WESTOBOU EXHIBITION CALL FOR ARTISTS
Exhibition Title: SEEDS
Exhibition Dates: November 6-December 18, 2020
Events: Opening Reception: Nov. 6, 5-8 p.m.
Location: Westobou Gallery, 1129 Broad Street, Augusta, Georgia 30901
Type: Juried by Karlota Contreras-Koterbay (bio below), $300 retail and under, limited (10-14 artists)
Application Due By: AUGUST 2, 2020
Just in time for the holidays Westobou Gallery presents SEEDS, an annual juried exhibition of small works priced at an affordable $300 or less. The show features a variety of local and regional artists working with various mediums and a variety of styles.
Karlota Contreras-Koterbay (b. 1978, Filipinix)
As an Appalachian-based Filipinx artist, curator and art administrator, Karlota Contreras-Koterbay navigates the world through the lens of a post-colonial citizen, a cultural activist tasked to provide agency for empowerment through art.
Contreras-Koterbay is Director of Tipton and Slocumb Galleries under the Department of Art & Design at East Tennessee State University. She creates work, writes grants and curates exhibitions that investigate the nuanced issues of diversity, racial/gender equity, mobility/immigration, and hybrid/liminal identities. She is a recipient of the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Grant, as well as state/private grants funding that provide access to diverse, inclusive and critical projects aimed to encourage discourse and collaborative engagement.
Contreras-Koterbay curates exhibitions that feature artists of color, diverse gender orientations (women, LGBTQ, etc) and those in the minority who need visibility and self representation. Some of her projects include: ‘Manlalakbay: Filipina/o Diaspora and Hybrid Identity’ (2017), ‘Black Appalachia (2017), ‘Owasv and Din’etah: The Self and Homeland in Indigenous America (2015), EQUAL: Modern Family in America’ and 'Politics of Representation: Re-Imaging Indigenous America From Warhol to Map(ing)' (2014), Envisioned Landscape (2013), and 'Crafting Contemporary Art: Studio Craft in Appalachia' (2010). She also organizes international exchanges such as Studio Arts Center International Exhibit (2007) in Florence, Italy; Filipina as Artist and Feminist' (2008); Frolic: Humor and Mischief in New Taiwanese Art (2008); Neo-Garde: Contemporary South Korean Art (2010); and New APP: Contemporary Art In Appalachia (2012) in Ulsan, South Korea. Her Diverse and Empowered project received the Tennessee Association of Museum’s (TAM) Award of Excellence for Exhibition Series and Award of Commendation for Publication during the 2019-2020 season.
She has served as Juror for state and regional exhibitions or artists’ grants in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Contreras-Koterbay initiated the university-wide ETSU Privilege Walk and has served on various museums’ exhibition committees in the region. She is a Panelist for the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Education and At-Risk Youth Grants and was nominated for the Tennessee Governor’s Award for the Arts (2016). She is a recipient of the ETSU Distinguished Staff (2013), Best New Program for Native American Festival, and the Jan Phillips Mentor Award (2015).
Contreras-Koterbay received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Master of Arts in Art History from the University of the Philippines – Diliman. She is a member of the International Council on Museums (ICOM), Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), TN Association of Museums (TAM), Tennessean for the Arts, Association of Academic Museum & Galleries (AAMG), American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and International Association of Aesthetics (IAA). She was a former Board Director of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP) and Board Member of the Committee on Art Galleries under the National Commission for Culture & the Arts (NCCA). She is founding Board Director and VP for Curatorial Programing for American Museum of Philippine Art.