CALL TO ARTISTS: ROOTS, FALL 2020
We are exploring the theme of ROOTS this fall (and BRANCHES in the
spring). Primary themes will be the natural environment but also the ROOTS of women writing, and roots of sexism, racism, xenophobia, environmental conservation and destruction, etc. Other synonyms:
- ROOT: radicle · rhizome · rootstock · tuber · tap root · rootlet · radicel;
- CAUSE, source or origin: source · origin · starting point · seed · germ · beginnings · genesis · cause · reason · base · basis · foundation · bottom · seat · fundamental · core · nucleus · heart · kernel · nub · essence · fons et origo · fountainhead · wellspring · fount · radix;
- FAMILY, ethnic, or cultural origins, especially as the reasons for one’s long-standing emotional attachment to a place or community: origins · beginnings · family · ancestors · predecessors · heritage · birthplace · native land · motherland · fatherland · homeland · native country
Featured artists: The focus of this art show will be on our Community Artists, who will be featured mainly in the SheShed and outdoors. Indoor artists will be by invitation only. Indoor activities will be more limited due to health concerns.
Featured writers: Mary Pierce Brosmer, founder of Women Writing for (a) Change [ROOTS of Women Writing]; Darlyn Kuhn; Tricia Booker; and others TBA.
Location: Women Writing for (a) Change, Jax, 1610 Osceola Street, Jacksonville, FL, 32204. This is a historic home where numerous writing and related events are held each semester. The writing this semester is based on writing about flowers, nature, and the environment.
Note: Submissions will be accepted via Submittable only. Details in the submissions form.
Next show: BRANCHES, Spring 2021, curated by Louise Freshman Brown. Submission deadline: Mid-January 2020.
Lifting the Expression of the Feminine in All Forms
At Women Writing for (a) Change Jax, our vision is to lift the expression of women in all forms, starting with writing but extending to all forms of media and the expressive arts and sciences, including musical, performing, theater, film, journalism, and of course, the visual arts. We have a legion of reasons for this, but the fact that our national museums have traditionally focused almost exclusively on white men is a compelling reason enough.
Up until now, the data shows that less a ridiculously small percentage of art in our national and international museums and galleries is by women, much less women of color. We aim to change that, starting our own backyard. Each semester we hold an art show featuring local women artists, some as our primary artists but always with a “community gallery” where any female-identifying artist can submit their work.
Benefits of Exhibiting
- Your work will have multiple exposures to a variety of audiences, as we hold regular classes and a variety of events throughout the semester. Hundreds of people will view your work.
- The artwork is hung in a home setting, creating an inviting environment so that potential patrons can see the way the art might look in their homes.
- The artwork is tied to a positive experience for participants and is therefore imbued with more meaning to patrons.
- Your work and your name will receive press coverage.
- Your work will be captured in our Annual Anthology if you submit it.
- We may ask to create a journal or a booklet with your artwork, providing another platform for your work. You will be reimbursed for this use.
Current and Future Art Exhibits
- RISE (Fall 2018) and SHINE (Spring 2019): Rise and Shine anthology [exhibit curated by Cookie Davis and Deborah Reid]
- BIRDS (Fall 2019) and BLOOMS (Spring 2020): Birds and Blooms anthology [exhibits curated by Deborah Reid]
- ROOTS (Fall 2020) and BRANCHES (Spring 2021): Roots and Branches anthology [exhibit curated by Jennifer Murray Jones (Roots) and Louise Freshman Brown (Branches)]
- RIVERS (Fall 2021) and OCEANS (Spring 2022): River and Oceans anthology
- AND JUSTICE… (Fall 2022) and …FOR ALL (Spring 2223): And Justice…For All anthology
The work from these artists, and the writing it inspires each semester, is collected into an annual anthology titled, (a) river rising: Anthology of Women’s Voices. Our first anthology was printed in November of 2019, with the theme of Rise and Shine, based on our 2018-2019 art shows, and including work from the past five years of writing in the Jacksonville community.