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Call To Artists for May Exhibition | DAYDREAMIN'

Daydreamin': It's that thing we do when we get lost in a thought, distracted for a moment from our immediate reality, leaning into what could be, whether fanciful or unattainable.
The Daydreamin' exhibition starts with the proposition that daydreaming is necessary for our individual and collective well being, allowing our minds to slow down, wander, problem solve and explore possibilities, which with diligence and persistence may turn into new realities, new dreams.  Artworks can explore the importance of personal and/or universal daydreams in our lives, the essence of daydreams, the necessity of idle reveries, and any other daydreamy things you can think of. "For if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird, that cannot fly."  Langston Hughes
Key Dates:
Submission Deadline:  April 22, 2023 (midnight)
Notice of Acceptance:  April 25
Art Drop-off:  April 29, 12-4p & April 30, 2-4p
Exhibit Opens:  Saturday, May 6, 4-9 p
Exhibit Closes:  Saturday, May 27 at 5 p
Daydreamin' will be juried by
Joseph Labate and Laura LaFave.

You can read their biographies below.

Joseph Labate is an Emeritus Professor of Art in the School of Art at the University of Arizona. He was the Chair of Photography from 1996 until 2014. Labate has a B.S. in engineering from Clarkson University, a B.F.A. in photography from Massachusetts College of Art and an M.F.A. in photography from the University of Arizona.  He makes his work in his studio in the Steinfeld Warehouse in Tucson. 

Labate has practiced and taught most all forms of photography. This includes working with analog and wet darkroom photography, archaic non-silver photography, nearly all film and camera formats and was an early adapter of digital photography. He was instrumental in updating the Scho
ol of Art's photography program's curriculum to include the digital medium.

Labate is a recipient of a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an Artist's Grant from the Contemporary Forum of the Phoenix Art Museum and an Artist's Grant from Polaroid of Tokyo, Japan. He has exhibited and taught photography nationally and internationally. His work is in many private and public collections including the Art Institute of Colorado, the Center for Creative Photography, the City of Phoenix, The Museum of Texas Tech University, the Snell-Wilmer Collection, the Streitch Lang Collection, the Tucson Museum of Art, the University of Arizona, the Weeks Gallery, the Tusen Takk Foundation and Roussenski Lom National Park in Bulgaria. Labate has done numerous national and international artist residencies including collaborative residences with Laura LaFave at Play in Oregon and most recently at Tusen Takk in Michigan.


Laura Lafave has a B.A. in psychology from the College of William and Mary, A B.F.A. in painting and drawing from Arizona State University and an M.F.A. in painting and drawing from the University of Arizona. Laura's work is in the collection of the University of Arizona, Lewis and Roca, and the Tusen Takk Foundation as well as many private collections.

Laura's artworks range from small intimate graphite drawings to large wall-size mixed media pieces. Her work addresses the dichotomies in our lives - transience and permanence, stillness and chaos, and melancholy and joy - and cites there is no futility worse than that what we impose upon ourselves.

Laura has worked in education, teaching to a wide range of students, young children to university art majors. She was a member of Dinnerware Cooperative Artist Gallery for ten years and their president for two years. She was on the Arizona Commission on the Arts for eight years. Laura has worked as an administrator in education as a counselor, a principal and a dean. Laura has done a collaborative artist residency with Joseph Labate at Playa in Oregon and most recently at Tusen Takk in Michigan.
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