Call for Entries

The Citywide African American Artists Exhibition is open to all artists of the African Diaspora in the greater Houston area and is sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) through 5A (the African American Art Advisory Association at the MFAH) and the University Museum at Texas Southern University. The Citywide exhibition offers artists the opportunity to show their work to a broader public, and to the collecting community. The 20th Citywide African American Artists Exhibition will be held from Friday, June 21 – Sunday, August 11, 2019 at the University Museum at Texas Southern University and Friday, August 16 – Sunday, September 22, 2019 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Glassell School of Art.

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Eligibility

  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

  • Participation is open to all visual artists of the African Diaspora living in the greater Houston area.

  • Only original works of art will be accepted, no copies.

  • Work in all media will be accepted. Limit (2) works per artist.

  • Work is to be recent work (within the last 2 years)

  • All entries must be ready for installation (wires, hooks, etc.). Drawings and photographs must be framed.

  • Framed works can be no larger than 6ft × 5ft and weigh more than 40lbs. Sculptures can be no larger than 2ft x 2ft and weigh more than 30lbs.

 

Prizes for Artists

  • Juror’s Choice: Scholarship for one studio art class at the MFAH Glassell School of Art

  • 1st Prize $500

  • 2nd Prize $250

  • 3rd Prize $150

  • 5A Favorite: Membership to 5A, the African American Art Advisory Association and gift certificate for art supplies at Texas Art Supply

 

 

Entry Procedures     

A completed entry form must accompany the original, actual work.  Slides, images, and incomplete works will not be accepted.  Work must be in suitable condition for exhibition, i.e., artworks executed in dry media (graphite, charcoal, or pastel) must be sprayed with a fixative or behind glass; all paint must be completely dry. All work is to be ready for museum display.  Artists may submit up to two works of art. There is no entry fee.  Please refer to the calendar below for dates. 

 

Selection Process     

Due to the limited exhibition space, approximately 60 works of art will be accepted into Citywide African American Artist Exhibition 2019. Accepted works will be chosen based on criteria of quality and creativity to be determined by the Juror.

 

Notification              

Announcement of selected works and pick up of works not selected will happen on Sunday, June 9 and Monday, June 10, 2019 at the University Museum. Please do not call the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, or The University Museum at Texas Southern University.  No information will be available by telephone or email. 

                       

Responsibility          

While every care will be exercised in the handling of all works submitted, the MFAH and the University Museum at TSU cannot assume liability for any loss or damage to artwork during submission, selection, installation or exhibition processes.  The University Museum at Texas Southern University and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will not be responsible for work left beyond the collection dates.                                        

 

 

Calendar                   

Monday, June 3 and Tuesday, June 4, 2019                 

Work to be delivered to University Museum at Texas Southern University between 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Artists will be responsible for delivery of work.

 

Sunday, June 9 and Monday, June 10, 2019                 

Works selected will be announced at the University Museum at TSU between 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Works not selected will need to be picked up at this time.

                                   

Friday, June 21, 2019; 7 – 9 p.m.                                

Opening Reception and Award Ceremony at the University Museum at TSU

 

Sunday, August 11, 2019                                             

Exhibition closes at the University Museum at TSU

 

Sunday, August 18, 2019                                             

Exhibition opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Glassell School of Art

 

Sunday, September 22, 2019                                       

Exhibition closes at the MFAH Glassell School of Art

 

Monday, September 23, 2019; 12 – 7 p.m.                

Exhibited works to be picked up at this time only from the MFAH Glassell School of Art

 

You or your representative will be required to sign for your work. The MFAH and The University Museum at Texas Southern University will not be responsible for work left beyond these collection dates.

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