Open call: Face Value


Entry deadline May 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Virtual Exhibition at June 3, 2020 - July 3, 2020
Zoom Opening Reception Saturday June 6, 6 p.m. CST


This is who we are now. Mask-makers. An army of sewists working ceaselessly to make a breathable wall between bodies. Our machines are the hum of manufacturing power: power to protect families, friends, and community in a world that has stopped spinning.


These masks we make are objects of protection and solidarity. Heirloom objects that we will hand down with the lessons of how we moved through this grief. But they are also objects of fear. Objects of a shifting, indigestible reality that we must wear to be together. So let’s too think of them as an object of expression. A way to strip away old constructs and have agency over the face that we wear in the world.


Face Value asks the questions: How can aesthetic reframe necessity? What do you imagine at the intersection of grief and possibility? Who are you on the other side of this pandemic-shaped door?


Call Description


Eligibility: Open to artists wherever you are. 


Submission deadline: May 27, 2020 at 11:59pm


Entry fee: None


Participation Rules: 

1. Artists are asked to submit digital photographs and videos of self-created three dimensional wearable masks. The masks do not have to be functional.

2. All masks must have been created after March 1, 2020. 

3. 100% of the selling price goes directly to the artist. Gallery Luperca will connect buyers with artists directly for payment and shipping. Artists who enter this show are responsible for communication with buyers, handling (packaging) and shipping of items sold. We will note on the site that prices do not include shipping and that buyers must pay shipping costs. Gallery Luperca takes no responsibility for handling, shipping or communication breakdowns between buyers and artists. 

4. Work presented in Face Value  will be selected by Film, TV, and theatre actress and performance artist Lindsay Goranson and Gallery Luperca co-captains Sara Lederach and KT Wolf. 


Submission Guidelines: 

1. Each artist may submit up to 3 works for consideration.

2. Image composition: The key image of each mask should be posed as Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, c. 1665. See image here for reference. Key photograph must be 1800 x 2400 pixels for a 3:4 vertical image.

3. Supplemental poses may emulate

  • Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940

  • Vladimir Tretchikoff, Chinese Girl, 1950

  • Grant Wood, American Gothic, 1930

  • James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Whistler’s Mother, 1871

  • Philippe Halsman, Dali’s Mustache, 1954 

4. Images should be saved in JPG or PNG format, in the proper orientation. 

  • Portrait images must be 1800x2400 pixels for a 3:4 vertical image.

  • Square images must be 2500x2500 pixels.

  • Please submit more than one image showing different sides of the mask.

  • Photographs must be on solid colored non-textured  background.

  • The maximum file size per image is 5MB. If your image file size is greater than this, use a photo or image editing program to reduce the size of the image before uploading.                              

5. Video of masks may be submitted as YouTube or Vimeo links.

6. Include a Word or PDF file containing artist contact information, titles, dimensions, and materials for work submitted.

7. Entries may be submitted by email to or shared via Dropbox or Google Drive. 

8. Additional information will be gathered from accepted artists.

9. Artists will be notified of acceptance by May 31, 2020. 


Image labeling: 

Example artist: John SMITH

Images should be labeled as follows:

SMITH_John_01.jpg, SMITH_John_02.jpg, SMITH_John_03.jpg, etc.



Submission deadline: May 27, 2020 at 11:59pm

Notification sent to artists: May 31, 2020

Zoom opening reception: June 6, 2020 6pm CST


Email submissions or Drobox/Google Drive folder link to Subject: Face Value

Attach DOC or PDF file with contact, artist social media or website, title, and media information.