Street Works: Call for Video Submissions. Deadline March 13

Franklin Street Works is curating an exhibition of video works that are informed by intersectional approaches found in feminist scholarship, which have sparked discussions in arts/artist communities around oppression and privilege.  With this in mind, the exhibition will prioritize videos that are sensitive to listening across difference and/or explore matrixes of power.  While a handful of mid-career artists will be invited to participate, emerging artists are strongly encouraged to send works for consideration.

The video exhibition will take place at the not-for-profit contemporary art space, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT. It will be curated collaboratively by Franklin Street Works’ Creative Director, Terri C Smith; Director OF Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Connecticut-Stamford, Ingrid Semaan; and Program Director of Sacred Heart University’s Film and Television Masters school, Justin Liberman. The curators will be invited to write a short essay on the exhibition (or included works), looking at the show through the lenses of their respective academic and professional disciplines. This will create new interpretive texts about the work of emerging and mid-career artists and reflect on the intersectional nature of the videos.

Each exhibiting artist (we estimate approximately eight artists will be chosen) will receive a screening fee of $150. There will be a student event at UConn, Stamford on March 21 at 3:30pmwhere several artists will be invited to screen their work and participate in a Q & A with students and the public. The transcript of this event will become part of the gallery handout for the exhibition. Artists participating in the March 21event (we estimate 3-4) will receive a $200 honorarium and be reimbursed for travel (up to $50).

All works must be able to be shown using existing A/V equipment, which includes: Mac mini, media players, DVD players, high lumen indoor projectors, HD flat screens (approx. 22”), speakers with subwoofers, high powered small speakers, and a handful of CRT monitors. There is no budget for build out, but FSW has one black box room that could be used for longer videos or works that require a separate room.

Deadline for submissions is March 13. Please send video links to Terri C Smith at with the subject “All Byte” or mail Digital material (disks, flash drives, etc.) to Terri C Smith, 45 Franklin St, Stamford, CT 06901.

Franklin Street Works is a not-for-profit contemporary art space whose mission is to manifest contemporary art projects in a professional and welcoming setting. Franklin Street Works aims to broaden community participation in the arts, contribute to a larger arts dialogue, and cultivate emerging artists. To date, the organization has exhibited the work of more than 250 artists, curated 20 original exhibitions, and organized approximately 100 programs, including talks, tours, and performances. Exhibitions have received accolades, including a two-year grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, funds from the City of Stamford, a matching grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, and funds from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program was founded as a flexible interdisciplinary academic program devoted to the critical analysis of gender and the pursuit of knowledge about women. The WGSS program offers an undergraduate minor. Faculty and students in the WGSS Program explore the construction of women, gender, and sexuality in different social, cultural, political, economic, aesthetic, and historical contexts by combining methods and insights of traditional academic disciplines with innovations in interdisciplinary feminist scholarship. Our research and teaching illuminate the complex and changing local, comparative, and transnational processes that contour gender and sexuality; examine local, comparative, and transnational settings; and analyze the diverse narratives, structures, and patterns that shape everyday life, social institutions, and cultures.

The Film and Television Masters program (FTMA) at Sacred Heart University is a conservatory devoted to cinematic storytelling. Our program is designed to foster the next generation of storytellers through dynamic workshops and independent projects. FTMA’s home is in the heart of Connecticut’s “Creative Corridor” with close ties to neighboring New York City. Focusing on story and hands-on production, students learn the craft and techniques that will empower them to stand out in today’s new media market. Our program is especially unique in that our students complete their own professional portfolio while going beyond the classroom into professional environments. Through partnerships with media companies and guidance from industry professionals our students tailor their concentration to meet their career needs.