Call for Military and Veteran Artists The Art of Freedom: War, Peace and Everything in Between

By Editorial Team on January 29, 2016

Deadline: Sat, 27 February 2016


Detail by United States Department of Veterans Affairs; Veterans Day National Committee via Wikimedia Commons.
Detail by United States Department of Veterans Affairs; Veterans Day National Committee via Wikimedia Commons.


Deadline: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 4pm


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Prince George’s County has a long history of military service and supporting military personnel. This exhibition seeks to cultivate artistic support for veterans and active duty members to highlight the role art can play in the healing process of returning from deployment. The exhibition will showcase artwork by veterans and the military community using the creative process to promote healing, and provide insight into artistic expression as a tool for understanding the transition from military to civilian life.

This call is open to all veterans and active duty members of all branches of service who reside or are deployed in Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia. Female veterans and veterans of color are encouraged to apply. Employees of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission are not eligible to participate.

Curators for the exhibition will select artworks for inclusion based on artistic merit, relevance to the exhibition theme, and suitability for display in the exhibition space. The Sports and Learning Center Gallery is a public space, open to all audiences that welcomes a large number of visitors of all ages. Artworks in the gallery are hung from picture rails that cannot support extremely heavy objects. Only artworks that can be displayed on the wall will be accepted.


  • Constance Mattox, Guest Curator, Arts Educator, Masters of Arts Administration Candidate, Savannah College of Art and Design.
  • Phil Davis, Director, Brentwood Arts Exchange

Exhibition Timeline

  • February 27: Deadline to apply
  • March 5: Artists notified of acceptance
  • March 11-15: Drop off work at the Brentwood Arts Exchange
  • March 28: Exhibition opens to public
  • April 30: Artists’ Reception
  • June 8: Last day of exhibition
  • June 9-11: Pick-up work at the Brentwood Arts Exchange

Applications may be submitted by mail or delivered in person and must arrive at the Brentwood Arts Exchange no later than February 27, 2016 at 4 pm. They are not able to accept applications by email. Each submission should include a CD containing:

  • 3-5 images of artworks to be considered
  • A list of images that included titles, media, size and dates work was created.
  • An artist statement relevant to artworks submitted.
  • Proof of military or veteran status.
  • All submitted materials must be clearly labeled with the artist’s name and contact information.
  • Optional. SASE for return of applications. Applications will not be returned unless as SASE with adequate postage is provided.

Mailing Address for Applications
Attn: The Art of Freedom Exhibition
Brentwood Arts Exchange
3901 Rhode Island Avenue
Brentwood, MD 20722

Guidelines For Digital Files
Effort will be made to review all submissions, regardless of format. However, please be aware that incompatible files may cause submission to be rejected. Applicants are encouraged to format files as described below.

  • Image files must be submitted as JPEG format no larger than 1MB
  • Name each document file: “Last Name” underscore “Title of Document”, example: Jones_Artworklist.pdf
  • Name each image file with two-digit number that corresponds with the artwork list provided; example: 01_ Jones_ Title of Artwork.jpg

Shipping and Installation
Artists are solely responsible for transporting their artworks to and from exhibition drop off/pick up point (Brentwood Arts Exchange). All artwork delivered must match the images submitted for consideration and must be delivered in good condition and properly presented. Brentwood Arts Exchange staff will install all artworks.

Sales and Insurance
The M-NCPPC will retain a 25% commission on all artworks sold during or as a result of the exhibition. The M-NCPPC insures all consigned artworks while they are in the custody of the Brentwood Arts Exchange and the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.

Additional Information
If you have any concerns/ questions or would like additional information, please contact:

  • Phil Davis, Director, Brentwood Arts Exchange
    3901 Rhode Island Avenue
    Brentwood, MD 20722
  • Constance Mattox, Guest Curator
    Brentwood Arts Exchange
    3901 Rhode Island Avenue
    Brentwood, MD 20722