Call for visual arts submissions: How would you define contemporary Asian America?

AAI logoThe Asian Arts Iniative in Philadelphia recently put out this call for submissions for an exhibit they are doing in 2014 in conjunction with the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle. Deadline is January 5, 2014.

Here’s the call:

Asian Arts Initiative is pleased to be working in partnership with the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle to develop our community-based exhibition planning process for a portion of Asian Arts Initiative’s commemorative exhibition PARTICIPATE: Asian Arts Initiative’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition, February 7 – late May, 2014.  This project is supported, in part, by the National Performance Network, Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) and The Ford Foundation.  The community-based exhibition planning process will be extended over several months time for future select exhibitions at AAI.
AAI is looking for artworks by individual and collaborating artists that directly or indirectly relate to the topic: How would you define contemporary Asian America? 
Potential themes for artworks include but are not limited to:
  • Everyone has a story to tell, a story line, a time-line, personal experiences
  • Key words: travel, arrival, family, assimilation, language, work, roots
  • Asian Americans in the media: sports, newscasters, sit coms
  • Different shades of the Asian American experience: ie American born and Asian born, new immigrants, refugees, international students, 4th generation
  • Asian Americans in the arts; defying stereotypes
  • Contemporary experience of race, racism
  • Who is an American?  Do you constantly get asked where you’re *really* from?
  • History of the field of Asian American Studies – Vincent Chin’s murder in Detroit; political intellectualization
ELIGIBILITY.  Submissions are open to people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds who live in Philadelphia and surrounding region who have a connection to Philadelphia’s Chinatown and Chinatown North/Callowhill neighborhoods, and Asian American communities at large.  All contemporary visual artworks will be considered, including digital media, performance (in video format) and social practices such as community-based engagement workshops.  In addition to providing an original work or works for the exhibition, selected artists may be asked to participate in a moderated discussion about their work or other auxiliary public programming.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES.  Please send all materials electronically to  Please submit no more than five separate works (a series of related works may be considered).  Submissions should include:
  • Contact Info.  Your name, phone number, email address, mailing address on each page of materials and artist website address, if any.
  • A brief statement.  Submit as a PDF and include (1 page max):  1) Your connection to the Asian American community; 2) How your submission relates to the exhibition theme(s); 3) A description of artwork images and/or submitted files; 4) Technical requirements for exhibition, if any.
  • Artist info.  Submit an artist statement and biography as a PDF (1 page max).
  • Work samples.  In a separate e-mail, submit images of artwork in .JPG or .PNG formats (2550 x 3300 pixels or less).  Submit multimedia artwork (5 minutes max each) via an online link only.  For each image or file, detail: 1) Title, 2) Date, 3) Medium/media, 4) Size and 5) Brief Description
DEADLINE.  All submissions must be received via email by 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
Notification.  Submitted work will be reviewed in early January 2014.  Artists will be notified if their work has been selected by mid-January.
Delivery.  AAI has a limited budget for shipping/transporting artworks that are selected for the exhibition.  
Publication.  Photographs of selected work may be displayed on the museum’s website, in promotional and educational materials.

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