Día de los Muertos-The Day of the Dead: Call for entries


The “Día de los Muertos-The Day of the Dead exhibition” is a joyful occasion of remembrance, involving feasts and festivities through which death is recognized as a part of the natural process of living. The purpose of this exhibition is to celebrate the creative ways that artists honor this deeply meaningful holiday through artistic expressions of personal and universal significance. Submitted artworks must creatively explore the essence and emotion of this traditional Mexican holiday. The imagery, symbols, and motifs are endless: memorials and remembrances, altars and shrines, paper banners (Papel picado), flowers, candles, saints, graveside vigils, pageantry, sugar skulls, skeletons. MEET THE VENUE The European Centre/ Contemporary Space Athens is an area of 350 sq.m. totally (ground floor, mezzanine, 1st, and 2nd floor) at 74 Mitropoleos Street, in the historical center of Athens. It functions as an exhibition space for architecture, design & art. The institution also hosts exhibitions in collaboration with Chicago Athenaeum: Museum for Architecture and Design located in Galena, Illinois, Chicago.


The international pillar of our Organisation forms the basis on which the “Día de los Muertos -The Day of the Dead exhibition” is born to spread and educate the people of Europe about the traditional Mexican celebration and to create an artistic dialogue between Greece, Mexico, USA, and Europe.

MEET THE CURATORS The exhibition is curated by: -Ioannis Karalias, President of the European Centre for Architecture Art, Design and Urban Studies, architect, painter, and poet. -Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, President of the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum for Architecture and Design, architect, art critic, painter, and poet.


FORMAT Artists may submit images of up to 2 artworks in JPEG format (300 dpi). Entries must contain a list of images that includes the title, media, dimensions, and retail price/value of each work submitted. Submission materials will not be returned. Do not submit original artwork. Artists may submit images of work digitally via email at ikaralias@europeanarch.eu. Please include “Attn: DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS EXHIBITION submission” in the subject line of the email.


SIZE/ARTWORKS Up to 2 completed artworks of 100 x 100 (maximum size per paintings), and in any 2 or 3-dimensional media may be submitted. If accepted, all work must be ready to display and/or framed for hanging. Any accepted work that is not in keeping with the original submission and/or is not properly prepared for exhibition (following guidelines for matting, framing, and hanging hardware) will not be exhibited.

Please feel free to contact Mrs. Konstadina Geladakis at konstadina@europeanarch.eu if you have any questions about submissions involving alternative media or the guidelines for the presentation of artworks.

ARTIST INFORMATION Submitting artists must include a brief artist statement about the submitted work with complete contact information and their bio in text. These must be submitted in either a Word document up to 200 words or pasted within the body of the submission email.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS Deadline for submissions: Monday, September 12th, 2022. Notification: Artists whose work is chosen for participation in the exhibition will be notified by September 15th, 2022.

BENEFITS A flyer of the exhibits will be published and will be given free of charge to the artists participating in the exhibition. Artists will be able to participate free of charge in the workshops, lectures, and book presentations that will be organised during the exhibition.


Before the end of the exhibition, a certificate of appreciation will be awarded to all participants. Also, visitors will vote and choose the best artwork of the exhibition. The first prize will be announced soon.


USEFUL INFORMATION Opening: Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

Duration: November 2 - November 20, 2022. Venue: The European Centre/Contemporary Space Athens, Mitropoleos 74str., Athens, Greece. Call for Entries Deadline: Monday, September 12th, 2022. Notification: The expenses for delivery of artworks,Customs taxes or any other extra expenses charge the sender.

Organised by: Chicago Athenaeum: Museum for Architecture and Design and European Centre for Architecture Art, Design and Urban Studies.