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Call for Artists – The University of St.Gallen (Switzerland)


The University of St.Gallen (Switzerland) is launching a Call for Artists that wants to invite independent artists (not represented by galleries or art dealers) to apply for an exhibition project for one of the University’s buildings.
A first edition of the project was realized in 2013 with a successful number of 750 applicants.
Art@Tell – Edition 2/2014
The Project
The University of St.Gallen in Switzerland owns an impressive collection of art which covers a span of
more than 50 years and which has been integrated into the architecture of the University. Notable artists
such as Alberto Giacometti, Gerhard Richter, Georges Bracque, Hans Arp, Alexander Calder, Antoni
Tàpies, Joan Miró, Enzo Cucchi, Mimmo Paladino, and Yan Pei-Ming are all part of the collection.
In addition to this collection, Art@Tell was launched in 2013 as a separate project. It aims to offer a
platform to visual artists who are currently not represented by art dealers or gallerists.
Twice a year, independent artists have the opportunity to submit projects for a recently acquired
building of the University at Tellstrasse 2 in St.Gallen. A curator will choose 5 projects from the
applications received that will then be exhibited for six months in the school building. Applications can
be made for one of the 5 space options specifically (please see separate documents on our website for
options available) or without any particular space in mind. The final decision on the space allotted to
the selected projects is made by the curator.
The University will assume the full costs for transport of the artwork, as well as for the artist’s travel to
Switzerland for the installation and opening of the exhibition.
The first call for artists resulted in a compelling number of 750 applications. The five projects chosen by
Ms. Tamar Ette, the curator of the first edition in 2013, were inaugurated on January 17, 2014, and will
be exhibited until the end of July 2014.
The opening of the second edition of Art@Tell will be curated by Ms. Deborah Keller and will be
opened in mid-August 2014.
Conditions for Applicants
-The applicant has concluded his/her studies at an acclaimed art academy.
-The applicant is not supported by a gallery, art consultant, or any other kind of commercial
Required Application Documents
-Short written description of the project in English (one page maximum) and sketches,
visualizations or, if already available, photographs of it.
-Portfolio of the artist’s work in general.
-Short CV in tabular form and full exhibition history.
-Copy of the diploma certificate from the art academy where the applicant has graduated.
-Optional: two to four catalog or newspaper articles, reviews, texts (online editions are welcome
too) on works or exhibitions of the artist.
Kunstkommission der
Universität St.Gallen
Gatterstrasse 1
CH-9010 St.Gallen
Fon: +41 (0)71 224 2566
Please note: All documents must be provided in a PDF format or, for images, in JPEG (with no more
than 5 MB per image) and sent to
We suggest to use,, or for transferring the documents.
Selection Procedure
Application deadline is March 24, 2014. Applications received after this deadline cannot be
Please note: incomplete applications that do not contain all the above listed documents will
not be considered.
Due to the high number of applications expected, it will not be possible to answer all emails
immediately. Within the course of two weeks, applicants will receive a confirmation of receipt.
All applications will be evaluated by the curator within one month’s time.
20 candidates whose projects are selected for a final evaluation will be asked to hand in a short
spoken statement (no more than 3 minutes) on their project recorded on video (high quality is
not required).
By the end of April 2014, the 5 artists whose projects were selected from the 20 final candidates
will be informed and the planning for the realization of the projects and shipping of the
artworks can get started.
The 20 projects that made it to the final selection will be published on our website.
All candidates that were not chosen for the exhibition will receive a message by the beginning
of June 2014.
Please note: due to the high number of applicants it will not be possible to give specific
explanations on the decisions taken.
For any questions, please contact the Art@Tell curator Deborah Keller at
We look forward to your application!