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STEAM SERIES: Art in the Digital Age

Exhibition Dates: September 11 — November 3, 2017
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 10, 4pm to 6pm
Submission deadline:  Sunday, August 13 at midnight

The is the second in a series of exhibitions relating to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). This is an open call for art.

Statement of concept by Juror, Joanna Platt:

Computing pioneer Alan Kay once said; “technology is anything invented after you were born.” By that metric, many materials that have been used by artists would have been considered new technology in their day. It would not be possible to have the subtle layering of a Vermeer without the new technology of oil paints.  How would Monet have painted en plein air without the collapsible paint tube? I can’t imagine the pioneering video work of Nam June Paik without the invention of the television.

As artists we occupy a unique position in that we are both participants in, and observers of, the world that we inhabit. Art plays an important role in helping us to understand an increasingly complex and technological world. Artists have the unique ability to use materials to create, comment, and question. What are the new materials and processes of the digital age, and how can we use them in new and innovative ways? How do we visualize complex systems of data and information? How has our interaction with technology created new configurations of defined space inside our computers and media devices? What are the metaphors we employ in order to understand more complex systems of connectivity and information distribution? Using the new materials, media, and processes of the digital age I would like for us to seek answers to these questions, or begin to ask new ones.

This exhibition is sponsored by


Exhibition Prospectus


Joanna Platt is a Philadelphia based artist whose work deals with the ways our interaction with technology has created new configurations of defined space inside our computers and media devices. She received her BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, NJ and her MFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.  A member of the gallery collective Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Joanna has exhibited her work both locally and internationally at galleries and art fairs. Most recently, she had a solo show at The Main Line Arts Center as part of the Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition. She is currently employed as an adjunct professor at Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ and as a sculpture technician at Independent Casting, Philadelphia, PA.

Barbara Hanna, Ph.D.,  is a technologist and entrepreneur who is passionate about fostering technology that educates, empowers and/or connects individuals. She was recently CEO of a NY-based neurotechnology startup and previously, a Program Manager for a Brain-Computer Interface research program performed at Columbia University. Prior to that, she was a Member of Technical Staff at SRI’s Center for Vision Technologies (formerly under Sarnoff Corp.), where she was Technical Lead for Medical Initiatives, and worked on real-time video exploitation algorithms and products. She holds a BEng. and MEng. from the University of Cambridge UK, and a Ph.D. in Computer Vision from the University of Surrey, UK.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists over 18 years of age.  All art must be original and new to WWAC.

The maximum size for art, including frame is recommended to be 30in x 30in, but the jurors will judge larger works on a case by case basis.

All work that can be hung on the wall including video, installation, drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, or printmaking will be considered.  A limited number of monitors or other equipment may be available, but it is preferred for the artist to provide his/her own equipment. Artwork must be in original form for the medium being submitted. Giclee or other reproductions of original work will not be accepted, unless original is a photograph/print.  Example: giclee of watercolor will not be accepted.

All works entered MUST be properly finished and ready for hanging, including but not limited to being framed and properly wired across the back with picture hanging wire. Installations for this show may require participation by the artist.

SUBMISSION FEES:  $25.00 for a maximum of 3 artworks. Fees must be paid at the time of submission.

Exhibit dates: Tuesday, Sept 12 – Nov 3, 2017
Submission deadline:  Sunday, August 13 at midnight
Accepted art drop-off date: Saturday, Sept 9, 10am-12pm
Opening date: Sunday, Sept. 10, 4pm – 6pm
Closing date: Friday, Nov 3.
Pick up of Artwork – Nov 5, 10am-6pm

ACCEPTED ARTWORK: Submission of artwork and written application for jury review constitutes an agreement between the artist and West Windsor Arts Council (WWAC) to the conditions set forth:

  1. Insurance coverage for accepted artwork begins upon completion of drop-off procedure on the designated date and time at the West Windsor Arts Center and for the duration of the show.
  1. The jurors reserve the right to reject any work submitted at her discretion. The exhibit will be hung in the gallery and foyer in a way that best showcases all the artists and art to be exhibited. Note: depending on size and space restrictions, not all work selected may be hung. Artists will be notified immediately following final installation of the exhibit if a selected work is not included or if any work submitted is not properly framed for hanging.
  2. Work not matching the digital images submitted will not be accepted.
  1. All artwork must remain in the show for the duration of the show.
  1. If the artist is not able to pick up the artwork at the designated time, please contact the WWAC main office to make other arrangements.


  • WWAC will be responsible for processing and collecting the sale proceeds of art.
  • WWAC will retain 30% of the retail price as commission and pay the balance of 70% of sale.
  • Payment for art will be made by check within 21 business days of close of the exhibit.
  • The West Windsor Arts Council retains the right to use artist’s name and digital images of accepted artwork.

The West Windsor Arts Council retains the right to use artist’s name and digital images of accepted artwork.

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