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CALL FOR ENTRIES: THE RIPPLE EFFECT: CURRENTS OF SOCIALLY ENGAGED ART
Curated by Raquel de Anda
Organized by Washington Project for the Arts in partnership with AMA | Art Museum of the Americas

Exhibition Location: Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St., NW, Washington, DC
Exhibition Dates: October 25, 2012 - February 24, 2013
Submission Deadline: Monday, June 25, 5pm
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Washington Project for the Arts and Art Museum of the Americas seek submissions from artists based in the DC region (DC, MD, VA) for The Ripple Effect, a multidisciplinary exhibition that will offer a sampling of social practice and collaborative works produced within the United States and Latin America. The exhibition positions artists as architects of change building creative entry points into conversations on broad social issues while providing both poetic and concrete solutions. Through various forms, The Ripple Effect will critique, explore, and create a space for conversations on new possibilities of place and society.

In line with the focus of the exhibition, the call seeks projects and artworks that engage viewers as direct participants, address pressing social issues, and blur the boundary between artistic practice and social engagement. The works in this exhibition will exemplify how socially engaged art can be ambitious, innovative, humorous, and self-reflexive. The Ripple Effect thus seeks to explore new and fresh cultural landscapes through social experimentations that alter the environment, if only momentarily, as the viewer moves into the position of an engaged and active participant.

SUBMISSION PROCESS
Submissions may be for existing work or proposals for new projects to take place before or during the exhibition. Selected artists will receive a $400 honorarium. Artists should complete the online submission form on WPA’s website here. Email bmurphy@wpadc.org with any questions regarding the submission process or exhibition.

Requested submission materials include:

  • CV (no more than 2 pages, required)
  • Statement describing the proposed project/ piece (no more than 300 words). Statement should describe the project or piece and, for projects that take place in locations outside the museum, explain how the project or work would be represented in the gallery space, note the proposed location, and discuss if a permit would be required.
  • Up to ten images, sketches, or videos representing proposed work.
  • OPTIONAl: Brief description of a past project or work created in the public realm. (no more than 100 words)

Images should be submitted as .jpg files, 72dpi and no larger than 7 ” on the longest side. Video clips should be submitted as links to video on a video-sharing website (Vimeo, YouTube, Soundcloud etc.) or personal website. Videos should not exceed 3 minutes in length. Videos should not be submitted as files that must be downloaded in order to be played. CV and statement should be submitted as .doc or .pdf files.

TIMELINE
Submission Deadline: Monday, June 25, 2012, 5pm
Notification of selected artists: Mid-July, 2012
Installation: October 16 – 19, 2012
Exhibition Opening: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Final Date of Exhibition: Sunday, February 24, 2013

ABOUT THE CURATOR
Raquel de Anda is an independent curator and cultural producer based in New York City whose curatorial approach is influenced by both social and public practice. Formerly Associate Curator at Galería de la Raza, a contemporary Latino arts organization in San Francisco, de Anda creatively incorporates the strengths of diverse groups into the discourse of various artistic and pedagogic arenas. From exhibitions to public art interventions, online forums and panel discussions, de Anda creates collaboration-based programming that cross-pollinates ideas and connects contemporary art to local community. Originally from Laredo, TX, Raquel received her BFA from Middlebury College.

Recent events and exhibitions include Roots and Re-visions, a project of the Prospect.1 Biennial Education Department, New Orleans, LA; Strategies for the Shift, a series of panel discussions and films examining the political shift in Latin America via the critical lens of alternative artist led projects, San Francisco, CA; ChicaChic, an exhibition of contemporary Chicana artists, San Francisco, CA; The Persistence of ‘Home‘, an oral history based, public art project for Roots Fest 2011, Baltimore, MD; Question Bridge: Black Males, a collaborative, trans-media program; and ReMuseum, Floating Lab Collective’s project for DCCAH’s 5 x 5 public art program. Raquel has also juried several panels for organizations including The San Francisco Arts Commission and The National Performance Network.

ABOUT AMA | ART MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAS
AMA | Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS) believes that the arts are transformative for people and their communities. The Museum strives to provide a forum for expression, dialogue and learning, promoting local and hemispheric cultural exchange on issues related to development, human rights, justice and freedom of expression, all of which are core values of the OAS. This way, AMA is becoming a meeting place for living, cross-disciplinary partnerships that promote creativity and the exchange of ideas. The museum’s cutting edge exhibit programming showcases talented artists that skillfully balance art with social and political issues while at the same time reflecting the rich diversity and trends of artistic expression found in the Americas

ABOUT WASHINGTON PROJECT FOR THE ARTS
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide the essential resources to support the creative spirit and success of regional artists. WPA presents contemporary art through imaginative and provocative programs, and connects artists with the community in both traditional and unexpected ways. Since its founding in 1975 by Alice Denney, WPA has showcased the works of thousands of artists and has reached hundreds of thousands of visitors and viewers with its programs and projects. Today WPA stands as the oldest and largest 501(c)(3) artist membership organization in the region and the premier source for excellence in contemporary art. For more information about WPA and its programming, visit www.wpadc.org.





 


 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 




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