Deadline:  December 31, 2015 12:00midnight EST

Indigo Magic is an exhibition that uses indigo as a lens to witness the myriad of ways in which indigenous African content and traditions show up in African American contemporary art forms. Indigo is more than a hue. Its magical essence is drawn from its history and its alchemy. Indigo is evident in the documentation of the Pharaohs in ancient Egypt, the royal courts in Nigeria, and the Tuareg nomads of Northern Senegal. It has been used as medicine, artist paint, and cosmetic embellishments. It is in the music, the melodies, and the mood. In this case indigo is the muse of the artist directed by its connection to the spirit of Africa.

This exhibition will highlight the talent of established regional artists who have become the creative fabric of artistic scene for the area. Indigo Magic is a group show that will exhibit at the Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Museum in Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland, beginning May and ending in July of 2016.

All artists of all backgrounds are encouraged to submit works for consideration. No sculpture or installation pieces are eligible for consideration. Please follow the guidelines and information presented below:

  1. All mediums of artwork will be considered except sculpture and installation work.
  2. All artwork must be ready to hang.
  3. Please only submit work that represents the theme of the show. The color indigo must be featured and influenced by African symbolism, culture and/or history.
  4. Submit jpegs of completed work for review no later than Thursday, December 31st, 12:00midnight EST to All images must be at least 300dpi. No more than 3 pieces should be submitted for consideration. There is no fee to submit.
  5. All submissions must include the name of the piece, dimensions, medium, and sale price.
  6. Include an artist bio and head shot with your submission.
  7. Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Pennsylvania artists will receive priority selection, however, other artists may be considered.
  8. Artists must be prepared to drop off their work at Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Museum the week of April 25th.  A schedule of drop off dates and times will be provided if your work is selected.
  9. Artists understand that their work will be on display from May 1- July 31, 2016 and grant Kibibi Ajanku and Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Museum the right to represent the artist in all sales of the work during that time period. There will be a 30% fee on of all sales of work generated during the show.
  10. Additional information regarding the terms of sale will be provided upon acceptance of work.

Entries due: December 31, 2015

Notice of acceptance: January 15, 2016

Opening Reception: May 5, 2016

Exhibition Dates: May-July, 2016

Email Submissions and/or questions to: Kibibi Ajanku –

The Indigo Magic Exhibition is a Maryland Institute College of Art Curatorial Practice MFA Thesis Project curated by Kibibi Ajanku. For programmatic information visit

The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Museum is located within the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park. The park is an educational and national heritage site that highlights African American maritime history.

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