The Race Museum A Counter Narrative for a New National Identity www.racemuseum.org Do you believe that race is a social construction that gives white people power and control in our society and preferences white cultural values and norms over all others? Are you an artist experienced with interactive art that involves the viewer as a participant or even co-creator? The Race Museum is commissioning 5 new works to become part of its permanent collection and would like you to submit a detailed proposal by December 15th. Successful submissions will confront the concept of white supremacy, its stories of creation, its links with other oppressions and/or tell stories of resistance to white supremacy. Symbols of ³diversity,² e.g. black and white shaking hands, will not be considered. COMMISSION AWARD: Five artists will be awarded $1000 for each piece paid on receipt of the artwork. EXHIBITION: As a traveling show, The Race Museum will visit Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and St. Louis in the spring of 2006. Each show will take place over a weekend and be accompanied by speakers and workshops that explore issues of race and oppression in our society. The goal of the traveling show is to bring greater awareness to the presence and power of white supremacy in our culture, its intricacies and nuances and how to confront it. ELIGIBILITY: The exhibition is open to artists, national and international, working in all media. * All works MUST have some form of audience participation. Paintings/photographs, by themselves, are NOT eligible. * All proposals must be postmarked by December 15th, 2005 * All works should fit within a 10¹ x10¹ space (including the room needed for the audience to interact with it) and should be no smaller than 2¹ x 2¹ * Proposals will include a sketch (or image) of the proposed installation and a detailed summary explaining the impact, effect and intention of the work. IMAGE PRESENTATION: Digital files (TIF or JPEG no larger than 15MB) submitted on a CD are the preferred format, but 35mm slides will also be accepted. Include a reference sheet with the title, media and dimensions of the work. Each CD or slide must be numbered and labeled with the artist¹s name. RETURN OF MERCHANDISE: A Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) must be included with sufficient postage for the return of the materials. Proposals without a properly stamped SASE will not be returned. Do not send original artwork. NOTIFICATION: Artists will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance no later than January 15th, 2006. Notification will be made by mail or email, whatever is the preference of the artist. Finished works must be received by March 20th. All awards will be granted on receipt of artwork, except in certain cases. ENTRY FEE: There is no entry fee. Many people will enter as a result, so please make sure you understand our guidelines. In lieu of an entry fee each proposal must include a summary of the work that answers the following questions. 1. How does this work explore a story of race/white supremacy or a story of resistance to white supremacy 2. How is the work interactive? How does the viewer become a participant with the art and the experience? 3. What is the intention of the work? How does it help people have an encounter with their identities? The summary should be no less than one page and no more than three pages. Proposals without a summary will not be eligible. DEADLINE: The final postmarked deadline is December 15th, 2005. ADDRESS AND CONTACT INFORMATION: Please send all proposals to: Ian White Maher PO Box 7578 New York, NY 10116 Inquiries and questions can be sent to [email protected] The Race Museum Freeing Our Souls From White Supremacy www.racemuseum.org
The Race Museum is commissioning 5 new works to become part of its permanent collection and would like you to submit a detailed proposal by December 15th.
November 16, 2005