19 Jul 2017

Call for Submissions People Are Not Products

Central Virginia Justice InitiativeAnnandale, Virginia, United States

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Opportunity Description

U.S. Multi-State Deadline: August 15, 2017 – Central Virginia Justice Initiative (CVJI), an all volunteer, faith based, 501(c)[3] is accepting entries for the People Are Not Products benefit exhibition.

The purpose of this exhibition is to depict public perceptions vs. the reality of human trafficking, its exploitation of vulnerabilities in the US and beyond. Subject matter may include anything from entry—lures, lies, force or coercion, to daily survival—coping, hoping and/or giving up, to exit—freedom, ruin and/or restoration.

Since 2012, Virginia, Maryland and D.C have ranked in the top 25 for human trafficking cases reported, more often in the top 10. See statistics at www.humantraffickinghotline.org.   Further information regarding human trafficking and our mission can be found at http://www.centralvajusticeinitiative.com. Artists are encouraged to click on the link to Human Trafficking Resources for Artists, on the front page.

Exhibition at Verizon Gallery, The Ernst Community Cultural Center, Annandale Campus, NOVA.

Artists must be residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia. Artwork relating directly or indirectly to human trafficking (slavery in the form of labor or sex trafficking) is encouraged. Please do not submit work that is sexually graphic in nature.

  1. All work must be for sale.
  2. All work must be dry, ready to hang or be displayed.
  3. All work will be shown for 1 month or longer.

When sending submission, please include:

  1. Bio and/or artist statement
  2. List of Works (title, medium, size dimensions, date, price).     Descriptions are optional.
  3. Maximum 10 images per artist. JPEG file with minimum 240 dpi.
  4. Please try to organize file names so that they correspond with your list of works.
    Example:  1_lastname_firstname_title

If a piece sells on Opening Night the artist will receive 50 percent of the total sale of their work. CVJI will receive 50 percent commission of sale on Opening Night.

If a piece sells after Opening Night the artist will receive 50 percent commission of sale.

CVJI will receive 30 percent commission of sale. NOVA will receive 20 percent commission of sale.


  • Submission Deadline: Aug. 15, 2017
  • Artists’ Notification of Acceptance: Sept. 5, 2017
  • Artwork must be received by: Oct. 15, 2017
  • Opening Reception: Nov. 3, 2017
  • Exhibition Closes: Dec. 29, 2017
  • Begin Artwork Pickup: Jan. 2, 2017

Drop-off and pick-up dates in Baltimore, D.C. And Richmond will be coordinated TBA. The artist is responsible for properly packing work. Mailing work can also be arranged at the artist’s expense.

Email curator Leah Lewis at LLewisarts@gmail.com for submissions and questions.

We are Central Virginia Justice Initiative, a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, equip and mobilize our Central Virginia community with the tools needed to be a force in the movement to end human trafficking.

Opp Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opp Types: Call for Submissions. Opp Tags: $0 Entry/Application Fee, Deadlines 07 July thru Aug, and Open to U.S. Multi-State. Income: *No Application Fee and Exhibition – Group.

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