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EMANCIPATION: Meditations on Freedom--Exhibit

Produced by Black Artists of DC and DCAC--District of Columbia Arts Center
EMANCIPATION: Meditations on Freedom
INTERNATIONAL DEADLINE: October 10, 2013—Open to artists working in all media.
DCAC—District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW, Washington, DC20009, November 22, 2013 to January 5, 2014.
Black Artists of DC
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in the United States.  Though the proclamation—which freed millions of African descendants from bondage— is the starting point, this show will also explore various aspects of emancipation, from the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, to the social, economic and political realms as well. What does emancipation or freedom mean in the year 2013 compared to the year 1863, or throughout the millennia of human history? What is the meaning of freedom for different populations on the globe, or how has emancipation impacted relationships between different populations? How has technology altered our ideas about freedom? What does it mean to be free?
Esther Iverem
EXHIBITION JURORS: Akili Ron Anderson, artist and educator and Alec Simpson, artist.
This juried exhibition is open to all artists, nationally and internationally and accepts submissions from painters, photographers, sculptors, printmakers, installation and new media artists. This show may also collaborate with “Ancestors, Guardians and Guides,” another exhibit at the Charles Sumner School, October 20, 2013 – December 8, 2013.
Artists may submit up to 10 digital JPEG images, at 300 DPI. For sculptural or three-dimensional pieces, 2 images may be submitted for each work. The submission can be made online, by mail or hand-delivered. The images for mailed or hand-delivered submissions images must be submitted on a CD, in JPEG format only. No files larger than 1MB. Image files on the CD should be titled as follows: number (corresponding to the Submission Form), last name, first name and title. The same information must also be written on the Submission Form/Image List, including additional requested information.The submission form and call will be posted at and
Please do not send originals. CDs will only be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient postage is included. Also include a bio and artist's statement (one page total).
SUBMISSION FEE (non-refundable)
$40 US dollars for up to 10 images for non-BADC members. $20 for BADC members. Consider joining BADC! Save on exhibit fees and help us build our paid membership. Membership is $40.
Entry fee can be paid by check, money order or PayPal, payable in US dollars. Please make check or money orders payable to Black Artists of DC
Please send Payment, CD and Submission Form to:
Black Artists of DC
c/o T.H. Gomillion
3218 Chestnut St. NE
Washington, D.C. 20018
Submissions can be made online. Send the submission form to and pay the fee on the same website using our secure Paypal account. Go to or go to and click on the PayPal links. Once on the Paypal page, follow the directions to pay the desired amount. Put Emancipation Show in the note field. You can also pay the membership fee for
BADC at the same time.
Artists will be notified of acceptance or non‐acceptance no later than October 25, 2013. Notification will be made by email and/or by phone.
Delivery of work to DCAC, the evening of November 19 and on November 20.
Delivery times will be arranged. Installation November 20 and November 21.
  • Distribution of Invitations and Catalogue and Special Events: To Be Announced
  • Opening Reception: November 22, 7-9 PM, DCAC—District of Columbia Arts Center
  • Closing Reception: January 5, 2014, 2‐ 5pm— DCAC—District of Columbia Arts Center
  • Deinstallation: January 5 after the closing reception; Artists in attendance can take their work with them.  Deadline to pick up all work is January 6 no later than 6 pm. Work not for sale should be marked NFS. All work must remain for the duration of the exhibit.
The artist determines sale price. A 30% commission will be retained for all sales of work during this exhibition.
Black Artists of DC is providing insurance for the show. The insurance value should be 30 percent less than the price of your work, to reflect the commission that would be paid to the gallery for a sale.
Must be of fine quality, consistent with painting/photographs, with attached wire.
The artist is responsible for all costs of shipping and handling of their artwork. We suggest the artist insure their artwork through the shipping company if one is used. All shipped artwork must include prepaid return shipping label enclosed in the packaging. If hand‐delivered, artist is responsible for insuring work from theft or damage during delivery.
We reserve the right to use submitted images and information for inclusion in the exhibition, catalogs and/or other promotional materials to publicize the exhibition. If you have questions, please send them to
Thank you!
Submission Deadline: 10/10/2013
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