IEA is pleased to announce a juried call for encaustic and/or cold wax artwork for the upcoming exhibition, Hopeful Darkness. The exhibition will be hosted at the Atlantic Gallery in the Chelsea art district of New York City from November 28th through December 16th, 2017 and will be juried by Ingrid Dinter and organized by IEA Vice President Melissa Rubin

Exhibition Dates: November 28th – December 16th, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 30th, 2017, 5:30-8:30 PM

Location: Atlantic Gallery, Suite 540, 548 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001

Hopeful Darkness reflects the coming darker months, a time when each day  gets shorter and winter approaches. It is at this time of year when we seek the light as the darkness becomes more pervasive. Historically, ancient cultures respected and revered nature, and were awed and unsettled by the fading light. It was at this time of year people relied on certain rites, guaranteeing the light would return.

The fading light can also be seen as a metaphor for the current state of our moment in time. We live in a contentious, and not always light-filled world, which is ever-changing and uncertain; it can feel as if the darkness is encroaching on so many levels. As artists, we must transcend this feeling and allow the light, the hopeful energy, to shine through. We must resist the shadow the net of darkness can cast, and have faith in the future and the possibility it can bring.

Two states of being, with such opposite meanings, fit so beautifully together and can create a powerful statement:

Hopeful = believing something good will happen; auspicious; bright; encouraging; optimistic; promising. Darkness = devoid of light; dismal; gloomy; secret; possessing depth and richness.

We are seeking works created with encaustic and/or coldwax that reflect and express the dichotomy of Hopeful Darkness.

Eligibility: This is an open call. The primary medium must be encaustic and/or cold wax and all work must be for sale. Works may not exceed 18" in any direction.

Entry Fee (up to 3 pieces): IEA members: $25; Non-IEA members: $45

To apply: Submission must be made online via by 12 midnight PST September 30th, 2017. Click here to apply.


Ingrid Dinter is an arts professional, living and working in New York City.  A graduate of Staedelschule in Frankfurt, Germany, in the late 1970’s, she moved to New York City in 1981 to pursue a career as an artist.  After working in several art galleries, including Pat Hearn and Emily Harvey, she was archivist for the artist Donald Baechler from 1991—2004.  In October 2004 she opened an art gallery in the Chelsea art district of New York City, in operation until summer 2009.  Since then she has been active as a private dealer, curator, writer, as well as with independent projects.  Ms. Dinter has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and is a member of Arttable (The Leadership Organization for Professional Women in the Visual Arts), and POWarts (Professional Organization for Women in the Arts).


Atlantic Gallery is located in the Landmark Arts Building, half a block from the High Line, in Manhattan’s Chelsea gallery district. This historic building is home to more than two-dozen art galleries. The Gallery may be accessed from either the building’s 547 West 27th or 548 West 28th Street entrances. Atlantic Gallery represents a select group of artists, who jointly own and manage it. Rotating exhibitions feature the work of the Gallery’s member artists, as well as the work of other artists. Atlantic Gallery is committed to supporting creative autonomy and excellence. Its innovative programs create a forum where both participating artists and the public provide mutual challenge, support and inspiration. Founded by painters and printmakers in 1974, Atlantic Gallery migrated from Brooklyn to SoHo in 1979 and to Chelsea in 2007, having added photographers and sculptors to its roster of artists. In 2012, the Gallery moved further west to its current location.

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