Call for Entry- Agendas: Concepts and Thematics in Sculpture’s Expanded Field— Community Engagement

By Editorial Team on July 11, 2012

Deadline: Fri, 20 May 2022


Forest of the Mind: Laura G. Thorne and Marcia Wolfson-Ray. Photo Courtesy the Brentwood Arts Exchange.


Deadline: Monday JULY 16, 2012 at Midnight
Received by
$6 fee per applicant.


Location: Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722

Exhibition Dates:  Sept. 10 – Nov. 17, 2012

Juror:  Teresia Bush, Howard University Art History Department



Agendas is a sculptural study on the exchange, adaptation, and interpretation of culture in a global society by sculptors from across the region.  The exhibition will explore global forms and their relevance in our present day society.  Agendas will present sculpture that focuses on contemporary cultural concerns such as cross cultural borrowing, much like the adaptation of varied musical forms by rap and house musicians, which also has an established tradition in postmodern visual art.  Sculptors are encouraged to submit for consideration works that that relate to these types of cultural convergences, especially as they reference populations that make up an emergent part of our communities.

This call for entry is open to sculptors from the Anacostia to the Potomac and beyond. Proposed projects should be designed to engage the viewer and the community at large.  Sculptures may take the form of staged and/or conceptual installations, including performances, videos and other inventive works that support the idea or the theme of this exhibition.  Thematically based works for consideration can range from body politics, interpretive histories, collective memories and personal narratives to cultural and ethnic identities.

TERESIA BUSH, Assistant Professor of Art History at Howard University, specializes in modern and contemporary art history, museum education and public programming in art museums. She spent 26 years as an educator and programmer at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution (HMSG) and she has worked as a curator with the New Muse Community Museum in Brooklyn, New York and a museum educator with the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Moreover, as Exhibition Director for Community Library Services of the D.C. Public Library, she organized art and cultural exhibitions. The German Book Exhibit was one such exhibition, which was coordinated with the Embassy of Germany; the exhibition opened in Washington, D.C., at the Martin Luther King Library and traveled to points nationally.

The exhibition is open to members of the Washington Sculptors Group. Artists who are not already members may join WSG by paying annual dues of $45 ($15 for full-time students). Scholarships are available. New members may download a membership form from our web site; Payments are made by mailed check or online using PayPal. WSG members must have paid their dues for 2012 to be eligible for this exhibition. The mailing label on this Call or your last newsletter should read 2012 to show you are paid up to date. Notices for 2012 dues were mailed to members in October, 2011. For questions please contact WSG Manager of the show Terry DeBardelaben <>

Application Deadline
July 16, 2012 by Midnight.  No mail/e-mail entries accepted. Received by web service. NOTE: Applicants will pay $6 to per applicant. Maximum number of entries is two (2) per artist and total of four (4) images.

Work to be Considered:

•    Three-dimensional freestanding sculpture, wall hung relief sculpture, pedestal work, installations, and new media will be accepted for review. No ceiling hung work. Audio/visual equipment will NOT be provided. (Artist must provide such equipment if selected.)

•    STILL IMAGE RESOLUTION: Artists may enter 1-2 works, up to 2 digital images per artwork, for a maximum of 4 images per artist. Submit all images with a resolution of 300 dpi having a maximum size of 5MB each. WSG plans to print a catalog and needs 300 dpi images. Check with to determine which formats can be uploaded.

•    VIDEO AND NEW MEDIA INSTALLATIONS: Video and new media artists may enter 1-2 works, up to 2 digital images or video files (10 minute limit) per work, for a maximum of 4 files per artist. Submit all images with a resolution of 300 dpi having a maximum size of 5MB each and video files having a maximum size of 60MB each. Check with to determine which formats can be uploaded. A still image will be used in the catalog if your work is selected.

Entry Specifications:

•    AGENDAS is a juried exhibition requiring digital files to be submitted through the web service. No mail/e-mail entries accepted. Technical support for is available from 9 am – 9 pm, Monday – Saturday by emailing questions to

•    Brentwood Arts Exchange has 14 feet high ceilings, loading dock with standard double door to enter the gallery, movable walls and track lighting.

•    Artists are solely responsible for delivery of their accepted work on the installation date, and de-installation of their work on the pick-up date. Staff will be available on-site to assist artists with installations. The gallery will not receive shipments of artwork. Artwork must be delivered ready to install and appropriately presented. Artworks that differ significantly from the images submitted for judging or are not ready for gallery installation may be rejected upon delivery.

•    The exhibition will be installed and dismantled by Brentwood Arts Exchange staff unless the nature of the work requires special assistance. All work accepted and exhibited must remain on display for the full duration of the show.

The M-NCPPC will retain a 25% commission on all artworks sold during, or as a result of the exhibition. The M-NCPPC will insure all consigned artwork in the custody of the Brentwood Arts Exchange from the time they are received by delivery, until the pick-up date only.


  • Monday, July 16, 2012 – Deadline for entries (received by midnight)
  • Wednesday, August 3, 2012 – Notification of accepted artists completed
  • Wednesday, August 23-29– Artwork delivered to gallery
  • Sept. 3-7 – Work Installed by Brentwood Arts Exchange staff
  • Sept. 10- Show opens to the public
  • Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012– Artists’ reception 6-8 pm?
  • Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 – Exhibition closes
  • Nov. 20-24 – De-installation/Artist Pick-up artwork

About the Brentwood Arts Exchange
The Brentwood Arts Exchange is a facility of The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, the Brentwood Arts Exchange is located within the Gateway Arts Center and is dedicated to presenting and promoting the visual arts. It features a vibrant gallery space, a contemporary Fine Craft Showcase, and a dynamic arts classroom and meeting space. The Brentwood Arts Exchange is a place for people of all ages to meet, engage and learn about art, purchase one-of-a-kind craft objects, and explore new creative talents. Arts programs of The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation are supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

About the Washington Sculptors Group
The Washington Sculptors Group is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of sculpture and fostering exchanges among sculptors, sculpture enthusiasts and the public. Organized in 1984, membership has grown to almost 400; WSG sponsors frequent public programs and organizes professional sculpture exhibitions juried by prominent curators. Visit to join WSG, to view the Web Gallery of members’ work, and to subscribe to the WSG newsletter.

Phil Davis, Acting Director Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center
3901 Rhode Island Ave. Brentwood, MD 20722
tel. 301-277-2863/ fax. 301-277-2865/ tty. 301-446-6802
Monday through Friday: 10 am – 7pm and Saturday: 10 am – 4pm

M-NCPPC Censorship Policy
It is the continuing practice of the Arts Division of the M-NCPPC to allow for the greatest possible freedom of expression for artists whose work is exhibited in the facilities and programs of the M-NCPPC.  Traditional and non-traditional subject matters and materials are acceptable for display.  The staff has the right to reject work that is inappropriate for specific audiences or facilities.  Every effort will be made to find alternative display opportunities at appropriate sites.