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Take Back The Walls

August 31, 2019 - September 21, 2019

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) announces Take Back the Walls, a juried exhibition of artworks by New York State artists who also work in museums, galleries and arts organizations. This new, statewide project will highlight the many talented creatives employed by New York’s numerous arts institutions and galleries, yet are often behind the scenes.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 5pm
Notice of Acceptance: Monday, July 15 via email
Accepted Artwork Drop Off: August 16-18, 12-5pm
Industry Night (Opening Reception): Saturday, August 31, 6-9pm
First Friday: September 6, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: August 31 - September 21
Artwork Pick Up: September 22, 5-7pm, September 23 & 24, 12-6pm

RoCo invites employees of museums, visual art spaces and galleries to come into the light and take back the walls to which they have dedicated so much. Anyone who is employed by an arts organization in New York State is invited to submit work for display in Take Back the Walls. This exhibition is juried by Karlos Carcamo, a multidisciplinary artist and a framer at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC. There is a $10 registration fee per artist. Each artist may enter up to 6 submissions (artworks). RoCo will aim to exhibit a small body of work by each selected artist. Submissions will be accepted through Sunday, June 30 at 5pm.

*We know submission websites can be a PIA. We decided to use ArtCall in order to keep the submissions organized and to easily facilitate guest jurying. Registration fees will pay for the service and the juror(s). To Register and Login:


We invite current employees of museums, visual art spaces and galleries in New York State to submit their artwork for exhibition. Both 2D and 3D works of all mediums are accepted. This call excludes past employees and family members of the employee.


Awards will be presented for a few optional and lighthearted categories.

Institutional Critique
This exhibition is intended to celebrate those working within the vast and layered Art World. Projects/artworks that reference the conventions of the field or are self-referential to the art museum/gallery scene will be considered for this award.

Repurposed Materials
This award honors those who gather some or all of their materials while on the job. Don’t worry, your secret is safe with us and will be awarded in private! ; )

Creative Shipping Award
Are you bringing your piece strapped to the top of your car? Or is your crate humidity controlled? Is your packing tape expertly folded to provide a lift strip? We appreciate all the time and care arts professionals put into protecting art – this one’s for you art handlers, registrars and conservators.

About the Juror

Karlos Carcamo is a multidisciplinary artist whose work touches on themes that incorporate high and low cultural references, art history, and urban culture. He has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and his MFA from Hunter College, both in New York. He has exhibited extensively including at the Brooklyn Museum; the Bronx Museum of the Arts; MoMA PS1 and the Queens Museum of Contemporary Art. His work is in the collection of El Museo de Arte de El Salvador, El Museo del Barrio, The Deutsche Bank Art Foundation and the Mario Cader-French Collection. He was awarded a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 1998, the Lower Eastside Printshop in 2009 and was part of the Bronx Museum's Artist in the Marketplace Program in 2000. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, The New York Times, and the Village Voice, among other publications. Carcamo's work was included in the exhibition Street-ish at Rochester Contemporary Art Center in 2013. Carcamo has also worked within the Museum field as an art installer, exhibitions preparator and conservation picture framer for the last 27 years at venues such as International Center of Photography, Asia Society, Queens Museum, and Museum of Modern Art.