A black and white photograph of a street light and street sign at night by Adam Bellefeuil

Artist Call: Out of Darkness

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Image Above: Adam Bellefeuil, "Royal Street, Raleigh, North Carolina", 2013, archival pigment print, 16” x 20”, City of Raleigh Municipal Art Collection

Block Gallery invites you to enter this juried competition with photographs or videos that pay homage to Film Noir. This exhibition will be juried by George Jenne.

The Film Noir genre first evolved out of economic necessity as low to modestly-budgeted film projects. The result of working with minimal equipment and resources led to creative experimentation showing the pessimism, darkness and anxiety felt after World War II.

Traditionally marked by dramatic lighting and camera angles, the imagery evokes a mood of suspense, danger, and tension. We encourage you to explore your vision and interpretation and perhaps even overcome limitations encountered during this time while staying true to the underlying style and characteristics of Film Noir.

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All materials must be received no later than Friday, July 17, 2020, by 11 p.m. EST. Incomplete or late submittals will not be considered.


An artist stipend will be paid to each selected artist. The award amount will be dependent on the number of artists selected by the Juror.



Stacy Bloom Rexrode
Curator of Exhibitions and Collections

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