SBPL invites local Latin American artists to submit art for art show

Authored on
August 4, 2021

In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and as part of a Cal Humanities Project exploring Immigrant Identity, Santa Barbara Public Library invites artists of Latin American origin to submit works of visual art for a featured show, The Things We Do Not Say: Intergenerational Conversations Through Art on Taboo Subjects, in the East and West Faulkner Galleries during the months of September and October 2021. This show will focus on about how different artistic expressions communicate the artist’s unique vision and experience as an immigrant to older generations in the hope that these works can provoke an open intergenerational conversation about any aspect of their lives that are not easily spoken about within families as they negotiate their identity as immigrants in a new country.
Selected artists will be able to display their works in the Faulkner Gallery, as well as host a reception and showcase.
At the art reception every artist is encouraged to explain their piece of art and what they are trying to express followed by a bilingual Spanish/English language question and answer session with the audience. All media and modes of expression will be considered. The exhibition intends to offer catharsis during this time of transition out of the pandemic while correlating to the National Hispanic Heritage Month. Submissions should be your own expression of vision and experience growing up in an Latin American immigrant family and your unique perspective about subjects that are considered taboo in the Latin American culture.
At the receptions, performance artists are also invited to participate and perform dance, music, or poetry related to the themes of the show.
Artists of all ages who are first, second, or later generations of immigrants are invited to submit. Priorities are given to those who live in Santa Barbara County.
Artwork Guidelines:
  • Open to all visual arts media either two dimensional or three dimensional. Limited space for three dimensional works, so please include size in description.
  • Open to poetry reading, dance, music, or other and performative expressions during the art reception. Please include estimated time  required for the performance.
  • Images of explicit sexual content or violence will not be considered.
Artists can apply by August 23, 2021.