Sanctuary Call for Entry

By Editorial Team on February 19, 2015

Deadline: Sat, 28 February 2015

Requiem by Gale Jamieson from “Present-Day Oracles" at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery.
Requiem by Gale Jamieson from “Present-Day Oracles” at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery.


Application Deadline: February 28, 2015 Midnight (received by with $5 fee)


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Juror Shanti Norris seeks works that are grounded in the concept of how space creates refuge. Artists are invited to create works that addresses the need for sanctuary or refuge, the multiple meanings of that concept — inner and outer sanctuary, gardens, words and ideas — and work that explores the artists’ own use of art making as a personal form of sanctuary.

entering our sanctuary
we renew a timeless pact
with one another
we lay down weapons
at the doors 
and suspend disbelief
inside our sanctuary
we enact an ancient dance
mime the stately narrative of planets
the majesty of the sun
gone half mad
we relinquish clock time
to enter dream time, myth, story
whatever happens
always happened
will always happen
each of us
a child in the story
children together
hungry for safety, for play
and boundless, impossible love
our desperate shells creak open
and reveal our fears, our awe
in the face of any miracle
~Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon

“In bullfighting there is an interesting parallel to the pause as a place of refuge and renewal. It is believed that in the midst of a fight, a bull can find his own particular area of safety in the arena. There he can reclaim his strength and power. This place and inner state are called his querencia. As long as the bull remains enraged and reactive, the matador is in charge. Yet when he finds his querencia, he gathers his strength and loses his fear. From the matador’s perspective, at this point the bull is truly dangerous, for he has tapped into his power.”
~ Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha

About the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
Founded in 2008, the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is a nonprofit arts space in Washington, DC dedicated to exhibiting fine art that explores the innate connection between healing and creativity. The gallery is founded on the core principles that art has the ability to mend social, psychological, and physical ills by building community, inspiring change, and celebrating life. A rotating exhibition schedule features contemporary, international and national artists addressing a diversity of themes, such as spirituality, social change, multiculturalism, health, environmentalism, and community. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is a non-profit Health, Education and Arts organization with an overall mission to provide healing resources in the community.

Information about the gallery can be found at  

About the Juror
Shanti Norris is the cofounder and Executive Director of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. She founded the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery and is a 2011 Distinguished Fellow of the Alliance for Arts and Health. She continues to curate exhibitions and help oversee the selection and installation of artist projects for the gallery.

She created the Smith Center artist in residence program at Walter Reed and sits on the hospital-wide Art and Healing Board. She created the 9/11 Arts Project, a citywide response to the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

She is a founding board member of The Art Connection in the Capital Region as well as Arts in Healthcare Advocates (AHA). She is a frequent speaker on the healing power of the arts. Her formal art training began at New York University and The Cooper Union in New York City. She is a member of ArtTable, the mother of three adult children, and is a painter and sculptor.

The exhibition is open to current members of the Washington Sculptors Group only. Artists may join WSG by paying annual dues of $45 ($15 for full-time students). Prospective members may download a membership form from the WSG website, and send in a check, or may join online with your submission to the exhibition.

WSG members must have paid their dues for 2015 by the entry deadline to be eligible for this exhibition. The address label on this Call or the most recent copy of the WSG newsletter, The Washington Sculptor, will show your membership status (example: MEMBER THROUGH 2015). If you have a question about your member status, contact

Work to be Considered
Artists are permitted to install works according to standard art installation practice. Artists are not permitted to make any permanent alterations of the gallery, or any of Smith Center’s indoor or outdoor spaces. Work shown outside of the building in two designated areas must be able to endure extreme weather conditions and will not be considered if it may pose any safety concerns for visitors. Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery insures works on-site for the duration of the exhibition. Transportation insurance is the responsibility of the artist.

Work must fit through doors measuring 35″x78″ (front) or 40″x80″ (from rear loading area). A variety of pedestals are available but should be arranged and selected early to insure readiness. Arrangements for installation should be made in advance by calling the gallery director at (202) 483-8600.

Gallery ceiling height is 118″. Artwork may be suspended from the ceiling with appropriate hardware. Please note the ceiling features white drywall “clouds,” as well as a gray concrete ceiling just above the clouds.

Outdoor courtyard is approximately 16 ft by 18 ft and has a loose stone floor. There is an outdoor metal stairway to access the 2nd floor outdoor rooftop deck on which artwork must come up for installation. The stair width to 2nd floor is 45 inches wide. The outdoor deck is approximately 1,000 square feet.

Artists are solely responsible for delivery and installation of their accepted work on the installation date and removal on the pick-up date. Artists are expected to install their artwork. Joan Hisoaka Gallery does not have staff to install artist work, however, limited help will be available. All work accepted must remain on display for the full duration of the show. WSG and the gallery will not receive shipments of artwork.

The juror will consider a maximum of 5 images per artist or team of artists. Proposals (for works to be made), pre-existing works and video may be entered for the exhibition, plus supporting images of the artist/s previous works should be uploaded to (See instructions for ENTRYTHINGY below). Assistance with submissions is available by email request

If your piece is site or situation specific, please make it clear in your submission. We highly recommend that artists research the site and its history, and visit the Joan Hisaoka Gallery. The Gallery is open to the public Wednesdays – Fridays, 11am – 5pm, and Saturdays 11 – 3pm. The Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM and the gallery can be seen by appointment during those hours.

Application Procedure and Specifications
Artists may submit up to 5 images of existing work, proposals specifically for this exhibition and portfolio work. To be clear, please add the word SUBMISSION to the title of the images that represent the work you would like to have included in the show. For work that you are showing as part of your portfolio of past work, please add the word PORTFOLIO to the title. These additional portfolio slides will display the artist’s ability to make what they are proposing, or offer examples of past work that might be related to the project being considered. Submitting fewer images will not negatively affect your entry. Please submit supporting images only when proposing a previously unrealized work.

Please include the following information in your submission proposal:

  1. Description of the physical aspects of the project (site, materials, positioning, etc., not an interpretation of the work).
  2. If you are proposing a new piece that is not represented in your images, please include one or more illustrations/renderings of the work in situ that will give the juror a clear idea of the project being proposed, what it will look like, and how it will be constructed and installed.
  3. A project description that includes:
    • background or narrative information about the project
    • an explanation of how the project relates to the site
    • any maintenance that will be required during the course of the exhibition
    • if there is light, sound, or movement that may impact the ability of others to experience nearby artworks
    • this project description can be a word document with text and images saved as a pdf. You will then upload this pdf as one of your 5 images on entrythingy.

Acceptable files include .jpg, .pdf, .doc, .mov. Video artists must upload one or two videos according to the specifications listed on ENTRYTHINGY. Submit all images with a resolution of 300 dpi and a maximum file size of 2MB each. Video files are limited to 50MB each (about five minutes).
Instructions for ENTRYTHINGY

  • Applicants should go to ENTRYTHINGY and click on “For Artists” at top.
  • Click on “list of current calls”.
  • Scroll down and click on the “Sanctuary” listing.
  • Create a login account if you don’t have one, or if you do, login with the “Click here to login” button. After logging in, select the “Sanctuary” call and complete the entry steps. There is a $5 entry fee. No mail or email entries will be accepted. All applicants will receive accepted or not accepted notifications.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery will insure work on-site during the dates of the exhibition, but NOT during transportation to or from the venue. Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery will retain a 50% sales commission on work sold during the exhibition. Artworks will be listed as being for sale and Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery will handle the sales/invoicing and payment to artists. Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery will send a check to artist, if artwork is sold, by the 15th of the month following sale. Washington Sculptors Group does not receive a commission on sales of artwork.


  • January 20 – Feb 28, 2015: Open Call
  • February 28, 2015 (midnight): Submission Deadline
  • March 27, 2015: Final Works Selected by juror: Shanti Norris
  • April 5, 2015: Artist Notification
  • June 2-6, 2015: Works are delivered and installed
  • June 12, 7-9pm: VIP/press Soft Opening
  • June 19, 7-9pm: Public Opening
  • June 13 – August 15, 2015: Exhibition Runs

For Questions

  • WSG Exhibition Team Contact Person: Elsabe Dixon (703) 470-4163
  • Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Joan Hisaoka Gallery Contact: Anthony Palliparambil, Exhibitions Manager (202) 483-8600