Call For Entry: Phillips Collection Inside Outside, Upside Down

By Editorial Team on February 9, 2021

Deadline: Sun, 28 February 2021

Courtesy of The Phillips Collection.
Open February 14 and closte February 28, 2021

This juried invitational celebrates The Phillips Collection’s 100th anniversary in 2021, building on the legacy of founder Duncan Phillips and his commitment to presenting, acquiring, and promoting the work of artists of the greater DC region.

Inside Outside, Upside Down invites artists to submit recent work produced between March 2020 and February 2021 that speaks to the struggle and resiliency of the human spirit in the face of the global covid-19 pandemic and recent social upheavals.

Artists are requested to carefully review these guidelines, then between February 14 and 28, 2021, visit this page for access to an online application and digital image submission form. Submissions will be capped at 1,000 entries to ensure fair and thoughtful review; if we reach 1,000 entries before February 28, a notification will be posted on the website.

The Phillips Collection deeply values and is committed to sustaining and promoting diversity in the arts. We encourage artists from all backgrounds and experience levels to apply.


  • Submissions portal open: February 14 to 28, 2021
  • Artists notified via email: April 9, 2021
  • Exhibition dates: June 12–September 12, 2021


  • First prize: $1,000
  • Second prize: $500
  • 3 Honorable Mentions: $100 each
  • People’s Choice Award: $300
  • All awardees receive a Phillips Collection individual membership
  • Each winner will be solely responsible for all taxes



  • Phil Hutinet, Founding Publisher of East City Art
  • Abigail McEwen, Associate Professor of Latin American Art, University of Maryland
  • Elsa Smithgall, Senior Curator, The Phillips Collection
  • Renée Stout, DC-based Artist

Guest Curator

Renée Stout is an internationally renowned artist who has been based in Washington, DC, since 1985. Originally trained as a painter with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, Stout currently works across a variety of media, including painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, photography, and installation. She is the recipient of many awards, including an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award and the Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award.