Zeitgeist

Converge Gallery presents “Zeitgeist” a showcase of the accepted works for its second annual juried exhibition for 2017. This year’s exhibition features artists from 17 different states and three countries in a variety of mediums including sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography, sound, mixed media, and more.

“Zeitgeist” is defined as being, “the general beliefs, ideas, and spirit of a time and place.” In recent years people have experienced so many abrupt and unremitting changes to the environment, social media, music, politics, social interaction, technology, etc. This exhibition will explore these beliefs and ideas in order to shed light on, not only the ever-changing world, but a similar place and time from many different perspectives.

Jurors rated each artist in the following categories: Style, Artistic Integrity, First Impression, Creativity, Originality, Inventiveness, Communication, Content, Design, Composition, Quality, Control of Medium, and creativity.

Jurors for the exhibition include Penny Lutz – Director of The Gallery at Penn College; Richard Rinehart – Director of the Samek Art Museum; Dan Olivetti – Director of the Lore Degenstein Gallery at Susquehanna University; and Brice Brown – Curator at the Milton Art Bank.

At the opening, awards were given out at for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize. Award winners include First Prize – Frank Locke (New York, NY) “Even Though I Could”; Second Prize – Timothy Miller a.k.a. Clockworkbox ( Lewisburg, PA) “#breadandcircus #americandream #syria”; Third Prize – William Evertson (East Hampton, CT) “Fukushima” .

Four Honorable Mentions were presented to Brian Spies (Williamsport, PA), Wanda Riley (Catawissa, PA), Brook Jana (Waverly, PA), & Chuck Fong (State College, PA).

All entries that are not selected for the exhibition will be displayed as part on an online exhibition at www.convergegallery.com/zeitgeist.
Zeitgeist will be on display from Friday, June 2nd, through Saturday, July 15th, 2017.

On Jurying Zeitgeist

Merriam-Webster defines Zeitgeist as ‘the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era.”

We, the jurors of this exhibition, sat down and completed the task of comparing and selecting among the many talented artists who submitted to the open call. After we juried a selection of strong works that would have made a fine showing, we began to reflect more deeply on what it means to curate a show called Zeitgeist, or even to curate the Zeitgeist itself. If the Zeitgeist is the “general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era,” then what actual parameters does one use to curate not only a set of artworks that address our current times as a subject, but a set of works that constitute our times by definition as contemporary cultural expressions. It felt somewhat off the mark to apply primarily aesthetic evaluative criteria to the question of what constitutes a legitimate cultural response and representation of our times.

We concluded, after much debate, this is fundamentally not an aesthetic question. Accordingly, we adjusted our curatorial criteria to address the question of how this moment in our cultural history would manifest and be understood as the Zeitgeist. The clear answer is it would not be selective or exclusive; it would instead be diverse, multi-faceted, inclusive, messy, and, of course, timely.

For this reason, we concluded it would be more honest to the theme and purpose of this project to include not some, but all of the artists, all of whom––by the mere fact of being engaged with making art works in this historical moment––are the Zeitgeist.

Calendar:

  • July 15th: Exhibition ends
  • July 18th: Starting date for return of works
  • October 15th, Deadline to pick up works