Call for Entries

Where Darkness and Light are Blue and White

Detail of Rhodomenia sobolifera from Anna Atkins’ Photographs of British Algae, ca. 1843–53

“In the cyanotypes you arrive in this world where darkness and light are blue and white.” – Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

The Pearl Conard Art Gallery at The Ohio State University at Mansfield is seeking contemporary artwork utilizing the cyanotype process for display in our space during autumn semester 2024. Our unique gallery space has glass walls that show a panoramic view of OSU Mansfield’s 600 acres of woodlands, and the seasons will change throughout the duration of the exhibition. We are particularly interested in camera-less works that use the historic cyanotype process to explore nature in its many forms, forging a connection with the woodland backdrop outside our windows.

Please send jpegs of any works that are available for exhibition September – December 2024, a corresponding image list that includes dimensions and detailed installation requirements, a resume or CV, and a statement about the work to by July 1, 2024. 

We also welcome workshop proposals that will engage our students and community members with the cyanoype process on our wooded campus, which contains unique forests, pine plantations, streams, vernal pools, and wetlands. If you are interested in leading a workshop, please send a 1-2 page detailed proposal that includes your availability, learning outcomes, and a materials list to by July 1, 2024.

There is no fee to apply.

Pearl Conard Art Gallery 2024-2025 Season

Claudia Esslinger and Tom Giblin, Double Vision

The Pearl Conard Art Gallery at Ohio State Mansfield is accepting solo, group, or curatorial proposals for our 2024-2025 exhibition season. We are particularly interested in exhibitions that will foster interdisciplinary connections among various academic fields, introduce students to diverse perspectives, engage with the campus woodlands visible through our windows, and/or actively involve students in understanding contemporary world issues.

Please send a description of the proposed exhibition including installation requirements and its availability during the 2024-2025 academic year, a CV or resume, and a single PDF with 10 representative images or a website link to There is no fee. The deadline for proposals is July 1, 2024. Please note that the gallery is managed by faculty members and due to the high volume of entries we receive, we will only contact you if we are interested in exhibiting your work.

Funded by a gift from the John and Pearl Conard Foundation, the gallery is located in Mansfield, Ohio, a city approximately 80 miles southwest of Cleveland and 65 miles northeast of Columbus. The space has hardwood floors, a large lighted glass block lantern over the entrance hall, 2,500 square feet of floor area, and UV coated glass walls on three sides that show a view of OSU Mansfield’s wooded campus.