Call for Entries: In the Abstract, Kiernan Gallery


In the Abstract, April 30 – May 31, 2014

Opening Reception: May 2

Abstract photography explores color, movement, form, and other intangibles that are not dependent on a recognizable subject. The medium of photography has a unique ability to reproduce with precision and clarity, the world as we see it. Abstract photography deconstructs our world, resulting in new and surprising interpretations. Graphic elements without context, long exposures, blurred subjects, and extreme close-ups are a few of the ways that photographers manipulate their subjects in an abstract manner. These works are limited only by imagination. For In the Abstract, The Kiernan Gallery seeks non-representational imagery that partially or fully obscures the recognizable world.

For this exhibition, juror Susan Spiritus will select up to 25 images for display in the main gallery, and up to an additional 35 to be included in the online gallery. All images will be reproduced in an exhibition catalogue available for purchase. A Juror’s Choice and Director’s Choice will also be announced and will both receive a free copy of the exhibition catalogue.

All photographic media are eligible.

About the Juror:
Susan Spiritus is the Owner of Susan Spiritus Gallery in Newport Beach, California. Founded in 1976, the gallery was Orange County’s first commercial venue dedicated exclusively to contemporary fine art photography. For its first 20 years the gallery mounted monthly solo exhibitions and summer thematic group shows. In 1996 the gallery moved and elected to function as a private dealer and consultant. the Susan Spiritus Gallery remains focused to its commitment to feature and support the works of mid career and emerging artists.

Submission Criteria
We accept only digital submissions. All digital files should be provided as:


72 ppi


Image should be no less than 1024 pixels on the longest side, but no more than 1500.
Files should be titled as LastName_FirstName_01Title.jpg. The number should correspond with the number on the submission form. No non-alpha-numeric characters.
Work that has been previously exhibited in the main gallery is not eligible to appear in subsequent shows.

Work that The Kiernan Gallery deems inappropriate (i.e. pornography) will not be submitted to the juror. When submitting images, bear in mind that The Kiernan Gallery is located in a small town in Virginia.

By Email
Email image files and Submission Form to

By Mail
Artists may submit by mail, but the submission must be received by the deadline. The submission fee may be paid by check included with CD or by PayPal via the Pay Now button. Mail the CD (not DVD) with JPG files and Submission Form to:

The Kiernan Gallery

23B West Washington St.

Lexington, VA 24450

Submission Fee
There is a non-refundable fee of $25 for the first 5 images, and $5 for each additional image (up to 10 images total). Credit card or PayPal payments may be made using the Pay Now button. Checks may be mailed to the address above.

International submissions are accepted.

If you have any questions about submitting, please contact

Artists will receive an email confirming their submission when we have received both payment and images.

Artists will receive an email notifying them of accepted work approximately eight days after the submission deadline. The juror will select up to 25 images for display in the main gallery, as well as up to an additional 35 for display in the online gallery. All accepted images are eligible for inclusion in a full-color exhibition catalogue available for purchase from Blurb Books.

Artists exhibiting at the gallery may offer their work for sale. The Kiernan Gallery does not take a commission on sold works, but retains the right to negotiate 20% of the sale price.

Use Rights
Artists retain full rights to their work. By submitting to The Kiernan Gallery, artists grant the use of selected images for the purpose of marketing the gallery and subsequent display on this website.