Calls for Art

Works/San José CALL for art:
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For Mr. Floyd, Ms. Taylor…
a memorial exhibition

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, Sean Reed, Steven Demarco Taylor, Ariane McCree, Terrance Franklin, Darius Tarver, Miles Hall, William Green, Pamela Turner, Samuel David Mallard, Jordan Edwards, Christopher Whitfield, Anthony Hill, Tamir Rice, Natasha McKenna, John Crawford III, Laquan McDonald, Botham Shem Jean, Jamarion Robinson, Gregory Hill Jr., E.J. Bradford, Ryan Twyman, Akai Gurley, Eric Harris, Philando Castile, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Jimmy Atchison, Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., D’ettrick Griffin, Jemel Roberson, Walter Scott, DeAndre Ballard, India Kager, Botham Shem Jean, Nathaniel Harris Pickett, Rumain Brisbon, Robert Lawrence White, Ramarley Graham, Wendell Allen, Kendrec McDade, Larry Jackson Jr., Jerame Reid, Charly Keunang, Tony Robinson, Jonathan Ferrell, Brendon Glenn, Dontre Hamilton, Michael Brown, Michael Dean, Jamee Johnson, Eric Garner, Kajieme Powell, Antwon Rose, Bettie Jones, Stephon Clark, Freddie Gray, Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin… The list could go on and on, back to Emmett Till and so many others.

Black Americans killed by law enforcement or vigilantes is one of many tragic aspects of ongoing racism in our country.

Rather than issue corporate statements, Works seeks to amplify creative voices calling for justice. We ask artists to thoughtfully respond with work for a community exhibition respecting those who have faced the ultimate deadly disrespect. Since we cannot physically open for a large-scale show, this exhibition will be held online and will begin as work is received. The exhibit is open to any form of art and design that can be represented in a digital image. Art can be concrete to abstract, broad or specific in message, but should address this topic with respect for the lives and loved ones of those lost. Our intention is to show every work so long as it fulfills this request. Entries can be new or existing work—we have seen several pieces by Works artists and have posted a few on social media.

The exhibition will officially launch on Friday, June 19—Juneteenth 2020

CALL specifications:

  • Deadline for images is Thursday, June 18 11pm.
  • Later images can be posted but the exhibit is live on the 19th
  • There are no fees and no membership requirements to enter.
  • Please limit to 1 or 2 images per artist or per collaboration.
  • Please keep individual images under 3MB.

Send to gallery@workssanjose.org with this information:

  • Artist name
  • Title of work
  • Medium
  • Size in inches if a physical work
  • Instagram handle if available

As with any exhibition, you must own the rights to the work you submit. For instance, muralists may submit photos of their murals; photographers can submit street scenes and other images, but photo manipulation must be with your own photos. Sending art gives Works the right to post and publish that art.

Video and moving images (MP4, GIF) will be accommodated if possible. Send a link if too large for email.

Art in this exhibit will not be for sale by Works and no pricing information will be posted. Artists who wish to may post website, Instagram, or other link in the comments section of their work to arrange any contacts on their own. Some local artists have offered work for sale to benefit social justice organizations and we encourage this through your own sales platforms.

The exhibit will be at http://www.workssanjose.org and will be promoted through social media and direct email. We will have an online exhibit gathering to be announced. The exhibit will have a start date but no fixed end date.