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 Against all odds! 

Call For Art Entries

Black History Past, Present, and Future
An International Art Exhibition
(Opens February, Ends April 2024)


(These are possible categories of the exhibition & published book.)

  • Origins - Explores the origins of African American art during slavery, highlighting secret artistic traditions and acts of rebellion. Focuses on how art helped retain cultural ties.

  • Resilience - Highlights art made post-Emancipation and the Harlem Renaissance that gave voice to Black life experiences and culture. Conveys strength and pride.

  • Protest - Features art related to civil rights, Black Power, anti-apartheid movements, etc. Looks at how art fueled social change.

  • Confronting Eugenics - Provides historical context on eugenics and its impacts. Art challenges its racist underpinnings directly.

  • Diasporic Echoes - Draws connections to the broader African diaspora by including works by Black artists from outside the U.S. Shows universal threads.

  • Breaking Boundaries - Spotlights pioneering contemporary Black artists in the mainstream art world. Focuses on visibility and expanding notions of "Black art."

  • Untold Stories - Shares works that illuminate overlooked or mythologized people/events in Black history through creative lenses.

  • Self-Portraiture - Traces the evolution of Black self-representation as a form of identity, social commentary and empowerment.

  • Cultural Renaissance - Celebrates the explosion of African American art, music, literature and film from the 1960s onward. Shows the breadth of Black creativity.

  • Visionaries - Profiles influential Black arts leaders, educators, gallerists and patrons who paved the way. Tells the story behind the scenes.

  • The Medium is the Message - Highlights works where the artistic medium or form is used in a symbolic way, such as quilts on the Underground Railroad or protest songs during the civil rights era.

  • Faith and Spirituality - Features art inspired by the Black church, gospel music, African spirituality and folk beliefs. Explores themes of freedom, justice and community uplift.

  • The Harlem Renaissance - Dives deeper into this vibrant era for African American arts and culture based in New York during the 1920s. Looks at major works, themes, and leading figures.

  • The Black Arts Movement - Examines this politically motivated artistic movement emerging in the 1960s, which promoted Black pride, empowerment and aesthetics aligned with African American culture.

  • Afrofuturism - Showcases speculative art imagining future worlds, alternate realities and new meanings of "Blackness." Features science fiction, fantasy and magical realism.

  • Sport and Play - Celebrates art representing Black athletes, dance, games and recreational activities as means of expression, cultural connection and community.

  • Family and Community - Features works exploring concepts like kinship, inherited knowledge, childhood, and cultural continuity. Reveals art's role in community-building.

  • From Slavery to Freedom - Traces the arc of Black history from the traumas of slavery to expressions of joy, creativity and liberation post-Emancipation.

  • The Black Experience - Captures "slice of life" scenes of Black culture, from intimate domestic scenes to public spaces and social functions.

$0 Submission Entry Fee

Deadline:  DECEMBER 29, 2023

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