Art Constraint Show

2017 FMVA Constraint - Time Warp - The Comstock House, 1917 to 2017.

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The Constraint Show challenges artists and encourages them to expand their thinking. Every year, the FMVA chooses a new topic. And for each theme, the artists produce work that fits their own interpretation of that theme.     

The 2017 Constraint Show theme is: Time Warp-The Comstock House 1917 to 2017. The theme is based on what would artwork look like on the walls 100 years for people who lived in the Victorian Comstock House in 1917? Would it be family portraits; pictures from around the world; still life photos?  What do you imagine they would be displaying?  Enter a time warp and create their 2017 art!                                                 


Location: The Historic Comstock House, 506 8th St S, Moorhead, MN   (Download artists program)
Dates:July 11 to September 8, 2017
Entry Due Date: June 15, must include photo and size of art work and artist statement
Artwork drop off: July 8 and 9 –  1 to 4 p.m. 
Thursday, July 13, 5 - 7 p.m.



Previous Constraint Shows

2016 Constraint Show:
Touchable at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, MN
Exhibit Dates: July 1 through October 31, 2016Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm & Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm

FMVA teamed up with the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County to bring visual artists a challenge like no other for the 7th annual Constraint Show - an art exhibit by visual artists meant for everyone, even those who are visually impaired. What would an exhibit like this look like? Maybe more like feel, hear, sound, or even taste like?  “Touchable:  Celebrate the Senses” will open alongside “A Child In A Strange Country” focusing on Helen Keller and the history of education for people who are blind or visually impaired.            

2015 Constraint Show:  Antiquity
October 1-28, 2015 Drekker Brewing Company
Theme was "Antiquity," otherwise thought of as "The Great Age," which includes the great civilizations of antiquity in the ancient past, especially the period before the Middle Ages. Artists addressed culture, Greco, classical history, gods and goddesses, symmetry, artistic customs, techniques and many other areas in their creations.   The Show was at Drekker Brewing

2014 Constraint Show: Label

November 1, 2014 – January 5, 2015 
Hjemkomst Center Lower Level Gallery,
202 1st Avenue North Moorhead, MN

2013 Constraint Show:  X 
October 4-31 NDSU Renaissance Gallery,
650 NP Avenue, Fargo, ND 

The FMVA celebrated its tenth year as a voice for the visual arts in the Fargo Moorhead community with "X" as the Constraint Show theme: Commandments, age, sophomore, perfect, strike, metric system, fingers, decade, decathlon, Decagon, neon atomic number, 10 yards, Fran Tarkenton, tetractys, dime, John Taylor, Highway 10, Pope Leo X, 10-day forecast, Pearl Jam Ten, top ten, one/tenth, Bill of Rights, rank, tic tac toe, x-chromosome, multiplication, xray, dimensions 10 x 10”, and more…  

2012 Constraint Show: Political Animal "Political Animal" explored the concept of politics and animals in an election year.    

2011 Constraint Show: It's All in the Game "It's All in the Game" explored the concept of games: pawns, rules, strategies, and the players behind them.      

2010 Constraint Show: Play with Proportion "Play with Proportion" stretched ones’ perceptions of proportion, scale, and size relationships.