Facing Race: A National Conference Art Gallery  – Call for Submissions

Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation is excited to announce a unique small grant opportunity for visual artists from across the nation to be featured at Facing Race: A National Conference. Facing Race is the largest multiracial, inter-generational and unique collaborative gathering space for racial justice movement making, organizers, educators, creatives and other leaders. Facing Race 2014 will be held in Dallas, Texas on November 13-15, 2014.

Art activism has been known to give life to movements by using radical aesthetics to make visible the voices of often silenced communities of color.  Race Forward is committed to providing a space for intersectional work and training by broadening the recognition of artists’ important contributions to the fight for racial justice.

“… the thought pictures create in our minds are the way that we can kind of slip through the back door of our rational thought and see the world differently”~ Frederick Douglass

Visual artists are welcome to submit three works for consideration to be featured at this year’s Facing Race National Conference Art Gallery.

An internal Arts & Cultural Committee appointed by Race Forward will select six visual artists to be featured. The deadline for applications have been extended until August 15th, 2014. Selections will be made on a rolling basis and artists will be notified by the end of August.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Artwork must fall under the category of ‘Fine Arts’

For this purpose we define ‘Fine Art’ as visual art considered to have been created primarlily for aesthetic purposes and judged for its beatuy and meaningfulness, specifically, painting, sculpture, drawing, watercolor, graphics, and archutecture. 

Priority will be given to strong visual works that are:

  • Timely, reflecting on recent race moments and ruptures on the United States.
  • Produced by emerging visual artists of color.
  • Produced by visual artist based in the U.S. South and Southwest

Featured artists will receive:

  • A conference registration scholarship in their name
  • Travel stipend
  • Shipping stipend for artwork

**Please note that at previous Facing Race Conferences independent curators and buyers have commissioned some artists whose work was on exhibit in the gallery space for work. ***

Do not submit more than three works to be considered. Please email lgrant@raceforward.org with any questions.

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