The Alembic


Krisztina Lazar: Curator

In the practice of alchemy, the crucible serves as the melting pot where substances are combined and the purification process begins. Metaphorically, it is the container for transforming one way of being into another, as the old ways are destroyed, dissolved, and integrated into the new. Symbolically, this is compared to the mythical phoenix, who submits to the flames at the end of her life, burning completely down to ashes, only to be reborn.

For this exhibition, the Alembic will be featuring art that speaks to this process of transformation. In times like these, when the world feels like a fiery crucible of combustion and change, it is particularly important for art to envision a way forward, to embrace the transformative challenge of the crucible, and to reflect the light at the end of the tunnel. We want to gather art that addresses or reflects the alchemical process. This could include work inspired directly by the alchemical tradition, from the prima materia, through the various stages of the Great Work, down to the rubedo phase of full integration. But we are also keen on works of art inspired by the core themes of resilience, transformation, and regeneration — all of the phases we meet in our metamorphosis through the crucible of life.

Please submit your work via this form. We are accepting all 2D media in any medium. There is no minimum size but the largest we can accept is 40” W x 60” H. Please have all work wired or hanging. If it is not wired at the time of artwork drop off, we cannot accept it.

The Alembic is a non-profit organization, and does not take any commission for the sale of artworks.

Important dates:

Call for art deadline: May 29th, 2023

Acceptance notifications: June 5th, 2023

Artwork drop off: June 17th 12pm – 4pm, 20-22 10am – 2pm

Opening: Friday, July 7th, 5-9pm

Closing: September 15th

Artwork pick up: Saturday, September 16th, 12-4pm, 19-21, 10am-2pm