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Call for Artists:

Typos + Spills + Broken Glass

January 10-February 1, 2020

Deadline for submissions: November 21, 2019 at 11:59PM

Amos Eno Gallery presents Typos + Spills + Broken Glass, a group exhibition that explores the humorous impact of failure on artistic practice. This call for artists is coordinated by Member Artist Candace Jensen, in cooperation with Guest Curators Melissa Joseph and Emmitt Smith.


Failure is inevitable. Failure is necessary. Failure is funny. Artists fail over and over again in

the studio. Sometimes artists hide failure away in dark corners as lurking reminders of our

shortcomings. Sometimes failure is lucky and becomes the conduit to new directions/ dimensions.

Failure can happen by design or accidentally; either way it makes us aware of something we didn’t know before. We are interested in the knowledge acquired through this process.


How does your work address issues of failure? Did you go into it intentionally to fail or did it

happen unexpectedly? Was failure beneficial to your practice? How did it affect your next



This show celebrates failure as pivotal to the artistic process. Typos + Spills + Broken Glass shares failure’s bounty and relieves cultural anxiety through humor and self-awareness.



How does your work address issues of failure?  Did you go into it intentionally to fail or did it happen unexpectedly?  Was Failure beneficial to your practice? How did it affect your next moves?


Email your submission and any questions via email to:



All artists in all career stages are eligible to submit work for consideration. Work submitted must be made within the last two years.  There is no limitation on geographic location or medium. Work can be in any medium: 2D, 3D, video, stick and poke, etc.  If submitting video, please include a link to Vimeo or YouTube.  Please be aware that you will be responsible for all postage and customs fees, if applicable. 


●    3-5 images (maximum of 2MB each)

●    A brief statement (300 words max) responding to the prompt above in PDF format

●    PDF file of your CV



●    Images must show the exact work you are submitting.

●    Images should be a maximum of 2MB each.

●    Acceptable file formats are .jpg/jpeg or .png or .pdf


●    Artists may submit up to five (5) distinct pieces of work for consideration.

●    Only completed artworks will be considered.

●    Shipped Artworks can be no greater than 60  inches on the longest side.  

●    Please include online links to any videos.

●    Artwork may be for sale.  Amos Eno Gallery will receive a 20% commission on all sold work, and sales transactions will be processed by the artist. 

●    Substitutions are not guaranteed. Please be aware that if an accepted work becomes unavailable, or is too expensive to ship prior to the exhibition, there is no guarantee that another work will be substituted.

●    The cost of shipping artwork within/to the United States is the responsibility of the artist, along with any insurance.  Please take this into consideration when submitting works that may cost more to ship or involve customs fees.  In the case that an artwork does not sell, return shipping is also the responsibility of the artist. Please include a prepaid return label with your artwork.   The artist is not responsible for shipping if the artwork sells during the exhibition.  NOTE: Artwork that does not provide return shipping will be discarded.



●    Entry Deadline:  November 21, 2019 11:59pm EST.

●    All artists will be notified of the final decision by December 1, 2019. If your work is selected, you will receive further information about shipping and deadlines at that time. 

●    Shipped work MUST arrive at the Amos Eno Gallery, 56 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY 11206, by DECEMBER 20, 2019.  

●    Dropped off work may be delivered in person on Monday, January 6 or Tuesday, January 7, 2020 with prior agreement with curators.  

●    All selected work will be on display at Amos Eno Gallery, January 10, 2020- February 1, 2020, with an opening reception on Friday January 10, 2020.

●    Pick up dates after the exhibition ends will be emailed to accepted artists.  



Amos Eno Gallery and the show curators reserve the right to use images of the artwork for publicity purposes. By submitting artwork via this call, the artist is agreeing to the terms outlined above.


Melissa Joseph is a multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently an artist in residence at the Textile Arts Center in Gowanus. Her work addresses the phenomenon of being human, how fragile that is, and is dedicated to mending and healing some of the seemingly persistent failure of civic and social infrastructure. Melissa is also the Grants Manager at the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation. She earned her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA, in 2018.     @melissajoseph_art

Emmitt Smith is a painter and installation artist residing in San Francisco, CA. His work interrogates the legitimacy of visual information systems in a digital world. He uses a variety of media and makes densely layered images and immersive spaces that are heavily influenced by travel ads, maps, Photoshop files and 19th Century American Landscape paintings. His work has been displayed in museums and galleries across the United States and his work is featured in multiple private collections. He is currently the Senior Graduate Admissions Counselor at California College of the Arts. He earned his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA, in 2017, and served as a Resident Critic in the MFA program in 2018.

Candace Jensen  is a visual artist, writer, calligrapher and printmaker. She has exhibited work in Philadelphia, San Francisco, New York, and Antwerp. Jensen focuses on building and uplifting art and permacultural communities through both her artwork and activism. She is a current artist member at Amos Eno Gallery, where she collaborates as an exhibiting artist and curator. Jensen earned her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA, in 2018. She lives and works in Southern Vermont. @artist.cjensen 

Amos Eno Gallery  is a nonprofit art gallery providing a full season of exhibits by emerging and mid-career artists working in visual, performance, installation, interactive, and/or digital media/video. Their season is complemented by a diverse series of performances as well as educational and public programs for the New York area. A small community of professional artists runs the nonprofit whose members are vetted through a rigorous reviewing process by their peers. Amos Eno serves as an alternative, artist-run platform for professional artists in a variety of media, giving precedence to artistic expression freed from commercial restraints. By presenting a rich schedule of exhibits and participatory events, they help promote the cultural growth of artistic community.  @amosenogallery

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