Call for Submissions: Radical Re-imaginings: Our Racialized Past, Present, and Futures

By Editorial Team on April 27, 2016

Deadline: Fri, 06 May 2016

Photo courtesy of Woolly Mammoth.
Photo courtesy of Woolly Mammoth.


Deadline: Friday, May 6


Curated by Sheldon Scott (Sheldon Scott Studios)

In association with Woolly Mammoth’s upcoming production of An Octoroon, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Sheldon Scott Studios is calling for visual artists to include in their exhibition, Radical Re-imaginings: Our Racialized Past, Present, and Futures. This is an all-media call for a public art project at Woolly Mammoth featuring DC area artists responding to the ways in which America’s racialized past continues to inform our present moment. Questions to ask could be, how might we turn to the past, in order to turn from the past? How does working through and against the past allow us to better understand the present moment?

An Octoroon is an Obie-winning riff on a 19th century melodrama that helped shape the debate around the abolition of slavery. The New York Post called this incendiary adaptation “entertainingly demented.” Part period satire, part meta-theatrical middle finger, it’s a provocative challenge to the racial pigeonholing of 1859—and of today.

Seeking submissions in conversation with the following themes and questions:

  • Retrospection and the way past legacies shape African American identities in the present.
  • Persistent dramatic tropes and cultural images.
  • Cultural trauma and individual/group identity: what are the events or experiences identified with the formation of the group that must be recollected by later generations who have had no experience of the ‘original’ event, yet continue to be identified by it and to identify themselves through it?
  • Re-imagining history as a radical and revolutionary act.
  • What does it mean to “pass” in the 21st Century?
  • What is the new activism?

Submission Guidelines and Deadlines:

  • Artists across mediums are encouraged to apply.
  • Submission deadline is Friday, May 6th.
  • JPEG of work submitted for inclusion OR previous works samples relevant to unproduced work proposed (including medium and dimensions)
  • Artist Statement
  • Artist Bio
  • Pieces should be available for pick-up or drop-off beginning Wednesday, May 11th. Artists are responsible for any framing necessary, and agree that frame may be altered for installation in Woolly Mammoth’s space.

Email Submissions by Friday, May 6 to:

Promotional opportunities for featured artists include:

  • Mention in Woolly’s official press release.
  • Individual artist profile feature on Woolly’s social media.
  • Featured in our meet-the-artists discussion series.
  • Featured on Woolly’s House Lights Up event page online.
  • An optional “takeover” of Woolly’s Instagram account.
  • Mention in An Octoroon playbill.
  • Mention in Woolly email marketing.
  • Artwork will be on display for audiences throughout the run of An Octoroon, as well as those in the building for other events at Woolly between May 30 and June 26. This includes, but is not limited to, attendees of the national conference for Theatre Communications Group, which will bring together over 1,000 theatre practitioners from across the globe for performances, knowledge sharing, and thought-provoking speakers.

Featured artists will:

  • Receive a $150.00 stipend, as well as 2 Complimentary tickets to An Octoroon.
  • Have the option of listing their works for sale, (100% of sales go directly to the Artist)
  • Be showcased in all of the ways outlined in the above promotional plan.

To learn more about Woolly Mammoth and An Octoroon, please visit