juried exhibition show goggleworks

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the 16th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition! This year’s call for art was open to all professional artists, ages 18 and up, who design and produce their own artwork in all media. The exhibition aims to curate a selection of exemplary artworks from artists around the country and will showcase 60 artists whose artworks spanning across several mediums such as drawing, painting, sculpture, print, collage, photography and more.

A digital catalog will be provided by GoggleWorks containing artist statements and images of work(s), together with the juror’s bio and statement throughout the exhibition.

About this year's Juror - Colleen Gutwein O'Neal

Colleen Gutwein O’Neal has dedicated herself to photography, curation, and academic pursuits in art, environmental injustice, and public humanities. Trained in traditional film photography and darkroom practices, and self-trained in digital formats, O’Neal utilizes a combination of gelatin silver prints, digital C-types, and Polaroids along with sound recordings to create portraits, self- portraits and conceptual works. Her photographic work is inspired by Roland Barthes’ concepts of stadium and punctum. The archiving of people and places through imagery is a response to politically motivated archive maintenance and destruction inspired by Michel-Rolph Troulliot’s perception of power and historical narrative. Her work is held in collections including Newark Public Library and the Thomas J. Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

O’Neal curates at non-profit, commercial, institutional, and pop-up galleries. Major themes her curatorial practice involve scale and form, language and symbology, nostalgia, history, communication, ethereal solitude, representation in community based collective archiving, local and global environmental interventions, and political activism. She works with artists by collaboratively following lines of inquiry departing from a central, anchored theme.

Academically, O’Neal engages both as a student and educator while she openly rejecting the structural inequalities rampant in higher-education. She is also a member and strong supporter of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT Union. O’Neal has college level teaching experience in darkroom and digital photography, senior studio capstones, and seminars in contemporary art. O’Neal completed her master’s degree in American Studies with a focus on public humanities and is currently earning her PhD in American Studies, continuing to focus on public humanities, conceptual art, environmental injustice and urban development at Rutgers University, Newark.


Exhibition Award

  • GoggleWorks staff will award a solo exhibition to an artist whose work aligns with GoggleWorks’ mission of transforming lives through unique interactions with art.

Awarded by the Juror

  • Best in Show
  • First Runner Up
  • Second Runner Up

Gallery Reception & Award Ceremony

Friday July 5, 6-8pm