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but Unbroken

Call For Art:


Things that can bend seldom break. Under the crushing weight of history, women have become particularly adept at weathering storms, unbroken by the harshest conditions that would see them snap, but instead, makes them stronger.

News footage covering tropical hurricanes become highlight reels of destruction. Gusts of wind tearing off rooftops, houses crumbling under torrents of rain; a scene set in which armies of palm trees double-over under the weight of the storm, valiantly weather the wrath.  After the storm subsides, the coast laid to ruin, the palm tree remains standing—worn and weathered, but unbroken.  Unlike other trees, the Palm tree is uniquely built. Fortified from its core to its leaves, it can practically bend in half in the midst of a disaster. Some things in this world are literally built to better withstand the worst of what life has to throw at it.  Engineered to bend when they should break, the resilience of women throughout time is proof of that.

This is a call for art depicting the way women have remained unbroken throughout the trials of history. From enslavement to segregation, witch hunts to honor killings, women have fought back, and have remained standing throughout the atrocities of time: arranged marriages, child brides, ritual servitude, acid attacks, forced prostitution, rape, stalking, domestic abuse, the continuous denial of their basic rights and autonomy, and still they stand.  In the face of unrelenting violence, they are defiant, unyielding, undefeated; bent, but unbroken.

Work in this exhibition should in some way reflect, whether historically or personally, the power and resilience of women. It can deal directly or abstractly with issues affecting women, and women’s unique ability to rise in the face of adversity, and overcome.

This exhibition is open to any female or female identifying artist of any ethnicity, with work focusing on the African American struggle or other ethnic minority’s struggles and trans-racial issues that affect women, in accordance with the Charles H. Wright Museum’s mission to open minds and change lives through the explorations of African American history and culture.

NOTE: The Contemporary Artists Program gallery is an all-ages, family-friendly, multi-functioning space used for a variety of museum functions. Food and drinks may be served in the space during normal Museum operations while artwork is being displayed. Only two-dimensional works that are ready to be wall-mounted—such as paintings, textiles, fiber art, photography, or bas-relief sculpture—will be considered for display. For safety and security reasons, no art may extend more than four inches from the wall surface.


**SUBMISSION DEADLINE Is Sunday June 4th at 11:59pm**



Show will run July 28th- Aug, 2017 at The Charles H. Wright Museum, Detroit MI


Opening Reception : Friday July 28th 7pm-10pm int he Contemporary Art wing at the Charles H. Wright Museum


Please send your submission to

In the Subject Line of the email please write "(Artists Name)_Bent but Unbroken Submission"


In the Body of the Email Please Include:

-Artist Name

-Artist Statement/Bio

-Artist website/social media links

- For each piece submitted, please also include a brie description of the work and the following information:

 Entry number

 Artist’s name  

"Title", Date



 Price (If for Sale)"

Brief Description of work


 Entry 01

 Jane Smith

"This Work", 2016

 Oil on Canvas



"This work is about _____"

******please attach images of work to the email, do not include in the body of the email*****

Attached to the Email Submission:


jpeg format only

300 dpi

No more than 2 mb per image

Name each image as follows: lastname_firstname_entrynumber.jpg

(example: Jane_Smith_01.jpg)  

-High Resolution image of Artist (needed for exhibition if selected) 

-Resume/CV if applicable



-By submitting to the call, artists give the Wright Museum permission to use their artwork in its publications or promotions, including the museum’s website, social media, and associated print material. All artwork remains the intellectual property of the artist.

-Artists are welcome to advertise the exhibition with the Wright Museum’s prior approval. Costs associated with any and all advertisements initiated by the artists will be the sole responsibility of the artists.

-Artists must not act as or hold themselves out to be agents or employees of the Museum. Violation of this agreement will result in immediate termination of the artists’ relationship with the Museum.


Risk and Liability

-Artists understand and accept that their artwork will be exhibited in the Museum’s Contemporary Artists Gallery/Multipurpose Room.

-Artists understand that food and drink may be served in the gallery space during normal Museum operations while their artwork is being displayed because the area also serves as a space for facility rentals.


Selling Artwork

-Artists may not sell their artworks on the Museum’s premises while being displayed at the Museum, although they are encouraged to distribute business cards or other information so visitors may contact them directly to inquire about purchases after completion of the show.

-Any business arrangement for selling artwork made with the Museum Store Manager will take place outside of the bounds of this program, and will have no impact upon this agreement.

• The Wright assumes no responsibility for any loss of sales during the display period at the Museum. • Any art sales must be made by and between the artist and purchaser; both the artist and purchaser must agree to leave the work on exhibit until the close of the exhibition—no exceptions.

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