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Ancestors, Guardians and Guides: A Visual Arts and Writers' Exhibition

Ancestors, Guardians and Guides
A Visual Arts and Writers’ Exhibition
Produced by: The Daniel A. Payne Community Development Corporation
The Menare Foundation
The Charles Sumner School, Museum & Archives
Location: The Charles Sumner School Museum
1201 17th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Curator:  Jarvis DuBois
Jurors: Victor Ekpuk, Artist; Tonya Jordan, Director of Public Art, DCCAH
Open to all Media
Submission Fee: (non-refundable)   $30 US dollars for up to 10 images
Dates of Exhibit:   November 10, 2013 – December 15, 2013
Submission Deadline: September 30, 2013
Exhibit Description:
We all come from somewhere. There is not, and has not been a culture, society, clan, or tribe that does not, in some way, formally acknowledge its ancestors, and assign them a role in the individual and collective lives of its members. Even further, there is not a religious or spiritual tradition, including the modern religions, that does not acknowledge the existence of the ancestors of its followers and adherents. Indeed, it would appear that acknowledgement of, and some sense of connection with our forbearers is a seminal, and defining human characteristic. It leads to the conclusion that a society, group, or individual which does not own its ancestry and have some sense of union and continuity with their past is not functioning at the highest possible level as human beings.
The exhibition will feature works that offer the reflections, perspectives, and meanings of ancestors as experienced by participating artists. Featured visual works are designed to evoke awe and consideration of the theme by participating artists and writers. How do you think of your ancestry, your ancestors? Do you claim your own, or agree with Ralph Ellison’s observation:  “Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You create yourself out of those values.” We ask submitters to reflect on the meaning of ancestors in their lives, and in the lives of their communities, past and present.  Our call asks visual artists, writers, and poets all to speak to the ways in which the theme has touched, molded, directed, informed their worldview, and their own sense of whether or not, and if so, how, the notion of ancestors and ancestry has contributed to our development as human beings.
This juried exhibition is open to all artists, nationally and internationally and accepts submissions from painters, photographers, sculptors, printmakers, muralists, installation and new media artists.
Notification of Selected Artists:  Artists will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance no later than October 14, 2013. Notification will be made by email and/or by phone.
Delivery of work to the Charles Sumner School, Museum & Archives on Monday,
October 28, 2013: 10am – 7pm and Tuesday, October 29, 2013: 10am – 7pm.
Installation: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 and Wednesday, November 6, 2013.
Distribution of Invitations and Catalogue To Be Announced
Opening Reception: November 10, 2013, 2-5pm, The Charles Sumner School, Museum & Archives
Closing Reception: December 15, 2013, 2- 5pm, The Charles Sumner School, Museum & Archives
De-installation: December 15, 2013 after the closing reception; December 16, 2013; deadline to pick up all work is December 17, 2013, no later than 7pm.
Submission Guidelines:
Artists may submit up to 10 digital JPEG images, at 300 DPI.  For sculptural or three-dimensional pieces, 2 images may be submitted for each work. The images must be submitted on a CD, in JPEG format only. No files larger than 1MB.  Image files on the CD should be titled as follows: number (corresponding to the Submission Form), last name, first name and title. The same information must also be written on the Submission Form/Image List, including additional requested information. Artwork submitted must be no larger than 36” x 48” for 2D work.  Please do not send originals. CDs will only be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient postage is included. Also include a bio and artist's statement (one page total).
Entry fee can be paid by cash, check or money order payable in US dollars. Please make check or money orders payable to the Daniel A. Payne Community Development Corporation
Please send Payment, CD and Submission Form to:
The Legacy Project
Daniel A. Payne Community Development Corporation
c/o Charles Breece and Anne Bouie
1518 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Office: 202-744-3678
Terms:  Work not for sale should be marked NFS. All work must remain for the duration of the exhibit.
Sales:  The artist determines Sale price. A 30% commission will be retained for all sales of work during this exhibition.
Insurance:   The Daniel A. Payne Community Development Corporation, The Menare Foundation, and the Sumner School cannot provide insurance for the artist’s works; the artist must take the necessary steps concerning insurance of his/her work.
Frames and Mounting:  Must be of fine quality, consistent with painting/photographs, with attached wire.
Shipping and Handling:  The artist is responsible for all costs of shipping and handling of their artwork. We suggest the artist insure their artwork through the shipping company if one is used. All shipped artwork must include prepaid return shipping label enclosed in the packaging. If hand-delivered, artist is responsible for insuring work from theft or damage.
*We reserve the right to use submitted images and information for inclusion in the exhibition, catalogs and/or other promotional materials to publicize the exhibition.
Submission Form/Image Identification List
Artist and Contact Info Name:
Email Address:
Phone: (Day) ___________________________ Phone:
#  (Ex: 01. Dubois, Jarvis, Untitled, Acrylic and oil painting, 20"x20",
2009, $500)
Fee enclosed $____________________
Submission Deadline: 09/30/2013
Contact Name: Charles E. Breece
Contact Email: cebreece@comcast.net