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CALL FOR ARTISTS

“PLAY/THINGS:  The Iconography of the Toy”

 

Santa Fe, New Mexico—New Mexico artists are invited to apply for inclusion in “PLAY/THINGS,” the Community Gallery’s Spring 2020 exhibit. All New Mexico artists interested in addressing issues related to the role of toys and play in creativity, the iconography of toys from childhood, the trend towards the digitization of play and the decline of toys in retail. “PLAY/THINGS” will run from March through May 2020. 

Artists working in all media (2D & 3D) are encouraged to submit an online portfolio here: https://form.jotform.com/91705153984160. The deadline is 5 pm MST, Friday, July 26, 2019. For more information, please call 505-955-6707 or email [bot protected email address].

 

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation.”  Plato

 

“Play/Things” is an exhibit centered on toys as cultural references and gateways to childhood creativity.  Participating artists will be challenged to create artworks inspired by the iconic memories of toys from their childhoods.

The benefits of creative play are well documented, from improving problem solving and cognitive skills, to boosting self-expression and critical thinking.  However, toy sales over the past three years are down at all three of the major toy companies: Lego, Hasbro, and Mattel.  The closing of Toys “R” Us in 2018 represents a bell weather in the transition of childhood play to a primarily digital format.  With this transition, are toys becoming obsolete?  What does that mean for the creative process of future generations?  Play/Things seeks to investigate the role of toys in American society through the eyes of our most creative resource:  Artists. 

 

Participating artists will be asked to consider-

What is the role of toys in creativity and imagination? 

How are gender roles designated and/or reinforced through toys and play? 

What are artists’ fondest toy images from their childhoods and what did they learn from them?

Does digital play ignite creativity in a different way? 

 

“PLAY/THINGS” asks interested artists in all media to rekindle their childhood for this exciting (and fun) exhibit.

 

The Community Gallery promotes and exhibits the work of New Mexico artists and artisans, with emphasis on Santa Fe, through exhibitions, professional training and community involvement in the arts. For more information about the Community Gallery, visit www.SantaFeArtsCommission.org or call 505-955-6707. 

 

 

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