Tomayko Foundation Open Call: Adaptation


Exhibition Dates: October 10 – November 22, 2024
Located at the Tomayko Foundation
5173 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, 15224





The Tomayko Foundation is pleased to announce an open call for artwork for exhibition based on the theme: Adaptation. Selected artists and artworks will be included in a group exhibition at the Tomayko Foundation gallery in Bloomfield from October 10 to November 22, 2024. The call is conceived and juried by Curator and Art Historian Michaela Blanc and organized by Nina Friedman, Director at the Tomayko Foundation.


Entries are accepted from July 1 through July 21, 2024, 11:59 pm (EST).

Entries can be made individually, in duos, or as a group.


The curatorial program for Adaptation seeks to collectively expand on the potency of natural and artificial relationships between human and non-human beings through artworks that challenge artistic languages and enhance interdisciplinary expressions. Artists interested in bringing outdoor materials in dialogue with human-made items and substances are invited to submit artworks.


We welcome visual and material investigations on the cultural issues that shape Pittsburgh and Allegheny County at large — from socioeconomic concerns to biological processes; architectural movements in relation to post-deindustrialized communities in the aftermath of urban renewal; and the diversity of plants and wetland systems coexisting with technological intervention — to tell stories that respond to or reflect upon our interdependence with the environment through a heterogeneous lens. 


Works that acknowledge and question our communal ability to influence, intersect, and adapt to local ecosystems are particularly relevant to this call. For instance, projects focused on distinct (re)use of materials and thought processes that draw from collaborative strategies—like community gardening, foraging associations, and the conservation of greenways and bodies of water, to name a few— are also relevant. How can the visual arts capture and document the impacts of human infrastructure and climate activities? What other modes of archiving can contemplate alternate realities, networks of solidarity, and eco-fictions?  


Artists working in a multitude of languages and artistic expressions are invited to submit works—including painting, printmaking, drawing, collage, sculpture, bioart, creative writing, photography, performance, scent-focused projects, mixed media, metal, glass, fiber, ceramics, time-based media, and sound elements—to be exhibited in the show Adaptation.


Please note: Selected artists can expect to hear back from the curatorial team in the final days of July and early August. A studio visit opportunity with the curatorial team will likely occur between late July and early August. 



For more information, reach out to the Tomayko Foundation at info@tomayko.foundation or 412.550.0119.

Gallery hours
Monday - Friday
11 am - 4 pm


Saturday + Sunday
By appointment, please email info@tomayko.foundation

5173 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224


412.550.0119


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The Tomayko Foundation was started in 2015 to foster individual creativity through education and the arts.



The Tomayko Foundation was started in 2015 to foster individual creativity through education and the arts.

Monday-Friday
11 am - 4 pm

Saturday + Sunday
by appointment

5173 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224


info@tomayko.foundation


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