August 28, 2017

Diversity and Inclusion: The Influence of African American Art in Southern California

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 Diversity and Inclusion: The Influence of African American Art in Southern California

Thursday, January 25, 2018 – Sunday, February 25, 2018


The Ontario Museum of History & Art and Guest Curator, Jerry Weems, present Diversity and Inclusion: The Influence of African American Art in Southern California. This open call exhibit displays the diversity of the artistic styles and visions of contemporary African American Art. Seen through the stylings of regional artists, Diversity and Inclusion reveals how artists are influenced by the raw and expressive beauty of the African American experience.

Diversity and Inclusion encourages and promotes inclusion of all visual artists regardless of race. However, successful art entries must incorporate subject matter/iconography that reflects the African American experience. Artists are allowed to summit up to two pieces for consideration. The jury panel will select artwork that best represents the theme of the exhibit.

Artists of any age are eligible and must live in the Southern California region (San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Diego County).
How to Enter:
Entries will only be accepted via email beginning at 12 noon on Friday, September 1, 2017. Fill out the entry form, complete an artist statement and provide a digital image (.jpg) of the artwork, no higher than 150 dpi (one image for each piece of artwork). Email entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All entries must be received by 4 PM on Friday, October 13, 2017. There is no fee to enter.
Artwork Specifications:
Artwork does not need to be complete at time of entry, a concept drawing or image of the piece in progress will be accepted. If selected, the artwork must be complete and ready to display. Artwork must be hand-delivered to the Ontario Museum of History & Art by the artist or a proxy. Commercially shipped or mailed artwork will not be accepted.
Two dimensional and three dimensional artwork in any stable media will be accepted. There is a 50 lb. weight limit for all artwork. Two dimensional works must be dry, framed (or have finished edges) and be ready for hanging with a secured wire or hanging device (hanging cleat) attached.
All artists must select a category for their artwork: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textile/Fiber, or Mixed-media.
Video, digital projection, audio, or other installation requiring an electrical outlet will not be accepted.
Artists will be notified by Thursday, November 9, 2017 if they are selected. Selected artists will receive a letter of commitment to fill out. Selected artwork must be delivered to the Museum on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM and Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 9 AM to 12 PM. Artwork will not be available for pick up during the exhibit. Artwork will be released to the artist on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM and Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9 AM to 12 PM.
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