Cabinets of curiosities have fascinated the public since the 16th century, and served as the precursors to natural history museums especially. Today, answers to any question or curiosity can be known instantaneously by searching a hand-held device, and the desire to collect and curate the odd, abject, vestigial or disappearing traces of organisms or natural objects persists in many formats.

Union Street Gallery is looking for submissions of artwork that speaks to how such collections inform our understanding of the natural world and our fleeting time on Earth in the digital age. Artwork can be 2D, 3D, and multi-dimensional. Work can be representational or abstract efforts of real or imaginary collections of any kind that convey the artist’s understanding of their world. 

 About the Jurors

Madeline Henry 

Union Street Gallery studio artist, Madeline is best known at USG for her ceramics and willingness to explore new media and ideas. Her natural curiosity and eclectic taste provide her with a wide perspective for considering this theme. 

Dr. Robin Whatley 

Dr. Robin Whatley, a paleontologist, is Associate Dean and Professor of at Columbia College Chicago. Among her research interests is using art to promulgate science literacy, especially about the history of life. 

DEADLINE: August 25, 2018 through Submittable 


August 25  Submission DUE by midnight- NO EXCEPTIONS, only through Submittable  

Sept 1  Artists will receive notification of acceptance or rejection for the exhibition via email  

Sept 13-15 Shipped work can arrive 

Sept 20-22 Shipped work can arrive. Hand Delivered work should be dropped off during regular gallery hours, or by prior appointment. 

Oct 3-27 Exhibit is open 

Oct 6  RECEPTION 1-3pm

Nov 1-3 All exhibited work MUST be picked up, during regular gallery hours. Shipped work will be packed up and sent out the following week. 


Open to artists 18+ living in the United States. All media will be considered. Original artwork only. No art previously exhibited at USG in the past 2 years will be accepted. 

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