Intermedia Arts, Obsidian Arts and United are collaborating on two exhibitions centered around Black Lives Matter. The two exhibitions will create a city-wide conversation using art as the touchstone.
Hands Up Don’t Shoot – HER
Location: Intermedia Arts
Dates: January 28 to April 16, 2016
About this exhibition: Where are the protests and riots when the lives of black women are ended at the hands of police? Hands Up Don’t Shoot – HER seeks works that evoke long-standing and uncomfortable questions about the value of the lives of black women (as well as what makes a woman) in a time and place where whole communities seem to be at war with their local police systems.
Hands Up Don’t Shoot – HER will be a visual art exhibition that simultaneously lifts these questions up for community interrogation while creating awareness of the black women and transgender people who have died at the hands of policing systems.
Location: United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
Dates: January 28 to April 16, 2016
About this exhibition: Faith [In]Action? is an exhibition that questions or shows evidence of the presence and role of people of faith in response to the overwhelming number of black people that have died at the hands of police and policing systems.
This exhibition seeks works engaging in a visual dialog that interrogates the response of people of faith (black and white). How does the faith community counter the blatant and recurring acts of injustice reigned upon black lives and the ensuing effect on black communities in our present time. Where does it hold up and where does it lack impact?
Electronic submissions are due November 30, 2015 (link provided at end of Entry Form). Artists may submit work for one or both exhibitions. Please complete a separate entry form for each work. All submissions will be reviewed and selections made by a panel of 3-5 jurors noted for their experience.
Selected artists will be notified by December 15, 2015, by email only. Selected work is due to the designated venue (Intermedia Arts or United) by January 22, 2016.
All consideration will be given to your preference; however, the selection committee reserves the right to choose the exhibition for which they think the work is most suited.
Artists must be 18+ years of age to submit. National/international, established and emerging contemporary artists are encouraged to submit. A maximum of 2 works per artist may be submitted (unless the additional pieces are integral to the entire work of art – i.e. triptych). Works must have been completed after February 26, 2012 (in honor of Trayvon Martin). Group works will not be accepted for consideration.
Only high-resolution digital submissions will be accepted for consideration by the panel. PLEASE NOTE: In addition to work samples, we require a cover letter, an artist statement reflecting connection to the exhibition’s subject, and a current CV or resume.
Please include a minimum of 5 images (maximum, 10 images) for each work submitted. Minimum 300 dpi. Submit as a jpg file no larger than 2MB as attachments to your submission. Any form of visual art is encouraged: 2D, Sculpture, Installation, New Media, Video, etc. Include the following information: Title of work, medium, size, year completed. Please credit photographer for any images of your work.
Please include 1-2 work examples. Include the following information: Title of work, video medium, length of video, year completed. Submit as link to Vimeo.
Please include 1-2 video examples. Include the following information: Title of performance, location, year performed. Submit as link to Vimeo, YouTube or Facebook.
Please contact Sheryl Schwyhart, program associate and gallery coordinator at United.