Calls for Entry

Busboys and Poets Seeks Works from Regional Artists

Photo courtesy of Busboys and Poets.

Ongoing Submission Deadline

Busboys and Poets is expanding. Current spaces are in Washington, DC at 14th and V NW; 450 K NW; Brookland, Takoma Park and Anacostia, with additional locations in Shirlington, VA and in Hyattsville, MD. Baltimore and Columbia, MD restaurants open in 2021.

While Busboys and Poets wants to display images and artists from the DMV, they are especially looking for art/artists from Virginia and Maryland. As Busboys and Poets is expanding to nine locations within the year and their intention is to reflect the communities where they are located.

Artists may submit up to 10 original works to be reviewed, ranging from but not limited to drawings, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, assemblage, fiber, quilts, etc. Busboys and Poets is open to all media Standing sculpture should be no larger than 24” in height. They are also open to sculptural forms that can be hung safely from the walls without brackets.

Once the work is selected, images will be on display at a Busboys location for up to six months. Art must arrive wired and ready to hang, or with materials that will adhere the image to the wall without stripping the paint. The work can be offered for sale. Busboys and Poets takes no commission.

The preferred submission process is online at busboysandpoets.com. Click About, then Art, then Art Submission form and fill in your information. Please list titles, sizes, media and prices on all submission.

Artists should be prepared to assist in exhibition installation and deinstallation (early morning at the location prior to when the restaurant opens to the public).

THEMES: Art images reflecting life in the city, family, portraits, whimsy, abstraction, social uplift and life experiences within diverse cultures are encouraged for submission

Also, see the Busboys and Poets EMERGE and SEE exhibition art call for images that reflect social justice, COVID-19 and community transformation.

Questions? Email art@busboysandpoets.com.

Dates of Exhibition: Beginning December 2020 through 2022