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Manifesting Beloved Community Prospectus

Manifesting Beloved Community

Deadline EXTENDED to submit work: December 18, 2022

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

Manifesting Beloved Community Prospectus

Darryl Dwayne Walker is the Coordinator of Community Engagement at The Newark Museum of Art and a graduate of HBCU Norfolk State University. Originally hailing from Norfolk Virginia. Darryl’s career in the arts and art world started in preforming arts and television eventually transitioning into the world of academia. Working for the Newark Museum of Art for 10 years now, Darryl originally started as a Museum Educator eventually elevating to the role of Coordinator of Community Engagement and will later this year officially step into the role of Manager of Community Engagement. At the Newark Museum of Art (NMOA) he’s acted as the Creative Director over yearly summer theater productions for their summer programing and has worked in partnership with the NMOA artist in residency program. Darryl has forged multiple community partnerships and created the NMOA’s first ever Community Advisory Board which he leads with his co-chair Marcy De’Pina. He’s also produced and hosted IGTV Live series #HappyHourNMOA, “Art, Culture, and Spirits,” supported by Tito’s Handmade Vodka as part of NMOA’s virtual programming. Darryl’s digital art/photography work has been on view at The Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ, The Newark Arts Festival, and Prospect St. Firehouse Cultural Center, Newark, NJ. As a working artist Darryl continues to moonlight as an actor and is currently on Seasons 3 and 4 of “Talks With Myself” a LGBTQ TV & web series cast in the role of Maurice. Filming for Season 5 is slated to begin in 2023 and Darryl will be rejoining the cast. 

Deadline to submit work: December 18, 2022
Notification of Selections: December 21 – 23, 2022
Drop off/send work: week of January 3, 2023
Exhibition dates: January 10 to March 4, 2023
Reception: January 13, 2023 from 7 to8:30pm


  • 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.



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
    • West Windsor Arts will be responsible for processing and collecting the sale proceeds of art.
    • 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).
    • 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),
—  Bio 

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.