Art Against Racism: Manifesting Beloved Community Open Call to Artists
West Windsor Arts Council
952 Alexander Rd
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
Contact: Kimberly Ducote Schimmel
Age recommendation: 18 and up
Prospectus for Artists
West Windsor Arts Council and Art Against Racism, (both 501(c)(3) organizations), invite artists to submit artwork for “Manifesting Beloved Community” a juried exhibition of work exploring the relationship of community health with race, racism, and efforts to create an antiracist society.
“Manifesting Beloved Community” invites artists to explore what it means to live in a nation or world designed around social and economic justice without the ills of structural racism. Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Beloved Community” represents a global vision where all people share in the wealth of a healed planet. Submissions that speak to or re-envision society’s transformation into a world of healthy people, relationships and communities in personal or public contexts are encouraged.
The exhibition will be housed in two locations – at West Windsor Arts in Princeton Junction and at Whole World Arts at MarketFair Shopping Center. Selected work will also be shown in online galleries at Artagainstracism.org.
Artist Sonia E. Barrett. Born in the UK of Jamaican and German parentage, Sonia E. Barrett grew up in Hong Kong, Zimbabwe, Cyprus, and the UK. She studied Literature at the University of St Andrews Scotland and her MFA at Transart Institute Berlin/New York. Sonia is a MacDowell fellow and has been recognised by the Premio Ora prize, NY Art-Slant showcase for sculpture, and the Neo Art Prize. Learn more about her work at https://www.sebarrett.com.
Structural racism continues to be applied to our lived lives affecting the environment, the choices we are allowed to make about what we eat, how we get educated, how we meet each other and how we grow, based on where we live, where our communities are mostly found and what is allowed to happen in them and what is not zoned for.
What other visions does art offer, how can it recontextualise us or point to ways out of/beyond/or differently within this context? Submissions that re-vision are welcome both beyond or within the lived parameters of our communities.
Deadline to submit work: December 15, 2021
Notification of Selections: December 20 – 23, 2021
Drop off/send work: week of January 3, 2022
Exhibition dates: January 11 to February 26, 2022
Reception: January 16, 2022 – Virtual and in-person
- Open to all artists 18 years of age and older. All art must be original and new to WWA.
- This will be a virtual and in gallery exhibition. There is no size limitation for art, however, size will be taken into consideration by the juror.
- Works to be considered include works on paper/canvas, 3d works, digital media, videos, music compositions, text-based works, documentation of community actions, zines and performative actions/ their scripts, are all welcome.
- A maximum of three pieces can be entered per artist.
- Artwork must be in original form for the medium being submitted. Giclée or other reproductions of original work will not be accepted, unless original is a photograph/print. Example: giclée of watercolor will not be accepted.
- All artworks entered MUST include finished edges or be framed. Alternative presentations that are part of the artwork will be accepted however we must be able to hang or display the art. Typically all work must be wired across the back with picture hanging wire. Wire must be approximately 1/3 from top of frame. Saw-tooth hooks, ribbon, etc. will NOT be accepted. All pieces should be labeled with the artist’s name and the title of the artwork.
- For videos and other digital media, we will need a version that can be downloaded.
$25 for WWA Members, $30 for all others
Membership status will be confirmed before entry is sent to the juror.