Current Call for Art


You Don’t Know Me is an exhibition whose theme is inspired in part by the concept of “sonder,” a term invented by writer John Koenig and defined in his Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows as “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as complex as your own.” These lives--“populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness”-- continuously swirl around us as “epic stories,” that we move in and out of as we navigate the world around us.

Whether spoken in delight, anger, sadness, or as a simple matter-of-fact, “you don’t know me” is a statement that suggests the confrontation of humans’ inner and outer lives: what we do and do not know about the people around us, what we choose to reveal to others, and what we keep inside. At a time when the distance between human connections can seem exacerbated by technology, social differences, and our current political climate, Prøve Gallery invites artists to submit works of art that visualize--through representational, symbolic, and/or conceptual means--complex lives and epic stories in relation to, intersecting with, or distinct from your own. Show us what we may not know about you.

Selected artworks may explore (but are not limited to):
Explorations of self & personal narratives or mythologies
Human interconnectedness
Empathy, understanding, & trust
Connections & encounters among strangers or friends
Isolation & distance
Secrets & revelations

Open to all subjects and/or styles.
Open to all media. All works should be completed in a ready-to-hang format.
There are no size requirements or limitations beyond practical considerations of space (must fit through conventional door).

Deadline for submission is July 1, 2019 (midnight, central time).

Please email all submissions to with subject line: Artist Name_YouDontKnowMe_Submission
Please submit (in one PDF document):
Image(s) of Work
Didactics [titles, medium, size, & price (if for sale)]
A brief artist statement that answers the following question:

How does your artistic work visualize, reveal, or even conceal the “epic story” of your life and its relationship to the epic lives that are playing out all around you?

All artists will be notified upon acceptance with a deadline of July 3, 2019.
Selected artwork is to be dropped off, or mailed in by Saturday, July 13, 2019.
Opening reception Friday, July 19, 2019.

All submission materials must be written in English.
All work is shown at the artist's own risk.
All work shipped to Prøve Gallery must be sent with return shipping or be picked up by the artist or an artist's representative.