Gordon in Orvieto 20th Anniversary Exhibit
August 25–October 13, 2018
Submission deadline: June 30, 2018


An exemplum (Latin for "example", pl. exempla, exempli gratia = "for example", abbr.: e.g.) is a moral anecdote, brief or extended, real or fictitious, used to illustrate a point. The word is also used to express an action performed by another and used as an example or model. - wiki

Historically, exempla are more commonly understood in literary terms. Yet, the visual tradition that is experienced in places like Orvieto and throughout Italy in churches and public institutions is equally compelling. Think of the Sistine Chapel, the Scrovegni Chapel, and the Chapel of the Corporal in the Duomo. They are covered with visual narratives which served as examples that could be read, cross-referenced and used to instruct, challenge and encourage those who were present. They might even speak today if we are prepared to look. The Orvieto program emphasizes and truly celebrates context and encounter for art.  We took exempla as a conceptual hinge since the possibility emerged to gather twenty years worth of work from a wide range of people all of whom shared time in this place in common. The show will be filled with the exempla which have the possibility to speak in a new, re-situated context. 

Venue and Dates

The Gallery at Barrington Center for the Arts
Gordon College
255 Grapevine Road
Wenham, MA 01984

Submissions due: June 30, 2018
Accepted artists notified: July 18, 2018
Receiving work: July 30–August 15, 2018
Reception: Saturday, September 29, 2018, 1–3 p.m.


The show is open to all current and former Orvieto students and instructors, regardless of current location, age, or length of time spent with the program. You may submit any artwork, past or present, and it does not need to have been made in or about Orvieto. For very large sculptures, 2D works larger than 5-6 feet, and work requiring a digital display, please contact peter.morse@gordon.edu to explain the scale and discuss installation logistics.


Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on June 30, 2018. We will review submissions on July 1 and send out confirmations by July 8.

Shipping and Deadline

Once we have emailed you to confirm your acceptance in the show, you can plan to ship your work, as follows. Be sure your artwork arrives between July 30th and August 15th.

Wednesday, August 15th, is the absolute deadline.

Please ship to the following address. If you plan to drop off the work in person, please arrange a time to meet with Peter Morse by emailing peter.morse@gordon.edu or calling 978-837-2371.

Gordon College
Barrington Center for the Arts
c/o Peter Morse
255 Grapevine Rd.
Wenham, MA 01984

Loan Agreement Form

You will have to submit a signed copy of Gordon College’s Loan Agreement Form before shipping any work to the gallery. This is mandatory, as it allows us to insure the work while on display. The Loan Agreement Form is attached here. Print this, sign it, scan it, and email the signed and scanned version back to peter.morse@gordon.edu.

Images of Artwork

Please provide a print-quality photograph (saved as a jpeg) of each artwork submitted, so we can include it on the website and potentially use it to make promotional posters or invitation postcards. The images should be high-resolution (file dimensions of at least 2000 pixels on the short end) and should be sharply focused and cropped to the edges of the artwork/frame. If your file is smaller than 2-3 mb, it’s probably not high-resolution enough for us to use. If you don’t have any better photos, send us whatever you have.

Send these as attachments to both of the following email addresses:


Thank you!

We look forward to seeing your work!