Deadline: August 1
The Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass Amherst
The Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass Amherst is currently accepting artist submissions of work that considers Home as the subject of their creations. A story must accompany the artwork. Tell that story, whether fictional or true, in 100 words or less. They request that artists only submit new work created specifically for this exhibition.
Home carries with it many meanings. It suggest many things. Home can trigger memories or spark anticipation. It sometimes reminds us of painful experiences, or offers some promise of freedom, or evokes terror of a future. For some, Home is connected to a place or moment in time that carries pleasurable memories. For others, it is a place to which, regrettably, they cannot nor will ever return.
Some have generational ties to home. They have witnessed the expulsion and dispersion of entire communities from their places of birth, and the rupturing of familial and cultural continuity. Some think of Home in ideological terms and are shocked and repulsed by politics and values in a nation that once felt safe, but now create tremendous anxiety. Still others have never been privy to the stability of solid ground beneath their feet, a home base, a sense of nationhood, or belonging.
A spiritual leader once reminded his followers, “Everywhere you go, there you are.” Here is yet another way of understanding Home – that there exists a place inside us that is familiar and safe, and which holds us strong and erect in dangerous circumstances.
There are many ways to think about Home. Our Call For Submissions invites artists to consider Home as the subject of their creations. We encourage artists to be as focused and specific in their thinking and artwork as possible in order that this exhibition may have maximum impact.