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Call for Iranian artists: July 18

Dear Artists and Friends:

Evolving Perceptions, the annual exhibition for Iranian and Iranian American artists, is holding its 4th annual exhibition in Washington DC at 505 Gallery in the DC Gallery District. Please read below for information regarding EP and the Call for Artists. Please encourage all the artists you know you participate!

Maryam Ovissi

4th annual Evolving Perceptions 2000: Call for Artists

We are proud to announce the 4th annual Call for Iranian and Iranian-American artists for this year's Evolving Perceptions exhibition in Washington DC. Jurors will be:

* Mahin Ghanbari, the former Art instructor of University of Florida, researcher, lecturer, and the gallery owner in Chicago

* Dr. Sussan Babaie, a historian of Islamic art and architecture and a specialist on the arts of Iran, has taught at New York University and Smith College. She has co-curated an exhibition on Persian drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and curated an exhibition of Islamic art at the Smith College Museum of Art.

* Hengameh Foulavand, an accomplished artist and the Executive Director of Center for Iranian Modern Arts, New York. Ms. Foulavand has played a major role in the New York art scene and in the promotion of Iranian artists.

This year's theme will focus on Peace. Peace may be approached from a personal perspective or from a global point of view. The usage of the theme "peace" may relate to the internal and/or external struggles of achieving peace and harmony within one's life and with the outside community. Title of the exhibition will be announced after the work has been selected.

Evolving Perceptions is an artist run organization committed to exposing and cultivate Iranian and Iranian-American artists, based in Washington DC

Dear artists please submit the following information for consideration:

· 5-10 slides or photographs, labeled w/name, title, medium, size, direction indication and wholesale prices

· $25 non-refundable entry fee (check payable to Evolving Perceptions

· Filled out entry form (see below)

· Self-stamped envelope with return address

· Artist's resume and biography

· A statement to describe the thought behind your artwork and its relation with the exhibition theme, "Art for Peace". Also, if you are going to create work to reflect this theme, please briefly describe your vision and send slides of current work. Please send all above items to: Mahin Ghanbari 9460 Tobin Circle Potomac, MD 20854

Due by July 15st, 2000 A showcase of Iranian and Iranian-American artists Opening: September 9, 2000, Washington DC Please note that number of selections depends on the total number of participants.

Entry form

Art for Peace Evolving Perceptions 2000 4th annual exhibition






Web site:

Have you participated in any EP event? If yes, please describe:

Have you ever heard of Evolving Perceptions?

How did you hear about this opportunity?

Are you a full time artist? Yes No

Have you enclosed the following items:


____$25 entry fee

____resume & biography

____artist statement


Please mail the above items to:

Mahin Ghanbari
9460 Tobin Circle
Potomac, MD 20854

For more information please contact Saghar at: 301.610.5260 or Maryam 510-601-6874

Please make a copy of this for yourself! Thank you and we look forward to receiving your submission.

A little bit of history

Evolving Perceptions (EP) was founded in 1996. The mission of EP is to serve as a support organization for Iranian and Iranian-American artists. The first EP exhibition took place in Reston, Virginia, at Ovissi Studios, the following one (1997)was at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The first two exhibitions were supported by the Iranian American Cultural Association of Washington DC (IACA). Last year's exhibition (1999) took place at 505 Gallery on 7th street, Washington DC.

2000 will mark EP's 4th Annual Exhibition. Volunteers of EP have worked hard with supporting organizations and artists to keep EP alive. Currently, EP is under the leadership of Saghar Barzmehri, a Washington DC based artist . Saghar along with other artists in the steering committee have been working together to create important and much needed support.

The Vision for the Future First of all, we are looking to have EP be a gathering point for Iranian and Iranian-American artists in the Washington DC area. Monthly gatherings, gallery and museum visits have been organized already and we would like to provide more opportunities for Iranian and Iranian- American artists in the Washington area to gather and network as well as create collaborative projects to benefit and educate the entire community at large.

Secondly, EP is trying to develop opportunities to provide scholarships and exchange programs with artists from Iran. From this perspective, EP is collaborating with galleries in Tehran to bring 150 artworks of 50 famous Iranian artists residing in Iran to go to a tour in New York, California and Washington DC.

Contact Info

Maryam Ovissi, Founder

Saghar Barzmehri, Coordinator

Mahin Ghanbari, Juror & Steering Committee Member

Atti Vakili, Steering Committee Member

Sayeh Behnam, Steering Committee Member

Aylene Fallah, Steering Committee Member

Amy Sharifi, Steering Committee Member


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