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Institute for Humanities Research seeks entries for 'Imaginatio(n)ow' art exhibit

October 19, 2012

The Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) at Arizona State University is seeking artistic entries that address the theme of the imagination/imaginary for its fifth annual contemporary art exhibition. The Institute strives to advance scholarly work that contributes to productive social dialogue and makes a difference in the world. We believe that art works are an important part of that dialogue.

The concepts of imagination and the imaginary are of particular interest to scholars in the humanities as the imagination can be a double-edged sword. Myth, metaphor, and narrative can empower sound ethical decision-making, resuscitate our humanity when we falter, enliven forgiveness, love, and hope in the human heart, and engender powerful visions that create better lives. Yet, imagination may also condemn humanity to irrational delusions, apocalyptic visions, prophetic fascination with dark endings, and unethical imaginary motifs and practices.

For "Imaginatio(n)ow" the Institute is looking for artwork that addresses the immediacy of the imagination\imaginary. How does the artist use imagination not only as a source of inspiration, but also as a method for mentally and visually processing our constantly changing world? How does the human imagination allow us to transform reality or liberate the ways we think, feel, or experience our lives?

The application is free and the call is open to all artists.

Proposals of media that will considered include, but are not limited to:

• 2 Dimensional work
• Sculpture
• Video art
• Performance

The exhibition will run from Feb. 1 through April 26, 2013. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 12.

Send questions about the exhibit and/or submissions to Click here for entry form and prospectus. For exhibition updates or for more information about the IHR, call 480-965-3000.