VSA Emerging Young Artists: Interchange

Interchange asks artists to explore the connection of different ideas and pathways to each other. How does your art interact with your disability identity and the world? How are you initiating dialogue with others?

This national juried exhibition seeks artwork that demonstrates the excellence and important perspectives of artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, residing in the United States. Fifteen artists each receive a $5,000 award, attend professional development activities at the Kennedy Center, and have one of their submitted works featured in a national exhibition.

Volkswagen Group of America is the VSA Emerging Young Artists Program Presenting Sponsor.

2023 Peggy Doole National Small Works Competition and Exhibition

Juror: LuLen Walker-Art Curator at Georgetown University, where she oversees the University’s fine art holdings and collaborates with University’s fine art holdings and collaborates with faculty in teaching various subjects across the curriculum.

Hand-pulled prints, screen prints, digital prints, photographs, and three-dimensional work with print components.

• Original, editioned, and archivally printed and framed. (We accept editions of one,

that is, 1/1, of monoprints, etc.)

• For two-dimensional work, image may be NO LARGER THAN 120 square inches, with

framed size NO LARGER THAN 250 square inches. Three-dimensional work may be no

more than 250 cubic inches needing no frame.

In-Transit: The Body As Currency

The Kay Chernush Virtual Gallery is an immersive experience from ArtWorks for Freedom that gives visitors from around the world access to a professionally curated selection of original artwork exploring the complexities of human trafficking. Gallery visitors can engage with a wide range of drawings, paintings, films, videos, murals, performances, textiles, and conceptual art that fights stigmatization and elevates the voices of survivors.

Call for entries

In Transit: The Body as Currency

Curated by Helen Frederick and Kate Somers 

Call for Art: Erotic August Festival In Washington, DC

Erotic August is seeking participation! Including, but not limited to: visual, installation, and performance art for the month of August 2022.
About Erotic August:
We want to honor and respect, not shame and trigger.
We emphasize the joy, playfulness, and possibilities of erotic life. 
We love the new, weird, and hard to categorize.
About You:
You bring new stories, perspectives, and voices, especially from erotically marginalized adult populations, including the elderly and people with disabilites. 

Seeking First Nation/Coast Salish Mural Artist

Hi there! Mural Project Edmonds is looking for a First Nation/Coast Salish mural artist for an upcoming project. Mural will be painted on panels that are approx 16 ft long with a height that varies from 2-6 ft high. Budget is still being determined, but will be between $5-10K.

Pic is representative of style we are seeking. Art credit: Dave Faulstuh


Merge: Nation's Best Emerging Artists with Disabilities

This call invites artists to consider the intersections and combinations of their creative process and disability identity. In art, the juxtaposition of ideas can blur distinctions or reveal something new. This year’s theme, Merge, explores uniting paths and asks what we can learn when it all comes together. 

About the VSA Emerging Young Artists Program
Our programs for artists with disabilities shape the future of the arts. The VSA Emerging Young Artists Program, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program, amplifies the voices of emerging artists with career development and professional empowerment. The competition seeks excellent work from emerging artists with disabilities residing in the United States. 


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