SCRIBBLES: Habits, Compulsions & Outpourings of the Doodling Mind
Jurors: Amy Cheng, Lois Bender

June 1 – June 28, 2023

Submissions Deadline: Tuesday, March 7, 2023

A line is a dot taking a walk.  — Paul Klee                               

Scribbles are evolving choreographies of visual thinking and feeling flowing in space. Scribbling allows something to develop and take shape as a becoming. Its nature can be chaotic, noncommittal, ambivalent, tentative. It can also be intentional, commanding, finished. It can be described as a flow of energy — mark-making forged into matter — that comes directly from the hand of the artist. Is scribbling where ideas come from? Is scribbling always germinal?  Is it intuitive and non-thinking? A random exploration? Is it play, or a series of what-ifs? Can it be serious? Can it be mindful in the most profound sense of the word? Is it uncensored? Can scribbles be a final product? Is it a way to access our stream of consciousness? Do our scribbles reveal something essential about us?

This open call for submission to a blindly juried group show of “SCRIBBLES” at the Carter Burden Gallery located at 548 W. 28th St, #534, New York, NY scheduled for June 1-June 28, 2023, will result in an interesting, informative, eye-opening survey of what contemporary artists are doing with their scribbles.


• Entry deadline: Tuesday, March 7

• Artist Notification: Tuesday, April 18

• Show dates: June 1 – June 28, 2023

• Reception: Thursday, June 1, 6 – 8pm

• Hand delivery of work: Wednesday, May 24, 11am – 4pm & Thursday, May 25, 9am – 4pm

• Deadline for receiving shipped work: Tuesday, May 23

• Pick up hand-delivered work: Wednesday, June 28, 3pm – 5pm; Thursday, June 29, 10am – 4pm; & Friday, June 30, 10am – 4pm

• UPS/FedEx return of shipped work deadline: Wednesday, July 5


Apply Now


Expires: 2023-03-07


Carter Burden Gallery




548 West 28th Street, #534, New York, NY 10001


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