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Oct 16 2015 - Dec 14 2015
Inspired By Black Voices: Call for Artists - The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes
Submission Deadline: December 14, 2015


"Inspired By Black Voices"



Call for Artists!




Have you been thinking about submitting artwork to the Inspired By Black Voices Gallery Show?  Please consider contributing to this important show. This show is an opportunity for artists to make an artistic statement about the role of race in their lives and their communities.

There are two weeks left until the submission deadline on December 14, 2015. In tandem with the Black Voices of Corning: Perspectives on Place exhibit at The Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes, which explores the history of Corning's Black community, this gallery show at The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes gives local artists the opportunity to make creative statements about the meaning of race and identity in our community today.

Contributions could be motivated by these questions:

  • How have Black Voices inspired you? Are there Black Voices either in your immediate community, or on a national or international level, whose lives, works, and examples have influenced your work? 
  • Do you see the struggles of discrimination and racism experienced by the Black Community mirrored in the experiences of other communities marked by race, gender, religion, class, or nationality?
  • Are there moments of triumph and empowerment that you admire? Are there everyday experiences of race and identity in your community that you want to express or interpret through art?
  • Can art transform the way we see and experience race, difference, and identity and how they shape our community?

This show is an opportunity for artists of all backgrounds to express their interpretations of race and identity today. At a moment of increased attention to issues of race in our country, this is an opportunity to make your voice heard on this issue.  Don't be afraid to explore difficult ideas, or reinterpret your existing work through this lens.  The required artist statement gives you the opportunity to explain the meaning of your work, or discuss the hesitations, conflicts, or nuances that led you to your  creative viewpoint.  Everyone has a story of how race has affected their lives, their communities, their work, and their art.  Tell us yours.

The Inspired by Black Voices Gallery Show is open to all, including those who are not currently members of The ARTS Council.  Inspired by Black Voices will be on view in The ARTS Council's gallery from January 11 - February 26 2016.

If you are concerned about how your work fits into this show, or if you are wondering how your creative work can address these issues, visit or contact Maria at The ARTS Council at 607-962-1332 ext 206.

Artists may submit up to two pieces of work in any medium. As part of the submission, artists are asked to include an artist statement commenting on the piece and its relationship to the theme, along with a digital image through our online submission platform. Only work submitted through this jury process will be considered for this show. Not all work will be accepted and some work may be disqualified due to inadequate images or failure to meet the eligibility requirements.

Open to all artists. Submission deadline December 14, 2015.  Standard Exhibit Guidelines apply.
Other logistical questions? Contact Chris Walters, The ARTS Council's Gallery Curator at

Black Voices of Corning: Perspectives on Place, on view at the
Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes
from September 2015 to February 2016.The museum exhibit explores the history and culture of Corning's Black community and the way that changing attitudes to race have shaped the fabric of the city.


Corning activists formed the Bi-Racial Council to address issues of race in Corning in the 1960s.  How do you express experiences of race and identity today through art? Submit to the show: Inspired by Black Voices with your contribution.
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