Exhibition Prospectus

The Clara M. Eagle Gallery is the home to "The Magic Silver Show: The Elena Diane Curris Juried Photography Exhibition," a national juried show open to artists, 18 and older, working in all photo-media processes. “The Magic Silver Show” began in the mid 1970’s as a juried exhibition designed to encourage, foster understanding, and reward those involved in photographic media. This exhibition presents a survey of contemporary photo media in all aspects and genres. "The Magic Silver Show: The Elena Diane Curris Juried Photography Exhibition" will return to The Clara M. Eagle Gallery at Murray State University in Spring 2019 as a biennial exhibition.

Prospectus information can be found here: https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=5878.

Magic Silver 2019 Calendar

December 31, 2018   Entry submission deadline, all entries must be submitted for jurying process.
January 21, 2019         Notification of accepted entries emailed to artists.
February 11, 2019       Works must be shipped or hand delivered to the gallery by 4:30pm this date.
February 27, 2019      The Magic Silver Show: The Elena Diane Curris Juried Photography Exhibition opens.

                              Juror's talk at 5PM in rm623 followed by a reception in the gallery.
April 8 - 12, 2019         Works will be shipped/returned or picked up in person during this time.

The 2019 The Magic Silver Show: The Elena Diane Curris Juried Photography Exhibition will be on-view from February 27 - March 29, 2019.

Bradly Dever Treadaway, Juror
Juror Bio
Bradly Dever Treadaway is a Brooklyn based artist, curator, and professor utilizing lens-based image making, sculpture, installation, and performance to comment on the breakdown of inter-generational communication. His work revolves around fleeting family histories visualized through archival interventions and elevated domestic rituals while questioning material significance within the photographic medium. Treadaway is a Fulbright Scholar to Italy and works as both a Faculty member and the Digital Media Coordinator at The International Center of Photography in New York City. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art, Center for Photography at Woodstock, The International Center of Photography, The Mobile Museum of Art, The Ospedale degli Innocenti in Florence, Italy, and the Lishui Museum of Photography in China. His film/video work has been screened at the New Orleans Film Festival, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the National Centre for Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia, Union Docs, Anthology Film Archives, the Nashville Film Festival, the Coney Island Film Festival, and at the Brooklyn Arts Council’s Scene: Brooklyn.

Eligibility
Entry is open to regional, national, and international artists 18 years or older working in all photo media including, but not limited to, traditional black and white or color photography, experimental or non-traditional light sensitive processes, digital media, film, and video. This is an open theme exhibition without restrictions on content that will include still images, film, video, and moving images.

Entry Details
There is a non-refundable entry fee of $35.00 (U.S.) per artist for up to 10 total entries. All fees are non-refundable. Artist Statements, Resumes/CV, and Bios may be included with entries, but all are not required.  This is an international juried exhibition with works selected for exhibit by the juror.  All entries must be original, completed with the last 5 years, and not previously exhibited in The Clara M. Eagle Gallery.  Prospectus information can be found here: https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=5878Please use the Call for Entry Media Prep for image & video upload guidelines. If you have any questions about the guidelines please email msu.eaglegallery@murraystate.edu and place Magic Silver 2019 in the subject line. 

The Elena Diane Curris Endowment for the Visual Arts
The Elena Diane Curris Endowment for the Visual Arts was established as an endowment by gifts from family and friends of Elena Diane Curris to memorialize her generous and adventurous spirit and to support the strength and reputation of the visual arts at Murray State University.
 
Every two years, the series will feature The Magic Silver Show: The Elena Diane Curris Juried Photography Exhibition as a biennial juried exhibition designed to encourage, foster understanding, and reward those involved in photographic media. This exhibition will present a survey of contemporary photo media in all aspects and genres. Expanding on the legacy of the exhibition’s past, the upcoming exhibitions will feature traditional silver gelatin techniques, experimental light-sensitive processes, digital media, video, film, performance, varied contemporary photo media techniques, moving image, and a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media work within the rich and expansive field of contemporary photography. Such varied and innovative approaches to traditional methods by artists in the field continue to redefine photography and its possibilities. Annually, The Elena Diane Curris Endowment for the Visual Arts  will also provide for a visual arts lecture, exhibition, or presentation supported in part through this endownment, providing an educational opportunity for the students at Murray State University between the juried exhibition dates.
 
This Visual Arts series is named in memory of Elena Diane Curris (1977-2015), the daughter of the sixth president of Murray State University, Dr. Constantine (Deno) W. Curris and Jo Hern Curris, along with her brother Robert (Page) Alexander, Elena lived her first six years of life in Oakhurst, the beautiful presidential home on the Murray State University campus.   
 
Elena Diane Curris earned an associate degree in communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and a bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications and photography from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Over the course of her career, Elena worked with Mirabella Magazine (NYC) followed by Ralph Lauren Corp. in New York City and Aspen, Colorado before assuming a public relations and development position at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). As Director of Community Projects and Marketing at CSULB, Elena represented the University on the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Business Council, Leadership Long Beach, the Fashion Institute of Design, and the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. Elena also had directed the CSULB President's Forum on International Human Rights and co-directed the 2015 CSULB Veterans Day Celebration.
 
Throughout her life, Elena enjoyed collegiate sports, musical concerts, skiing, travel, and had an abiding interest in photography.  We recognize, and thank, the Curris Family for this generous gift to reinstate this biennial juried exhibition, and for their continued support, valued respect, and continued interest in the University Galleries ongoing programming within the educational mission of the Department of Art & Design. This endowment will impact the educational experience of generations of students and for that we are very grateful.
 
The Mission 
The mission of The University Galleries at Murray State, in all of its activities, is to serve the students and scholars of the campus community through the exhibition, interpretation, study, collection and preservation of art. The University Galleries seeks to be a tool in the advancement of cultural knowledge; a laboratory for creative experimentation and expression; and a forum in which students and scholars may engage in creative and intellectual discourse with regional, national, and international artists of our time.

The University Galleries at Murray State are the most public aspect of the Department of Art & Design’s operation and consist of four distinct exhibition spaces. The Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery occupies three spaces. It is located in the Price Doyle Fine Arts Center and occupies much of the sixth and seventh floors. It consists of 4,000 square feet of exhibition space on the main level with part of that space called the Mary Ed Mecoy Hall Gallery, 1,500 square feet on the upper level and 1,600 square feet of support space. There is a permanent collection of 1,200 pieces of art housed at The Clara M. Eagle Gallery in the support space. The Curris Gallery is in the Curris Center, the campus student union, and is located on the ground floor. It consists of approximately 1,000 square feet of exhibition space.

The main level of The Clara M. Eagle Gallery is the site of several major national exhibitions throughout the year. The upper level is dedicated to exhibitions of graduating students, an annual high school art competition, and other exhibitions, many of which are oriented to compliment the studio programming and provide educational impact on current student work. Because of its location, the Curris Gallery has a higher exposure to the public. It features graduating students, student exhibitions, and other smaller exhibitions with a regional reach.


The University Galleries has the ability to host a variety of exhibitions. The Clara M Eagle Gallery is a dynamic multi-level exhibition space for visitors to learn about the history of art and contemporary new media. With 8,200 sq. ft. of exhibition space and over 1,200 works of art housed in our permanent collection, The University Galleries at Murray State are a constant source of innovative programming and educational research within the community. The Clara M. Eagle Gallery, the Eagle Upper Gallery, and the Mary Ed Mecoy Hall Gallery are located at 604 Fine Arts Building in Murray, Kentucky on the campus of Murray State University; The Curris Gallery is located on the first floor of the Curris Center, at 1500 Chestnut Street.

If you would like to send your portfolio or proposal for consideration please try to adhere to the following guidelines:
Digital submissions are encouraged. The University Galleries will also review artist websites if you include the URL within your materials. Please send a cover letter to introduce yourself and your artwork, provide images, a description of the works, and include an Artist Statement, CV, and Artist Bio- include previous shows, education, awards, grants, residencies, etc. (also note that major previous exhibition experience is not required. We choose our artists based on the quality of their work and the impact it will have on our students, the supporting materials help us to see where you have been and what you have been doing) Submissions are reviewed regularly, but we cannot review your information immediately, so please be patient during this process. The University Galleries is not responsible for lost or damaged submissions or the return of contents. Thank you for your continued interest.

Send submissions and proposals to:
msu.eaglegallery@murraystate.edu
or
Submissions & Proposals
c/o University Galleries
604 Fine Arts Building
Murray, KY 42071