Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Call for Entry

A Book About Death @ Belknap Mill

October 1st submission date

All artists submitting to A Book About Death @ Belknap Mill should mail a postcard reflecting an interpretation of the subject, in any medium, to:
A Book About Death
Belknap Mill
25 Beacon Street East
Laconia NH 03246

Submissions should have the words "A Book About Death" on the front of the card and the artist's information on the back.

Entry deadline is October 1st, 2010; the Belknap Mill reserves the right to reject any submissions that are not received by that deadline.

Artists are also encouraged to submit a jpeg image to for publication on this blog.
All entries become the property of A Book About Death @ Belknap Mill and will not be returned.

The exhibit will be open from October 15th through November 1st 2010, with a reception on Friday October 29th. Other events in conjunction with the exhibit will be announced here as they are finalized.
Curated by John Moriarty, executive director of the Belknap Mill and Melissa McCarthy of The Studio.

Since its origins in New York City in September of 2009, the "A Book About Death" exhibit has grown into an internationally exhibited arts phenomenon. Matthew Rose, who created the concept of the first show, invited artists from all over the world to submit 500 postcards, which were then shown at the Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery in SoHo, and which viewers were invited to collect to create their own unbound Book About Death.

ABAD, as the show is known, was originally created by artist Ray Johnson (1927-1995) as an irreverential look at the subject of death, and the original unbound edition was sent to members of the New York Correspondence School, a network of international artists and poets founded by Johnson in the 1960's who used the democratic and inexpensive mail system to distribute and exchange works of art. You can read more information here. With Johnson's original concept in mind, artist Matthew Rose sent a call for entry through the network of today's technology and created the NYC ABAD.

Now ABAD is coming to the northeast. The historic Belknap Mill, located in the heart of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, is exhibiting selections from the original New York City Book, and inviting artists to submit work to create a new chapter in the Book About Death.

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