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Sueños Americanos - Lorton Workhouse Arts Center

Sueños Americanos (American Dream) is a juried art exhibition comprised of works celebrating Latino contemporary culture. The exhibition is open to all visual artists working in a variety of mediums and styles. A common occurrence in Latino culture is the search for a perceived “American Dream”.  Migration into the US is often part of that perception.   Inside the United States, Latino Americans often juggle the traditions of their given heritage with integration into American culture. This exhibit will explore the dualities of the Latino American experience and how they uniquely inform the artistic voice of each artist represented.

In keeping with the Workhouse’s goals and commitment to fostering a diverse offering of arts, education and social experiences, this exhibit will provide all visitors insight to Latino culture and the Latin American experience, stimulating cross-cultural dialogue.

The juror for this exhibition is Laura Roulet, an independent curator and writer, specializing in contemporary and Latin American art. She was one of five international curators chosen for 5x5, a major public art initiative in Washington DC. She recently curated “Sculpting Outside the Lines” in Foggy Bottom and several exhibits at the Art Museum of the Americas, both in Washington, DC.   Roulet has also curated exhibits internationally in locations including Mexico City and Puerto Rico.  Her publications include articles in American Art, Art Journal, Art Nexus, Sculpture, and the book Contemporary Puerto Rican Installation Art, the Guagua Aerea, the Trojan Horse and the Termite. She worked on the Ana Mendieta retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum in 2004, and contributed to that catalogue. Her feature article on Dan Steinhilber, “Speak, Materials: Dan Steinhilber’s Way with the Everyday” appears in the December issue of Sculpture magazine.

•           Application deadline: July 18

•           Entry Fee: $30.00 USD

•           Location: Workhouse Arts Center at Lorton, Virginia

•           Notification: August 5, 2013

•           Show Date: September 14-November 3

•           Open to: All media and all artists

•           Contact details: For more information visit Workhouse Arts Center website ( or contact

Photography and Permissions

Accepted artists agree to allow the Workhouse Arts Center to photograph work while on display for educational and publicity purposes. Images of accepted entries will be retained for the Workhouse Arts Center archives and may be reproduced and posted on its website and in printed materials. It is understood that works in the exhibition may be photographed, telecast, and reproduced for press and publicity purposes including but not limited to reproduction in newspapers, periodicals, magazines, in television programs and on the internet in connection with the exhibition and the Workhouse Arts Center.


Artists are responsible for shipping their work to and from the Workhouse Arts Center and insuring it while in transit. Works may be shipped or hand delivered to the Workhouse Arts Center. Works must be shipped in reusable containers and packaging for re-packing and shipping back. Artist must provide a pre-paid return shipping label or check to cover return shipping costs*. Please! No Shipping Peanuts!

Accepted work and contracts should be shipped/mailed to:

Attention: Amy Lust- “Sueños Americanos”

Workhouse Arts Center

W-16 Gallery Building

9601 Ox Road

Lorton Virginia 22079


* Any check received for return shipping should be for the same amount as it cost to ship to the Workhouse Arts Center. When determining return shipping cost, artist must be sure to use same address as it was sent from.

Insurance and Sales

The Workhouse Arts Center agrees to hold safe the work(s) of art and agrees, if unsold upon completion of the consignment period, to return the work(s) of art in the same condition as received, less reasonable wear and tear. Artists are encouraged to insure artwork(s). The Workhouse Arts Center is harmless for any damage or loss whatsoever.

The Workhouse Arts Center agrees to try and sell the work(s) of art at the price listed on the online application. Prices cannot be increased or decreased unless The Workhouse Arts Center receives those instructions in writing.

The Workhouse Arts Center will conduct all sales through their sales gallery. A 40% commission on sales will be taken by the Workhouse Arts Center.

Submission Deadline: 07/18/2013

Contact Name: Amy Lust

Contact Email: