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Entry Deadline: The Walls We Build

United Arts Council
June 1 - 29, 2018
Deadline - 11:59 pm on May 7, 2018

VAE in partnership with our community venue, United Arts Council, is hosting a juried exhibition for the artist United project. Artist United is a group of multi-disciplinary artists dedicated to a life of cultural expression, insight, and social consciousness.

The Walls We Build is the inaugural theme for the artist UNITED to ask and explore “how people treat each other.” Walls, both physical and metaphorical, exist throughout the world. They have an application of separating people and places. As such, the question “how people treat each other” bares the deeper consideration of why humans desire to split and divide themselves. Highly political and personal in its foundation, UNITED states “Our strength as citizens and as artists arises from our ability to question and debate issues, contradictions and ironies that confront us.” Some things to consider include:

How does this feel?
What does this look like?
Can walls be positive?
Do they only bring antagonism?
What is an alternative to walls?

In this interpretation, UNITED asks other artists and creative groups of North Carolina to join and submit works to be displayed in the “Art Walk” events in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough in the month of June 2018. Examining walls within the limits and context of North Carolina. For example, the Women’s March in Raleigh or the law House Bill 2 (HB2). Other more broad examples for inspiration can be access to education, environmental justice, gentrification, forms/expressions of freedom, disability rights/access, and indigenous rights, and First Nations sovereignty. This call is open to two and three dimensional works