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Open Call to Artists

Manifesting Beloved Community

Painting of men involved in basketball. Has a collage feeling.
Untitled by Bugzdale Jackson
Artwork: Gardening Angel by Jamie Greenfield, man with wings reaching for potted plant

West Windsor Arts Council and Art Against Racism, (both 501(c)(3) organizations), invite artists to submit artwork for “Manifesting Beloved Community” a juried exhibition of work exploring the relationship of community health with race, racism, and efforts to create an antiracist society.

“Manifesting Beloved Community” invites artists to visualize what it means to create or live in a nation or world designed around social and economic justice beyond the ills of structural racism. Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Beloved Community” represents a global vision where all people share in the wealth of a healed planet. We ask that artists explore one or more themes in their work that relate to:

  • Economic justice
  • Healthcare
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • The environment
  • Cultural expression

Selected work will also be shown in online galleries at Artagainstracism.org and WestWindsorArts.org

JURORLeslie King-Hammond (born 1944) is an American artist, curator and art historian who is the Founding Director of the Center for Race and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she is also Graduate Dean Emeritus. More information can be found on Wikipedia for Leslie King-Hammond.

Deadline to submit work: EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 11, 2023 at 11:59pm
Notification of selections: December 15, 2023
Drop off art: January 2 to 6, 2024
Exhibition dates: January 9 to March 2, 2024
Opening Reception: January 12, 2024, 7 to 8:30pm


  • Open to all artists 16 years of age and older. All art must be original and new to West Windsor Arts.
  • This will be a virtual and in gallery exhibition. There is no size limitation for art, however, size will be taken into consideration by the juror.
  • Works to be considered include works on paper/canvas, 3d works, digital media, videos, music compositions, text-based works, documentation of community actions, zines and performative actions/ their scripts, are all welcome.


  • A maximum of three pieces can be entered per artist.
  • Artwork must be in original form for the medium being submitted. Giclée or other reproductions of original work will not be accepted, unless the original is a photograph/print. Example: giclée of watercolor will not be accepted.
  • All artworks entered MUST include finished edges or be framed. Alternative presentations that are part of the artwork will be accepted however we must be able to hang or display the art. Typically all work must be wired across the back with picture hanging wire. Wire must be approximately 1/3 from top of frame. Saw-tooth hooks, ribbon, etc. will NOT be accepted. All pieces should be labeled with the artist’s name and the title of the artwork.
  • For videos and other digital media, we will need a version that can be downloaded.

$5 for each artwork, up to 3 artworks per artist.

Terms for accepted artwork
Entry of artwork and application for jury review constitutes an agreement between the artist and West Windsor Arts Council to the conditions set forth:

  1. Insurance coverage for accepted artwork begins upon completion of drop-off procedure on the designated date and time at West Windsor Arts and continues for the duration of the show.
  2. The juror, West Windsor Arts, and Art Against Racism reserve the right to reject any work submitted at their discretion. The exhibit will be hung in the gallery and foyer at WWA in a way that best showcases all the artists and art to be exhibited. Note: depending on size and space restrictions, not all work selected may be hung. Artists will be notified immediately following final installation of the exhibit if a selected work is not included or if any work submitted is not properly framed for hanging.
  3. Work not matching the digital images submitted will not be accepted.
  4. All artwork must remain in the show for the duration of the show.
  5. There will be set dates and times for drop off and pick up of accepted artwork. If you are shipping your art, prior arrangements must be made. Artwork must be sent with prepaid return postage and insurance coverage at the expense of the artist.
  6. Sale of Art
    1. West Windsor Arts will be responsible for processing and collecting the sale proceeds of art.
    2. West Windsor Arts/Art Against Racism will retain 30% of the retail price as commission and pay the balance of 70% of sale. Artist Level Members of WWA receive a preferred split on gallery sales (75/25).
    3. Payment for sold work will be made by check within 21 business days of close of the exhibit.
  7. West Windsor Arts and Art Against Racism retain the right to use the artist’s name and digital images of accepted artwork for communications and promotions.


It may be helpful to have the following information ready before you begin the form:
—Artist info: name as it will appear on wall labels, contact information, website (if applicable),
For each artwork:
—Title, medium, dimensions, sale price or not for sale, insurance value (usually the same as the sale price)
—Description of frame of finishing
—Artist statement about this artwork.  (This might include why you created this piece of art, your inspiration, materials used and/or your process, anything you would like to share about this work.)
—Describe how this artwork connects to the theme:
—Upload image (An image of each piece of artwork will need to be uploaded.  Make sure it is in focus and square to the frame.  Please rename the image file you are uploading to the following format: last name_first name_title of art.jpg.  Do not send us an image file name that is just a string of numbers.  If you need help to rename your image files, please call us.)
—WWA will work with the accepted artists to accommodate the mediums submitted. Artwork must be in its original form for the medium being submitted.

1) Fill out this form: 2024 Manifesting Beloved Community Entry Form
2) Pay the entry fee:  Fee for Off the Wall Holiday Market Art Show 2024


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Open Call to Artists for Manifesting Beloved Community 2024