Open Call for Entry / Calls & Submissions

August 1, 2020

Organization Name: Art Room

Organization Location: Fort Worth, TX

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: $15


Synopsis: “It is a fact that people of color, and more specifically Black people, are the most underrepresented group in the art world. We find ourselves questioning our importance and our voices to be understood outside of the white gaze and white space. I find this to be not only a reflection of privilege but, more specifically, education.

“We, as Black people, are always placed in the position to teach instead of existing. I am humbled to be chosen to juror a show, creating a safe space of understanding and acknowledgment for us. This show is open to any who feel their work gives voice to their personal experiences, whether figurative, non-representational, text-based, image-based, and everything in between.

“I want you to know that even if you do not make it into this show, this is the time to apply to anything you want. The world has momentarily opened its eyes—jump on it. If this show calls to you, take this chance on yourself and apply. (I’m talking to the one Black girl in a sea of white eyes in the back. I see you.)”
— taylor barnes

Juror Information: taylor barnes lives and works in Austin, TX, recently receiving her MFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas. She has exhibited in solo exhibitions at Erin Cluley Gallery, Dallas, TX, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX, and has an upcoming solo exhibition this September (TBD) at Big Medium, Austin, TX. Her numerous group exhibitions include Untitled Art Fair in Miami, FL, and Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, TX. barnes was honored with the Sylvia Houlgand Emerging Artist Award for Make Art with Purpose 2020. She is currently working on an installation that will be displayed inside an industrial-caged trailer. This sculpture will be Round 14: Cage Match Project Austin, TX. Entitled “un(box),” it will be on view outside of the Museum of Human Achievement later this year (TBD).

View taylor’s website to find out more about her artistic practice:

Eligibility: Open to multigenerational makers. All media—including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawings, sculpture in any medium, collage, printmaking, photography—will be considered. Work must be no more than 60 inches in any direction, including the framing or mounting. The size given for works should be the framed size. Height must be given before width regardless of whether the work is a vertical or horizontal piece. The artwork may represent any subject matter—please review the juror-written synopsis for guidance. Please respect these eligibility requirements.

Terms of Sale: Artwork will be sold with the following commission/payment terms—Art Room: 40% (commission to Art Room), Artist: 60% (payment to the artist). Art Room will donate its 40% commission to Black Futures Lab, an organization that transforms Black communities into active, interdependent, responsive public partners that change the way power operates—at the local, state, and national levels.

Fees: $15 for one to five images of artwork

Important dates:
• Submission Deadline: August 1, 2020
• Notification of Acceptance: September 3, 2020
• Artwork Images + Supplemental Information Due to Art Room: September 10, 2020
• Virtual Exhibition Dates: September 17 – October 31, 2020
• Virtual Opening Reception: September 17, 2020 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
• Additional Virtual Programming: TBD
• Physical Exhibition Dates: Forthcoming

Requirements: Please submit images with the following specifications:
• 72 ppi
• 800 pixels on the longest side
• No borders around the image
• JPEG file format

Label your image files with your last name and the title of the artwork—if it is a long title, you may use a keyword or abbreviation (i.e. Baker_Homeplace.tif).

Please include the following with your entry: Title, Medium, Scale (h x w inches), Date, Price

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