Photography Contest

The Beauty in Madness

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The Beauty in Madness

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All entrants must be 18 years of age or older

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Through centuries, in poetry, prose, drama, and the visual arts, madness" has been on display for all to see.
With devastating effect, mental illness can disturb our commonsense assumptions; create unbearable disruptions in the routine of daily living; and turn our experience and our expectations upside down. And yet, it is this upside-down world view that opens a universe of unique and inventive perspectives oblivious to those from free from disruptions of the mind. (think Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Frida Kahlo, Virginia Woolf and Edgar Allan Poe)

Praxis Gallery seeks work that explores ideas linked to mental health, be it conflict or humor, fiction or fact, or any other literal or ephemeral lens-based investigation. We welcome photographic art that questions conventional assumptions about mental health or celebrates the unique perspective only visible to those who can see the "beauty in madness. All genres, capture types, black & white and color, traditional and non-traditional photographic and digital post-production processes are welcome for submission.

Juror: Sarah Weiss
Sarah Weiss is the Project Director at Praxis Gallery | Photo Arts Center. She is also an artist, Educator and co-founder of CollabArts Twincities. She completed her MFA in photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. Sarah has participated in several group & solo exhibitions and art organizations in the local arts communities of Rochester, NY; Milwaukee, WI; Glenview, IL and Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN. Sarah is active in local critique and photobook groups. She contributes to the local arts community by creating exhibition opportunities through arts programing with the goal to help build an inclusive and energizing art community.Through centuries, in poetry, prose, drama, and the visual arts, madness" has been on display for all to see.

Fifty images will be selected by the juror for exhibition at Praxis Gallery. A Juror's Choice, three Honorable Mentions, and a Directors Choice will be awarded and featured in the exhibition, the printed show catalog, and the online exhibit gallery. Juror's Choice will receive free entry into three juried calls for entry of their choice and a complimentary exhibit book. Directors Choice will receive free entry into two juried calls for entry of their choice.