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19 Aug 2020

Compete 2020 FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Socially & Politically Engaged Art

The FL3TCH3R Exhibit Johnson City, Tennessee, United States

Opportunity Description

International Deadline: August 23; August 31, 2020 –  The 2020 8th Annual FL3TCH3R Exhibit is an international juried exhibit focused on socially and politically engaged art.

This year the Exhibit has added a new Black Lives Matter award. “The ‘FL3TCH3R Exhibit’ is dedicated to supporting people of color after 401 years of systematic racism.

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. The goal is to recognize and advance this endeavor by providing a venue for the exhibition of socially and politically engaged art.

Reece Museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), on the campus of East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. On display October 5 – December 11, 2020.

Special programming for the 2020 exhibit will also include virtual online tours of the exhibition, possible Zoom tours, online interviews with artists and social media posts, as well as a possible roundtable discussion on Black Lives Matter issues.

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.

All 2D, 3D, performance/installation (via video), sound/audio, and film/video art are eligible.

Specific categories include: Ceramics, Digital, Fiber, Glass, Graphic Design, Jewelry/Metals, Mixed Media (2D), Mixed Media (3D), Painting (All), Performance/Installation (via video), Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Sound/Audio, Video/Film, Medical/Healthcare Professionals’ submissions in any category, & other.


  • Best of Show $300.00
  • Two (2) Awards of Excellence $100.00 each
  • Sammie L. Nicely Appalachian Artist Award $100
  • Reece Museum Award $ 100
  • Avery Healthcare & the Arts Award $100
  • Jack Schrader Award $100
  • Dorothy Carson Award $100
  • Robert Alfonso Award $100
  • Black Lives Matter Award $100
  • Other awards (TBA)

A non-refundable fee of $40 is required for submission of up to three entries if submitted by Aug. 23.  After the 23rd till the extended deadline of Aug 31st the entry fee increases to $45.

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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