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Material Matters: Breaking with Tradition
By Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition

U.S. National Deadline: July 12, 2018 – As an expression of culture, art is often unconventional and rebellious; experimental and insightful. Yet, art by necessity relies upon familiar traditions to achieve its unconventional ends. This is why the better we know our traditions, the more cleverly we can break them.

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition (BWAC)’s annual exhibition, Material Matters, asks artists who work in a variety of traditional materials — clay, glass, wood, metal or fiber/textile — to consider the traditions underpinning their work and the rules and conventions they break in method or material. Artists are invited to submit original works that change traditional “ways of seeing” by demonstrating a break with the past or suggesting a new way forward, whether toward logical or illogical conclusions.

This is a national juried exhibition for artists 18 years of age or older working in clay, glass, wood, metal or fiber/textile alone or in combination. All artwork must be original in concept, design and execution. All work must be handcrafted by the artist. Mass production work and commercially manufactured pieces will not be accepted.

Melissa Stern, artist and journalist. Her drawing and sculpture have been exhibited in museums, galleries, private and corporate collections throughout the world… see more

• Gold — $250 cash prize
• Silver — $150 cash prize
• Bronze — $50 cash prize
• Five (5) Certificates of Merit will also be awarded.

All award selections will be made by the juror. Awards will be presented at the Opening Reception, Saturday, October 6, 2018. Exhibit Dates: October 6 – 28, 2018.

Visit us online to download Prospectus for details. The juror’s results will be e‐mailed by Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

BWAC will retain a 30% commission on all exhibition sales. The price represented on the artist entry form will be the sale price.


  • Early Bird submission deadline – June 14th (11:59pm). Fee is $35 for submission of up to 5 images. Additional images may be submitted at a cost of $5 each.
  • Final submission deadline – July 12th (11:59pm). Fee is $50 for submission of up to 5 images. Additional images may be submitted at a cost of $5 each.

Organized in 1978, the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition is a 501.c.3 non-profit corporation. BWAC’s 25,000 square foot gallery is in a Civil War-era warehouse on the Red Hook waterfront. The vista of New York Harbor, spanning the Statue of Liberty to the Verrazano Bridge is one of the best in the city. Our 18,000 annual visitors enjoy viewing every medium and style of artwork, our shows are as spectacular as the setting.

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
481 Van Brunt, Door 7
Red Hook, Brooklyn
t: 718-596-2506

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