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This call is open to all student artists, ages 13–18, who live or attend school in Prince George’s County. Participants can attend public, private, be home schooled or in their first semester in college.

To complement the 2021 M-NCPPC Black History Program Exhibition, student artists are invited to create and submit their own artwork inspired by the 2021 exhibition theme, Healthcare and Healing Traditions in the Black Community.

Within the Black community, there continues to exist a deep mistrust of the medical profession, which is rooted in a history of racism, exclusion, inequality, and exploitation in the nation’s systems of healthcare. This year’s exhibition will delve into this mistrust through an exploration of the history of medicine and healthcare within the African American community. It will explore a variety of subjects on the local and national levels, including the influence of West African healing and health practices on the lives of the enslaved, the exploitation of Black patients for the advancement of American medicine, the struggle of African Americans to enter the medical profession, and the success of Black community in developing their own medical institutions as well as integrating those established by white Americans.

The Black History Program Exhibition is sponsored by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County, Natural and Historical Resources Division and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division.

This exhibition of student artwork will be presented virtually.

All entries must be submitted by Friday, January 29, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

All submissions must be completed online at m-ncppc.submittable.com. No other entry will be accepted. There is no entry fee for this exhibition call for entry.

Digital images of work to be submitted must be in JPG format, at a minimum 300 dpi resolution. Files must be labeled: “LastName-FirstName-Title of Work”.

Each applicant may enter one image each of up to three (3) different artworks measuring no larger than 16 x 20 inches. All work entered must be an original composition created by the applicant. Any medium may be used for the work, including but not limited to: oil pastels, paint, pencil, ink, photography, collage and digital work.

All student artists are encouraged to use the following guidelines to photograph their work in order to submit as a digital image.

  • Use your cell phone’s camera set at the highest resolution possible.
  • It is preferable to photograph your work outside on an overcast day versus a sunny day and don’t use flash. If photographing indoors, use a room with good overhead lighting.
  • Place your finished artwork, horizontally, at a 45-degree angle, facing up. You can use the lid/screen of a laptop opened at a 45-degree angle, which is close to the natural reading angle, or use a large, hardcover book, opened upside down, like a steep roof, to lean your artwork against to photograph.
  • Hold the phone horizontally, and as best as possible, match the angle of the phone with the angle of the leaning artwork
  • Ensure there are no shadows or unwanted reflections across the artwork and that it shows as large as possible on your phone’s screen, without cropping the sides of the artwork.
  • Take 2 or 3 photos and, before you upload the best one, make sure you re-name it “YourLastName-YourFirstName-Title of Work”

Each artist is also encouraged to upload one photograph of themselves and an artist’s statement, between 100 and 200 words long, about their artwork, which will be included in the virtual exhibition.

Selected artists will be notified by Wednesday, January 23, 2021. An artwork loan agreement form will need to be signed digitally, by both the selected artist and a parent/guardian.

Each artist selected to participate in the exhibition will receive a $50 honorarium in appreciation of his/her contribution.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Dennis.Doster@pgparks.com or Stuart.Diekmeyer@pgparks.com . Participation implies agreement with all afore mentioned conditions.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.