Art for Social Change: DISSENT

Submission Deadline:  September 18, 2020
Notification:  All digital work accepted
Exhibition: October 6 – 30th

To speak abstractly about the meaning of dissent, social change or even art seems a hollow discussion without addressing current events that are happening in America today. On May 25th, 2020, George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis by a policeman kneeling on his neck. Despite pleadings from Mr Floyd that he couldn’t breathe and onlookers that the officer should stop, despite being filmed, the attack went on for over eight minutes. Sadly, this was not new or isolated. In fact the pleas of not being able to breathe eerily echoed those of Eric Garner’s last words. But this act has resonated across America and the world in no small part because it occurred in full knowledge of being filmed, illustrating for all that in America, in 2020, Black people could be killed with the same impunity illustrated in the photographed lynchings from the last century.

It is in this heavy context that Oak Park Art League (OPAL) calls on artists to create art expressing ideas of dissent and against oppression of any kind. OPAL is looking for works of 2-dimensional art with images and text that speak out against complacency and free us from the ideas that one has to agree with the status quo.

This is a call for digital submissions of original 2-dimensional artwork in any medium inspired by protest poster design.  Submission is via digital image ONLY and images will be printed in full color onto 11” x 17” white card stock.   Orientation of work may be horizontal or vertical, and should be scalable to the 11” x 17” size and 300dpi and high resolution jpeg.   Dropped off and framed work will not be accepted. All digitally printed pieces will be sold for $75 with a split 3 ways between OPAL, the Artist and the Chicago chapter of Black Lives Matter.