Call for Entries: Recreate H2O Juried Exhibition at the Tubman-Mahan Gallery

By Editorial Team on September 8, 2011

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Deadline: Monday September 26 at 11:59 pm EST

OVERVIEW: The ReCREATE: H20 art exhibition will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the opening Center for Green Urbanism’s Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery in Washington, DC. The Gallery is part of the Center’s eco-friendly business incubator facility providing office space for small to mid-sized businesses and start-ups. The Center and Gallery is located in Ward 7 of northeast Washington, DC on the edge of Fort Mahan Park, a national park site and gateway to the Fort Circle Park Trail.

The ReCREATE exhibition occurs annually to celebrate the opening of the Center for Green Urbanism. The inaugural exhibition opened in 2010 and focused on recyclable, reuseable and eco-friendly materials and media. This is in support of the Center and Gallery’s sustainable mission and values to help preserve our environment for future generations. ReCreate’s mission is to inspire and broaden the conversation about our world from all perspectives including socially, culturally, economically and environmentally.


THEME: This year’s theme is: WATER. Water plays such an important role in our lives, encompassing social, economic, cultural, and environmental issues. Some ideas to think about are: How does water play a role in your life individually and on a global scale? How would you recreate your world to make it better? What would you change? How does your art express the vision of ReCreate and theme of water?
Some water facts to think about include:

  • 884 million people lack access to safe water supplies – this is equivalent to 1 in 8 people (1)
  • Less than 1% of the world’s fresh water (about 0.007% of all water on earth) is readily accessible for direct human use (2)
  • If all the world’s water were fit into a gallon jug, the fresh water available for us to use would equal only about one tablespoon(3)
  • The average total home water use for each person in the U.S. is about 50 gallons a day(4)
  • About 2,480,000 tons of plastic bottles and jars were disposed of in 2008(5)
  • 60 billion single-use drink containers were purchased in 2006, and 3 out of 4 were thrown out directly after use
  • Plastic bottles are among the most prevalent source of pollution found on our beaches: every square mile of the ocean has 46,000 pieces of floating plastic in it (UN, 2006)
  • In 2006, the US spent over $100 billion on bottled water (
  • In 2005, 18 million barrels of crude oil equivalent were consumed to replace the 2 million tons of plastic bottles that were wasted instead of recycled(6)


  1. Artists must be 18 years or older, residing in the United States at the time of entry. Artwork must be original and completed within the last two years. Artwork completed under classroom supervision will not be accepted.
  2. 2-D works must not exceed 40” x 40” or weigh more than 30 pounds and must be ready for display – professionally framed with a secure wire hanger (no sawtooth). Works on paper must be framed under plexi or glass. Worked not framed properly and ready to hang will not be included in the show.
  3. 3-D works must be display ready. Work cannot exceed 50 pounds or 5” in height. Pedestals will not be provided by the Center or the Gallery. Work unsuitably prepared will be disqualified.
  4. Acceptable mediums include but are not limited to: two and three dimensional work such as paintings, works on paper, sculpture, glass work, collage, mixed media, assemblage, metal, stone, etc.
  5. The jurors and the Gallery have final authority to define what constitutes an acceptable entry. Works may be determined to be unacceptable if considered unsafe or appear to be significantly different from the image submitted for jury.

ENTRIES: Artists may submit up to three (3) entries by digital image.

DEADLINE: All materials must be submitted by Monday, September 26*, 2011, 11:59 PM EST. Late or incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. *Deadline has been extended from Sept. 19th to the 26th.

ENTRY FEE: $25 for up to 3 entries. Please submit your payment via Paypal (Step 2 of entry). Note: Entry fee is non-refundable.

JURORS: A committee made up of artist(s) and art professional(s) from the Center for Green Urbanism’s Environmental Art Advisory Committee. Jurors will be looking for innovative and imaginative artwork used from recyclable materials.

NOTIFICATION: All artists will be notified of their status via email by Saturday, September 24, 2011.

Artists are responsible for delivery and pick up of all selected artwork for the exhibition.
All artwork must be delivered to the Center on: Saturday, October 1, 2011: 10 am – 4 pm
The exhibition will be on view to the public from October 3rd – November 4th, 2011. Artwork must remain in the exhibition for the duration of the show. The Opening Reception will be held Friday, October 14, 2011, 6-8pm at the Center.

Unsold artwork may be picked up on:
Saturday, November 5th from 10 am – 3 pm
Artists who do not retrieve their artwork will be charged a storage fee of $10 per day, and after 30 days, unclaimed art will become the property of the Center and Gallery. No shipping services are available for the return of artwork by the Center or the Gallery.

SALES: All artwork must be available for purchase. A commission of 35% will be charged on all sales resulting from the exhibition.

LIABILITY: While every precaution is made to safeguard and handle artwork with care, the Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery and the Center for Green Urbanism are not responsible for damages or loss of artwork, however caused, before, during and after the exhibition. Artists are expected to carry their own insurance for their artwork. The receipt of an entry in the exhibition will constitute agreement by the artist with the conditions set forth in this prospectus.

• Entry Deadline: Monday, September 19, 2011 at 11:59pm
• Notification Deadline: Saturday, September 24, 2011
• Show Duration: Monday, October 3 – Friday, November 4, 2011
• Drop-off of Artwork: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 10 am -4pm
• Opening Reception: Friday, October 14, 2011, 6-8pm
• Closing Date: Friday, November 4, 2011
• Pick up of unsold art: Saturday, November 5, 2011 10am-3pm

The Tubman-Mahan Gallery at Center for Green Urbanism is located at 3938 Benning Road, NE Washington, DC 20019.  Visit them online at or contact the gallery at


(1)Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation: Special Focus on Sanitation, UNICEF/WHO, 2008.
(2)World Health Organization Fact Sheet – Health in Water Resources Development
(3)National Wile & Scenic Rivers Water Facts
(4)Water Facts and Conservation Tips – Department of Natural Resources
(5)Use-and-Toss Plastic Bottle Facts
(6)New York State Department of Environmental Conservation