Unlocking the Future


When the door is locked, open a window! Unlocking the Future is a juried mixed media wall
hanging show inviting artists to explore their (or a) vision of the future through an imagined window of their own making.

Exhibition Dates: January 3 - 30, 2020
First Friday and Opening Reception: January 3, 2020, 5pm-8pm
Material Topics Symposium Contemporary Clarity 20/20 Reception: January 17, 2020, 7pm-10pm

Entries Due: November 16, 2019

Apply Here


Wall hanging work only. 2D work or arranged 3D objects are to be mounted inside a frame. Groupings constituting one piece are welcome so long as they fit within framework. Must be “ready to hang”. The artist will provide the wall mounting parts, findings, and any specialty hanging tools. Please provide a detailed description and diagram of how the piece is arranged and hung. The artist is responsible for shipping to and from the gallery. Artists must be 18 years or up.

entries & feees

Each artist may submit up to 3 entries. Groupings count as one submission if the pieces are directly related and dependent on each other. To apply visit www.emergegallery.com Under Artists and Artist Opportunities. Fee is $15 for up to 3 entries. ECU students may submit for $5 with coupon code. All work must be labeled with the title and artist name at time of delivery if accepted. Return shipping label must be provided.


Entries must be submitted online by : November 16, 2019. Accepted work that is shipped must be received by December 17th and hand delivered by December 17th, between 10am-8pm.

pick up of accepted work

Work shipped will be shipped out January 31st. Work will need to be picked up Friday, January 31 or Saturday, February 1, 2020.


There will be three cash awards: 1st Place - $150 2nd Place - $100 3rd Place - $75

Insurance and liability

Emerge Gallery will provide insurance for accepted work during the exhibition dates only. Work will not be insured after February 1, 2020. Work will be insured for the value price provided by the artist. Consent to reproduce for publicity, catalog of entry constitute agrall conditions. Insurance value must be a realistic value, and maybe questioned with proof of similar sales asked for.


Ken Bova is a Past President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) with work in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, Racine, Tacoma, Philadelphia, and Georgia Art Museums among others. He has presented workshops nationwide in places such as Haystack, Penland, Arrowmont, Idyllwild, and Peter's Valley. He serves as a Chair of the Presenters Selection Committee for the Yuma Symposium. Bova taught for nearly 20 years in the Jewelry/Metals program at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana and a semester in MSU's study abroad program in Corciano, Italy. In 2010 he accepted a position as a visiting artist at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. In 2012 he accepted a tenure track position there as an Associate Professor and teaches senior studio courses, enameling, and is Area Co-coordinator overseeing the graduate program in Metal Design.
Metals Symposium Contacts:

Nikki Purcell
Third year Metals MFA
ECU Material Topics Symposium Gallery Chair

For none gallery related stuff: Lauren DelBrocco and Kerry Guan
first and second year Metals MFA
ECU Material Topics symposium Co-chairs