Featuring Politically and Socially Engaging Art
From Over 130 Brooklyn Artists 

Opening Reception Feb 4, 6-9pm
Exhibition on view Feb 5-28, 2016;

BROOKLYN | January 13, 2016 – BRIC is pleased to announce its second open call exhibition, OPEN (C)ALL: Up For Debate, which will feature over 130 Brooklyn artists whose work embodies hopes and aspirations for the future, given this time of urgent social and political issues and the upcoming Presidential elections. Submissions to this exhibition were open to all members of BRIC’s online Contemporary Artist Registry, with each artist submitting a single work of art – related to the theme and within guidelines – to be included in the show. Over 250 artists submitted to the open call, and 132 artists will be included in the show. BRIC House is located at 647 Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 10am–6pm and is closed Mondays. Gallery admission is free. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 4 from 6-9pm.

Artists: Wayne Adams | Daniel Allegrucci | Audrey Anastasi | Carl Anderson | Rico Anderson | Andrew Michael Andrews | Eric Araujo | aricoco | Gerard Barbot | Fred Bendheim | Zeljka Blaksic | Karen Blankenship | Janet Braun-Reinitz | Liubov Brizhatiuk | Sally Brody | Johnny Camacho | Sarah Carpenter | Ted Casterline | Cristóbal Cea-Sánchez | Sandra B Cohen | Edward Coppola | Mark Crawford | Lionel Cruet | Madeleine Cutrona | Robert Dandarov | Irina Danilova | Jenn DeWald | Joan Di Lieto | Kritwalee Seneetantikul | Joseph Dolinsky | Todd Drake | Chika Dunu | Rina Dweck | Kia Dyson | Melissa Eder | Gerard Ellis | Douglas Ensign | Mark Joshua Epstein | Patricia Fabricant | Felipe Galindo | Iliana Emilia Garcia | Gabriel Garcia Roman | Georgi Georgiev | Kevin Connolly Gillespie | Robin Glassman | Janet Goldner | Shosh Goller | Naima Green | Emily Greenberg | Daniel Greenfield-Campoverde | Cheryl Gross | Carl Gunhouse | Valerie Hallier | Bernard Hallstein | Callie Hirsch | Judy Hoffman | Shannon Holloway | William Howard | Ann Hunt Currier | Liz Johnson | Laura Karetzky | Leslie Kerby | Peter J. Ketchum | Matamba Kombila | Tara Kopp | Anne-Marie Lavigne | Soo Im Lee | Chandle Lee | Zhi Li | Jana Liptak | Don Lisy | Carmen Lizardo | Loretta Lomanto | Richard Lund | Deirdre MacKenzie | Katrina Majkut | Monika Malewska | Russell Mehlman | Gwen Meyerson | Lizbeth Mitty | Traci Molloy | Susan Newmark | Bea Ortiz | Karen Ostrom | Kwantaeck Park | Robert Pennington | Marvin Piqué | Becky Plattus | Esther Podemski | Carol Radsprecher | Carlos Rigau | Elizabeth Riley | Anna Rindos | James Rose | Grace Roselli | Marcy Rosenblat | Barry Rosenthal | Jenn Ruff | A.V. Ryan | Charlene Rymsha | Ieka Sade | Robert Salmieri | Meryl Salzinger | Margarita Sánchez Urdaneta | Lorenzo Sanjuán Pertusa | Jamison Sarteschi | Steve Savitz | Matthew Schenning | Dick Schlefer | Karen Schmauk | Joelle Shallon | Manju Shandler | Laura Shechter | Ryann Slauson | Lauren Smith | Adel Souto | Sharon Stokes | Elyse Taylor | Joy Tomasko | Erin Treacy | Sidney Turner | Petra Vargova | Mitsuko Verdery | Adela Wagnerova | Joshua Walters | Larry Weekes | Joshua Weeks | Tony Wells | Alliyah Wheaton | Carlos Yepes | Ward Yoshimoto | Mary Younkin


BRIC’s Contemporary Artist Registry is the oldest registry of visual artists in Brooklyn, and one of the largest and most comprehensive artist registries in the country. It is free to join and open to artists who were born, live, or work in Brooklyn. Currently, it has over 1,650 active members and is continually growing. Established in 1983, the Registry became an online resource in spring 2010. The Registry is not curated. Curators, artists, collectors, and other arts professionals from around the world consult the Registry to discover the work of Brooklyn-affiliated visual artists. The open call exhibition demonstrates the wide breadth of work included on the BRIC Registry and speaks to Brooklyn’s status as an artistic epicenter. 

Two prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the exhibition. A “Best In Show” Prize will go to an artwork of exceptional merit selected by BRIC’s Contemporary Art team, with the artist awarded $300 and a solo exhibition of their work at BRIC House the following year. A “Viewer’s Choice” Prize will go to an artwork of exceptional merit selected by the public, with the artist awarded $100 and a profile of their practice on the BRIC Blog.

Elizabeth Ferrer, Vice President of Contemporary Art at BRIC said, “BRIC’s online contemporary artist registry is a rich resource of information, containing the work of over 1,600 Brooklyn-based visual artists. We wanted to bring the Registry to life with an exhibition that could amply demonstrate—from an unfiltered perspective—the range of ideas and approaches that artists are pursuing today. We also wanted to bring attention to the importance of Brooklyn as an international magnet for visual artists. Brooklyn has the largest, densest concentration of visual artists at work in the United States today ranging from world-renowned figures to emerging artists still struggling to find ways to expose their work. Shows like Open Call vitally address this need, and at BRIC House, their work will be seen by a large and diverse public.




BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. We present and incubate work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds us. BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year.

Our main venue, BRIC Arts | Media House, offers a public media center, a major contemporary art exhibition space, two performance spaces, a glass-walled TV studio, and artist work spaces.

Some of BRIC’s most acclaimed programs include the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park, several path-breaking public access media initiatives, including the newly renamed BRIC TV, and a renowned contemporary art exhibition series. BRIC also offers education and other vital programs at BRIC House and throughout Brooklyn.

In addition to making cultural programming genuinely accessible, BRIC is dedicated to providing substantial support to artists and media makers in their efforts to develop work and reach new audiences.

BRIC is unusual in both presenting exceptional cultural experiences and nurturing individual expression. This dual commitment enables us to most effectively reflect New York City’s innate cultural richness and diversity.

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