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 jli21@my.whitworth.edu. The email subject line should follow this format: Embrace submission – First Name Last Name

Submissions open Friday, April 9, and close Friday, May 7.  Judging will take place during the following week, from Monday, May 10 to Friday, May 14.  Artwork will be installed Thursday, June 17 and Friday, June 18.  The “Embrace” Exhibit will be showcased in the HREI Gallery Space from Saturday, June 19 to Monday, September 6. The installation will be in place during three important holidays: Juneteenth, June 19; and Independence Day, July 4 and Labor Day, September 6.

For any other questions about this call to artists, please contact Justin Li at jli21@my.whitworth.edu or Jeanette Laster at (208) 292-2359. 

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