Photo of Jay Menendez standing next to an Okamura painting in the Tullman Collection at 1871, Chicago.

Photo of Jay Menendez standing next to an Okamura painting in the Tullman Collection at 1871, Chicago.

Tim Okamura, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1968, is a contemporary painter known for his masterful depictions of African American and minority subjects in urban settings. Utilizing a combination of graffiti and realism Okamura’s works investigates identity, the urban environment, metaphor, and cultural iconography through a unique method of painting – one that combines an essentially ‘realist’ approach to the figure with collage, spray paint and mixed media. The juxtaposition of the rawness and urgency of street art and academic ideals has created a visual language that acknowledges a traditional form of storytelling through portraiture, while infusing the work with resonant contemporary motifs.  www.timokamura.com  

Tim Okamura, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1968, is a contemporary painter known for his masterful depictions of African American and minority subjects in urban settings. Utilizing a combination of graffiti and realism Okamura’s works investigates identity, the urban environment, metaphor, and cultural iconography through a unique method of painting – one that combines an essentially ‘realist’ approach to the figure with collage, spray paint and mixed media. The juxtaposition of the rawness and urgency of street art and academic ideals has created a visual language that acknowledges a traditional form of storytelling through portraiture, while infusing the work with resonant contemporary motifs.  www.timokamura.com

 

Woman as Warrior Curated by Tim Okamura
Exhibition Gallery: Zhou B Art Center
Publication: PoetsArtists
Exhibition Dates: August to October 2017
Open Submissions Deadline: June 1, 2017 (Open submissions means that our curator is also personally inviting artists. Those who submit through the open submissions call will be notified by Didi Menendez if their work is accepted after the curator reviews all open submissions received.)

Submission Call: Submit artwork depicting the theme WOMAN as WARRIOR.  

Read guidelines before submitting work. Read previous issues of PoetsArtists and scroll through our Facebook page and other social sites to see previous shows. See icons above top right.

Guidelines: Send a link to a folder with your submission. The folder should include high resolution image/s (300 DPI and 1200 pixels minimum wide), a text file including your contact information and the specs of the artwork being submitted. Make sure to title your folder with your name and all your files should include your name. Read below under GENERAL GUIDELINES how to title your files.

This call is open to any painter 18 years and older. The artists featured in this exhibition will be a combination of works received in our open call as well as artists invited by our curator to submit. The works in the group show will feature emerging as well as established artists. We are accepting paintings (all mediums) and sculptures for this call. Although we encourage larger works, artists are responsible for the costs of shipping their accepted pieces to and from the gallery so keep this in mind before submitting works which are heavy and large. We have an in-house policy where if your work is not in the publication then it will not be shown which means that supplying necessary images and copy for the publication is as important as displaying and installing the work in the gallery. If your work is accepted for publication and exhibition, Didi Menendez will contact you with further information and may ask for additional materials and may include requests for video, additional copy, interview and images. We will only contact you if your work is accepted. If your work is accepted you will be required to sign an artist agreement. There are no fees to submit. Simply follow the guidelines. 


GENERAL GUIDELINES

Do not submit if you do not understand the guidelines. First and foremost all artists accepted to shows are responsible for the shipping to and from the gallery. No exceptions.

General Guidelines
-Please do not submit the same artwork to more than one call at a time. 
-Only submit artwork which fits the theme prepared by the editor/curator.
-Submit high resolution images 300 DPI with a minimum of 1200 pixels wide.
-Images should be in JPG format RGB color and not TIFF or any other format.
-Title your folders with your first and last name and add the name of the call. For example Didi_ Menendez_Chevere. Images should also include your name including the title, medium, size, and year. For example: Didi_Menendez_Chevere_oiloncanvas_10x8inches_2017.
-Place a text file with your contact information including your email address and web site along the images inside the folder. If the text file is missing with your contact information then we will not be able to reach out to you.
-We will only contact you if your work is accepted for publication.

What happens upon acceptance.
Artists are responsible for the shipping of their work to and from the gallery.
You will be contacted by the publisher and/or the curator that your work has been accepted and will be asked for additional materials which may consist of additional images and copy. 
- An artist agreement for publication and/or group show will be provided upon acceptance. All email correspondence will serve as confirmation of acceptance for publication and/or group show.
- Missed deadline for publication will exclude artists from the show. In other words, if you are not in the publication, you are not in the show.

How to prepare for publication and/or PA group shows.
In anticipation for acceptance or general practice artists should consider having some of items ready for publication. Some of these items may include an updated CV, a narrative short bio, high resolution images of the artwork, new photos of yourself for exclusive use of PoetsArtists, general artist statements and information about the individual works submitted. Please note that our publisher may also ask for videos or process statements.

Anthologies and special end-of-the-year publications.
A suggestion is to organize a desktop folder for specific use of PoetsArtists should your work be requested for an anthology. This is good practice in general.

Complimentary Copies
We do not offer complimentary copies to our contributors. We do not charge fees either.