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DEADLINE: Sunday, October 17th, 9 pm
Scarab Club Member Exhibition
108th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition
and SC Annual Book

Submit work for the exhibition and Annual

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Exhibition: November 17-December 31, 2021
Intake: Sunday, November 14, noon-4 pm
Reception: Friday, November 19, 5-8 pm
Gallery Talk: Thursday, December 1, 6 pm
Pick-up: Sunday, January 2, noon-4 pm
$40 Entry Fee includes one Annual book

The Scarab Club invites submissions for its annual member exhibition. It is an unthemed, all media exhibition, open to all SC members in good standing who are 18 years or older. All members who enter work in the show will have an image of their work published in the SC Annual book, regardless of whether their work is selected for the exhibition.

Shirley Woodson, born in 1936 in Pulaski, Tennessee, moved to Detroit with her parents at three months of age. She is a figurative painter whose practice includes drawing, collage and mixed media. Receiving her BFA and MA from Wayne State University she began Masters studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in painting and art history. Woodson is known for her high intensity colors and expressionistic painting style that lends itself to expanding ideas in drawing and mixed media. Woodson describes her work in literary terms: “Paintings are my diaries; Drawings are my prose; Collage is my poetry; Assemblages are my dialogue.” Besides her intense color exploration other tonal subtleties appear in her mixed media and collage works. Her practice encompasses dual approaches in configuration. One method is seen in her painting of large canvases with brilliant expressionistic color and the other found in the subtle qualities of layers within her photo-based collages of ancestry and traditions of the diaspora. Woodson has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire; Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; Brandywine Printmaking Workshop and Archives, Philadelphia and Your Heritage House, Detroit.

She was art faculty at Highland Park Community College, Wayne State University Department of Art and Art History, and in the Department of Art Education and Art Therapy. She was visiting artist at Department of Art at Eastern Michigan University as a M.L. King, Caesar Chavez, Rosa Parks Fellow. Woodson was selected as the 2021 Kresge Eminent Artist. Her exhibition record includes the Detroit Institute of Arts; Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Artists, Boston, MA; Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History; Hampton University Museum of Art, Hampton, VA; Mott Warsh Collection of Contemporary Art, Flint; Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture, NY; the Hirschhorn Museum, Washington ,DC; In Detroit the Arts Extended Gallery, Gallery Seven, Detroit Artists Market, NCA Gallery, Dell Pryor Galleries,Norwest Gallery and Umoja Fine Arts. Woodson was Supervisor of Fine Arts for Detroit Public Schools from 1992-2008. She was a co-founder in 1974 of the National Conference of Artists Michigan and currently serves as president.

This is an annual SC member exhibition and is only open to members in good standing who are 18 years or older.
The fee is $40 for up to 3 images, and includes both the entry and one SC Annual book.
Files should be 1200 dpi on longest side and no larger than 2mgs.
No pieces larger than 6’ x 6’ will be accepted.
The deadline for online submissions is 9 pm, Sunday, October 17th.
Artists will be notified of jury results via the email address they have submitted. Results will be emailed to entrants by Saturday, October 23, 5 pm. Jury results are automatically generated–PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE by the end of Saturday, October 23.
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