Call for Art: See My Color
A Social Justice Call for Art
See My Color: A Social Justice Call for Art
Juried Virtual Art Exhibition
September 30 - November 30, 2020
Key Dates and Info:
Open: July 15, 2020
Deadline: August 30, 2020
Notifications: sent by September 15 - 20, 2020
Entry fee: $20 per artist up to 3 pieces
Juror: Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell
The Women’s Caucus for Art of Greater Washington, DC invites members of the National Women’s Caucus for Art to submit artwork for a juried online exhibition entitled "See My Color," WCADC’s Social Justice Art Exhibition. "See My Color" will explore artists' relationships with racial injustice, police brutality, and criminal justice reform through visual art. The show aims to confront the current social injustices surrounding the deaths of people of color in the United States by law enforcement, as well as systemic racism as a whole. “I don’t see color” is no longer an acceptable response.
This call is open to all two-dimensional and three-dimensional work in all mediums and styles. Entry fee is $20 per artist with a maximum of three entries. Artist must be a member of the National Women’s Caucus for Art (any chapter or member at large) https://wcadc.org/to-join or https://nationalwcadc.org. BIPOC are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is 11:59 PM, August 30, 2020. Artists will upload one image (jpg or png) of each artwork using the format lastname_title.jpg and include the title, medium, size, price, and brief description on how it relates to the theme. Please make sure your Artist Statement in your Entrythingy.com profile is up to date. Artwork must have been created in the last 3 years and not have been exhibited in any previous WCA Exhibitions. Your WCA ID is required to submit an entry. A confirmation email will be sent upon submittal. All entry fees will fund an Art scholarship for a woman-identifying Black, Indigenous, and Person of Color (BIPOC). WCADC will match up to $1000 toward the scholarship. Scholarship application information is forthcoming.
All art entered remains the property of the artist and gives permission to WCADC to use artwork images in promotional materials for the exhibit on social media. Selected art will be displayed on the WCADC.org website for the duration of the exhibit. Sales of artwork including any shipping will be arranged solely by the artist. WCADC will not collect a percentage and 100% of the sale goes directly to the artist.
Artists are invited to attend a public virtual online opening reception via Video Conference on October 15, 2020 from 6-8 PM.
For more information, contact Madison Bolls email@example.com.
The juror for "See My Color" is Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell. Nzinga is a mixed media artist and designer from Denver, CO. Her portrait work features acrylic, paper, fabric, oil bars, charcoal and pigment. Nzinga fuses traditional art forms passed through the Diaspora to create work which speaks to the power of history and how visual art aides in defining culture and identity.
Her subjects are Black Americans and often women, placed in regal and empowering poses and scenes. Her work mimics African American stitch patterns and expounds traditional southern textile pattern methods. Her collage work is hand torn and arranged to create colorful and highly patterned people who resemble fabric.
Her interest in fabric and textiles is why her subjects are clothed in intricately designed patterns. The designs mimic the history and style of African Ankara fabric and introduces bright color and
patterns to high end clothing designs. She has recently begun recreating the designs for a clothing and home décor line.
Nzinga began her career as an artist in Denver, CO. She painted abstract and realism portraits and ran an art gallery. She also created art programming for nonprofits and private and charter schools and ran a Black Arts Festival. She made a name for herself as a teenager on the spoken word poetry scene and traveled the country performing her written work with her art on the cover. While traveling Nzinga felt more and more inspired to create images, particularly the missing story of the black woman. “I felt that when I was telling a story in a poem, people had to have read what I read, seen what I’ve seen to sometimes get the deeper purpose of my work. When I paint my story, a person can look at it and come to their own conclusions in their own time. I can really hit them hard but not have to bear the responsibility of having TOLD them.”
She started learning to paint in acrylic 5 years ago. The transition made her focus more on line work in her paintings. She began to study stained glass windows and the ways portraiture can be broken up for messaging. This led her to study the work of quilt and collage artists to loosen up the images and create more movement and include symbols specific to the Black American culture. Her subjects are all powerful and composed. It’s especially important for her to highlight the pride and the beauty of her community.
In her murals and public works, Nzinga feels she has the opportunity to promote pride and connection. Her figures are juxtaposed together and expressing joy, hope and the love of everyday life. While her work features Black women, it is an opportunity to highlight the beauty of one culture and the ways in which it is the same and connected to many others.
Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell is currently working on new pieces and creating a community art space in Washington, DC’s Ward 7 with her husband, James S. Terrell and their 3 children. Together they have a line of home goods, accessories and products featuring their artwork. She has been featured on multiple news outlets including Voice of America and Washington Post.