C4W:2022 - Pinky Promise curated by Jamie Owens

C4W:2022 - Pinky Promise curated by Jamie Owens

Gamut Gallery's annual Call-4-Work exhibition is a chance for artists to push against preconceived norms of what art "should" be.

Jamie Owens, this year's guest curator, has developed the theme Pinky Promise through the body of works that were submitted this season for our annual exhibit. This was no small feat, in total we had 1026 works submitted from over 200 artists.  With Jamie behind the wheel, he selected 32 works from 28 local, national, and international artists the will recast our gallery as a play-place for fearless experimentation within painting, illustration, sculpture, and digital media.  

All media is accepted for submission, artists of all levels are encouraged to submit, and there is never a predetermined theme for the exhibit. After reviewing the body of submitted works, each year's chosen guest curator is free to hand-select a group of pieces that showcase the complete "Gamut" of visual mediums. The resulting exhibit makes for a memorable, one-of-a-kind event that our space is thrilled to host each fall. With guest curator Jamie Owens behind the wheel, Gamut Gallery's 2022 C4W exhibition, Pinky Promise, is an enthusiastic and unexpected portrayal of emerging, established, and outsider artists across North America and Mexico.

"Art is this rare space where contemplation and play are intertwined but as an artist myself, I've fallen into the camp of serious art making, and feel like my personal practice suffered for it.” With this in mind the imagery Jamie has chosen approaches adult topics of identity and mental health, but with the spirit of freedom felt in the final days of summer. Pinky Promise is an exhibition that is unapologetically juvenile featuring a mashup of ideas and mediums through a youthful lens.

Gamut is delighted to announce that of the 28 artists chosen to participate in this year's event, more than two-thirds are displaying work with us for the first time. Their art helps make up the final 32 pieces that will recast our gallery as a play-place for fearless experimentation within painting, illustration, sculpture, and digital media. Varying shades of pinks, greens, blues, and purples wildly ricochet off each other, embracing visitors with the playful and sentimental energy of Pinky Promise. While this event is undoubtedly a party in itself, opening night attendees are invited to come for the art and stay for music held in the courtyard!

About the Curator

Jamie Owens is a multi-disciplinary studio artist, preparator, designer, and curator living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Having graduated with a bachelor's degree in design from MCAD in 2014, his art has gained an international audience of collectors. After being exhibited in New York City, Germany, the San Diego Museum of Art & History, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Jamie has widened his focus to include curatorial work. He notably curated “Cracked Pavement: Twin Cities Skateboarding Then & Now” (2018) at Gamut Gallery, and “Selections” (2019) at Revere Auctions

Jamie spends time making paintings, sculptures, and prints in his Minneapolis studio space and installing exhibitions at a multitude of local art galleries as an art handler. When not in the studio, Jamie is an advocate for emerging artists, aiding them with exhibitions often outside of traditional art spaces. He is also an avid participant in the Twin Cities skateboarding community and has been featured in local skate videos alongside prominent skateboarders from the metro area.

Featured Artists

Analeise Jarvi-Beamer, Ash Hagerstrand, Ashley Ray, Brian Nagel, Christopher Alday, Christopheraaron Deanes, Constance Klippen, Daniel Allyn Lee, Derek Meier, Desirée Forgét, Emily Quandahl, Emma Beatrez, Erin Peña, Gary Stewart, Jake Zirbes, Jeremy Jones, Jesse Quam, Jordan Shepherd, Luis David Moran, Mara Glover, Merick Reed, Nick Knutson, Richard Wehrs, Tara Robinson, Tina Ford, Tony Kukich, Odam Art, Xiao Faria daCunha  


Gallery and Gift Shop Hours
FREE open hours: Wednesday - Friday, 11am - 6pm; Saturday 11am - 4pm
Gamut Gallery is open without capacity restrictions for in-person viewing of the exhibition. 48 hours advance notice required for appointment requests. 


Artist Talk Sept 21st 6:30PM
Curator Jamie Owens and Moderator Juleana Enright sit down for a conversation with three selected C4W artists Christopheraaron Deanes, Emily Quandahl and Jeremy Jones.
$5 pre-sale tickets available, $7 day of event

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