23 February 2015

7th Annual S.F. Art Show Celebrates Women Veterans

Organizers at Swords to Plowshares, a community-based non-profit group that serves more than 2,000 military veterans in the San Francisco, Calif. area are calling for artwork for an exhibition titled, "Celebrating Women in Service, Honoring Their Sacrifice."

Organizers seek both visual and written art, created by women service members and veterans, as well as families and friends of women who have served in the military. Deadline is April 15, 2015. Artists who are selected to participate will be notified by April 30.

The 7th Annual SHOUT! For Women Veterans! event will be June 11, 2015, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, Calif. 94123. According to press materials, "SHOUT! is a yearly event to celebrate women veterans, inspired by the notion that the arts encourage expression, healing, and foster community connection. [...] This event attracts hundreds of veterans and supporters to share in the artistic expression of women veterans through photography, painting, mixed media, and the written word."

On-line galleries of previous shows are available here.

The following categories will be considered:
  • Paintings
  • Photographs
  • Sculptures
  • Multimedia art
  • Creative writing, Including essays, poems, and prose
Other guidelines include:
  • Early submission is encouraged. Space is limited. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
  • Assistance in transporting and displaying art may be awarded to out-of-town artists and disabled artists.
  • Accommodations for oversized pieces of art as space permits, but this is not guaranteed.
  • Organizers will consider contributions from women who are serving in the military, women veterans, spouses, siblings, parents or friends who have been directly impacted by a the service of a woman.
  • Works of art must align with this year’s theme: "Celebrating Women in Service, Honoring Their Sacrifice."
  • Works of art must include an artist statement that expresses the nexus between your art and your military service or how you were impacted by a woman who served in the military (200-word max.).
  • Attach a short biography (75-word max.).
  • Submit a digital photo of artwork (JPEG, PNG or PDF).
If selected, artists should be prepared to:
  • Submit a high-resolution (300 dpi minimum) photo of yourself for the website, social media and the event program.
  • Submit a photo of the woman veteran during her time in the military for photo slideshow (optional).
  • All artwork must be identified with the artist’s name, address, email and phone number clearly printed on a label attached to each piece.
  • Frame or otherwise make artwork ready to hang or display.
An on-line application form is here.

A Facebook page for the SHOUT! event is here.

A Facebook page for Swords to Plowshares organization is here.

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