Friday, August 15, 2014

McKissick Museum: Crafting Civil (War) Conversations

Deadline: October 31, 2014 (ONLINE)

Crafting Civil (War) Conversations
McKissick Museum

College of Arts & Sciences
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC
February 2 to May 31, 2015

McKissick Museum, along with many other cultural organizations in the City of Columbia and at USC, will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War on April 9, 2014. For our commemoration, McKissick invites artists to reflect on the history of the war and its legacy and plans to feature a major exhibition entitled Crafting Civil (War) Conversations.

Seeking entries from artists working in what historically have been regarded as craft-based media (clay, fiber, glass, metal and wood), our exhibit will be a juried art exhibition that symbolically re-enacts the Civil War’s end as a scene of reconciliation—not between the North and the South—but between former slaves and former slave owners. The Museum ask artists to imagine and give visual and sculptural form to this scene, perhaps giving form to what Martin Luther King conjured when he dreamt of a day when “the sons of former slaves and the sons of slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”

To participate, artists must have been born in, raised in (minimum one year), or be currently living and working in one of the states that joined the Confederacy: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. This eligibility requirement ensures that the prize-winning artworks that will become part of McKissick’s permanent collection are aligned with the Museum’s collections policy.

Artists must work in craft-based media—clay, fiber, glass, metal, and/or wood.

Submitted artworks must have been completed since April 2011, the start of sesquicentennial commemorations of the American Civil War.

Artists must pay a $25 non-refundable entry fee.

To be eligible for this juried exhibition, artists must be 18 years old on or before the October 31, 2014 submission deadline.

$25,000 in purchase awards will be given to prize winning artists and/or artist collaboratives. Artists are welcome to submit images of an individual artwork conceived of as a component part of a scene of reconciliation OR to submit images of an installation with multiple components OR to collaborate with other artists to submit images of an installation with multiple component parts.

Download Prospectus: CALL FOR ENTRIES Crafting Civil (War) Conversations.docx

Online Entry Form via slideroom:

More information on website:

McKissick Museum
College of Arts & Sciences
University of South Carolina
816 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803-777-7251
Fax: 803-777-2829