Friday, September 18, 2015

Call for Artists_River of Change: An Exploration of the James River through Art

Deadline: October 30, 2015 {EMAIL}

Call for Artists
River of Change: An Exploration of the James River through Art

Rotating History Project
Jamestown Settlement Museum
Williamsburg, VA
January, 2017

The Rotating History Project is taking proposals for a forthcoming exhibition entitled “River of Change: An Exploration of the James River through Art.” The exhibited is planned to open in January of 2017, at the Jamestown Settlement Museum, located in Williamsburg, Virginia. Sitting adjacent to the James River—the site of the country’s first permanent English settlement—the Jamestown Settlement Museum’s mission is to foster an awareness and understanding of the early history, settlement, and development of the United States through the convergence of American Indian, European, and African cultures.

Artists working in a broad range of mediums are being sought for the Museum’s James River exhibition. Curators are looking to represent the following themes related to the James River, which when collectively displayed will create a view of the James from a variety of angles and points in time:

◦Powhatan Indians and earliest populations’ relationship to the James River (Paleo Indians/the Powhatan Confederacy/today’s Virginia Indians)
◦The relationship of the first English settlers and Europeans to the James River
◦Africans and African Americans in relationship to the James River (from the earliest inhabitants to modern day)
◦Slavery/Servitude/Class on the River
◦Wildlife of the tributary, including flora and fauna
◦Trade, labor and commerce as it relates to the River and its people through history and up through today.
◦Environmental issues through the centuries/Development and preservation efforts

A predetermined stipend to help offset costs of materials and travel will be provided. All mediums are welcomed, including 2D and 3D, film, music, installation, performances, lectures and all other forms of writing/dialogue, such as oral histories.

This exhibition is part of a larger group of happenings curated by the Rotating History Project. Through various artistic mediums, the Rotating History Project aims to draw attention to the threads running through our history, culture and environment.

Proposals should be sent via email and include the following:
◦A Word doc or PDF including a description of the intended project in 500 words or less.
◦Artist’s resume including all relevant websites
◦Up to 5 jpeg or PDF images of proposed work OR jpegs/PDFs of up to 5 previous works.

All proposals and jpeg/PDFs should be emailed to

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Download the Prospectus: call-for-artists-river-of-change2.pdf