Open Call

Call for Art: From Plates to Plants

Lower East Side Ecology Center

No Funding
Free / No Costs
New York, United States


Entry Requirements: Please submit an artist statement/biography (250 words max) and up to 3 pieces of work. Each piece of work submitted should include: 1. Title 2. Description 3. Dimensions of work 4. One high quality photograph of the actual, original artwork. Sculptural submissions can be shared using a photomosaic. 5. All materials should be combined into a single pdf. File should be no larger than 5 MB. Send submission materials to with “Plates to Plants 2020 – YOUR NAME” in the subject line. Additional Information: 2D work must be no larger than 60” tall or wide and should weigh no more than 25 lbs. 3D work must be no larger than 60” tall and 20” deep, and should weigh no more than 50 lbs. All work must be ready for installation. Artwork will be selected by a committee of compost enthusiasts who will be looking for creativity, interpretation of the theme, quality of art, and overall design.

Number of Participants

Individuals or collectives are encouraged to submit work.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


May 04, 2020 - May 10, 2020


No meals


Activists, Book Arts, Cartoonist, Ceramics, Chefs, Collective, Conceptual Art, Crafts & Trades, Culinary, Design, Drawing, Dreamers, Fiber Arts, Glass, Illustration, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Jewelry, Land Art, Makers, Metalsmith, Painting, Photography, Poetry, Printmaking, Public Art, Sculpture, Social Practice, Sound Art, Textile, Thinkers, Visual Arts


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Program Description

Globally, if food waste was represented as its own country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter, behind China and the U.S. As our communities face greater impacts related to climate change, composting offers a tremendous opportunity in creating closed loop systems, building healthy soils, fostering community and reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. This exhibition will provide a space for artists to share work that illustrates their relationship to compost and challenge visitors to think critically about sustainability and climate change through art during International Compost Awareness Week. Important Dates: Deadline to Submit Work: March 10, 2020 Artwork Selection Notification: March 25, 2020 Date for artwork delivery: May 4, 2020 at Chinatown Soup Gallery, exact time TBD. Opening Reception: May 5, 2020, 6-9pm Show Duration: May 5-9, 2020 Date for artwork pick-up: May 10, 2020 at Chinatown Soup Gallery, exact time TBD

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