CALL FOR ARTISTS: Water Is Life


Submission Deadline: October 16, 2017

Exhibition Dates: October 28, 2017-November 19, 2017

What we are looking for: Submissions of visual artwork to display in the Water Is Life Exhibition Series. This call for art is seeking artwork for a group show inspired by the theme “Water Is Life”. We are specifically seeking pieces created in collaboration with the doodles of Isaac Murdoch, who is a featured artist in this exhibit series, as well as original artwork inspired by the theme “Water Is Life” and the protection of nature. All art being displayed in the exhibit should aim to bring an awareness about the detrimental affects the natural environment is undergoing and inspire a desire to protect our water, land and air.


ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

“There is something incredible that happens when we all find common ground and move forward. We may not all think the same, but you’re my people, and I have your back. ❤️ #RiseStrong” – Isaac Murdoch

BACKGROUND

Raíces Cultural Center is proud to announce a collaborative art exhibition series called Water Is Life. In 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe began an encampment called Oceti Sakowin on treaty lands that were never ceded, just outside of the Standing Rock Reservation. This encampment was started by youth from the tribe to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, protect the tribe’s drinking water source, and take a stand against the fossil fuel industry and its history of environmental destruction. It grew to an encampment of over 10,000 people from all walks of life, gathering to make the statement that Water Is Life. 

“Mni Wiconi” was a prayerful cry often heard at the NODAPL protests. This Lakota prayer translates to “Water Is Life”. The Thunderbird Woman “Water Is Life” banner, designed by Ojibwe artist Isaac Murdoch became a symbol for the NODAPL movement as well as for water protectors worldwide. In creating a Water Is Life series of art exhibits, Raíces Cultural Center and our EcoCulture program hope to bring awareness to the concepts of protecting the natural resources that give us life – water, air, land – through the arts.

THE EXHIBIT SERIES

There will be four locations with artwork on display during the Water Is Life series opening reception:

  • Chamber 43 record shop will feature a solo exhibit of digital prints of Isaac Murdoch’s doodles which revolve around protecting and revering nature, including the water, air and land. This exhibit will focus on the connection between culture and nature and the history of indigenous and first nations peoples as protectors of the water, land and air.
  • Blank Space Highland Park will feature another solo exhibit, Our Plastic Waters, this one by assemblage artist Lisa Bagwell, who crafts sculptures out of garbage, mainly plastic. This exhibit will highlight the problem of plastics in our waters and encourage attendees to rethink the use of single-use plastics in their day to day lives.
  • Modern Art Solutions and Tiger Art Supply will host a group exhibit, salon style, to feature local artists working in collaboration with featured artist Isaac Murdoch as well as original pieces inspired by the exhibit themes “Water Is Life”, “Land Is Life”, “Air Is Life”

After the opening receptions, selected artworks will move to storefronts throughout downtown Highland Park, increasing accessibility and impact of the work, and inspiring viewers to think about their role in protecting the natural world and the environment we all rely on for life.

There will be poetry, music, artist talks and Ojibwa legends presented during the opening reception event. This will be a dynamic program and we welcome any additional suggestions or ideas from participating artists.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

October 16, 2017 Submission Deadline
October 18, 2017 Notification of Acceptance
October 19-25, 2017 Drop-Off Artwork
October 28, 2017 Opening Reception
November 19, 2017 End of Exhibition
November 19-23 Pick-Up Artwork

RAÍCES NEEDS YOU! A CALL FOR ART

All artists, both professional and emerging, are invited to submit works for the group show to be held at Tiger Art Supply and Modern Art Solutions. Submissions can be:

  • Collaboration pieces based on or inspired by Thunderbird Woman and other doodles by Isaac Murdoch, one of the exhibit’s featured artists (some of the suggested doodles artists can work with are displayed below).
  • Original artwork inspired by the theme “Water Is Life” or the related themes “Land Is Life”, “Air Is Life”, the connection between culture and nature and/or the protection and preservation of nature.

If you have any questions about the exhibit themes or need higher resolution files of any of the doodle images for use in any collaboration style pieces, please email waterislife@raicesculturalcenter.org or call Raíces EcoCulture Coordinator Nicole Wines at 732-236-7618

Please be sure to share this call to art with any and all artists and arts groups you know in the area to help spread the word so we can ensure a successful event with a diverse range of artists represented.


EXAMPLES OF DOODLES TO INTEGRATE INTO COLLABORATION PIECES

Artwork can be modeled around, inspired by or integrate aspects of Isaac Murdoch’s doodles.

More images available in Isaac Murdoch’s Facebook photo albums

 


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • All work must reflect the themes “Water Is Life”, “Land Is Life”, “Air Is Life”, the connection between culture and nature and/or the protection and preservation of nature.
  • Artists can submit any number of pieces. The more the better!
  • Submitted artwork can be collaborative pieces based on the Water Is Life Thunderbird Woman and other doodles by Isaac Murdoch, original pieces based on the themes
  • We consider both professional and emerging artists’ submissions.
  • There is NO ENTRY FEE.
  • Framed and unframed works permitted, all artwork must be ready to hang at drop-off.
  • ALL media will be considered, including two-dimensional work and three-dimensional sculptures!

HOW TO SUBMIT

To register for the show, please send an email to waterislife@raicesculturalcenter.org with the following information:

-ARTIST NAME

-TOWN & STATE

-EMAIL ADDRESS

-PHONE NUMBER

-TITLE(S) OF SUBMITTED ARTWORK

-SALE PRICE (if you wish to sell your artwork)

-ARTIST WEBSITE AND/OR LINKS TO ARTIST SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILES

-ADDITIONAL DESCRIPTIVE INFORMATION (optional, can include artist bio, artist statement, artwork description,

-WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR ARTWORK TO BE FEATURED IN DIGITAL FORMAT IN AN ONLINE EXHIBITION LAUNCHING IN BEGINNING OF 2018?

***ATTACH IMAGE FILES OF ARTWORK TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE EMAIL REGISTRATION

We will send a confirmation that we received your submission within 24 hours and will be in touch with additional information.

 

ADDITIONAL EXHIBITION GUIDELINES

ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION
We hope to feature a wide range of artists in the group exhibit.The only guideline for acceptance is that the artwork is relevant to the exhibit theme. Artists can submit any number of pieces. If a large number of artists register and space becomes an issue, we may limit the number of pieces per artist.

COPYRIGHT

The artist retains copyright of their original work. By registering for the Water Is Life Exhibit Group Art Show the artist agrees that images of their artwork may appear on the Raíces Cultural Center and co-sponsors websites, exhibit posters and other advertising media both printed and digital.

DELIVERY/DROP OFF
It is the artist’s responsibility to drop off all artwork, ready to be hung, at Tiger Art Supply, 427 Raritan Ave, Highland Park, NJ between October 19 and October 23, 2017. Artists who are not local to the NJ area are also welcome to register for the exhibit, but will be responsible for shipping costs both to and from the exhibit. If you intend to ship instead of deliver your artwork, please let us know in your registration email.



INSURANCE
Raíces Cultural Center, Tiger Art Supply and Modern Art Solutions do not provide insurance for artwork. If the artist would like to insure their artwork during transit and exhibition, they must do so at their own cost.

PRICING
If you choose to have your artwork for sale, please include the sale prices in your registration information. Raíces Cultural Center will take a 30% commission on the sale of artwork, which the artist must factor into their pricing at the time of submission. All funds raised beyond the costs of the program and exhibition will be donations for the Raíces EcoCulture program. Funds will also be raised for the culture and language camp, Nimkii Aazhibikong, started by the artist and culture bearer Isaac Murdoch. All funds in both of these programs are applied to programs and materials that support our work in protecting the land, water and air, the earth, our home.

CONDITIONS
Submission of entry to this exhibition automatically constitutes the entrant’s acceptance of the guidelines and rules outlined in this call for art.

ORGANIZER & COSPONSOR INFORMATION
Raíces Cultural Center is a NJ Nonprofit Corporation dedicated to preserving cultural roots through the arts, history and ecology.

We thank our local business co-sponsors Tiger Art Supply, Modern Art Solutions, Blank Space Highland Park and Chamber 43, all located on Raritan Ave. between 3rd and 5th. Please support these local businesses and thank them for supporting the local artists and arts organizations!

We also thank the Highland Park Arts Commission who is co-sponsoring the series and providing fiscal support for marketing and printing of display materials, as well as our organizational co-sponsors NJ Food and Water Watch, the Lower Raritan Watershed Project, Who Is My Neighbor?, Inc., Sustainable Highland Park, Middlesex County Conservation Corps/Parks and Rec and the Highland Park High School Environmental Club.

QUESTIONS? CONTACT US
For questions or other inquiries, please contact Nicole Wines or Francisco G. Gómez from Raíces Cultural Center or email waterislife@raicesculturalcenter.org.

Nicole Wines
Telephone: 732-236-7618

Francisco G. Gómez
Telephone: 908-227-5671

 

We are looking forward to working with you, and remember…Water Is Life!