Motion Pictured

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Motion Pictured

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A Da Vinci Art Alliance & Lightbox Film Center Juried Exhibition
Juror: Robert E. Cargni

Running from May 22 - Aug 19, this exhibition celebrates the collaboration between DVAA and Lightbox Film Center by asking artists to submit visual artwork that examines movement. 

Deadline to Submit: May 1st
(Always choose "Quantity 1" when submitting, no matter how many images you're submitting!)


Open Call to all artists and DVAA Members
Deadline to Submit: May 1st
(Always choose "Quantity 1" when submitting, no matter how many images you're submitting!)

Just over one year ago, International House Philadelphia’s film program was reimagined, reorganized, and reborn as Lightbox Film Center. To celebrate the anniversary of a dear friend and partner of Da Vinci Art Alliance, this call for artwork will likewise celebrate the fruitful relationship between cinema and static visual art.

From the perspective of traditionally static media (painting, printmaking, photography, and the like), the representation of movement has challenged artists throughout history. However, the birth of cinematography in the mid-19th Century marked a monumental turning point in how visual artists addressed movement in their work. Parallel to evolution of cinematography, artists have developed a variety of stylistic modes of depicting or interpreting movement in still images: Kandinsky’s lyrical abstract compositions lure the eye across the canvas, Duchamp’s fragmented and repeated forms imply the progression of moving figures, Pollock’s dynamic paint  drips record his physical movement, even Hopper’s quiet scenes teeter on the cusp of an anticipatory action. What drives the motion in your work?

In partnership with Lightbox Film Center, Da Vinci Art Alliance is organizing an exhibition of images and objects that personify the timeless activity of movement/motion in still visual art forms.  

As the signature public arts program of International House Philadelphia, Lightbox Film Center is Philadelphia’s premier exhibitor of film and moving image art. Lightbox presents an unparalleled slate of repertory, nonfiction, experimental and international cinema. In 2017, the program was renamed Lightbox Film Center to create more visibility and better position itself for the next era of moving-image presentation.

About the Juror:
        Robert E. Cargni is the Theater and Galleries Manager for Lightbox Film Center. Lightbox Film Center is Philadelphia’s premier exhibitor of film and moving image art, and the signature public arts program of International House Philadelphia.
        Robert has the privilege of showcasing artistically significant and socially relevant motion pictures as part of an initiative with a forty year history.  In his various roles at IHP, Robert contributes to programming, exhibitions, and screens masterpieces from around the world, rescuing many of these films from silent obscurity.  As its mission, The Lightbox Film Center attempts to broaden the horizon of what people have come to expect from the modern cinema by shortening the distance between Philadelphia and the rest of the world.
        He is also a SEMPTE Master Motion Picture Mechanic and Engineer and supervises all projection and theater related technologies.  Robert has also curated film programming for the University of Pennsylvania Museum, as well as numerous international film festivals across the United States and Canada.  For seven years, Robert was the Special Programs Curator for the America-Italy Society Philadelphia.  His work at AIS included initiatives focusing on new works of contemporary Italian cinema as they relate to the Italian language and culture.

This exhibition will take place in the East Alcove Gallery, located in the public lobby of the International House building at 3701 Chestnut Street. A public opening reception will be held on May 22.

Submission Deadline: May 1
Artist Notification: May 7
Artwork Drop Off: May 20
Opening Reception: May 22
Run Dates: May 22 - Aug 19
Artwork Pick Up: Aug 19


  • Artist may submit up to 2 entries,  no larger than 30” x 30” however slightly larger work may be submitted if approved before. Due to specifications of International House’s artspace, all work must be hung from the wall. Additionally video work will not be accepted for this exhibition.

  • All artwork must be ready to display. Wall hanging pieces must be wired. If your work requires any additional apparatus to be shown, it must be provided. For artworks that require particularly complex or unique display methods, email Bryant at Please note that the gallery walls at IHP do not adequate support excessively heavy artworks

  • Label the back of your work with your name and title of work

  • You may not submit work that has been previously exhibited at DVAA

  • DVAA is responsible for all press releases, listings, price lists, and gallery labels. Your participation is permission to include images of artwork in promotion. Artwork will be handled with great care, but DVAA is not responsible for loss or damage. Insurance is the responsibility of the artist.

  • When the work is delivered the exhibitions director reserves the right to refuse works that are not ready to be shown because of improper framing, fragility, damage or low quality.

  • The artist receives 70% commission on artwork sold from the exhibition and as a result of contacts made through the DVAA. Payment to the artist will be sent within 30 days or sooner after the show closes.

  • All artwork must be retrieved during  the designated Pick Up times. DVAA cannot store artwork at International House.

NOTE: DVAA will be slightly changing the way we handle artist statements for juried exhibitions. Along with the exhibition, we will be displaying a book of collected artwork information and artists statements. Each exhibiting artist will have a single 8.5x11” page to fill with: artist name, artwork title, medium, date, price, and artist statement. Some information that could be included in your artist statement could be: insights into your artistic practice, impetus in creating your current body of work, or possible sources of inspiration. In addition to this please include a section on how  your entry fits into the themes of this exhibition. Please include this artist statement and photographs in the email that will be sent to These statements are meant to enhance audience engagement with each exhibition - if you would like help with your statement, feel free to reach out to


  • Complete the submission order form and $20 submission fee for members or $30 for non members

  • Email submission images to : with the subject - Motion Pictured submission

  • All images must be submitted as a jpeg, 72 dpi, 2000 pixels max on longest dimension

  • Identify each image as follows: entry number_last name_artwork title.jpg (ex.  1_Smith_Untitled.jpg)

  • Number your images to correspond with their entry number in the online form. The statement and images may be used for promotion.

  • Improperly formatted submissions will not be accepted