Maps of the Intangible a National Juried Exhibition

Online Applications are due August 15th

Exhibition Dates: Thursday Oct. 6th – Saturday Oct. 29, 2022

Maps of the Intangible 


The Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is pleased to host  Maps of the Intangible, a juried exhibition from October 6th- Oct. 28, 2022. 

Traditionally maps present information about the physical world in a visual way. For this exhibition, artists are asked to explore the idea of “the map” through an introspective lens. Artists are encouraged to consider the idea of “space” beyond the physical:  internal, emotional, subconscious, metaphysical,… etc. All media is welcome!

Work submitted must be original. Artists will be asked to share a brief explanation of their piece (200 words), please include any cultural or historical references if applicable

Online Application Fee: $15 for up to 3 works


  • Deadline to Apply Online: Monday, August 15th, 2022 
  • Exhibition Dates: Thursday Oct. 6th – Saturday Oct. 29, 2022
  • Reception : Thursday, Oct. 6,5:30pm-7:00pm, Juror remarks at 6:00


1st Place – $150 & Custom Platter by Karin Rutkin/ 2nd Place – $50/ 3rd Place – $30

Click the link below to be redirected to submit your work!


The Juror will make final selections.  Entry does not guarantee acceptance.   All work must be original and made in the past 3 years.  Submitted work will not be considered if application is not received. Floor and pedestal works must be self-supporting. The artist must provide hardware for Wall hanging works and clear instructions for installation.  Work must be ready to install upon delivery.  ICCGS does not provide electronic equipment (projectors, media players, monitors, and computers).   Individual objects must weigh less than 50 lbs and be not more than 24 inches in each direction. ICCGS staff reserves the right to exclude from exhibition works that arrive at the venue in poor condition or do not reflect the work submitted and chosen by the curator will also be removed from the exhibit. 


Interested artists may submit up to three (3) distinct works with no more than two (2) images per work. Not to exceed six (6) total images. 


Please submit the work that could stay in full duration of show period. 


You may submit three individual pieces with two images per piece (total of no more than 6  images) 

Images must be sized at 1800px on the longest side at 300 dpi. (A 4X6 image would be sized at 1800×1200

Artists must submit one paragraph of a statement of approximately 200 words about their submitted work.


Shipping costs incurred to and from the gallery is the sole responsibility of the artist. Artists must send work in sturdy, reusable boxes & packing materials. Double boxes are strongly recommended and are the easiest way to guarantee a safe arrival. All work not picked up or without a return shipping label will be considered a donation to Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio 90 days after the end of the exhibition.  An ICCGS inventory sheet with details of items & material used must be included.

A return shipping label must be included in the packaging. 

Ship to:

Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio

The Cherry Building, Suite #117

329 10th AVE SE, Cedar Rapids IA, 52401

INSURANCE: Although the greatest care will be taken in handling of all work, ICCGS will not accept any responsibility for damage of work submitted which is improperly packed for handling. All accepted works must be insured for shipment, USPS/UPS provides. If any work is broken while on exhibit, ICCGS will reimburse the artist for 60% of the retail price (the full artist commission). No accepted entry may be withdrawn prior to the close of the exhibition. 


All work available for sale must be sold through ICCGS, 60% of sale to artists, 40% of sale to ICCGS. Artworks that do not sell during the exhibition will be returned to the artist; the artist is responsible for the cost of return shipping. 


The artist is responsible for complex installation. ICCGS has very limited equipment available for installation (assorted tools, pedestals, ladders), please bring the tools and hardware you need. ICCGS does not provide electronic equipment (projectors, media players, monitors, and computers.) The galleries are drywall. Work must fit through a standard door. Special pedestals, shelving and mounting must be provided by the artist. The Gallery reserves the right to remove work from the exhibit that is not ready to install or does not have proper installation materials. 


Participating artists must agree to allow ICCGS staff and visitors to photograph work while on display for educational or publicity purposes. Submitted images of accepted work will be retained by ICCGS for promotions, posting on our website with artist credit, and sharing with media related publications. All accepted artists are required to provide a short artist statement (200 words max) and artist bios (200 words max).


Ellen Kleckner, Executive Director 

[email protected] / 319.365.9644


Karin Rutkin

Maps of the Intangible Curator


Karin Rutkin is a visual artist who works in ceramics, illustration and painting. She graduated with a BFA in ceramics from SUNY New Paltz in 2009. She has lived and worked in New York, Asheville NC, and now resides in Iowa City, IA working out of her home studio. She is inspired by her extensive travels across the US, nature, architecture, science and the metaphysical.  You can see view her work here.