Artists & Creatives
COVID-19 Recovery Resource Platform

Artists & Creatives
COVID-19 Recovery Resource Platform

Open Call for Entries: “Art in Isolation: Creativity in the Time of COVID-19”

MEI's Arts & Culture Center invites artists from the region and its diaspora to submit artwork for the forthcoming exhibition, "Art in Isolation: Creativity in the Time of COVID-19."

Submission due by Tuesday, July 21.

Through an international Open Call, the Middle East Institute’s (MEI) Arts & Culture Center invites emerging, mid-career, and established artists from the MENAT region (i.e. Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey) and its diaspora to submit artwork for the forthcoming exhibition, Art in Isolation: Creativity in the Time of COVID-19. The exhibition will be featured at the MEI Art Gallery in Washington, D.C. from September 23, 2020 – January 13, 2021.

The exhibition, organized in response to the impact of the global pandemic on artists, seeks to benefit artists from the region through the sale of artwork presented. Participating artists will receive 70% of sales, in line with MEI’s Arts & Culture Center’s mission to promote Middle Eastern artists.

Selection Criteria
Artwork must have solely been created during the current global pandemic and be relevant to the themes of Art in Isolation: Creativity in the Time of COVID-19.
All-media are accepted. Artists are welcome and encouraged to submit work [on paper, photography-based, paintings, sculptures, assemblages, and mixed-media art] that can be easily shipped and installed. Works on canvas should not exceed 120cm in any dimension. Video submissions should be no longer than ten minutes.

Find more information about the open call here.

Founded in 1946, the Middle East Institute is the oldest Washington-based institution dedicated solely to the study of the Middle East. It is a non-partisan think tank providing expert policy analysis, educational and professional development services, and a hub for engaging with the region’s arts and culture.

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