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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sustaining / Creating - Call for emerging artists with disabilities

Submissions for the national juried exhibition Sustaining / Creating, are open to emerging artists aged 16–25, living in the United States, and carrying a disability. Previous award recipients are not eligible to apply.

Participating artists are invited to submit works - all work must have a visual component, independently of the chosen medium - that portray innovative viewpoints on sustainability and contemporary creativity, such as expressing notions of responsibility and interaction between humans and the natural world, not only from a scientific perspective, but also encompassing cultural aspects that can contribute to that sustainability.

Submitted artwork should illustrate these thematic ideas, which may be achieved through broad, abstracted references or detailed personal creations. The artwork might also reflect the artist's experience of living with a disability and its role in shaping or transforming his/her art.

Entrants should read the particular submission rules carefully and refer to the general submission rules page, namely on how to submit the images of the artwork and to check if any submission fees apply.

Fifteen artists will be selected for the exhibition and will share $60,000 in cash awards: a $20,000 grand prize, a $10,000 first award, a $6,000 second award, and 12 awards of excellence of $2,000 each.
The exhibition will take place at the Smithsonian Institution’s S. Dillon Ripley Center in Washington, D.C., from September 2012 to January 2013 and may travel nationally to additional venues. Awardees will be honoured at an opening reception on Capitol Hill.
Sustaining / Creating  is presented by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ VSA & Accessibility Office and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

The event organizer can be contacted at

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