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Call to Artists: 2015 Au Natural Exhibition

 Clatsop Community College Logo…Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon, announces the 2015 International Juried Exhibition, Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century, and invites entries.

The Au Naturel competition is open to all artists working in any two dimensional drawing, painting, or printmaking medium with a focus on the nude human figure as subject matter in any form from  representational to abstract, and in which the handmade mark is employed as the primary means of image-making. Entrants must be 18 years or older, and student work created under instruction is ineligible. Submitted artwork must have been executed in the last three years and must be available for the duration of the exhibit.  Due to the special focus of this exhibit, photography is not eligible. Any artwork reproduced by photomechanical processes (including giclée prints) will not be accepted. Visit to view artwork from previous Au Naturel exhibitions and for further information about the exhibit.


Applications are now being accepted online using the CaFÉ™ website. Applications must be received on CaFÉ™ by Midnight (11:59:59 pm) Mountain Time, Friday, November 7, 2014.  There is no additional fee to use the CaFÉ™ online application system. Enter and register a username and password . Navigate to Apply to Calls, and search the list for Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century. The site also provides detailed instructions for use. There is a $35 fee for the submission of up to three images, and $5 for each additional image submitted.


2015 exhibit awards will include $1,000 in cash prizes and up to $2,000 in purchase awards. A select number of Visiting Artist Workshop awards will also be granted. Additionally, one artist will be chosen to be featured in a solo show for the following exhibition season (2015-2016) at the Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery. The 2015 Au Naturel exhibit will open on Thursday, January 22, 2015 and continues through March 5, 2015.


For a prospectus, send a SASE to Au Naturel International Juried Exhibition c/o Kristin Shauck, Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, OR 97103 or download it from the Au Naturel website.


Barbara Shaiman is the juror for Clatsop Community College’s 2015 International Juried Exhibition Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century.

Barbara Shaiman is the juror for Clatsop Community College’s 2015 International Juried Exhibition Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century.

Serving as juror for the 2015 exhibit is Barbara Shaiman, currently an independent curator and art consultant. She is also the hotel curator for Seattle’s Alexis Hotel where she has presented quarterly art exhibits for the past 10 years. Until the end of 2013 she was the Art and Exhibitions Director of the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) Gallery a position she held for 24 years during which time the gallery quadrupled in size. At the gallery, Shaiman curated approximately 12 exhibits a year. For many years she also has devoted time to jurying community art exhibits, participating in public art panels, advising local arts organizations and helping emerging artists to become familiar with the business of art by teaching workshops and evaluating portfolios. Before joining the SAM staff, Shaiman taught studio art classes in New York at Brooklyn College and Brooklyn Museum Art School, at Hawthorne Studio in Missoula, Montana, and, in Seattle, at Seward Park Arts Center and Bellevue Community College. She was also a working ceramic artist and the owner/director of Shaiman Gallery, a local contemporary fine crafts and design gallery. Her ceramics were featured in many regional and national exhibits as well as several books and magazines, and she wrote articles for Studio Potter magazine.

Shaiman says, “My curatorial approach is influenced by my background as a working artist and instructor of studio courses. For me the individual artworks come first, and after that a unifying concept for the exhibit. The visual is primary, and then comes attention to concept and other formal elements.”

For more information, contact Kristin Shauck , 503-338-2472; [email protected].



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