Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Call for Art and Poetry for Every Fourth Woman's Exhibition: Creating Freedom

Post date: Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Deadline: 30 July 2012

Call for Entries: If you are a domestic violence survivor, now is your chance to educate the public about D/V 2.0: the post-abuse hardships that most must endure as part of the cost of choosing freedom over power and control. Survivors who are poets and/or artists in any medium (sculpture, paint, mixed-media, photography) are invited to submit work for a two-month exhibition to be held at the California Museum, 1020 “O” Street, Sacramento, California. The exhibition is scheduled for October 3 to December 10, 2012.

The show will be juried; however, all submissions that comply with guidelines will be honored by inclusion in an exhibition book. Cash prizes will be awarded in each of ten (10) narrative categories (five prizes each for the categories expressed through poetry, and five prizes each for the categories expressed through fine arts), as well as one Best of Show Grand Prize. Prizes will be awarded during the Opening Night Gala, October 3, 2012.

GUIDELINES: All participants must be domestic violence survivors, of any gender, and California residents. Art work can be of any size; poetry will be limited to 25 lines. We are looking for submissions in the following categories that will illustrate these post-domestic violence topics, otherwise known as D/V 2.0:

1. Legal Nightmares (lack of adequate counsel, Court’s failure to understand and stem
abusive tactics and/or mental illness of perpetrator, children caught in crosshairs)

2. Losses (money/job, friends/community/family, housing, losses due to D/V refugee status)

3. Health Fallouts (PTSD, depression, chronic health issues associated with abuse)

4. Abuse Never-Ending (stalking, continued abusive behavior, endless lawsuits,
alienation/abuse of children)

5. Eventually: Hope, Freedom (things gained from leaving abuse)

All entries must also be accompanied by a short narrative essay (no more than 10 lines), explaining either something about the artist’s life, the artist’s work, or both, starting with the prompt, “I want the public to know….”


For mixed media art– Patricia Sokolowski, a Northern California artist, a D/V survivor and educator, who also owns and manages an art cooperative in Loomis, California; and Helen Plenert, a Sacramento artist for over thirty years and Program Manager at Women’s Wisdom Art in Sacramento, California.

For poetry– Bob Stanley, the Sacramento Poet Laureate, 2009-2012, and a Professor of English at California State University, Sacramento, California; and Allegra Jostad Silberstein, the first Poet Laureate of Davis, California, whose poems have been
published in numerous journals and anthologies.

Guest Judge: Rhyena Halpern, long-time California film maker and Executive Director of Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission.

AWARDS: Submission selections and awards will be based on submission’s adherence to above five categories, submission’s ability to clearly tell a story, and artistic merit. Each of the ten recipients of the Award of Outstanding Merit will receive $50.00; the Best of Show Grand Prize recipient will be awarded $250.00.

APPLICATION: Digital images preferred, but photographs will be accepted. Jpeg’s should be up to 2 MB. Submissions are limited to three in the fine arts field and three in the poetry field. Each entry must be clearly labeled with entrant’s last name (can be left off for exhibit), phone and email address, title of work, and the number that corresponds to the entry form.

DEADLINE: Submission(s) must be postmarked by Monday, July 30, 2012.

ENTRY FEE: A non-refundable $5.00 fee will be required for each submission. All participating survivors may attend the show for free.

WHAT TO SEND: 1) Entry form, 2) if fine arts, images of work (either CD or photos); if poetry, typed copy of poetry, 3) $5.00 check payable to Every Fourth Woman.

ART WORK DELIVERY AND PICK-UP: Must be delivered by Monday, September 11, 2012. At the end of the show, if exhibit will not proceed to a new venue as a traveling exhibit, all work must be picked up by December 17, 2012; otherwise it will be considered abandoned.

SALES: If artist wishes, work can be sold at museum site, with museum handling all sales and retaining a 15% commission.

Download: entry form


For queries/ submissions: