Call for Entries Open. Accepting Submissions: 03/23 – 04/08 [Deadline Extended]
The Portal: A Step into the Past is a juried online exhibition featuring student-designed historic interiors. The virtual exhibition will be hosted by the Center of Design and Material Culture with the purpose of showcasing selected period rooms designed by students of the course DS 422: History of Architecture (18th Century to Present) as their final project for the Fall 2020 semester. These projects represent a wide range of design styles and were created using a variety of software and media. All students who completed this project in the Fall 2020 semester are welcome to submit their project to the exhibition, no matter the medium/program employed.
The window for submitting projects is March 23-April 8, 2021. A shared drive link has already been distributed to students, but contact email@example.com if you have not received access. All projects submitted within this window will be considered by the jury for the exhibit. Any projects submitted after April 8, 2021, 11:59PM will not be accepted. Along with project submissions, designers must submit a text entry that briefly describes the style/their design choices/the time period this room would exist within. Feel free to include quotes or anecdotes from the time period if appropriate. Alternatively, designers may create a narrative-style text entry that paints a picture of their room within its historical context. The designers can decide which form of text entry is most compelling when paired with their project as this text entry will be displayed if the project is accepted into the exhibition. This text entry should be about a paragraph and will be edited for length and clarity if the submission is accepted into the virtual exhibition.
Special awards will be conferred to a number of designers whose projects stand out amongst the others. These awards will be decided by the jury.
By submitting work, students are consenting to the compression of their projects if necessary. Worry not, special attention will be paid to image quality if compression must occur.
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Rules for Submission
- Project must have been created in DS 422 in the Fall of 2020.
- Project must be in a virtual format. If the project is physical, high-quality photos that adequately represent the design must be provided for jury consideration.
- Projects, and their accompanying paragraph, must be submitted by 11:59PM on April 8, 2021, to be considered by the jury. Any projects submitted after this deadline will not be considered.
Directions for Submission
- Add your name to the spreadsheet in the Shared Drive (the Shared Drive link has already been distributed to students, but contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need access).
- Upload your materials to the Shared Drive.
- Follow the following naming conventions:
-For project: “Last Name, First Name (number of submission)”. For example, if you are submitting four images of your project: “Claus, Santa (4)”.
– For text entry: “Last Name, First Name (text entry)”. For example: “Claus, Santa (text entry)”.
- Please refresh the page to ensure that you can see your project in the drive before leaving the page.
- That’s all! Good luck!
Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg are a collaborative team with a twenty-year history working in sculpture, performance, photography, and film. Their work explores history as a malleable medium that has – and continues to be – molded to fit the perceptions of the storyteller. Scale models of rural architectural forms are a recurring subject in their work, and through these, they examine the psychology of place, ancestral memory, and the passage of time. More recently, McCaw and Budsberg have also been performing for the camera, using photography and video to document the labors of two pioneer-era homesteaders. They are also co-founders of Current Projects, a design and fabrication studio that draws influence from the tools and techniques of the past while maintaining a conceptual perspective that is informed by their work as artists.
In addition to managing Current Projects, Budsberg is the Exhibition Designer for the Chipstone Foundation (Fox Point, WI), and has created exhibitions at Lynden Sculpture Garden, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, and the Boston Athenaeum. McCaw is the Senior Curator at the Villa Terrace and Charles Allis Art Museums in Milwaukee. The two received the Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists in the Established category in 2008 and 2014, and a Fellowship.art accelerator grant in 2018.
Recent solo exhibitions include “Remnant” at the Proxy Gallery in Culver City, CA; “The Cleft and Shimmering Hour” at Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee, WI; “A Tenuous Framework” at the Caestecker Gallery at Ripon College in Ripon, WI; “States of Matter” at The York in Los Angeles, CA (curated by Culture Reference); and “An Inventory of Absence” at SPACES Gallery in Cleveland, OH. Notable group exhibitions are “Dwellings” at the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, IL; “Sculpture Milwaukee”, an outdoor public art exhibition in Milwaukee, WI; “The John Riepenhoff Experience presents: Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg's Sub-Suburban featuring Grace Marie Keaton at Kyle Seis' Chamber” at the Suburban in Milwaukee, WI; “The Wisconsin Triennial” at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; “Living Rooms” at the Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI; “Cargo Space” at INOVA Gallery in Milwaukee, WI and A+D Gallery in Chicago, IL; and “The Museum of Rooms” at the Chipstone Foundation in Fox Point, WI.
In 2011, the two were in residence in Wendover, UT with the Center for Land Use Interpretation (headquartered in Los Angeles, CA), and in 2012, they spent time at the Goldwell Open Air Museum in Beatty, NV for a residency near Death Valley. Their book of photographs entitled “States of Matter” is now part of the collection at the Nevada Museum of Art’s Center for Art + Environment.
Jonathan Prown is Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Chipstone Foundation, an organization devoted to advancing the field of Decorative Arts and Material Culture studies through publications, progressive museum installations, web and teaching initiatives. It also is a leader in developing ideational Think Tanks for museums, foundations, historic houses, and universities. Prown established an institutional partnership with Milwaukee Art Museum in 1999 centered around the progressive interpretation and display of long-term and changing installations in the American Collections Galleries. Areas of interest for Chipstone include early American furniture, British ceramics, contemporary craft related to historical making, and African American material culture. He has also partnered with Dr. Ann Smart Martin, Chipstone Professor of American Decorative Arts, and other scholars at the University of Wisconsin–Madison to support and implement material culture and decorative arts educational programming.
In addition to his own publications in the area of early ceramic and furniture history, Prown is the main content editor and publication planner for two major decorative arts books published by Chipstone: "If These Pots Could Talk: Collecting Two Thousand Years of British Household Pottery," by Ivor Noël Hume (2001), and "American Fancy: Exuberance in the Arts, 1790-1840" by Sumpter T. Priddy III (2004). In 2000, he teamed with Robert Hunter, Executive Editor, to create "Ceramics in America," an annual publication of the Chipstone Foundation and he has an ongoing association with Luke Beckerdite, Executive Editor, on publication, marketing, and distribution planning for "American Furniture," another annual publication of the Chipstone Foundation.
Students will find out if they were accepted into the exhibition via their school emails during the week of April 19th. The exhibition will go live at the end of the semester here on the CDMC website.