Wish You Were Here

A postcard exhibition

Call for ENTRY:
The Visual Arts Gallery at Governors State University is organizing an exhibition of hand made postcards from all around the world. Our goal is to receive 500 or more standard sized postcards mailed by United States Postal Service (USPS) to create a continuous line of postcards around the gallery walls.  

There is no entry fee; simply the price of postage. 

The front/image side can be anything: drawing, painting, collage, photography, etc as long as it can be mailed through USPS:

To qualify for mailing through USPS First-Class Mail, it must be:
*At least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inch thick 
*No more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inches thick

The back/message side will be addressed to:

Jeff Stevenson, Director
Visual Arts Gallery
Governors State University
1 University Parkway

University Park, IL 60484

The message area should contain the artist’s signature, printed artist name, title of the piece, medium, year, email, website info, and any other message from the artist desired, although it may not be visible while on display.

Each postcard will be received as a donation from the artist to the Visual Arts Gallery and will not be returned. The postcards will be auctioned/sold to raise funds for the gallery. There is no limit to the number of submissions.

2017 Wish You Were Here timeline:
June 7 Call for entry announced
June 20 suggested mail in date for international postcards
June 30 suggested mail in date for domestic postcards
July 7 all postcards received and installation begins
July 10 exhibition open to the public
July 27 exhibition ends

Theme: Wish You Were Here

In the tradition of mailing postcards while on vacation, the artists submitting art for this exhibition can consider: summer vacation, rest, rejuvenation, time to dream and reflect, and the value of having a change of scenery. 

The popular phrase “wish you were here” could indicate a longing for the recipient’s company, or a desire to stir up envy by pointing out that they are not in the location from which the card is sent. All postcards will be on display unless deemed inappropriate for general audiences.

By mailing us a postcard, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions explained here and on record with the Visual Arts Gallery and Governors State University.

Please forward to friends, artists, groups, anyone who might be interested. Mail early and often! You don't have to be an artist, but it doesn't hurt.

watch our Facebook page for an online photo album of all the entries and the opportunity to bid in the auction! 

questions? contact Jeff Stevenson jstevenson@govst.edu

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