CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (May 10, 2023) — The African American Museum of Iowa in partnership with the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art announce a call for entries for their upcoming exhibit, “Power and Impact: A Survey of 21st Century Black Visual Arts in Iowa.” “Power and Impact” is a partnership between the African American Museum of Iowa (AAMI) and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) and will be on display October 28, 2023–March 31, 2024.

This juried show is designed to explore the contemporary visual arts being produced through the unique perspective of Black artists in Iowa. From painting to ceramics, visitors will be exposed to visual perspectives responding to socio-economic and cultural perspectives, identity, race, and historical narratives. The pieces selected in this exhibition will provide a better understanding of the valuable contributions African Americans continue to make to the visual culture of Iowa.

All visual media created since 2000 will be considered. The call for entries is open to all Black artists, ages 18 and older, who currently reside in the state of Iowa. Interested artists should send a résumé and up to three images of created work(s) to fwolfe@blackiowa.org. Submission deadline is Friday June 30, 2023. Accepted artists will be posted on blackiowa.org and crma.org by August 2023.

Jurors for the selection include Felicite Wolfe, Curator and Collections Manager of the African American Museum of Iowa; Dr Richard Merritt, Artist and Professor of Art and Visual Communication Program Director, Luther College; and Chawne Paige, Artist and Curator, Waterloo Center for the Arts.

The full call for entries with additional information can be found at blackiowa.org/collections-exhibits/future-exhibits/.

About AAMI:

The African American Museum of Iowa is a statewide museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting, and teaching Iowa’s African American history. As Iowa’s leading educational resource on the topic, we educate more than 30,000 people each year through museum tours, traveling exhibits, research services, youth- and adult-education programs, and community and fundraising events.

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