The biennial Citywide African American Artists Exhibition is open to all artists of the African Diaspora in the greater Houston area.

Presented by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in collaboration with the Museum's patron group Five-A (the African American Art Advisory Association), the Citywide African American Artists Exhibition offers artists the opportunity to show their work to a broader public, and to the collecting community.

19th Annual Exhibition

June 16–July 30, 2017

The 19th Citywide African American Artists Exhibition opens June 16 at the University Museum at Texas Southern University, and it remains on view through July 30. The exhibition is open to all artists of the African Diaspora in the greater Houston area.

Presented by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in collaboration with the Museum's patron group Five-A (the African American Art Advisory Association) and the University Museum at Texas Southern University, the Citywide African American Artists Exhibition offers artists the opportunity to show their work to a broader public, and to the collecting community.

Questions? Contact ergarcia@mfah.org

Call for Entries

Submit your work for the Citywide African American Artists Exhibition 2017!

Eligibility

  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Participation is open to all visual artists of the African Diaspora living in the greater Houston area. 
  • Only original works of art will be accepted, no copies.
  • Work in all media will be accepted. Limit (3) works per artist.
  • Work is to be recent work (within the last 2 years)
  • All entries must be ready for installation (wires, hooks, etc.). Drawings and photographs must be framed.

Prizes for Artists 

  • Juror’s Choice: Scholarship for one studio art class at the MFAH Glassell School of Art 
  • 1st prize: $500 
  • 2nd prize: $250
  • 3rd prize: $150
  • Five-A Choice Award: Membership to Five-A, the African American Art Advisory Association

Calendar    

  • May 25–27 Work to be delivered to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, between noon and 6 p.m. Artists are responsible for delivery of your own work. Bring your completed form.
  • June 6 Notification of acceptance in the exhibition.
  • June 16 Opening Reception and Award Ceremony at The University Museum at Texas Southern University
  • July 30 Exhibition closes
  • August 7–8 Exhibited works to be picked up at this time only. You or your representative will be required to sign for your work. The MFAH and The University Museum at Texas Southern University will not be responsible for work left beyond these collection dates. 

Entry Procedures 
A completed entry form must accompany the original, actual work. Slides, images, and incomplete works will not be accepted. Work must be in suitable condition for exhibition: i.e., artworks executed in dry media (graphite, charcoal, or pastel) must be sprayed with a fixative or behind glass; and all paint must be completely dry. All work is to be ready for museum display. Artists may submit up to three works of art. There is no entry fee. Please refer to the calendar above for submittal dates.

Selection Process
Due to the limited exhibition space, approximately 60 works of art will be accepted into Citywide African American Artist Exhibition 2017. Accepted works are decided by a variety of criteria to be determined by the juror. 

Notification
Artists will be notified of acceptance or rejection only by e-mail prior to the opening of the exhibition. Please do not call the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, or the University Museum at Texas Southern University. No updates are available by telephone.  
        
Responsibility
While every care will be exercised in the handling of all works submitted, Neither the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, nor the University Museum at Texas Southern University can assume liability for any loss or damage to artwork during submission, selection, installation or exhibition processes, nor will either institution be responsible for work left beyond the collection dates.                                   

Work submitted without a completed form will not be considered for the exhibition.