Monday, June 1, 2009

Call for entries: Emerging Artsists w/Disabilities ages 16-25 Deadline approaching

The deadline for the VSA national juried exhibition for emerging artists with disabilities ages 16-25 is coming up on June 19th.

Take a look at last year's winners. Work shown is by Emily Eifler.

Information from their site:
VSA arts is seeking visual artists who are interested in participating in the VSA Arts International Festival to be held in 2010.

The exhibition will include approximately 50 artists from around the world and will be showcased at the International Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution.

Revealing Culture will be the most comprehensive survey of international artists with disabilities brought to the United States.

Artists are asked to consider the theme Revealing Culture as it relates to their submission, but a relationship to the theme does not have to be explicit or obvious in the work itself. Applicants from a wide range of artistic practices are encouraged to apply.

Disability is a requirement for eligibility, but will not be disclosed during the jury process. Artists will be selected on the aesthetic merits of their work.

VSA arts will use the exhibition to consider the influence of disability. What connections are established between the artist and the local disability community? How has the experience of disability shaped the artistic process or resulting work—if at all?

Image to the left is by PJ Smalley.

Deadline for entries is June 19, 2009.

The VSA site has an Artsists Registry that includes over 1,000 visual, performing, and literary artists with disabilities. Their site offers several other resources useful to artists.

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