Call for Entries: The 2019 Athenaeum Invitational —Board: out of our minds!

By Editorial Team on June 24, 2019

Deadline: Thu, 01 August 2019

Deadline: August 1, 2019

Enter the Athenaeum Invitational $ 3,000 in cash prizes for aesthetics & creative game design

The Athenaeum Invitational celebrates the visual arts of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia in the Athenaeum Gallery in Alexandria. It is a theme-based event featuring the works of both specially-invited artists who have previously exhibited in the Athenaeum Gallery, as well as works selected through a call for submissions open to anyone living or working in VA/DC/MD.

From a purely aesthetic perspective, artists can submit work that relates in any way to board games which might explore a real or imagined board game, an environment where board games are being played, or people playing board games. Or artists may wish to develop a board game using their style and media of choice.

A $1500 prize for the best work will be awarded to an invited artist, a $1000 prize will be awarded to an artist from the open call, a $500 prize will be awarded based on core concept and game design, and a viewers’ choice award of $500 will be determined by popular vote.

The possibilities are endless — games as a means of dealing with social issues or escaping reality; games as a reflection of a labyrinth or path to justice. Perhaps a game might be way to explore the world or experience other cultures. Entries might be inspired by childhood memories of Candyland and Monopoly or today’s issues such as climate change or political rancor. Have fun with the very concept of a game.

While this is an art exhibition, entries that demonstrate creative brilliance through the core concept and game design are encouraged – as long as the end result can be hung on a wall with picture hooks and communicates the general idea or a particular aspect of the game with no more than a 750 word description.

For comprehensive information and a means to apply for consideration please go to