Larry Ossei-Mensah uses contemporary art as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. The Ghanaian-American curator and cultural critic has organized exhibitions and programs at commercial and nonprofit spaces around the globe from New York City to Rome featuring artists such as Firelei Baez, Allison Janae Hamilton, Brendan Fernades, Ebony G. Patterson, Glenn Kaino and Stanley Whitney to name a few. Moreover, Ossei-Mensah has actively documented cultural happenings featuring the most dynamic visual artists working today such as Derrick Adams, Mickalene Thomas, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Federico Solmi, and Kehinde Wiley.
Ossei-Mensah is also the co-founder of ARTNOIR a global collective of culturalists who design multimodal experiences aimed to engage this generation’s dynamic and diverse creative class. Ossei-Mensah is a contributor to the first ever Ghanaian Pavilion for the 2019 Venice Biennial with an essay on the work of visual artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
Ossei-Mensah is the former Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at MOCAD in Detroit. He recently co-curated with Dexter Wimberly the critically acclaimed exhibition at MOAD in San Francisco Coffee, Rhum, Sugar, Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox in spring/summer 2019. Ossei-Mensah currently serves as guest curator at BAM’s Rudin Family Gallery where he curated the inaugural show featuring the work of Glenn Kaino. Fall 2020, Ossei-Mensah will be co-curating with Omsk Social Club 7th Athens Biennale in Athens, Greece.
Ossei-Mensah has had recent profiles in such publications like the Create Magazine!, NY Times, Artsy, and Cultured Magazine. Follow him on Instagram/Twitter at @youngglobal.
ELIGIBILITY: Artists from any country are welcome to apply with works in any medium: painting, sculpture, digital, printmaking, fiber, photography, mixed media, installation and more. A university degree is not required to participate in our open call.
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: 3+ jpeg images of individual artworks, a text document with a bio and artist statement, website or social media link, and your email address. Please see our Submittable form for further details.
SUBMISSION FEE: $35 for 3 images of individual artworks (non-refundable*) *Fees go towards supporting our art community and helping provide opportunities for artists.
If you are unable to pay the fee at this time, you may always submit to our blog for free and we will be happy to review your work. Please send images plus your artist biography, statement, and website to [email protected].
SELECTED ARTISTS: If your work is selected by our guest juror, you will receive a custom-designed two-page spread in both the print and digital versions of the magazine that will include your artist biography, website, and two images. Published artists will be sent a complimentary digital issue and will be listed as a participating artist in your issue on both our website and social media. We also promote artists individually via the blog and social media posts that reach over 170,000 total followers worldwide. All featured artists will automatically be considered for any upcoming curatorial projects, not limited to art fairs, exhibitions, and gallery projects organized by our team.
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Deadline: June 30, 2020 (Midnight EST) Have a question? We are here to help! Please review our FAQS or send us an email to [email protected].
You must complete the application via Submittable to be eligible for this opportunity. Please read the format requirements carefully to avoid errors with the form.
Send any questions or concerns you may have via email to [email protected].
Artists from any country are welcome to apply with works in any medium: painting, sculpture, digital, printmaking, fiber, photography, mixed media, installation, and more. There is no specific theme for this issue.
Artists may submit up to 10 individual (different artworks) pieces of work for consideration
Artists must ensure high quality of images, and we recommend 300 dpi jpeg.
Artwork images and bio must be uploaded directly to the form
Bio and statement must be under 300 words each.
Artwork does not have to be for sale.
Entry Deadline: June 30, 2020, 11:59 pm EST.
All artists will be notified of the final decision by August 2020. If your work is selected, you will receive further information at that time.
All selected work will be included in the fall issue due out between August and September 2020. Artists will have an opportunity to review their spread and make edits if necessary before print.
All selected artists will receive a complimentary digital edition.
Submission fee is $35 for 3 images (nonrefundable)
Limit of submitted artworks is 10
Bio word limit 300
Statement word limit 300
Create! Magazine reserves the right to use images of the artwork on their website and social media. By submitting artwork via this call, the artist agrees to the terms outlined above. Artist retains full copyright of the work. Images will not be used by Create! Magazine aside from the print issue, interviews, social media posts.
Organization/Company: Create! Magazine Website: https://createmagazine.com/submit-pages/print-issue-22-call-for-art Location: Online Deadline: June 30, 2020, 11:59 pm EST How to Apply: https://createmagazine.submittable.com/submit/166301/print-issue-22-call-for-art-curated-by-larry-ossei-mensah