“Light of the Ancestors” An Art Exhibition During Black History Month Exhibition Entry Guidelines
Open Call For Entries Curated Show Black Artists of DC Entry Deadline: December 7th, 2014 Exhibition: February 13 to March 6, 2015 Pepco Edison Place Gallery, Washington DC Curator: Carolyn S. Goodridge Opening Reception: Friday, February 13, 6-9 PM Closing Reception: Friday, March 6, 2015
Light is the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible. Light illuminates understanding of a problem or mystery. Light enlightens. Light makes something start burning or ignites. Ancestor isa person, typically one more remote than a grandparent, from whom one is descended. But if it was your grandparent who gave you the most wisdom and inspiration then go for it!
“Light of the Ancestors” exhibition's theme encompasses the African Diaspora ancestral history. The exhibition celebrates the Light passed down from all these cultures and civilizations. The Black Artists of DC invites you to celebrate your ancestry. Take this opportunity to produce works of art for this cultural extravaganza.
Artists are expected to interpret their feelings and thoughts about “Light” and “Ancestors.” This is a wall-art- based show and the artists are challenged to express themselves by bringing form to the meaning of ancestral light. Their expressions, including highlighting inventions, should convey what the legacy of their ancestors have lit in their own lives, lives of others or society as a whole.
Pepco's Edison Place headquarters is the first major office building in Washington, D.C., to be designed by a minority-owned architectural firm; Devrouax & Purnell. The Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 12 noon to 4:00 pm. Admission is free.
Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 Eighth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001 Phone: (202) 872-3396
(The entrance is at 702 Eighth Street between G and H streets, directly behind the entrance to their headquarters. Close to the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station and the National Portrait Gallery. Public parking garage is right next door.)
The Pepco Edison Place Gallery is located in Penn Quarter, a cultural centerpiece of DC. With exhibits from a diverse array of area groups, the Gallery joins the dynamic yet historic downtown heart of Washington. The Gallery’s mission is to work with nonprofit arts organizations to develop diverse, high-quality exhibits on behalf of the community. Pepco also works with local governments to support school enrichment programs, aid to the less fortunate and many other community needs. Pepco is a regulated electric utility. Pepco has been providing reliable electric service for more than one hundred years.
Black Artists of DC was founded in 1999 by Viola Leak (Textiles), “Planta” Jacquline Reeder (Painting and Drawing), and “Aziza” Claudia Gibson-Hunter (Printmaking, Painting). The first meeting was held at the home of Viola Leek and was attended by about 10 artists. Six years later Black artists of DC was a group with a mailing list of over 125 artists, and an internet group site of over 90 working artists, curators, art enthusiasts and gallery owners from Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. Artists have joined from other states. Today the list serve reaches out to over 450 artists. The work from these artists: masters, emerging, student, and novice, is growing stronger through the encouragement of each other. The work spans all media, subject matter, and style.
Art Impact USA is an artist organization dedicated to creating synergistic relationships between artists, non-profits and corporations in order to establish opportunities for artists to exhibit. Art Impact USA’s mission is to be a positive force in the community using art to benefit everyone during the process of bringing art from the artist to the collector.
Carolyn S. Goodridge was born in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies in 1960. She received her B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1993 and her M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1997. She has received awards including the Amy DeGrove Foundation award and Smith Research Graduate Scholarships.
Her work has been exhibited widely including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Hampton University Museum, Hampton, VA, Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC, Museum of African American Art, Tampa, FL, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, McIver Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC, Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, FL, Department of the Navy, Orlando, FL, Broadway Gallery Annex, NYC and Brooklyn Boro Hall Gallery, NY.
In 2014 Goodridge was named Chief Creative Officer for Siblings Together USA, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. She designs, organizes and raises money for programs to benefit and bring together siblings separated in the foster care system. The Great Initiative for Talented Siblings (GIFTS) Art Institute is one such program. Goodridge also works as a freelance web designer, art/internet marketing consultant, encaustic painting instructor, curator and maintains an encaustic art studio in Colonial Beach, VA. Questions regarding this Artist Call should be directed to Ms. Goodridge at (202) 297-3040.
February 13 through March 6, 2015.
Opening Reception, Friday February 13, 6-9 PM.
Closing Reception & Artist Talk, Friday March 6, 6-9 PM
Open to all artists 18 years of age and older.
All entries must be submitted online by 11:59 PM EDT on Sunday, December 7, 2014.
Original artwork. All 2D media including photography (and 3D bas relief art work created to be hung on a wall) is eligible (excluding video). All work must be ready to hang with the correct strength wire in place (no saw tooth or other types of hangers). No holes are permitted to be punched in the Pepco Edison Place Gallery walls. Click here to view the Gallery's Arakawa hanging system hooks. Works on paper must be framed. All work submitted must have been created within the past three (3) years.
Size/weight restrictions: 96 inches (8 ft) is the maximum width for work. Large format work is encouraged. No work may be suspended from the ceiling or placed on stands. Each piece must weigh less than 50 lbs (22.7 kg).
Entry fees (non-refundable):
$35 for BADC artist members in good standing, up to 10 pieces. $45 for non-members, up to 5 pieces. Non-members are greatly encouraged to join BADC. Become a member prior to submitting your entry if you want to enjoy the perks pertaining to this Artist Call. Please submit payment online through the link provided below.
Preparation of artist entries:
Each artist may submit color (RGB) images of their work for up to ten pieces (five pieces for non-members.) Each image should be 72 dpi, 1024 pixels on the longest side, JPEG format, and maximum quality. Please include the title, size, year made and materials used for each work.
Selection process:Artwork will be selected online from the images submitted.
Criteria For Selection:
Artwork submissions will be selected based on the following elements of artistic expression:
Interpretation and the clarity of the theme "Light of the Ancestors" to the viewer.
Creativity and originality of the depicted theme.
Quality of artistic composition and overall design based on the theme.
Overall impression of the art. What is the effect of the artwork in general and as a whole? Overall, does the artwork stand on its own as a complete and outstanding work of art?
Artists will be notified by email of acceptance or non-acceptance on Monday, December 15, 2014. At the time of the hanging of the exhibition, the curator reserves the right to decline work that differs significantly from the submitted imagery.
In addition to participating in the Light of the Ancestors exhibition in the Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Washington, DC, each artist will be placed on the Art Impact USA website. Each artist will be able to show and promote their art, their artistic experience, along with their personal art website. The artists by being featured on the Art Impact USA website will have backlinks to the artists' websites.
Art Impact USA will promote the selected artists in an email promotion, online press release marketing, online event promotions and in social media marketing to art collectors, art gallery owners and directors and related art professionals including art critics. At least two promotional YouTube videos will be created to highlight the selected artists and their work. Click here to view a previous video.
Art Impact USA will promote the Light of the Ancestors exhibit by posting press releases to more than 70+ online Press Release sites and to over 35 DC area newspapers, magazines and radio stations. The Exhibition will receive extensive publicity and increased website traffic in order to make the art world aware of the artist’s accomplishments. Click here to view the WUSA 9 TV interview video.
70% of the selling price will go to the artist. 15% of the selling price goes to BADC and 15% goes to Art Impact USA (which will then be donated to Siblings Together USA.) Sales are conducted directly between Art Impact USA and the buyer.
Shipping and Hand Delivery Deadline:
All accepted work must be delivered to Pepco Edison Place Gallery on either of these dates:
Tuesday, February 3rd, Noon to 4 PM
Wednesday, February 4th, Noon to 4 PM
Thursday, February 5th, Noon to 4 PM
Friday, February 6th, Noon to 4 PM
Monday, February 9th, 10 AM to 12 noon
Installation will begin Monday, February 9. Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 Eighth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001 Phone: (202) 872-3396
All shipped work must be delivered in sturdy, re-usable packing materials/containers, which will be used for return shipping. All work received must be accompanied by a pre-paid, bar-coded return shipping label. Work that is hand-delivered must also be packed in sturdy, reusable containers. No packing peanuts. Please note: BADC and Art Impact USA are unable to return work that is not accompanied by a pre-paid, bar-coded return shipping label.
While artwork will be handled with utmost care during the exhibition, neither Pepco, BADC nor Art Impact USA is responsible for lost or damaged artwork while it is en route to and from the gallery. Artists are advised to carry their own insurance during shipping. BADC has arranged for insurance during the show.
Please note that it is the responsibility of the individual artist to hand-deliver or ship their work both to and from Pepco Edison Place Gallery. Work that is hand-delivered must be picked up at the end of the closing reception on Friday, March 6, between the hours of 9 PM and 10 PM and on Saturday March 7 between 10 AM and 12 PM. Work must include a pre-paid shipping label (must show bar code to be pre-paid) for return of any unsold work.
Work that does not include a valid return-shipping label will not be returned. Any artwork left for 30 days or more becomes the property of BADC at its sole discretion. Entry into this exhibition constitutes agreement with all terms enumerated in this prospectus, including a commitment to show accepted work for the duration of the exhibition. All of the conditions must be met or work will not be accepted.