Call to artists
HREI Call to artists

Embracing patriotic Phrases

Recent events across the U.S. have shown again the work that still needs to be done to achieve true equality for all people. In light of this, HREI is opening a call to artists titled “Embrace.” HREI is looking for artists to embrace popular “patriotic” phrases, using them to empower rather than exclude. 

This call to artists is inspired by Portland-based artist Arya Badiyan. Her recent artwork combines text with imagery to expose how the U.S.  has failed to uphold its own values. Each piece bluntly tells the truth while also creating a path to healing. 

Artists will respond to specific phrases like “liberty and justice for all” or “let freedom ring.”

Artists must respond to at least one of the following phrases in their submissions: 

Liberty and justice for all  |  True patriot  |  Hero’s heart  |  The American way  |  Land of the free  |  Let freedom ring  |  Soul of humanity | We the People | We hold these truths to be self Evident 

HREI is accepting any traditional 2D art forms, like painting and drawing. 3D media and photography will also be accepted. All artwork should be able to easily fit through HREI’s main door to avoid complications during installation setup.

All submissions must respond to at least one of the phrases provided on the webpage. All artwork should be started no earlier than Friday, April 9. Artists should submit photographs of their work to The email subject line should follow this format: Embrace submission – First Name Last Name

For any other questions about this call to artists, please contact Justin Li at or Jeanette Laster at (208) 292-2359. 

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