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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Free Frame - Artist call for black and white photography

Sponsors: Black Artists of DC and National League of American Pen Women

Call for Artists: 

Location: Pen Arts Building
    1300 Seventeenth Street N.W.
    Washington, D.C.  20036

Melissa A. Matthews is an artist and arts administrator from Brooklyn, NY.  An artist herself, Ms. Matthews earned a degree in painting from Howard University. She serves as curatorial director at More Black Art, an artist’s services organization based in Brooklyn, NY.  She has also worked as an arts administrator for several arts organizations and nonprofits including Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Skylight Gallery and continues to work as a freelance consultant and curator on a number of projects in that area.
Black & White Photography: Original works

Submission Fee: (non-refundable)
       BADC Members: (who have paid their annual dues), FREE for up to 4 images
       Non-Member: $25 US dollars (includes optional membership)
       Open to all current members of BADC. Artists who are not already members may join by
       Visiting the BADC web and paying the annual dues.

Dates of Exhibition: October 2, 2011- October 28, 2011

Submission Deadline: September 20, 2011, 11:59 PM (email).

Exhibition Description:

Paying homage to the impact of black photography, its intrinsic value to the African American community as a visual time capsule, historical reference, and artistic expression, Freeze Frameis an exhibition that is rooted in the idea of capturing and re/defining a moment in time.

Inspired by the history of black photography and the manner in which black photographers have effectively defined eras ( i.e. James Van Der Zee’s Couple with a Cadillac, c. 1932) or redefined the iconography of themselves and by extension their communities ( i.e. Jamel Shabazz’s  Back in the Day series; Lorna Simpson’s Interior #5),  this show challenges photographers to embrace the flexibility of definition—defining a moment, a generation, a style or  even redefining a mundane ritual through black and white photography.

The photos highlighted in Freeze Frame represent the sheer beauty in time, the familiarity and diversity of it as captured in one singular moment.

Notification of Selected Artists / Delivery Instructions: Artists will be notified of acceptance or non acceptance no later than September 24, 2011. Notification will be made by email and/or by phone. All art must be hand delivered to Pen Arts Building (do not ship artwork):  September 29 2011,­­­­­­­ 9:00 am to 11:00 am.
Distribution of Invitations: To Be Announced

Opening: Thursday, October 6, 2011, 6pm-9pm
Artist Talk: TBD
Deadline for picking up work:  October 30, 2011, 11:00 am-5:00pm

Submission Guidelines:  

Artists may submit up to 4 photographs per entry.  The required file format for submissions is 300 DPI JPEG images.  Each image should be labeled with title_size_media__yr of completion (as seen on submission form). No images larger than 20x24” will be considered. No images smaller than 9x12” will be considered.  All entries must include a short bio and artist statement not to exceed 1 typed page.

Submissions are to be made to Melissa Matthews C/O"Freeze Frame" via email to

Proof of payment of required fees will be verified with the BADC treasurer.

Payment: Entry fee, payable in US dollars can be paid by cash, to the Treasurer in person or by check, or money order. Please make checks or money orders payable to "Black Artists of DC.”

Please send Payment, CD  and Submission form to: Black Artists of DC: "Freeze Frame" C/O T.H. Gomillion 
3218 Chestnut St. NEWashington, D.C. 20018
Contact Number:
Email Address: 

Terms: Works in the show do not have to be for sale. Works must remain in the venue for the duration of the exhibition.

Sales: Sale price are determined by the artist. BADC will handle all sales and take a 20% commission.

Insurance:  BADC provides damage and theft insurance for works in the exhibition through the duration of the exhibition from September 29, 2011 – October 28, 2011.

Frames / Mounting / Artwork: frames and mounting must be exhibition quality (confer with curator if you have any questions) consistent with photographs, with attached wire. If the quality of the submitted artwork does not match the JPEG image it will not be accepted for the exhibition.

**We reserve the right to use submitted images and information for inclusion in the exhibition,catalogs and/or other promotional endeavors to publicize the exhibition.

Submission Form/Image Identification ListFreeze Frame

 October 2, 2011 to October 28, 2011, National League of American Pen Women

Artist and Contact Info  
Name: _________________________________________________­______________________
Address: _____________________________________________________________________
Email Address: ________________________________________________________________
Phone: (Day) ___________________________ Phone:  (Evening) _______________________

Last name, first name, title, medium, size, year completed and price (not for sale=NFS)
#          (ex: 01. Gomillion , Tom, Sankofa, Digital archival print, 20"x20", 2010, $500)
01.           Artist____________________________Title_____________________________________
            Framed Dimensions: Width____ Height____ Depth_____ Year Completed_____ Price____           
02. Artist____________________________Title_____________________________________
            Framed Dimensions: Width____ Height____ Depth_____ Year Completed_____ Price____           
03. Artist____________________________Title_____________________________________
            Framed Dimensions: Width____ Height____ Depth_____ Year Completed_____ Price____           
04. Artist____________________________Title______________________________________
            Framed Dimensions: Width____ Height____ Depth_____ Year Completed_____ Price____
[ ] BADC Member, $30   [ ] Non-member, $45 (or $30 plus $25 membership fee to join BADC)

Fee enclosed $___________ Artist's Signature_______________________________ Date_____

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