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.
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:
After reviewing the guidelines below, click here to access the online submission form.
All entries must be submitted digitally according to the following guidelines:
Entries are being accepted in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, video, sculpture, mixed media, fiber arts, sound art and assemblage.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (as of July 1, 2014)
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.
DELIVERY & RETURN OF WORK
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214.641.6620 to discuss details with curator Billi London-Gray.