Call for Artists and Writers: “I HAVE A DREAM – 50 Years of Change”

CALL TO ARTISTS AND WRITERS “I HAVE A DREAM – 50 Years of Change” Juried Exhibition and Reading Series DEADLINE: FRIDAY, MAY 31 El Taller Latino Americano’s Grady Alexis Gallery  New York invites artists from all backgrounds to submit works (artwork and poetry/prose) that reflect the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

The exhibit and public readings, scheduled for July/August 2013, will honor the 50th Anniversary of the historic speech through the exploration of hope, freedom, diversity and social justice across the Americas in the selected work. We anticipate creative dialogue and engagement through the cross-discipline exhibition, and hope to create a space where creativity is a bridge for understanding, reflection and continued change.


Work will be judged on creativity, technical expertise and content. Winning entries will be part of an exhibition in July/August 2013. There is no fee to enter.

ELIGIBILITY: The exhibition is open to artists 18 years or older.


MEDIA AND SIZE: Any two-dimensional medium is acceptable. Three-dimensional, wall-hung work (max. 15 lbs.) is also acceptable. Works must be no greater than 30 inches in any direction (except for un-mounted quilts, scrolls or textiles, which can be up to 40 inches wide.)

  • All accepted work must be presented professionally.

  • Use only black or white, metal or wood frames (no plastic frames or frameless plexi/glass.)

  • Frame works with acid-free materials. All artwork must be ready to hang, with standard picture

    hanging wire attached to the back (at least 3″ below the top edge of the frame, do not use cord, string,

    fishing line, etc.) Only frames smaller than 12″ can have “D rings” attached instead of hanging wire.

  • Unframed works will be accepted only if they are on stretched canvas or cradled panels.

  • Non-traditional works (scrolls, quilts, 3-dimensional wall works, etc.,) will be accepted if they are

    presented professionally (artist must provide hanging supplies,) on a case-by-case basis.

  • All works must be labeled on the back with artist’s name, title and contact information.

  • Artists are invited to provide up to 2 pages of promotional materials (press clippings, resume,

    statement) for the gallery binder.

    . Any poem(s), long poem or work of prose, not to exceed 5 pages in total, will be considered.

    AWARDS: Accepted artists and writers will each receive an honorable mention for their artwork. Accepted poets/writers will be invited to read their work during a series of readings.


    ACCEPTED WORK: Notification will be emailed to all artists by 6/22/13. Accepted artwork must be hand-delivered (no shipped work will be accepted) to the gallery on the designated dates, no

exceptions. All winners will be invited to attend the Opening Reception and subsequent public readings.

DELIVERY AND INSURANCE: Every possible care will be taken of the Artworks consigned, but the Gallery assumes no responsibility for loss or damage. Artwork is not insured while in the organization’s possession.

SALES: The works will be offered for sale to the general public. A 40% commission will be retained by El Taller Latino Americano on works sold. Please do not submit works that have a value of greater than $700.00.

COPYRIGHTS: Copyrights of all entries remain the property of the artists. El Taller Latino Americano retains the right to reproduce the winning designs for promotional materials in conjunction with the exhibit. The gallery is a multi-use space where concerts, readings and other cultural events take place, artists agree to allow their work to be photographed and/or featured in the organization’s promotional and archive materials (in the context of the exhibit.) Images of selected accepted works will be used for the exhibition postcard and press kits.

A standard gallery agreement needs to be signed by all artists.


All artwork must be picked up after the exhibition, on the designated dates.

Entry Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2013
Notification to artists: 6/22/13
Email invite sent to artists for distribution (TBD)
Postcard ready to be picked up (TBD)
Drop off (artwork, binder materials and contracts) July 19 and 20, 2013 (10am to 5pm) Exhibit opening: July 24
Exhibition on view: July 24 – Aug 10, 2013
Readings (dates TBD)
Pick up: August 12 and 13, 2013 (10am to 5pm)

To Enter (please follow guidelines carefully):
Entries must be received by FRIDAY, MAY 31ST, 2013 Send work for consideration via e-mail only.

Images: Each image must be formatted as a jpg (300 dpi, 1200 pixels on its largest side, max 1MB.)
One page Bio or resume.
One page Image list, including thumbnail, title, year, dimensions, media and retail price (retail price must

include frame, when applicable.)
Label all documents: LastName_title.jpg, LastName_Bio&ImageList.doc.


Poetry and Prose Submissions must be within a single document, no longer than 5 pages total, in a .doc or .pdf file.

Please include a brief bio/resume, this will not count against the page limitation. Label the document: LastName_title.doc.

Entries should be emailed to:
The Subject: I Have A Dream Submission
Please check our website: for any changes in the schedule or additional information. Questions and inquiries should be emailed to: