Sweetwater is seeking works created by Black female artists that explore ideas, experiences, triumphs and struggles specific to being a Black woman in America. LISTEN seeks to illuminate intersectionality, give voice to Black women, and encourage all to hear their realities.

LISTEN is part of the 23rd Annual MAVUNO Festival of African American Art & Culture.

LISTEN is juried by Elizabeth Asche Douglas. Elizabeth “Betty” Asche Douglas is a visual artist, musician and educator. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Art in painting and design from Carnegie Mellon University and her Master of Art from the University of Pittsburgh. She has taught at the high school and university levels, retiring as Professor and Head of Humanities and Fine Arts from Geneva College in 1996. She is artist/owner of Douglas Art Gallery, Rochester, PA. Her professional exhibiting record covers nearly six decades, She is a winner of numerous awards and her works are in public and private collections across the U.S. and abroad. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the American Jewish Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; The African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA; The August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh, PA; The Southern Alleghenies Museum, Ligonier, PA; and The African American Museum, Dallas, TX, to name just a few. She is on the Advisory Board of Sweetwater Center for the Arts and the Guild Council of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Betty is a founding member of the MAVUNO committee.

Entry deadline: August 19, 2019
Exhibition dates: September 19 – October 26, 2019
Submission fee: $20 for 3 works

Open to all artists who identify as Black females and reside within the state of Pennsylvania.
Artists must be 18 years of age or older.

TO SUBMIT: Complete the form below and upload your images as .jpgs and your image list as a PDF.

You must name your images as:
Your Initials_Entry Number_Title of Work. Example: (JM_1_Stadia II.jpg; JM_2_Zero Canyon.jpg; etc.)

On your image list include:
Your Name, Entry Number, Title of Work, Media, Size of Work, and Price.

You will be redirected to paypal for payment after you click submit.


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