Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center and Vivid Gallery Call for Artists: Forty Acres Deferred and 7/8…9

By Editorial Team on July 17, 2018
Installation image courtesy of the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center.

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Deadline: Friday, August 10 at 10pm

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The PGAAMCC Regional Group Show in partnership with Vivid Gallery Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) is proud to announce Forty Acres Deferred, a mixed media group show on display from October 12, 2018- January 18, 2019. Forty Acres Deferred is in conjunction with Vivid Gallery’s 7/8…9 on display from October 12-November 17, 2018.

About PGAAMCC
The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center is recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative approach to the documentation, interpretation, preservation, and presentation of local and regional African American history, art, and culture. As the heart of the Gateway Arts District, we believe that we have an obligation to the community to promote collaboration, engage unlikely allies in dialogue, and encourage participation in the creative process. We recognize the diversity of experience within the African American community and aim to reflect a broad spectrum of social and cultural activities with this exhibition.

About Vivid Gallery
Vivid Gallery exhibits works that are experimental, environmental, unusual, and that encourage visitors to actively engage with the space. The gallery is dedicated to showcasing and supporting established contemporary artists as well as aspiring local talents. This gallery is located inside of the Anacostia Arts Center. Vivid Gallery is a project of ARCH a community-based nonprofit in Historic Anacostia. ARCH has been committed to Anacostia for over 30 years and believes that arts and culture play an important role in community revitalization & development.

About Forty Acres Deferred and 7/8…9
Both exhibitions are mixed media, highlighting narratives of the Black American suburban experience. Black Americans are presented frequently as homogeneous urban people in mass media; this show challenges that notion by presenting nuanced representations of the Black experience in suburban settings. The exhibitions look to investigate how we define the “American Dream” and if the pursuit of that aspiration incorporates elements that affirm our Blackness. The exhibition engages other other unifying themes, including: migration, place-making, regional identity, family, political incorporation, education, and childhood.

Curators Maleke Glee (PGAAMCC) and Terence Nicholson (Vivid) will focus on the compositional aspects of each piece, which lend symbolic meaning to the subject. Compositional styles and mediums in works of art are intentional and speak to Black American history, culture, communities, rituals, and lifestyles. In these exhibitions, we want to lend a discourse across the region, one that separates the intentional migration of Black Americans into suburbia from the displacement of Black Americans from the urban landscape. The connections between these demographic shifts are rarely spoken in relation to one another. The exhibitions are produced in direct response to the massive displacement of Black Washingtonians and asks us to revisit the intentional migration to occupy suburban Prince George’s County, and surrounding areas.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Submission Deadline is August 10th(10pm). Artists will hear back from curators by September 7th. Please submit works directly to Curator, Maleke Glee- Malekejahmalg@gmail.com.Submissions will be shared and reviewed for both shows; response for selection will include chosen exhibition/gallery space.
  2. Must be a Black artist who resides in Prince George’s County or the local Washington DC Metropolitan Area (with a specific focus on Washington, D.C.’s Wards 7 and 8).
  3. Submitted works must be in one or more of the following visual art mediums: painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, collage, photography, installation, or video.
  4. Artists may submit up to five pieces.
  5. Submission must include the following: Artist Name, Contact Information (email, phone number, mailing address), Artist Bio that includes permanent residence and birth place, Size and Name of Piece(s).