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Visual Art ,
submitted by
Vero Smith

Too Cute! 2K21

Exhibition Description:

Too Cute!

Puppies, pastel desserts, miniature anything—that’s cute. But there’s a dark side [ OwO ]. Cute things are things easily harmed. There is an inverse relationship between vulnerability and the impulse to care for, or crush. Shallow, easily dismissable, feminine, childish—these words are often synonymous with cute. This exhibition seeks art works that push the aesthetic boundaries of the adorable. Selected works will be incorporated into an immersive installation at Iowa City’s Public Space One.

Show us your cute.

If selected you will show alongside these unbelievably adorable artists:

Taylor Yocom

Fuko Ito

Eugene Sarmiento

Erin Smego

Rebecka Kann

Hannah Song

Mariana Dal Pra

Teia Smith

Tommy Santee Klaws

Janeice Maddox

About the organizers:

Drake A. Wilbur is a cute graphic designer. Vero Rose Smith is a dream-artist. Together, they will curate the sparkliest, fluffiest, most enchanting immersive installation ever!!! <3 <3 <3

Application Fee: None

Application Materials:

Email single PDF document including artist name, location, short (~50 word) description of work with dimensions and media, and up to five images of work to be considered. Digital submissions only. Send materials to by 11:59pm on May 16, 2021.


May 16: Submissions Due

May 16 - 21: Adjudication

May 21: Artists notified

May 28: Artist confirmation due

July 2: Art delivered to PS1 (at artist’s expense unless prior arrangement has been made)

July 9 - 11: Install

July 11: Virtual Reception

July 30: Deinstall and send back to artists (at artist’s expense)

Deadline: 05.15.2021
Name: Vero and Drake
Address: 229 N Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52245
Phone: 319-855-1985