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Call for Artists Storytellers:
Truth Be Told!
Presented by Women of Visions, Inc

Art Exhibition Dates:
November 21, 2014 through February 1, 2015

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
6300 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA  15232

Co-founded in 1981 by Emma Slaughter and the late Juanita Miller, the mission of Women of Visions, Inc. (WOV) is to promote the art of African American women through exhibition and education. To that end, the organization mounts collaborative shows with other art groups and individual artists, and builds relationships in the arts and lay community both in and outside of Pittsburgh. The members of WOV represent a diverse range of lifestyles, and artistic expressions; thus a rich and varied expression of personal, social and political experiences is voiced. Today, Women of Visions, Inc. continues to nurture and support professional and emerging women artists of color, and to bring to the general public the full richness and scope of our cultural heritage.

In West Africa, the “Griot” (GREE-Oh) or “Jeli”--storyteller-- of the tribe is one who  perpetuates the oral traditions and history of a village through, praise-singing, poetry and other vocal art forms. Critical passages are added on by every generation; then passed on from griot to griot. The recounting may include Important rulings from Kings and Queens, battles of legendary warriors or even political satire.  In this exhibition, the griot tradition expands, visualized through modern eyes and the art of women from today’s African Diaspora; women of color who have lived lives and experiences that many will find both incredible and inspiring while also giving rise to the expectation that the truth can finally be told.

• Members/Entrants may submit up to three works of art for one price
• Work must have been created within the past three years,
and not have been exhibited within a 150 mile radius of Pittsburgh.
• Entrants must reside in the following states: PA, OH, WV, V, NY or Washington DC
• Mediums accepted are 2-D and 3-D works (examples:  sculpture and fiber art;  apx.48” x72”) No perishable items may be included in the art.
• Open to women ages 18+ of the African Diaspora; collaborations are acceptable
Entries must be available to be reproduced for promotional or educational purposes and catalogues. All queries prior to submission should be e-mailed to:

• All Entrants--$30 for up to three (3) submissions.
• Fees must be paid using the online system. Fees must be paid by deadline date.  Non-payment will disqualify the entry. Fees are non-refundable

Online submissions deadline/EXTENDED: Monday September 8, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: September TBA, 2014 by e-mail (unless otherwise specified)
Receiving/Drop-off: Sunday, November 16, 2014; 1-4pm
  Reception, November 23; 5:30 pm-9 pm
Pick-up work: Sunday, February 1, 2015; 5:30-7:30pm--Work cannot be picked up until after 5pm when the exhibit ends.
Shipped art returns within in 14 business days following the exhibition. Artist should include return shipping fees with entry. Label all packing materials with your name and art title(s).

Artists must pick up work at the scheduled time after the close of the exhibit. Artwork not picked up or to be shipped  will be placed in storage at the artist’s risk and expense. A $25.00 per day storage fee will be assessed.  After 30 days, artwork will become the property of Women of Visions Inc.

 Ann Tanksley/WOV Award--$200
Samuel Black/WOV Award--$200
 WOV Storytellers Award --$200


Juror, Samuel Black
Samuel Black is President, of the Association of African American Museums and Director of African-American Programs, Senator John Heinz History Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate. He has curated several award-winning exhibitions including from “Slavery to Freedom” for which he received a grant from the Department of Education.  He is also authored “Soul Soldiers celebrating  African Americans in the Vietnam era and organized its corre- sponding exhibition  which traveled to cities across the United States. Mr. Black continues to curate, edit and co-author prestigious works on African-American culture

Juror, Anne Tanksley
Ann Tanksley, an internationally acclaimed artist and educator, Pittsburgh native, Carnegie Institute (now Carnegie Mellon) graduate and New York resident, Ms. Tanksley sees herself as a “social commentator” who retells stories such as her now iconic visual interpretations of prose by author, Zora Neal Hurston. Ms. Tanksley has received numerous commissions throughout her illustrious career. Among her corporate clients are Coors National, Pepsi Cola, and Absolut Vodka. Influential collectors of her work include:  Oprah Winfrey, Johnson Publishing Company, and Harvard University.


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