Image designed by Maureen Gasek

Image designed by Maureen Gasek

Water Street Studios’ Announces Call for Artists for Upcoming Garment Exhibition, Eye of the Beholder: “Transparency”

Batavia, IL – Water Street Studios invites garment artists to submit to the upcoming “Eye of the Beholder” Exhibition on display for the month of May 2019 in the Dempsey Family Gallery located on the first floor of Water Street Studios.

"Eye of the Beholder" is a juried 2D and 3D 
exhibit featuring various mediums with a concentration on wearable art. 

Fashion designer and this year’s curator, Andrea Reynders shares, 
“EYE OF THE BEHOLDER is an amazing opportunity for artists and designers to produce work related to garment. Fashion has become such an interesting area of the art scene, from street wear to couture, from religious habits to cultural costume, it has been recognized as a true art form. This year the theme is TRANSPARENCY…….. a word that can be interpreted in so many ways. It can be intimate, sheer, full of truth, sometimes beautifully ethereal, other times shocking. We look forward to a rich range of 2D and mostly 3D work that be worn and exhibited dealing with the body, garment and the theme of TRANSPARENCY.”

The jurors are especially looking for designed and created garments that can be modeled at the opening and then placed in the exhibit for the duration of the show. 2D representational work related to the theme will also be considered. 
Collaborations are welcome.

1. A statement on how your concept relates to the theme of “transparency”.
2. Artists are invited to submit as many as 3 sketches (this will be displayed on the gallery walls during the exhibition).
3. Photo of the swatches of fabric/materials for each concept with our submission.

Artists must provide models for the wearable garment(s) at the opening reception and mannequins for the remainder of the exhibition. 

Deadline to submit concept, drawings and material samples is February 15, 2019. 
Please submit materials to

All applicants must be Water Street Studios members.
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Notification of acceptance by March 1, 2019. 

Gallery Opening Reception is May 10, 2019 and garment(s) will continue to be on display until June 8, 2019 in the Dempsey Family Gallery at Water Street Studios.

If you have any questions please contact Thank you!