Documenting Activism: A Call for Art
Deadline to enter: 11:59pm on December 16, 2019
On view: January-March 2020
Location: National Humanities Center
7 TW Alexander Dr, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Protests and social activism have shaped the United States since before its birth. The right to assemble and the right to freedom of speech are protected by law specifically because of their ability to check authority. Art, in its broadest sense, has always played a vital role in the push for social change. One of the most important roles art has played is to document acts of protest and activism so that those moments live on and become part of our collective history. VAE and the National Humanities Center invite photojournalists, photographers, and any artist who has used their work to document acts of protest and activism to submit their artwork to be on exhibit in the Spring of 2020.
Note: this call for art is specifically for artwork that documents activism and is being paired with an exhibition at VAE in the Fall of 2020 that will showcase works that have spurred, been a part of, or been the result of protest movements or activism. Contact Kyle if you are interested in this exhibition.
About the Venue:
The National Humanities Center is a nonprofit institute for the study of all areas of humanities. This fall, NHC will welcome its incoming class of learning fellows from 30 states and four countries.
About the Juror:
- Entries must be received by 11:59 pm on December 16, 2019
- Entries must fit through VAE’s 104″ x 71″ door to be exhibited.
- Juried with JPEGs.
- Two entries per artist.
- Entries must be able to hang
- Entries can not be over 30 lbs
- VAE reserves the right to wire/re-wire work to best hang with NHCs system.
Deadline for entries………………..……......11:59pm on December 16, 2019
Delivery of Accepted Work…………………..January 6-10, 2020
Exhibition Run………………….….….........……...January-March 2020
members………………..…$10 per artwork/$20 for two pieces*
non-members………..……$15 per artwork/$30 for two pieces*
*All entry fees are non-refundable.
All files should be named like so: 01_LASTNAME_TITLE.jpg, 02_LASTNAME_TITLE.jpg.
Still images should be sent as jpegs should be at least 1000px at their widest dimension, not to exceed 2MB per image. 2D artists may submit one JPEG per entry. Follow the filename format for works as indicated above.
Web-based: Web-based work should be submitted as a URL listed in the work sample list. Please only submit web-based projects. A portfolio website that features audio/video art and still images will not be considered.
Documenting Activism is open to any living artist. A maximum of 2 works of any medium, per artist may be submitted. Two-dimensional entries will be accepted. Work must be original and completed in the last 3 years. No copies, mechanical reproductions, molds or kit work will be accepted. Visual Art Exchange reserves the right to exclude work due to size or special requirements. Entries must be hand delivered to the gallery or mailed in a returnable container.
VAE does not exhibit or financially support work that co-opts the story of a community without representation from that community acting in a decision making role.
VAE’s gallery space and the National Humanities Center is fully accessible and we strive to make the submission process accessible as well. We encourage anyone to enter our open call exhibitions. If you need any additional information or accommodations in order to enter this exhibition please email Kyle or call 919.828.7834.
Ship artwork using a sturdy, reusable packing materials clearly labeled with your name and telephone number. Do not include return postage in case the artwork sells during the run of the exhibition. Following the exhibition each artist who shipped their work should generate a FedEx label and email it to our Director of Exhibitions so the piece may be returned. Do not use styrofoam packing peanuts.
Visual Art Exchange
309 W Martin Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Visual Art Exchange will retain a commission of 25% for VAE members, 35% for non-members on all work sold during the exhibit. If a work is not for sale please indicate with NFS value in appropriate space during registration or on the consignment sheet. Click here to join VAE!
All entries will be handled with the utmost care and respect. VAE is not liable for artwork during transportation to or from the gallery but does carry a blanket inland marine policy that covers most fine art works and craft items up to $5,000. VAE reserves the right to refuse coverage to artwork with inherent vices, high values or that is deemed unstable. By entering into this show, the artist agrees to abide by all rules and regulations as set by exhibition guidelines.