Call for Entries: Hoarding, Amassing and Excess


Hoarding, Amassing and Excess

This exhibition explores the psychological, sociological, and artistic
impulses for accumulation, horror vacui, berserk collecting, and excessive
mark making.


The NIU Art museum is currently accepting submissions in all media. This
call is open to all artists in the United States 18 years of age or older.
Submitted artwork must be handleable by two people and fit through a
single door (36” wide x 84” tall).


$30.00. Checks made out to NIU in US dollars are the only form of payment
we can currently accept. Submissions that arrive without a fee will not be

Monies from fees will be used to support publications and programming
relevant to these thematic exhibitions. Examples of past programming
(bus trips, artist lectures, workshops and film series, etc…) can be found on
our website (


Please include an introductory cover letter, with your contact information
(name, address, phone, email). Also include a brief written statement
about how each piece fits the theme.

Submit 1 - 5 images (plus details of each as necessary), in jpeg format,
300 dpi, 1500 pixels on the smallest side. The filename for each image
should include the artist’s last name and title (i.e., LastnameTitle.jpg). Do
not imbed images within a photo program (i.e., Power Point, iPhoto, etc.).
CD’s must be labeled neatly with the artist’s first and last name.

Video footage and/or documentation of performances may be
submitted on DVD, again with an accompanying printed description of
the material. DVD’s must be labeled neatly with the artist’s first and last

Images must be accompanied by a typewritten image list, which includes
artist’s first and last name, title, date, dimensions, media of the work, and
insurance value. Please also include a printed contact sheet of labeled
images. Please include an appropriately sized SASE if you wish your
materials to be returned to you.


September 30, 2013


Call for Entries
NIU Art Museum
1425 W. Lincoln Highway
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115


Artwork must arrive at the museum ready for exhibition. All accepted
work must remain on display for the full duration of the exhibitions.
Hoarding, Amassing and Excess will run from March 25, 2014 through May
23, 2014. Please consider any potentially conflicting commitments with
your work before making your selections for submission.


The NIU Art Museum reserves the right to maintain its established
professional standards when selecting work for any exhibitions. To that end,
the Museum reserves the right to accept any number of applicants, or none
at all. The Museum reserves the right not to exhibit accepted work that
differs significantly from images initially submitted. Examples of past
exhibitions at the NIU Art Museum can be accessed online at the Museum’s
website,, or at the Museum’s Flickr page,


Applicants will be notified of acceptance no later than October 31, 2013.


The NIU Art Museum will provide insured return shipping after the
exhibition; insured shipping to the NIU Art Museum is the responsibility of
the artist.


The NIU Art Museum provides fine art insurance for all artwork while on the
museum premises and during return shipping.


September 30, 2013

October 31, 2013

February 28, 2014

Postmark deadline for all entries

Artist notification by phone or email

Shipped work for Hoarding, Amassing and Excess
due at the NIU Art Museum

Exhibition dates

March 25, 2014
through May 23, 2014

June 15, 2014

Return of artwork begins


___Labeled CD of images

___Image list

___Labeled contact sheet

___Brief introductory cover letter

___Brief statement about each piece submitted

___Entry fee

___SASE (If desired)