Saturday, August 19, 2017

MOJA Arts Festival 2017 Juried Art Submissions Due August 25

MOJA Arts Festival 2017 Juried Art Submissions Due August 25
  2016 MOJA Juried Art Exhibition Best In Show Winner: Moving In and Out of the Game with a Smooth Slide, acrylic paint and collage on board, by Hampton Olfus, Jr.
The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs is now accepting artwork submissions for consideration in the 2017 MOJA Arts Festival's Juried Art Exhibition at City Gallery. This year’s festival runs September 28 - October 8, 2017

The MOJA Arts Festival is an 11-day multi-disciplinary celebration of African-American and Caribbean culture organized by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MOJA Planning Committee. MOJA’s wide range of events include visual arts, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B, classical music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and more. 
Juror: Orisanmi Odensanya
This year's juror is Orisanmi Kehinde Odesanya, an Ohio-based doll artist whose work has been exhibited at the City Gallery as part of the 2016 exhibition Sixteen Crowns: Manifestations of Ase. Orisanmi has been designing and creating dolls for over 20 years. Through a passion for African art and culture, she has created more than 200 small-scale figures to honor Yoruba deities and masqueraders. The figures embody the wisdom and folklore of oral tradition. They represent the philosophy, spirituality, and performance of Yoruba expressive culture.
2016 MOJA Juried Art Exhibition Runner Up Winner: The Edges of Olfus, oil on canvas with graphite and pen, by Meyriel Edge
Entry Specifications/ Eligible Works
Proposed artwork must have been completed within the last two years and may not have been previously exhibited in the Charleston region. Artwork in the following categories may be submitted: oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, printmaking, drawing, photography, and graphics. Additional work in fiber, sculpture, metals, ceramics, basketry and mixed media will also be juried, however, space constraints will dictate our ability to exhibit. Wall pieces must be framed and ready for hanging. Freestanding pieces must be fully assembled and ready for installation. Accepted artwork may not be removed before the assigned time. Early removal or late pick-up will result in disqualification from future participation. An exhibition program listing participating artists, their phone number, title and value of artwork will be available. The City of Charleston provides damage and theft insurance for artwork while on display. Please be aware that the gallery cannot is unable to store any packing materials or crates at delivery from local artists. Out-of-state artists are responsible for packing, insuring, and shipping (to and from the gallery) their works if they are chosen.
Estimated art delivery date for the exhibition is Sept. 18. All artists living in the state of South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia are invited to submit. Please include the artwork title, medium, and size in the description of each piece. 

Submitted artwork must comply fully with the following requirements for originality and date of completion: (1) The artwork is an original creation completed within the last two years and is not, in whole or in part, a copy of any person’s work or photograph and (2) the artwork was created solely by the artist and not in a workshop, class, or under supervision of an instructor. 
Important Information
Deadline: August 25, 2017
Application Fee (USD): $20.00
For more information, please contact Anne Quattlebaum, City Gallery Coordinator, at 843-958-6484 or at

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