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[BKARTS] Call for artists' books: Betty Rymer Gallery "#510: If The Shoe Fits...

Call for artists' books
Call for curriculum from educators

For the exhibition:
"#510: If The Shoe FitsS(" at the Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Art
Institute of Chicago.


"#510: If the Shoe FitsS(" is an interdisciplinary exhibition to be
hosted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Betty
Rymer Gallery March 10 - April 14, 2006.  This project will include
curriculum for use on-line, in the gallery, and in the classroom. The
exhibition will be on display during the National Art Education
Association's 2006 Conference in Chicago.

#510 Background:
Folklorists categorize tales by various types and motifs.  A tale type
may be further delineated by subtypes. One version of tale type #510 is
known most commonly in the United States as "Cinderella" although
originally the tale can be traced to a Chinese version entitled
"Yeh-hsein," from 850 A.D.  According to folklorists, #510 is the oldest
and most widely circulated tale of transformation known to humankind.
Standard criteria for tale type #510 includes:  A young girl is
ill-treated by family members.  She experiences this mistreatment during
a time of menial service at home or abroad.  Benevolent forces assist
her transformation.  She meets 'the prince'. She is identified by a
variety of means such as a special shoe, a ring that is hidden in food,
or an ability to accomplish a difficult task.  Finally, she marries 'the
prince'. This version is categorized as sub type A.

Globally, tale type #510 rarely includes fairy godmothers, pumpkins,
and/or mice. In older versions the central character's transformation
and/or salvation is not dependent upon a magic wand but rather her
recognition of and access to an internal power with which to overcome
her own obstacles. Her transformation is hard-won consciousness.
Folklorists have classified numerous other sub-types of #510; including
those identified as "Hero" tales where the main character is male
(subtype E.)   Another familiar version of this tale, for example, is
likened to King Lear (subtype C) where the father figure abandons the
girl after a misjudgment of her character. Other variants reveal
incestuous intent or practice by the father (subtype B). Sub-type D is a
catchall for those related versions that are not so easily catalogued
but share a mixture of elements typical to the tale type #510.

Exhibition Description:
The "#510: If the Shoe FitsS(" exhibition responds to the cultural
variants inherent in this folktale.  The exhibition will include juried
artists' books, murals collaboratively designed by Chicago Public School
students, and artwork generated through partner schools international
exchange projects.  In conjunction with the exhibition, on-line teacher
resource information will include curricula developed by educators from
both the US and abroad that assess contemporary themes within this
age-old tale.  This exhibition project intends to examine social
similarities and differences through a folktale that is simultaneously
familiar yet reflective of distinct cultural heritages, providing the
tools and an environment to foster students inquiry helping to prepare
them to become interdependent citizens. Through this project students
will have an opportunity to try on and walk in another's shoes.


Artists are invited to create and submit for jury selection versions of
tale type #510, told through a personalized lens in the form of an
artist's book.  Each submitted variant should use or respond in some way
to the standard #510 criteria relevant to the culture of the artist's
origin or created from a subculture that the artist inhabits, or
imagines. (Refer to tale type description in Background.)

-Up to three works may be submitted, though a maximum of one may be
-Each artist's book should utilize and/or respond to known criteria
(story points) folklorists historically use to classify the tale type
#510. See description and/or website for folklore criteria and examples.
-Artists' Books in any media are acceptable.
-Text to be written in indigenous language of artist/author.  Please
provide an English translation as a separate word document where
-Books will be seen and handled by a large number of students on school
field trips, consequently books should be durable and indicate the
appropriate age of viewer.
-Documentation of books will be posted on the exhibition website
requiring permission of artist.
-Eligibility: The call for artists is open to the full SAIC community
including students, staff, faculty, and alumni, as well as Chicago area
artists 18 years and older.

-Artists' Books Deadline:
       Submissions must be received at the Betty Rymer Gallery by
September 16, 2005.


Art Educators are invited to create and submit curriculum to be used
with this project by schools around the globe via the exhibition
website.  The themes of recognition and transformation are rich with
classroom potential, from students responding to the exhibited tales,
creating their own #510 tale, or developing a new version in
collaboration with a distant school.  Text and visual based
possibilities are endless!  Lesson plan design requires that submissions
creatively address the known criteria of a #510 tale.  (Refer to the
tale type description in #510 Background.)  To assist Art Educators in
designing lesson plans for submission, the exhibition website posts both:

- Folklorists' criteria used to identify a #510 tale.
- An annotated bibliography (as examples) of published #510 versions.
-  (The juried artists' books for exhibition will be posted after

Strategies for exploring tale type #510 might include the connection
between various cultural interpretations; including notions of power and
privilege within the family structure.  While examining the tale through
a different cultural lens, students will have the opportunity to explore
and appreciate differences without fear, while simultaneously
celebrating similarities. Dependent upon age appropriateness,
story-related themes for exploration might include (but is not at all
limited to): dating rituals, death, patriarchy, family dynamics
(including step and/or mixed families), gender expectations, grief,
magic, matriarchy, misogyny, privilege/power, psych/social/phenomena,
sexuality and spirituality.

Through an exchange of visual culture (images and written language)
between local and distant schools, #510: If the Shoe FitsS( seeks to
increase an awareness of multiple societies mediated by the website,
inspiring a response through a shared classroom art making process.

-Call for Curriculum Application form available at the Betty Rymer
Gallery 280 S. Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL  60603.

-Multiple lesson plans and/or units may be submitted for consideration.
An advisory board will review curricula. Selected curricula will be
posted on the project website.

Each submission should be typed and include:

- Art Educator's full name, phone number, address, email address, and
current school affiliation (see attached application).
- Descriptive title of each lesson or unit indicating the artistic
discipline required and the intended student grade level.
- Required Materials/Resources, Objectives, State Standards,
Activities, and Assessment.
- Examples of artwork produced via lesson plans, if possible.

Deadline for curricula: September 9, 2005

For additional information visit:


or contact:

Kate Loague, exhibition curator

-- Karen Hanmer karen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx http://www.karenhanmer.com http://www.re-title.com/artists/karen-hanmer.asp

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