Published February 23, 2022

We are revisiting & reimagining Quaranta!
Participation is Open to Anyone and Everyone.

What many of us once saw as a pandemic with a possible timeline has emerged as “the age of the pandemic” which means living with indefinite durations of relative separation or confinement.

We are looking to reexamine the Quaranta call to extend through this ongoing time of uncertainty.
We extend this invite to all Virginia artists whose work has been both an outlet and an expression of the way the pandemic has forced us inside: inside our studios, inside our houses, inside ourselves.

How have you been creatively working since the pandemic began?

This is not limited to writing, letterpress, printmaking, and bookmaking.
What around you, in your home, or just outside of it, is your method of responding creatively?
Are you out of ink and have a plethora of ketchup to print with?
Are you using elements from the natural world around you?
Is your world reflected on the skin of a dried bean, or a grain of rice?

Please consider submitting up to three pieces in any medium.
And please share this call with your friends and colleagues.

We will be soliciting physical items (with permission from the artist/creator) that are actually made (and shareable) from this process.
The goal is to select 40 works from those submitted, that will become part of an exhibition planned for the Summer of 2022.
(Note that selected works will become the property of the Center,  preserved and archived as a permanent record of this pandemic)

The word “quarantine” derives from the French/Italian meaning (generally) “a period of forty days”

The intersection of Italian and French influences contributed to the introduction of the word quarantine in English. Initially, the French word quarantaine (“about forty”) was borrowed in the late 1400s with the meaning “a period of forty days,” a biblical reference, originally referring to the period of time Jesus spent fasting in the desert. It came to have a broader application to a period of forty days that had religious significance, such as penance, or the delay of implementation of a legal agreement. Then, in the early 1600s, the meaning “isolation of a ship to protect the port city from potential disease” began to be used in English, from the Italian word quarantena, which had been used in this way since the 14th century.” (from Merriam Webster)


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