Beyond Expectations - Call for Artwork

Exhibition Dates: January 17 - March 23, 2019

The curated exhibition will be held between January 2019 to March 2019, which is open to a wide range of creative practice that pushes the boundary of art, for example, but not limited to, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, digital art, video and performance. Both curators will work with selected artists on public engagement events with respect to the exhibition’s key subject. The call is open to people of all ages from the New England region. All works must be original, in good condition and ready for hanging. Shipping is the responsibility of the participating artists.

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The submission deadline is September 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

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Curatorial Statement:

This exhibition invites artists and creators of all experiences, regardless of professional training, to show work and share stories of how they have worked beyond expectations of their family, community or society to fulfill their personal passion for art. The exhibitions’ title encourages works that investigate Asian American and Asian Immigrant culture and engages with the Boston Asian American communities. 

We are often pigeonholed and limited by these constraints but overcome them to create art that defies cultural/family norms. The co-curators, Mary Lee and Dan Jay, fulfilled family expectations by attaining success in academic medicine as the children of Asian immigrants. However, both have artistic souls and pursued art within the limits of their academic paths. Mary waited until stepping down from her Associate Provost and Dean positions at Tufts before committing consistent time as an artist. Dan Jay who is currently Dean of the Sackler School for Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts had parallel careers in art and science with science dominating his life until the last five years when he has had success combining them.

Dan Jay

Dan Jay is a visual artist combining art and science with a unique perspective of a scientist’s mind and an artist’s eye.  In the mid-1980’s Dan was elected a junior fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows to do science and art, and provided with both a laboratory and an art studio. He is now Dean of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and adjunct professor of Drawing and Painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Dan has shown widely including Harvard University, Massachusetts State House, Boston Convention Center and the Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Artists and has shown internationally in France and Canada.

Mary Y. Lee

As a child of Chinese immigrants, Mary grew up working in her parents’ laundry in Somerville through college, until attending graduate school in California, and later returning to Boston for medical school.  After recently winding down a full career as an internal medicine physician, academic dean, and associate provost at Tufts, she is finally fulfilling her passion to create art, while continuing to consult in higher education. Working mainly in oils, Mary searches for intrinsic beauty that can be represented by the interplay of light, color and form, regardless of subject matter, and strives to connect the observer to that beauty.