Sept. 10, 2012. The Looking Glass Gallery (LGG) at Appalachian State University is accepting submissions for the Artistic Rebuttal Book Project, a nationwide arts advocacy effort to visually render why the arts are essential.
The deadline for submissions is Oct. 10. All Appalachian students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to submit “rebuttals” (a visual combination of creative imagery paired with a quotation or statement that supports the arts) to be included in the exhibition.
Submissions must be horizontal for book-printing purposes, specifically 9 inches wide by 7 inches high. Examples of rebuttals include, but are not limited to, still images of theatrical works, videos, sculptures and actual works of art, such as canvas paintings that meet the dimension requirements. See previously submitted rebuttals at www.artisticrebuttal.com.
Rebuttals will be showcased at the Looking Glass Gallery in Plemmons Student Union from Oct. 22 – Nov. 16. There will also be a reception in the gallery Nov. 2 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Jury-selected submissions from the exhibition will be published in Appalachian’s version of the Artistic Rebuttal Book Project. Appalachian’s version will be available for public order through Lulu.com, with several copies kept on circulation after the exhibition and available for public viewing in Appalachian’s Library around mid-November.
Applications are downloadable online at www.LookingGlassGallery.appstate.edu and printed copies are available in front of the LGG in the Plemmons Student Union.
The Artistic Rebuttal Book Project began in 2011 after Amy Scheidegger, the project’s creator, “overheard a group of teens talking about how useless an art degree was on the Philadelphia Market/Frankford Line.”
“I wanted to convince those who were not already persuaded that artistic endeavors change lives, improve the economy and heal the soul,” said Scheidegger.
“This is a call to action,” claims Dianna Loughlin, curator of Appalachian’s Looking Glass Gallery. “Although the arts are an equal constituent in this economy, their place is becoming more and more difficult to defend. Thus, with the importance of the arts in mind, the Looking Glass Gallery is interested in gathering your support to not only make this project a success, but to bring attention back to the unparalleled worth the arts hold in our lives.”
For more information about the Looking Glass Gallery or the Artistic Rebuttal Book Project, visit www.LookingGlassGallery.appstate.edu.