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Upcoming Installation 'Gedankenexperiment' Seeks Artwork

The Washington Sculptors Group and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) seek entries for an art installation that will be hosted at AAAS headquarters, in Washington, D.C. from June 16 to August 22. Titled 'Gedankenexperiment,' this exhibit is inspired by Albert Einstein's unique approach of using conceptual rather than actual experiments in creating the theory of relativity. Applicants will consider some scientific/mathematical theory, hypothesis, or principle as their inspiration and externalize these thought experiments in a sculptural expression. Entries are not limited to traditional methodology. Non-traditional ideas and broad interpretations of "Gedankenexperiment" are encouraged.  Audio-visual and performance art will be considered with the understanding that the artist will supply all his/her own equipment. 

All applicants are encouraged to explore the many interpretations of "Gedankenexperiment" in order to submit relevant work.

Participating artists can upload submissions at where you will find instructions to submit all entries. (No entries will be accepted by mail or email.) There is a $5 entry fee for uploading images digitally with EntryThingy.

DEADLINE: Friday, April 25

ELIGIBILITY: The exhibition is open to members of the Washington Sculptors Group and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Artists who are not already members may join WSG by paying annual dues of $45 ($15 for full-time students). New members may join by downloading a membership form from the website, and making payment by mailing a check or through PayPal online. WSG members must renew their dues for 2014 to be eligible to apply to participate in this exhibition. The mailing label on the postcard should read 2014 to show you are paid up to date. Membership Renewal letters for 2014 dues are in the mail to members in November.


  • Three-dimensional sculpture, wall hung installations, new media and performance art. No audio/visual equipment will be provided.
  • The gallery space has 8 1/2' - 11' ceilings.  Limited space to hang from ceiling grid. Weight limit - 5 lbs.
  • There is limited wall space for wall-hung work. It must be hung on existing wall studs and limited to 70 lbs. and 12" wall projection.
  • There is a standard door to enter the building. "It is 3 ft. x 8 ft. and double door which opens to 6 ft. x 8 ft."
  • Artists are solely responsible for delivery of their accepted work on the installation date, and de-installation of their work on the pick-up date. Staff will be solely responsible for installations. The gallery will not receive shipments of artwork.
  • We encourage applicants to visit AAAS headquarters in downtown D.C. (1200 New York Ave, Washington, D.C. 20005) The gallery space is open during the week, 9am -5pm ET.