Call for Entries: Renewal

Call for Entries: Renewal

Presented by Washington Sculptors Group and the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, The George Washington University.

Luther W. Brady Art Gallery
Corcoran Flagg Building
500 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20006

Thursday, September 15, 2022 – Saturday, December 3, 2022 
Opening reception: Thursday, September 15, 2022 (times TBD)

Olivia Kohler-Maga, Assistant Director, Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, and Babette Pendleton, Exhibitions and Programming Associate, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.


Sunday, July 24, 2022 (11:59pm EST), received through the submission site EntryThingy


The Ise Grand Shrine in Ise, Japan has been completely rebuilt every 20 years since the 700s. This major undertaking is in practice with the Shinto values of renewal and impermanence. The regular rebuilding is also a way of passing on ancient techniques and knowledge to a new generation of artists.  The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery at the George Washington University is undertaking the repair and installation of the large-scale sculpture Ghost Dance by the artist Robert Stackhouse. Selected from the Corcoran Collection, this work will be renewed by the artist and his partner, Carol Mickett, in situ and it will form the jumping off point for an exhibition of sculptural works that celebrate similar themes of renewal, rebirth, and sustainability explored in this work.  Ghost Dance pays tribute to its namesake 19th century movement based on visions of a restoration of western land to the American Indians and a renewal of the earth. The primary material used to create the sculpture is an industrial-grade wood that was recycled for this artistic purpose, a nod to the environmentally-focused, immersive, and performance-based works that Stackhouse now creates with Mickett.

Artists are invited to submit existing or new sculptures and installations that fit the themes of renewal, reuse, repair, sustainability, recycling/upcycling, impermanence/change, environmental awareness, and other related themes. Works will be judged on how well they fit the theme and how suitable they are for the available space, as well as how all selected works come together for a cohesive exhibition.


Olivia Kohler-Maga oversees the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery where she regularly organizes exhibitions such as What Not to Wear: Women Sculptors, which focused on contemporary women sculptors who work from clothing forms or with clothing; After Melville and Whitman: Contemporary Responses to the Civil War; Seen in Foggy Bottom: Selections from the GW Permanent Collection & Alumni Works of Artwhere paintings, prints, photographs, and drawings by alumni artists depicted various sites on campus and gave a personal view of GW. Recently she co-curated Absence/Presence: Selected Contemporary Photography, which examined how the presence of people could be identified in scenes that were devoid of people. Other projects include the online catalogue for Art=Text=Art, a traveling and evolving exhibition drawn from the collection of Wynn Kramansky.

Experimentation, intentionality, and collaboration are central aspects of Babette Pendleton’s multidisciplinary work as an artist, curator-producer, and researcher. Her national and international curatorial work manifests in forms of collective and collaborative organizing, project management, visionary and strategic consulting, and exhibition/performance producing. Babette is the director of Yellow Fish, a durational performance art festival which aims to bring awareness to the significance and study of time through cultural practices and artistic mediums, while facilitating community involvement in historical and contemporary thought surrounding Durational Performance. Notable past work includes, director and founder of the Pendleton House—a twenty-five person interdisciplinary art collective; director of the experimental gallery space, New Tomorrow; and producer and project Manager for Sarah Cameron Sunde’s global series, A Durational Performance with the Sea. She most recently worked as a consultant with Robert W. Deutsch Foundation in Baltimore, MD and Coffey Street in Brooklyn, NY. Her current research focuses on reconfiguring contractual agreements inside collecting and commissioning initiatives with specific emphasis on putting care practice and performance methodologies at the forefront of contract law.

Babette holds a BFA in Dance & Choreography from Cornish College of the Arts, and an MFA in Curatorial Practice from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a minor in Critical Theory. She is the current exhibition and programming associate at George Washington’s Corcoran School of Art & Design in DC.


Sunday, July 24, 2022 (11:59pm EST)

Participating artists can upload submissions through EntryThingy ( Renewal will be juried from digital images submitted through EntryThingy site, and there is a $5 processing fee for uploading images. No entries will be accepted by mail or email.


The exhibition is open to members of the Washington Sculptors Group only. Artists who are not already members may join WSG by paying annual dues of $45 ($15 for full-time students). Prospective members may download a membership form from the WSG website (, and send checks, along with the membership form, to the WSG address, or may join online through PayPal on the WSG website. Existing WSG members must renew their dues for 2022 to be eligible for this exhibition.


  • Artists may submit three-dimensional free-standing sculpture, wall-hung sculpture, installations, as well as new media and performance-based works that fit the theme.  Please refer to the images of the available spaces.
  • Each artist may submit up to three (3) works, with two images per work (maximum of six images). Submissions must be made through the EntryThingy website.
  • Submissions MUST be anonymous—please remove any identifying labels from titles, file names, images, etc. Submissions that are not anonymous will be disqualified.
  • Accepted work must be delivered in person from Thursday, September 8 – Saturday, September 10, 2022 (10am-5pm). In order to facilitate the process, accepted artists will be required to sign up for a two-hour window for delivery and installation on a first-come-first served basis.
  • Artists must be prepared to deliver and install their own work in coordination with the curator. Basic technical and installation support will be provided on September 8-9, artists delivering on September 10 must install their own work. Video, sound or other technical equipment must be provided by the artist.
  • Submissions may be finished works or in the form of a proposal by an individual or an art team. We highly recommend that artists visit the space if they wish to submit installations, site-specific work, or a proposal.
  • All work accepted and exhibited must remain on display for the full duration of the show.
  • Works will be covered by the University’s arts insurance policy as long as a loan form is completed before the works is installed. 
  • The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery will not advertise prices on labels or checklists and will not handle sales. If a work is for sale, please provide sale price and contact information for inquiries. 
  • Any artwork not picked up within thirty (30) days of the exhibition close date, will become property of the University and the artist/organization will not be reimbursed for the artwork(s).
  • The artist will accept all liability for violation of any existing copyright or other third-party rights.
  • All proposals must be submitted online at (see instructions below). No other forms of application will be accepted.
  • Each artist or team may submit a total of six (6) images (including any detail images). Submit all images with a resolution of 300 dpi and a maximum of 2MB each. Video files must be smaller than 50MB each (about five minutes).
  • Submissions MUST be anonymous—please remove any identifying labels from titles, file names, images, etc. Submissions that are not anonymous will be disqualified.
  • Files should be named with only the title of the work (no first or last names). Use the actual title for each work. Example:

Sculpture 1.jpeg

Sculpture 1 (detail).jpeg

Sculpture 2.jpeg

Installation 1.jpeg

  • Please note that EntryThingy considers each image, including detail shots as a separate piece.
  • Accepted work must be delivered in person during the designated delivery period noted in the calendar.
  • All applicants will receive ‘accepted’ or ‘not accepted’ notifications via email.


  1. Applicants should go to and click on the tab (at top) 'for artists'.
  2. Click on 'list of current calls'.
  3. Scroll down and click on the Renewal listing.
  4. Create a login account to if you don’t have an account, or if you do, login to your existing account with the 'Click here to login' button.  After logging in, select the Renewal call and complete the entry steps.
  5. There is a $5 entry fee.
  6. All applicants will receive ‘accepted’ or ‘not accepted’ notifications via email.

Exhibition Dates:                  Thursday, September 15, 2022 – Saturday, December 3, 2022 

Call for Entry Posted:           Thursday, June 9, 2022

Submission Deadline:          Sunday, July 24, 2022 (received by 11:59 pm EST)

Jurying Period:                     Monday, July 25 – Thursday, July 28, 2022

Artist Notification:                Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Drop off & Installation:         Thursday, September 8- Saturday, September 10 (10am-5pm)

Please Note: works delivered on Thursday and Friday will be installed by the gallery. Works delivered on Saturday MUST be installed by the artist.

Opening Reception:             Thursday, September 15, 2022 (times TBD)

Artist & Juror Talk:               TBD

Deinstallation/Pickup:          Monday, December 5 & Tuesday, December 6, (10am-5pm, or by appointment)

Please contact with any questions.

The Washington Sculptors Group is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of sculpture and fostering exchanges among sculptors, sculpture enthusiasts and the public. Organized in 1984, membership has grown to over 400; WSG sponsors frequent public programs and organizes professional sculpture exhibitions juried by prominent curators. Visit to join WSG, to view the Web Gallery of members’ work, and to subscribe to the WSG newsletter.

The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is an educational art gallery whose mission to collect, preserve, and exhibit the George Washington University’s art collection is augmented by quality exhibitions of contemporary and historic art that activate the GW Collection and reflect the greater Washington, D.C. region. The gallery has staged groundbreaking solo exhibitions of artists such as Jules Olitski, Howard Hodgkin, and Sean Scully. Exhibitions such as Icons of British Sculpture and Along the Eastern Road: Hiroshige’s Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido offer global visions. Complementing GW’s cultural offerings at The Textile Museum, The George Washington Museum, and the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, the Brady Art Gallery provides numerous opportunities for collaboration and integration into the university’s academic programs by working with students and the GW Collection.