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20 Jun 2021

Compete 2021 FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Socially & Politically Engaged Art

The FL3TCH3R Exhibit Johnson City, Tennessee, United States

FL3TCH3R Exhibit

Opportunity Description

International Deadline: August 31, 2021  – 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 2021 9th Annual 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. 4 –
Dec. 10, 2021.

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.

The 2021 juror will be Michael Ray Charles, a contemporary American painter and Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Painting since 2014 at the University of Houston’s School of Art. Mr. Charles was a participant in the PBS series titled Art21 in 2001 and his work explores historic African American stereotypes from the Antebellum South.


  • 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
  • Protection of Voting Rights $100
  • 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, 2021… 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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