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Call for Entries

Image from "RACE: Are We So Different?" exhibition, copyright American Anthropological Association
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Black, White and Gray: A Spectrum of Views on Integration

Integration is the ongoing project of social equality in the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court ordered racial desegregation “with all deliberate speed” in its landmark 1954 decision on Brown v. Board. Since that time, our society has changed dramatically from the racial and ethnic diversity of our population, to the multicultural values promoted by our institutions. But these changes vary by place, public or private context, class, and even by definition.


Our question is: What does integration look like to you?


For this exhibition, the Gallery of the Common Experience is looking for art, accompanied by explanatory statements that respond to our question. We want to see work that expresses your ideas about integration. The accompanying statement should explain the visual language used in your artwork or further elaborate on your view of integration.


Our overall goal with this exhibition is to create a dialog both between the artworks and extending through the audience about integration and the many ways people view it. What is integration? What aspects of difference are parts of integration and are they as important or meaningful as racial difference? Does integration benefit everyone? Is integration progressing? What’s the effect of integration on your life?


All international artists, professional and amateur, and most mediums will be considered. While our gallery most easily accommodates 2D and 3D wall-hung works, we are open to intermedia, non-traditional and non-visual artworks, including poetry, sound art, one-time performances, and interactive events. We will give preference to mixed media, cross-genre and collaborative works.


There is no entry fee. The gallery curator and staff will review entries and notify selected artists of acceptance on a rolling basis. Early submission is encouraged. Please note: Each entry will be judged based on the combined strength of the artwork and explanatory statement.

Submit Artwork: ONLINE and IN-PERSON Deadlines

Submissions will be accepted via an online form through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, August 21, 2014.

Submissions also will be accepted in person on Friday, August 22, at two locations:

  • 1-4 p.m. in the gallery (Room 407 of the Lampasas Building) at Texas State University
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Zosima Gallery, 1203 Haynes Street, San Marcos, TX 78666

The deadline for Fall 2014 submission has passed.

Submission Guidelines

All entries must be submitted digitally according to the following guidelines:

  • Entries submitted without a personal statement will not be considered.
  • Images must be 150 dpi in resolution and at least 6” along the longest side. Image files will be uploaded via the entry form page and must be named using the convention FIRSTNAME_LASTNAME_TITLE.
  • Video must be viewable online. Submit URL on entry form page.
  • Sound art must be playable online. Submit URL on entry form page. (A high-fidelity recording must be available for exhibition.)


Entries are being accepted in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, video, sculpture, mixed media, fiber arts, sound art and assemblage.

  • All works must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.
  • Selected works must be delivered ready to hang or display.  
  • All glazing in framed works must be Plexiglas/acrylic.  
  • No substitutions for works accepted into the show.


  • 2-D pieces are limited to a width of 60” and a height of 48” with framing.
  • 3-D pieces are limited to a width/depth of 24” and a height of 72”.
  • Video and sound pieces are limited to 15 minutes in length.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (as of July 1, 2014)

  • July 31: Deadline for entries
  • May 1 to August 15: Rolling notification of accepted works
  • August 11-15 and 18-20: Receivership of accepted works, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Lampasas 411; click here for directions to Lampasas Hall or call 512.245.2266.
  • August 22: In-person submissions accepted 1-4 p.m. at Lampasas 407 and 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Zosima Gallery (1203 Haynes Street, SMTX)
  • August 25: Exhibition opens
  • September 4: Reception for exhibition, 5-7 p.m.
  • November 27-28: Gallery closure 
  • December 11-12: Pickup/return of work, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Lampasas 407


The Gallery of the Common Experience does not post prices or accept payments for works sold while on display, however we are happy to provide artist contact information to interested buyers. Any works sold must remain in the gallery until the end of the exhibition.


All works will be treated in a professional manner. The Gallery of the Common Experience is not responsible for any damage to or loss of artwork while in the gallery’s possession or in transit. Artists may insure their works if they wish; shipping insurance is highly advised.


Accepted works can be delivered at the gallery during the receivership period listed on the schedule. All shipped works must be packaged in a reusable container and received during the receivership period. The gallery staff will be happy to repackage works in the original reusable container. Artists are responsible for picking up works or arranging and paying for return shipping at the conclusion of the exhibition in December 2014. Email billi@txstate.edu or call 214.641.6620 to discuss details with curator Billi London-Gray.