Ends on July 17, 2017

Barrier to the Ballot Artwork Commission

Award:  $2,000

ArtsWestchester plans to award up to five commissions

ArtsWestchester invites 2D, 3D, digital, performance and new media artists to submit proposals to create new work that considers contemporary barriers to the ballot and their impact on the American democratic process. Commissioned works will be included in “GIVE US THE VOTE,” ArtsWestchester’s curated fall exhibition.

Artists interested in submitting a proposal are invited to attend an information session on Wednesday, June 28, at 6:30PM at ArtsWestchester (Click here for Link). To RSVP please email Lhanley@artswestchester.org. 



The idea that American democracy is government “by the people, for the people” is fundamental to our national identity. Yet the history of who has access to the ballot box in America is troubled. Is the ability to vote a privilege or a right? “GIVE US THE VOTE” is inspired by the one hundredth anniversary of the victory for women’s voting rights in New York State, and examines the state of voting rights in America today.


“GIVE US THE VOTE” opens with a reception on October 7, 2017, and is on view through January, 2018. Selected artwork must be completed and delivered to ArtsWestchester no later than September 18, 2017.


The exhibition is made possible thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and to Westchester Medical Center.


The work should address one of the following contemporary obstacles to voting in American federal and state elections:


1.       The Voting Rights Act

2.       Alterations to the Voting Rights Act

3.       Photo ID Requirements/Voter Registration Restrictions

4.       Limits on Early Voting

5.       Voter Roll Purges

Artwork may also explore such issues as: voter turnout, voter demographics and/or women’s suffrage.

A bibliography of suggested readings on the history of Voting Rights in America and FAQ is provided as a downloadable PDF

ArtsWestchester will consider work in all media including, but not limited to: painting, photography, ceramics, paper, plastics, metals, wood, lighting, and fibers. Artwork may be kinetic and/or interactive. Proposals should take into account the artwork will be viewed by and accessible to audience of all ages and backgrounds.


Eligibility:    Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and must live, maintain a studio or be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in New York State.



All proposals must be submitted digitally via the link provided for each opportunity. Proposals emailed or mailed will not be considered. Artists applying to both categories must prepare and submit a separate application for each.


Complete applications must include:

·         Artist bio and/or CV

·         Existing work samples (up to 5)

·         Project statement

·         2D rendering, with proposed dimensions

·         Material list

·         Description of how work is to be installed and exhibited.


Awards are considered all inclusive (artist honoraria and material expenditures.) Selected artwork must be completed and delivered to ArtsWestchester no later than September 18, 2017.


DIMENSIONS:  Work may be no larger than 72”h x 48”d x 60”w

EXHIBITION/DISPLAY:            Describe how works will be displayed during the exhibition (hanging work, on a pedestal, etc.) and whether or not the work will require access to an outlet. Interactive pieces should describe how the public is intended to engage with the work, and what staff resources may be needed to facilitate.  

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:                     July 17, 2017, 11:59EST

Artists will be notified of their proposal status no later than August 4, 2017.


Selection Process:

Proposals will be reviewed by the a selection committee that includes the exhibition curator and the Arts Committee of ArtsWestchester’s board.


Proposals will be evaluated based on artistic merit and their connection to the exhibition’s theme.



Delivery and shipping of work to ArtsWestchester is at the artist’s expense. Return delivery and shipping will be at ArtsWestchester’s expense.

Questions? Contact Logan Hanley, Gallery Manager: LHanley@ArtsWestchester.org, or 914-428-4220 ext 331.


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