Call for Alaska Native/Native American Artists


Submission Deadline: August 10th, 2009

A project of Catalyst, curated by Carolyn Anderson & Emily Johnson

The art exhibit, This is Displacement: Native Artists Consider the Relationship Between Land & Identity, will open at Out North in Anchorage, Alaska on October 8th, 2009 & will run through the month of October.  The exhibit is being curated by Emily Johnson (Yup’ik) & Carolyn Anderson (Diné) & will be shown along with The Thank-you Bar, a two-room multi-disciplinary performance of dance, storytelling, visual image & live music that asks the question, "what is a true home?"  The Thank-you Bar is created & performed by Emily Johnson & composers, James Everest & Joel Pickard with beadwork by Karen Beaver.


 The Exhibit:  We are looking for artwork in any medium including two & three-dimensional art, word art (poetry, essays or short stories), short films/video, and recorded sound art (music/stories/sound collage) that overtly or subtly deals with displacement. We are defining displacement broadly because it needs a broad definition. We know displacement does not always come from an outside force and that it is sometimes felt as an intense connection TO a place other than home-land.  We know that Native people have a unique & distinctive relationship to displacement’s ills, & Native people have many different perspectives on displacement.  


Submission Guidelines:

Two & Three-Dimensional Art:  You may submit no more than 3 total works of art & a total of 6 images if you’re sending details of your work.   We DO NOT require that you send professional reproductions; it is perfectly acceptable to use a digital camera.  Images must be sent as jpgs, & make sure that your e-mail is no larger than 4mb.  If necessary, you may send your images in two separate e-mails. 

Word Art: You may submit up to 3 poems, short stories or essays. Each piece should be  maximum 500 words OR two pages, double spaced.  Send them as attachments (preferably Word documents or, in the case of pieces with complex formatting, jpg files or PDF). 

Video & Sound Art: You may submit up to 3 total works of video or sound art, each piece 10 minutes or less, on CD or DVD (selected works will be played in a continuous loop).

Submit electronic materials to:

Submit CD/DVD’s to:
Catalyst, PO BOX 18262, Minneapolis, MN  55418

For ALL submissions, please include:

~Your first & last name

~Inventory of work submitted that includes the title, medium, dimensions, date completed, & price (if it is for sale)

~Brief explanation of your work & how it relates to displacement

~E-mail address & phone number

~If mailing CD/DVD, please include a self addressed, stamped envelope if you want your work samples returned. **Please do not send originals!

Submission deadline: August 10th, 2009  

We will notify you if your work has been accepted into the exhibit via e-mail on September 1st, 2009.  

Direct any questions to:

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