Juried Exhibition

Metropolis familiaris (click here for prospectus)

Our cities are made up of thousands of individual cells working separately yet together to form a unified body.  Circulatory systems move goods, currency, information, and people throughout the city. The combination of these interactive systems starts to mimic the complexity found in biological organisms.  Metropolis familiaris will explore how cities are a shared environment – places of private space and public space.  How do our individual lives affect each other? How do buildings talk to each other? Architecture and city systems come to life as cities rise and fall and the people within them change.

Hosted by Prairie Center of the Arts
Jurors: Anthony Corso, Joshua Cox, and Kendrick  Shackleford

Opening Reception Friday, July 11, 2014

Backspace Collective is an alternative gallery space in Peoria, an urban center in central Illinois. Just three hours’ drive south of Chicago, Peoria has an active arts community with various venues, including the new Peoria Riverfront Museum, the Peoria Contemporary Arts Center, the Prairie Center for the Arts (gallery and international artists’ residency program), and the Peoria Art Guild.  Bradley University, which resides just down the street from Backspace Collective, boasts a strong art exhibition and lecture program.  Backspace Collective has a strong connection with these local arts organizations, and also draws notice from artists and curators from Chicago, Springfield, Bloomington, and St. Louis.

Call for Exhibition Proposals

For all exhibition proposals please send the following to wearebackspace@gmail.com:

- a one-page proposal specifying scope of project
- at least 5 samples of each participating artist’s work or artist’s website
- cv for each participating artist
- artist statement

We will soon be considering proposals for Winter and Spring 2015. Feel free to indicate a time preference in your proposal.  If you have submitted a proposal and have not heard back from us, we are keeping your materials on file for further consideration.

Call for New Members
Backspace is currently accepting membership applications. Please e-mail up to five images or website, CV, and a cover letter to wearebackspace@gmail.com.  Cover letter should include your availability to assist with organizing and installing exhibitions, monthly meetings, committee work, as well as any other contributions you can make to the organization.