30 Americans: Under the Influence – Submission deadline is tomorrow



Call for Presentations:
30 Americans: Under the Influence

EVENT DATE: November 17, 2011, 6-9pm
LOCATION: Corcoran Gallery of Art

Under the Influence is an opportunity for artists to share how the creativity and artistic accomplishments of the artists of 30 Americans have inspired their individual artistic pursuits. The event is open to artists working in all mediums, including performance, video, sound and 2-D work. On Thursday, November 17, ten artists will present and discuss their work and the influence one of the artists included in 30 Americans has had on their artistic practice. Each artist will give a 5 minute presentation, accompanied by up to twenty slides. Alternatively, artists can opt to present video or live performance (up to three minutes) as part of their presentation. The event will highlight the “influence” of the artists of 30 Americans on the work of local DC artists and provide an opportunity for the audience to engage with the work featured in the exhibition and the work of local artists in an exciting, innovative way.

The ten participating artists will be chosen by 30 Americans artist John Bankston from an open call. In addition to serving as juror, Mr. Bankston will open Under the Influence with a short presentation about his own work. Under the Influence is co-sponsored by the Corcoran Contemporaries, a group of contemporary art collectors and enthusiasts who provide support for the Corcoran’s contemporary art programming, and Washington Project for the Arts.

Submission Process
Artists who are interested in presenting at Under the Influence should complete the online submission form by clicking here.

Required submission materials include:

  • Resume or CV
  • Name of the 30 Americans artist that has been an influence on your work
  • Statement that addresses the way this artist has influenced you (no more than 300 words)
  • Up to ten images, including one image of work by the influencing artist.
    Images should be submitted as .jpg files, 72dpi and no larger than 7” on the longest side. CV and statement should be submitted as .doc or .pdf files.


Wednesday, October 19: Deadline for submitting
Tuesday, November 8: Notification of selected artists
Friday, November 11: Selected artists must send final high res images for presentation
Thursday, November 17: Under the Influence event (6-8pm presentation in the Corcoran’s auditorium; 8-9pm reception and 30 Americans exhibition viewing)

Click here to register and for more information


The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC will exhibit 30 Americans, a wide-ranging survey of work by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades from October 1, 2011 through February 12, 2012. Selected from the Rubell Family Collection, the exhibition brings together seminal figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Hammons with younger and emerging artists such as Kehinde Wiley and Shinique Smith. Often provocative and challenging, 30 Americans focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture. It explores how each artist reckons with the notion of black identity in America, navigating such concerns as the struggle for civil rights, popular culture, and media imagery. At the same time, it highlights artistic legacy and influence, tracing subject matter and formal strategies across generations.

To learn about 30 Americans artists and related events surrounding the exhibition, please visit http://www2.corcoran.org/30americans/. As a benefit to artists, the Corcoran is offering applicants free admission to review the exhibition prior to applying. On three Saturdays, October 1, October 8, and October 15, artists who are interested in presenting at Under the Influence can use the discount code “INFLUENCE” and register at the front desk for free admission.

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