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Variety Issue (Various Curators)

Art Renewal Center Publishing Prize

Juried by Lorena Kloosterboer

In 2019 Lorena Kloosterboer is PoetsArtists judge for the cover prize from the ARC Salon entries. See further information about the ARC here. She will be selecting the cover for this issue from the ARC Salon entries and writing an article about the artist’s work.

Lorena Kloosterboer

Lorena Kloosterboer

Lorena Kloosterboer

Dutch-Argentine artist Lorena Kloosterboer (the Netherlands, 1962) creates contemporary realist still lifes, focusing on glass and ceramic pieces, sometimes accompanied by birds. Lorena’s compositions are infused with symbolism, allowing the artist an essential freedom of expression to convey her thoughts and beliefs. Her paintings reveal a desire to capture the fascinating interactions between colors, light, shadows, textures and reflections, and unite them in visual poetry.

During her thirty + year career Kloosterboer’s artwork has won numerous awards and has participated in over 100 gallery and museum exhibitions in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 

Kloosterboer also enjoys writing about art and fellow artists. She has published a book entitled Painting in Acrylics, publishes reviews in PoetsArtists, and writes introductions to art catalogs. 

Lorena Kloosterboer currently lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium.


Multiple-Figure Narrative

curated by Gayle Madeira

Throughout history, the magnum opus of many artists has been a multiple-figure narrative. Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, Picasso’s Guernica are among just a few of some of the most famous paintings which express the narrative themes of spirituality, love, war, and community, and elicit intense reactions. With the recent Realism movement which has been building for the last decade, artists have been resurrecting old methods of making art. This has resulted in high proficiency in rendering the human form realistically. In the future, how will this training and proficiency using classical techniques translate into telling a story in a contemporary way? These methods can be used to push the art form further, to define a whole new type of Narrative Realism which is based in pre-established techniques but moves forward into a more contemporary style. The current moment of history lends itself perfectly to this theme.

Requirements Checklist:

  • Multi-Figure artwork

  • Narrative

  • All styles accepted

  • All paint, drawing, and sculpture mediums accepted.

Gayle Madeira

Gayle Madeira

Gayle Madeira (b. 1969 Texas) was raised on a farm in Virginia where she developed an intense love for nature. A shy child, she began making art at a young age as well as dancing. Later, with a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase and a move to NYC, Gayle made her living dancing and doing illustration, graphic design, and presentation work.

Starting in 2010, Gayle decided to fulfill her lifelong dream of being a fine artist working in oils. She studied under many wonderful teachers at Grand Central Academy, New York Academy of Art, The Art Students League, and Salmagundi Club with teachers Alyssa Monks, David Kassan, Quang Ho, Chris Raccioppi, Travis Schlaht, Ted Minoff, and Patrick Byrnes, among others.

Gayle’s work has been, or is currently being exhibited at Sotheby’s in Los Angeles, The MEAM Museum, The National Arts Club, Salmagundi Club, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Principle Gallery, Foundation Gallery, and the New York Hall of Science, among others. Her paintings have appeared in various magazines, books, and films and have been finalists in the Art Renewal Center’s juried salons (2017, 2016, 2015), the Portrait Society of America (2016) competition, and the Artist’s Magazine (2015, 2009).


My Self

curated by Jen Brown

Self-portraits are some of the most challenging artworks to create. We all have ideas about who we are and how we look. Our perception of ourselves is different from others’ perception of us. Often we try to hide our vulnerabilities and mask our true selves. For this call, we are looking for representational self-portraits (not abstract ones). Furthermore, we are looking for self-portraits that let your guard down and reveal something about you, the artist; show us who you are.

Requirements Checklist:

  • Self-portrait

  • Representational style

  • All paint, drawing, and sculpture mediums accepted

Jen Brown

Jen Brown

Jen Brown holds a Master’s Degree in Art History and a Curatorial Diploma from York University in Toronto (class of 2004). She is Canadian but has lived in Japan and Mexico, and currently resides in Portland, OR. She is a self-taught painter; however her education in art history bears insight into the subject and style of her work. She employs classical painting techniques in her narrative paintings.


Familial Muse

curated by Brianna Lee

Creating visual art is a process of exploring subjects to add deeper meaning to life. For some, inspiration comes from relationships with family, culture, ancestry, or family traditions. Family shapes who we are, and who we will become. Personal narratives inform an artist's work, even on a subconscious level. The absence of a family figure can have an impact, too. The theme of this call is family. Familial Muse subjects can be of people, objects, or events that are symbolic of family to you. Submitted work can also explore family traditions or places where you feel connected to your family or ancestry. This call is open to all 2D drawing or painting media. 

Requirements Checklist:

  • Of or relating to family

  • All 2D drawing or painting media accepted

Brianna Lee

Brianna Lee

Brianna Lee was born and raised in rural Visalia, CA. Her work often features introspective figures set against dramatic skies that are both inviting and threatening, a metaphor for the human experience and influenced by the rural landscapes of her hometown. She received her BFA with honors from the prestigious Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, CA and is a member of the American Women Artists organization and is a BoldBrush Sponsored Artist. She has been internationally published and granted awards for her figurative work, including the Art Renewal Center 13th Annual ARC Salon. She shows in various group exhibitions nationally is currently painting full-time in her North Visalia studio, creating for exhibits and commissioned portraits.



curated by Didi Menendez

Looking for photography, digital, and Polaroids which seeps of isolation. 

Requirements Checklist:

  • Digital or Analog Photography, including Polaroid images.

  • Signed Limited edition prints or original photographs for the PA online store.

Didi Menendez

Didi Menendez

Didi Menendez is a professional photographer who gave up her career for her family. After two divorces and four children under the age of ten, she took up publishing online.She is the creator of PoetsArtists and runs a community of over 500 members consisting or artists, poets, and art collectors.


STUFF OF DREAMS: Call for Poetry

curated by Grace Cavalieri


Writing Prompt: Stuff of Dreams

Poetry should be sent as a text or word doc file as an attachment containing up to three new works not previously published to the attention of our publisher. Email to didimenendez@gmail.com. Include a short narrative bio and contact information. See bottom of page or further information on deadlines.

Requirements Checklist:

  • Pertains to prompt

  • Accepted mediums: poetry

  • send as text or word doc file

  • up to three new poems not previously published

  • include short narrative bio and contact info

Grace Cavalieri with her cat, Paddles

Grace Cavalieri with her cat, Paddles

Grace Cavalieri

In 2019, Grace Cavalieri celebrates 42 years on-air with her for public radio series, The Poet and the Poem, from the Library of Congress. She has 20 books of poetry published and 26 plays produced. She holds the George Garret Award from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, along with poetry and playwriting awards. She holds (twice) the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, The Bordighera Poetry Prize, The Pen Fiction Award, the Columbia Prize, plus others. She’s the monthly poetry columnist/reviewer for The Washington Independent Review of Books. She holds the CPB Silver Medal for broadcasting.



curated by Walt Morton

The Contemporary European Painters call is open to all European artists. Submitted artwork must be contemporarily-themed and have a strong aspect of Realism present. Abstract works do not fit the criteria for this call. Paintings may be of any size in traditional or mixed media. Specifically seeking artists to represent Spain, Italy, France, UK, Scandinavia, and Germany, but open to all 51 countries in Europe.

Requirements Checklist:

  • European Artist

  • Contemporary artwork

  • In the style of Realism

  • Open to all 2D painting mediums

  • All sizes accepted

Walt Morton

Walt Morton

Walt Morton is an artist and author. Formerly part of the LA art scene, he has been organizing and curating art exhibitions since 1996. He now lives in Northern California deep among the redwoods. You can probably find him on Facebook and instagram, if you try.


Difficult Subjects

curated by Judy Takács

Diego Velasquez created profoundly beautiful portraits of court dwarfs and jesters whose deformities amused the royalty of the day. Painted with such sensitivity, grace, and love, I feel these were truly his finest portraits. The fact that these marginalized and victimized people were difficult subjects, whose likenesses in the hands of a lesser artist could easily have deteriorated into caricature, makes them that much more poignant.

Difficult Subjects will present portraits and figurative works of people who fall outside the range of conventional beauty. For this call, paintings of muses with differences in gender, ability, race, appearance, health, age, or other characteristics, will be considered. They may have physical traits or disabilities that society deems unattractive, scarred, or deformed. Due to their attributes, these people may be invisible to society or noticeably shunned by it. Works should be honest portrayals with intense sensitivity and regard to those depicted.

Please include in your submission a brief explanation of your piece, and why the subject material is difficult.

Requirements Checklist:

  • Portrait or figurative work

  • Unconventional subject

  • Brief explanation of work and how it pertains to the call

  • Open to all mediums

Judy Takács

Judy Takács

Judy Takács

Born in New York City, raised and educated in Cleveland, Ohio, Takács is best known for her ongoing traveling portrait series, book and blog, Chicks with Balls: Judy Takács paints unsung female heroes.  A winner of eleven Best in Show awards since 2011, her figurative work has been exhibited in solo, invitational, and juried shows at the Butler Institute of American Art, Zanesville Museum of Art, Evansville Museum, ArtNEO Museum, Salmagundi and National Arts Clubs, and at art centers, colleges and galleries throughout the nation. A past chair of New Media Relations for the Cecilia Beaux Forum of the Portrait Society of America, she is now an elected member and holds a board position with the Allied Artists of America as Social Media Chair. Her paintings, projects and contributions to the figurative art world are noted on Wikipedia. As a life-long painter of people, Judy has found that fascinating individuals find their way into her paintings. Her goal is to truthfully depict a living, breathing soul whose presence invites viewers to linger, connect, and think.



Review each of the calls above and submit to any which are of interest or you may qualify for. Read our general guidelines before submitting your folder. Since this is an online exclusive and publication call, there is no need to include an image of yourself next to the artwork as stated in the general guidelines. Work which is available will be offered for our online exclusive on the Zhou B Art Center’s Artsy Page. Work may also be uploaded to the PA online gallery.

This is a new publication structure where each of the curators—with the exception of Lorena Kloosterboer, who is selecting the cover prize—will be be selecting 10 artists or poets for their curatorial. Each of the curators and editors may write an article about the works they have chosen to feature in their segment of the publication.

May 15, 2019


March 15, 2019

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