Memphis in May Announces Open-Call to Visual Artists for 2019 Salute

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For the first time in its history, Memphis in May announces an open-call for local artists to submit their designs for a juried art exhibition honoring Memphis as part of the Festival’s 2019 Salute to Memphis, coinciding with the City’s bicentennial celebration. 

“Each year, Memphis in May invites a member of the local creative community to pay tribute to the honored country by creating an original artwork,” said James L. Holt, President and CEO of Memphis in May. “With this year’s break from the tradition of honoring a country and instead honoring the rich history and culture of Memphis, we are also breaking from our traditional selection process and want Memphians to participate in both the submission and selection."

From September 1 through December 1, local artists living in Memphis and Shelby County may submit digital images for consideration of their original artwork inspired by vibrant culture and diverse tapestry of Memphis.  A juried panel composed of artists, museum and gallery administrators, art academicians and art educators, and including votes from the general public, will determine the winning design and top finalists.  The final selections will be displayed at an area gallery in an exhibition entitled “VISIONS OF MEMPHIS,” as one of the Festival’s month-long cultural exhibits.  The winning artwork will be included in the exhibit and be available for purchase as the commemorative poster honoring Memphis.  The winning artist will receive a $2000 monetary award, with the second and third place artists receiving $1000 and $500 respectively.  Honorable Mentions will each receive a $200 award.

Submission Timeline:

September 1: Digital Submission opens
December 1: Digital Submission closes
December 9-20: Juried Panel Review
January 7-16: Exhibition notifications, submission of physical artworks
January 29: Public voting opens
February 12: Public voting closes
Week of March 4: Winning artwork announced
May 1-31: VISIONS OF MEMPHIS exhibit on display

For more information regarding guidelines and rules for submission, click here.

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