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17 Jul 2023

Compete 2023 FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Socially & Politically Engaged Art

The FL3TCH3R Exhibit Johnson City, Tennessee, United States

FL3TCH3R Exhibit

Opportunity Description

International Deadline: August 31, 2023  – The international “FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social & Politically Engaged Art” at East Tennessee State University’s Reece Museum faithfully continues to represent the spirit of social and political movements of the country and world.

The FL3TCH3R EXHIBIT is an international juried exhibit focused on socially and politically engaged art. Socially and politically engaged art has been integral in creative expression since the beginning of visual arts. This exhibition explores the current trends and trajectory in this field and these collective creative works hopefully serve as an avenue or agent for societal transformation and exposure of social and political points of view.

Reece Museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), on the campus of East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. On display Oct. 2nd-Dec. 8th, 2023.

THE FL3TCH3R Exhibit is open to all artists and designers 18 years of age and older residing in the United States or any other country as long as entry fee is paid in U.S. dollars. All work must be original.

Work submitted should reflect current issues that affect contemporary culture and investigate societal and political concerns.

Submissions will be accepted from the following categories: audio/sound, ceramics, digital, fiber, glass, graphic design, jewelry/metals, mixed media (2D), mixed media (3D), painting, performance/installation (via video), photography, printmaking, book arts, sculpture, video/film, medical/health care and other.

Adam DelMarcelle is committing his life to the betterment of his community through his work as an educator and artist. He travels widely activating communities through outreach, activism, and educating anyone who will listen to the power art possesses to disrupt, resist, and document our human existence. DelMarcelle’s work has been extensively written about and exhibited and is included in several collections across the United States including the Library of Congress, The Cushing Whitney Medical Library at Yale University, Syracuse University, Letterform Archive and many more. He earned a BFA from Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Art. Currently, he serves as an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Wilson College and lives with his wife, Missy, and son, Joey, in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

He uses traditional means of revolutionary art action and resistance, including poster bombing communities with screen-printed materials. When police destroyed this work, he turned to large-scale building projections, casting 80-foot-tall images onto the sides of buildings in his hometown. In 2018, he projected one such image onto the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin. To date, Purdue Pharma is responsible for killing over 600,000 people to overdose. Tragedy has the potential to forge purpose, and Adam DelMarcelle’s journey began during such tumultuous times… see more


– Best of Show
– Award of Excellence (2)
– Sammie L. Nicely Appalachian Artist
– Reece Museum
– Avery Healthcare & the Arts
– Jack Schrader
– Robert Alfonso
– Black Lives Matter
– Protection of Voting Rights
– Protection of Human Rights
– Anita DeAngelis & Steve Jackson Sr. Cultural Arts
– Other awards (TBA)

A discounted early bird entry fee is available until August 23rd, after that date the fee increases up till deadline of August 31, 2023… See Prospectus

Artists may submit entries in excess of three for an additional $10 per artwork/title.

Artists can apply by mail (download Prospectus/Application), or online.

Established in memory of Barbara and Wayne Dyer’s son, Fletcher, a BFA senior at ETSU who passed away in 2009 in a motorcycle accident, the FL3TCH3R international juried exhibit focuses on work with strong social and/or political content. FL3TCH3R Exhibit entries “should reflect current issues that affect contemporary culture and investigate societal and political concerns”.

In addition to providing an opportunity for socially relevant expression, the FL3TCH3R Exhibit supports the annual Fletcher H. Dyer Memorial Scholarship for an ETSU Art & Design student.

Over the years of the exhibit, over 1,500 entries have been considered from 17 countries, including the U.S.

P.O. Box 954
Johnson City, TN 37605

Opportunity Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opportunity Types: Compete. Opportunity Tags: Deadlines 07 July thru Aug, Open to Artists Worldwide, and Special Opportunities. Benefits: Cash or Value Awards and Exhibition - Group.

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