Curated by Steven DaLuz

Exhibition Dates: Nov 1 - Nov 30, 2018

Opening Reception: Nov 1, 2018, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

AnArte Gallery 7959 Broadway Street, Suite 404, San Antonio, TX 78209


Curator's Notes:  What is "the human condition"? The Oxford Living Dictionary defines it as, "The state or condition of being human, especially regarded as being inherently problematic or flawed." This definition goes back to the mid 16th century, found in John Alday as early as 1566-1579.
According to Wikipedia, The human condition is "the characteristics, key events, and situations which compose the essentials of human existence, such as birth, growth, emotionality, aspiration, conflict, and mortality. This is a very broad topic which has been and continues to be pondered and analyzed from many perspectives, including those of religion, philosophy, art, literature, anthropology, psychology, and biology. As a literary term, "the human condition" is typically used in the context of ambiguous subjects such as the meaning of life or moral concerns."

  Pamela Wilson    Blue Fugue  | oil and glitter on panel | 18" x 18" | 2018

Pamela Wilson

Blue Fugue | oil and glitter on panel | 18" x 18" | 2018


It seems we humans are in a predicament, spawned from our inability to understand our state of "imperfection." Some philosophers posit that this arises from the premise of "good and evil" in our nature. We humans are capable of horrific acts, such as murder, torture, rape, etc. We are aggressive and selfish, yet we can be cooperative, selfless and loving. We struggle with this incongruent state of being, which produces feelings of guilt within us. Our behavior goes beyond instinct, having psychological facets that involve our conscious, sentient minds. We are egocentric, deceitful, arrogant, jealous, mean, insincere, immoral, etc. Our imperfection is not driven by animal instinct, rather, it is derived from our conscious, human minds. We are flawed beings, and it bothers us greatly.  

Despite the negative aspects of our being, we also possess a moral conscience, imbued with a caring sense of unconditional altruism and the capacity for kindness and love. The struggle we face creates a dilemma within us, often causing us to deny our human condition. It is something we often shy away from, as it is at the root of so much misery in the world. Yet, it can be the source of so much good. Our human condition is a state of imperfection.
The subject for this theme is vast, giving the invited artists very wide latitude in creating their expressions of the human condition. Each artist is asked to ponder and explore aspects of the theme that appeals to them and challenge their sensibility. The work should focus upon the human figure within the context of the theme. Nudity is accepted, but please avoid trite, classical depictions and lurid obscenity.

Note: This is a small, intimate gallery. No more than 14 artists will be invited to display 1 work each. Exhibition is entirely by invitation only. All work must be the original conception of the artist and executed exclusively by the artist. Logistic details regarding size limitations of work, shipping requirements, insurance, etc. will be provided by separate communication directly from the curator.




Exhibition Dates: Nov 1 - Nov 30, 2018

Opening Reception: Nov 1, 2018 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Delivery Deadline:  Oct 27, 2018


SpecificationsSubmitted works must be original,  2-dimensional paintings conceived and created entirely by the artist.  Paintings should be completed on canvas or panels that do not require mounting under glass.  No works on paper for this exhibition. Artwork created under the supervision of an instructor or works created while in a workshop are not eligible.   Artwork must not be copied in part or wholly from any published or copyrighted work.  If the work is based on reference photos, the photos must have been taken by the artist or used with permission of the photographer. The medium is restricted to painting, Mixed mediums are accepted, but the preponderance of the medium used should be paint.   

Size:  No minimum size, though gallery would prefer work be at least:  24" x 18";   Maximum size: 68" (w) (including frame) x 120" (h);  no more than 60 pounds            

NFS Policy: All works in this exhibition will be for sale thru AnArte Gallery.

Insurance:  All works will be insured by AnArte Gallery while in the possession of the gallery.  Artists are responsible for insuring their works while in transit to and from the gallery..

Responsibility of Care statementNeither the curator, publisher of Poets Artists magazine, its officers, board members, nor any sponsors, in-kind sponsors, nor any and all volunteers or staff involved with the exhibition will be responsible for loss or damages to any artwork unless otherwise stated.  

Sales / CommissionAll works submitted for this exhibition must be for sale. Price of artwork cannot be changed once it is submitted, unless arranged in advance with the Gallery.  AnArte Gallery is entitled to a 50% commission on all sales during the exhibition.  Artist will receive 50% of the retail price, less sales tax.  Additionally, AnArte Gallery, at its discretion, may discount the artwork by 10% (5% each coming from both artist and gallery).  Any additional discount in sales price must be approved in advance by the artist. 

Presentation:  All paintings should be fit for hanging upon receipt of work.  Paintings must be suitably framed and wired for hanging.  Exception:  Works completed on cradled panels or gallery-wrapped canvases with finished edges need not be framed.    Work may not be displayed if it is received damaged.  The gallery owner, and or curator reserve the right not to display a work.  You will be notified of any damage upon receipt of the work and/or if it is not to be exhibited in the show.  All accepted work is assumed to be ready to hang and acceptable. Damage, and/or improper hanging hardware are usually the reasons work cannot be hung. 

Delivery / Shipping Instructions and DeadlineAll packages mailed must include a pre-paid shipping label with barcode.  Packaging must be suitable for re-use to ship work back to artist in the event it is unsold. AnArte Gallery will accept mailed work  Oct 22- Oct 27, 2018.  Artwork will be shipped to: 


AnArte Gallery

Attn: The Human Condition

7959 Broadway, Suite 404

San Antonio, TX 78209


Hand-delivered works will be accepted on Oct 22, 2018 - Oct 29, 2018, 12:00 noon - 5 pm at AnArte Gallery unless other arrangements have been made through the Gallery.  Address for hand delivery:   


AnArte Gallery

7959 Broadway, Suite 404

San Antonio, TX 78209  PH:  (210) 826-5674


Pickup / Return:  Hand -delivered work may be picked up from AnArte on Dec1- Dec 4; noon - 5:00 pm.  Mailed, unsold works will be shipped back to the artist within 10 days of the close of the exhibition.  Separate from this exhibition, artist may elect to leave unsold work with AnArte Gallery for a period up to 90 days.  Details to be worked out between the artist and the gallery on an individual basis.  

Artist agrees to all of the conditions enumerated in this prospectus. Acceptance of invitation to this exhibition constitutes agreement with all terms stated.

Jay Menendez