Deadline: August 14, 2020
Exhibition dates: September 10 through October 18, 2020
The Athenaeum celebrates the visual arts of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia
This is a time like no other our generation has faced. It is no exaggeration to say that the pandemic has affected every one of us. It has changed how we navigate the most mundane tasks in our lives; in some cases, it may cause long-term change in our social and economic environments. We welcome artists to respond to this particular, unique moment.
Artists are invited to submit works that represent the full gamut of how the global Coronavirus pandemic and its associated ‘social distancing’ has affected them. Fear, uncertainty, anger and doubt are certainly typical responses but we are also interested in evidence of the creative benefits of solitude and reflection and the time to process them.
We plan to assemble an exhibition that both chronicles this particular moment in time and surprises viewers with unique and unexpected perspectives.
Five $500 award gifts will be selected by an independent arts expert, and awarded at the opening reception on Sunday, September 13, 2020 and a $500 Viewer’s Choice award will be announced at the end of the show.
Works for inclusion in the Athenaeum Invitational will be selected from an open call by Athenaeum Gallery Director, Twig Murray. Works will be chosen that show aesthetic excellence, mastery of media, creativity and thoughtfulness.
Artists who live or work in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, or the District of Columbia may submit work. Artists who do not live or work in Virginia, West Virginia Maryland, or the District of Columbia are not eligible.
More information about the call can be found HERE!