Call to Artists: Deconstructing Bowie

Call to Artists: Deconstructing Bowie

This Deadline Expired: Sunday, October 31, 2021

Exhibition opening in the
Live Like a Hero Gallery,
January 7, 2022. Will be on display through March 2022.

“I only find freedom in the realms of eccentricity.” – David Bowie

The National Liberty Museum is excited to announce their major winter exhibition Deconstructing Bowie: Freedom in Eccentricity, opening Friday, January 7, 2022, as part of the Fifth Annual Philly Loves Bowie Week, and continuing through March 2022. Through this call-to-artist, The NLM is asking artists to go beyond the surface of David Bowie as a symbol or icon by submitting artwork that exemplifies Bowie’s rebellious persona and the ways that he was able to push boundaries in the creative world, advancing our society, and making us freer as a whole.

Throughout his long career, David Bowie found personal freedom in his unique forms of expression, deconstructing cultural expectations and breaking down barriers for future artists. Music and art allowed Bowie to disrupt social norms by rebelling against them and introducing new and more equitable ways of thinking. The aim for this exhibition is to show how David Bowie inspired true creative freedom for artists that came after him, showcasing how artists who were inspired by him are continuing to push boundaries and inspiring others to do the same. They want to celebrate the timeless power of music and art and their ability to challenge expectations and drive both individual and societal change. They are not just looking for simple depictions of Bowie, but rather for works that contextually explore the themes of identity (sexuality, gender, race), rebellion, fashion, and performance.

For this exhibition, The NLM is looking for a variety of mediums including, but not limited to, 2D, 3D, fashion, A/V, and musical and dance performance.

Learn more and apply on The National Liberty Museum’s website!

As part of your application in response to the call, they are asking for an artist statement, specifically addressing items in the paragraph above, explaining your artwork and how it continues to be influenced by Bowie. Participating artwork will be selected by an in-house jury at the National Liberty Museum. The artwork on display in Deconstructing Bowie will be for sale, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), in partnership with Philly Loves Bowie Week. Consignment details are outlined in the application.

IMPORTANT DATES
• The complete application needs to be submitted no later than Sunday, October 31, 2021, at 11:59pm EST. Early applications are strongly encouraged.
• You will be notified all artists of the decision no later than Friday, November 5.
• If you are selected to be part of Deconstructing Bowie, your artwork must be received at the NLM on or before Friday, December 3, 2021, ready to install. Artwork delivery instructions will be outlined in your notification emails.

HOW TO APPLY
• Follow this link to the online application form: Bowie Call to Artist Application
• You can submit as many works as you would like for consideration and new works are welcome.
• If you need more time than the application deadline allows to create a new work, submitting either planning sketches, digital or drawn, or images of the work(s) in progress will be acceptable.
• Only complete applications will be reviewed for selection. Make sure to fill out all required fields and properly save and submit all files in the application form.
• The Consignment Terms of Agreement, as well as the Terms of Participation, are outlined at the end of the application form. Please take your time and read these terms before submitting.

APPLICATION NOTES
In conjunction with Deconstructing Bowie, the NLM is planning a series of programs and events, including artist lectures, workshops, and guided tours. These will be either in-person or virtual depending on your location, comfort level, and current CDC guidelines. In the application, they ask if you are interested in leading any of these programs. Your response will NOT have an impact on your selection.

If you have any questions regarding your application, the exhibition, or deadlines, please email Kelley Stone at exhibitions@libertymuseum.org.

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