Rhythmix Cultural Works (CA), Call for San Francisco Bay Area Artists: Diaspora Voiced

Rhythmix Cultural Works (CA), Call for San Francisco Bay Area Artists: Diaspora Voiced

Deadline: May 1st, 2019

From their call: Rhythmix K Gallery, in collaboration with Michelle Nye, Manager of Gallery Programs at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery, present DIASPORA VOICED – A Bay Area Juried Art Exhibition, which will be on display this fall for two months in conjunction with the ‘Round the World Festival at Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda, CA.

Submissions from diverse San Francisco Bay Area artists are welcome for this group exhibition featuring artwork that explores themes of identity, home and heritage.

Diaspora Voiced:  The Tate defines diaspora as “a term used to describe movements in population from one country to another and is often cited in discussions about identity.” The melting pot of the San Francisco Bay Area offers fertile ground for communities and individuals to thrive, cross, merge and hybridize. In that context a sense of home and self emerges in a voyage of discovery of manifold manifestations. Each person constructs their unique identity much like a collage artist composes a cohesive whole out of varied and juxtaposed parts. Speaking about his series, Black Odyssey, Romare Bearden said that “all of us, from the time we begin to think, are on an odyssey” and he relates Odysseus’ journey home after the Trojan wars to a universal search for truth, a search of coming home to ourselves in the face of powerful external forces. In Black Odyssey Bearden frames this search through the lens of the black experience in his playful and striking collages, as Homer’s mythic characters are depicted as black figures and the landscapes suggest Africa. Bearden’s work exemplifies a poetic and nuanced exploration of the themes of this exhibition, where conceptions of heritage, home and self form multifaceted and distinct truths in postcolonial globalized societies.

What is your truth and does your art speak to your cultural composition in direct, abstract or poetic forms? Perhaps memories of distant places merge with experiences of your current home in complex and fruitful ways. Perhaps your story is told in the abstract, with dream-like references to the parts which compose the whole. Or perhaps you incorporate found objects and photographs which clarify characters as known ancestors or imagined populations. A chorus of voices – your diverse works – will make up this group exhibition and harmonize with the ‘Round the World Music, Dance and Art Festival, a free community event at Rhythmix Cultural Works on Saturday October 5th from 12 – 3pm.

Diaspora Voiced Jurors

  • Demetri Broxton – Director of Education, MoAD (Museum of African Diaspora)
  • Mayumi Hamanaka – Gallery Manager, Kala Art Institute
  • Daniel Nevers – Executive Director, Berkeley Art Center
  • Michelle Nye – Manager, Gallery Programs, SFMOMA Artists Gallery

Submission Guidelines

  • To apply, please fill out this form and upload up to three images (maximum 2 MB each).
  • If you do not have a Gmail account, please email all info and images by May 1, 2019.
  • A Submission Fee of $25 must be received for your entry to be considered. Pay here through Square, or at the end of the form.
  • Accepted mediums include painting, photography, printmaking and collage.
  • Please limit artwork to wall-hanging works a maximum of 36 inches across.
  • All works must be ready to hang with d-rings and wire.
  • Artworks must only be hand delivered and picked-up during the drop off and pickup time periods indicated. Rhythmix will not package artworks for return shipping.

For more detailed information, juror information, policies, and dates: https://www.rhythmix.org/diaspora-voiced/

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