The Uncanny - Open Call for Artworks

When the familiar becomes unfamiliar, we call it uncanny. That is to say, when something almost satisfies our brain’s search for human likeness, but falls short by a small margin, we experience a characteristic sense of unease at the sight of it. This is our understanding of what it is about realistic androids and almost-perfect-but-not-quite CGI that makes our skin crawl, and it stems from Freudian theory surrounding the German word “unheimlich.” Freud tells us that the unheimlich, or unhomely, is our experience when confronted with something that is like home to us, but is made wrong somehow. How do you incorporate the unheimlich, or uncanny, into your artwork? Does your work illicit a visceral reaction from the viewer, or traverse the boundary between perfect and imperfect human likeness? We want to see your most uncomfortably human and impalpably imperfect images.


Open to international artists age 18 years or older.


Original 2D artworks created through the media of painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, assemblage, collage, mixed media.


This exhibition cannot include live performance or 3D artworks.

December 1st, 2021: Online submission deadline
December 5th, 2021: Notifications emailed
Exhibition Dates: December 1th, 2021 - February 1st, 2022
Reception: TBD (CDC guidelines will determine the exhibition format.)


Artwork must be listed for sale. The Chateau Gallery collects a 30% commission on sold artwork.

There is a non-refundable $20 entry fee used to support the exhibition, promotional materials, and scheduled programming.


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December 1, 2021, 6:00:00 AM

The Chateau Gallery

Louisville, Kentucky