The concept of 50/50, two parts equaling one whole, is represented in the physical structure and across our four curatorial platforms.
ATTACH FILES is rooted in the open call platform and functions as an institutional message for 50/50: that we remain committed to the open call platforms despite ending our billboard lease in December 2016. This commitment to open call opportunities has manifested two-fold for 50/50’s exhibitions; one, during the first exhibition of 2017, ATTACH FILES and two through 50/50's August exhibition which will, for the first time provide an opportunity for public proposals. Click here for more information on the August exhibition.
ATTACH FILES includes a printer in the gallery and allows visitors to print images from their phones on-site or through online participation facilitated by our staff. Interested parties may upload their image to be printed for the exhibition using the application form below. Installation of printed images will start in the upper left-hand corner of the first gallery wall that is immediately across from 50/50’s entrance. All images will be printed and installed in portrait 8.5x11” format and displayed salon style and in rows, moving vertically. To remain “democratic” there will be no selection and/or editing process for the images when being hung as all images will be installed chronologically from the time they are submitted. 50/50 will maintain a living and updated, digital exhibition list/floor plan. This will include all information submitted to our application form.
Open call opportunities are critical to 50/50’s mission. Institutionally, we are motivated to question and challenge democratic curatorial models. We question if the open call is inherently accessible and therefore, democratic? What is prohibitive within this process for audience participation, and how have institutions bread this inequity? Can institutional transparency limit, or propel democratic exhibition platforms? What is the role of the curator when their assumed agency is stripped, and the curatorial method is objective? How close can 50/50 come to striving for democratic methods of exhibiting through the open call? Is this even possible?
50/50 looks forward to exploring the conclusions to such questions through the outcomes of audience participation of ATTACH FILES. Thank you for choosing to participate in this call and for sharing your images. All printed works will be returned to the artists. We ask all local artists to join us to pick up works on Saturday, April 15th from 12-4 p.m., national artists will have works shipped to them after this date utilizing the address shared through the submission form.
Completed Application Form anytime through April 8th, 2017
Email one 300 dpi .jpg file submission that fits within 8.5x11". Please submit this image via email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I need to provide bleed for images?
What happens to the works at the end of the show?
How will the works be hung?
Do you accept late submissions?
Is this call only open to local artists?
Incomplete applications, or applications that do not meet requirements will not be considered.
For questions, email email@example.com with ‘ATTACH FILES SUBMISSION’ in the subject.
All participants must complete the below form and email required documents to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 8th, 2017.
Starting from the most upper left corner of 50/50, works submitted are hung chronologically in vertical rows. The below list is a living exhibition list, updated as submissions come in and according to the wall. Rows are labeled in accordance to the gallery labeling. Wall 1 is the first one upon entering and walls follow numerically from left to right.
March 17- May 22nd, 2017
50/50 for the first time is accepting exhibition proposals. This announcement comes in conjunction with ATTACH FILES, 50/50's first exhibition of the year inviting participants to submit 8.5x11" images to print and have displayed in the gallery. The open call for exhibition proposals is not restrictive to geographic region or to age. 50/50's staff will select one proposal for our August exhibition, which will open Friday, August 18th, 2017. Emphasis will be placed on submissions that exemplify 50/50's mission:
50/50 is a platform for fostering progressive dialogues of equally exhibited local and national artists. With an emphasis on exhibiting emerging to mid-career artists who take risks within varying disciplines, 50/50 will broaden Kansas City’s art ecology. Constructed from two shipping containers, the venue will expand upon the concept of 50/50 while activating unused urban space in the West Bottoms.
The selected proposal will be provided administrative support and resources. This includes stipends of $70 per exhibiting artist paid by 50/50, graphic design work for didactic materials, marketing and more.
Proposals should be submitted via email to email@example.com no later than Midnight (CT) Monday, May 22nd and include the following information:
By submitting this proposal, organizers are confirming availability to facilitate and correspond throughout the installation of the proposed exhibition during August 1st - 17th, 2017. Proposals do not need to include artists representing specific geographic locations. Organizers are welcomed to utilize 50/50's floorplan to assist with their proposal.
September 2016 - present
Evaluation and critical feedback from our community is important to 50/50's model as it will allow us to grow the ways we serve our audience. Our evaluation process includes three stages: internal, peer and public reviews.
We invite you to share your thoughts and experiences of 50/50 by completing our open evaluation form.
The above infographic includes data of the past year's worth of programming, including information regarding our budget, traffic and more. This information is shared here now but will live permanently on the Digital Archive section of the website.
Thanks in advance for choosing to participate in 50/50's annual evaluation. We value your critical feedback and look forward to hearing your thoughts on how this platform can better serve our community.