Call for Art

at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience


Exhibit Dates: May 10 to November 17, 2013

The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience invites artists to submit work for an exhibition exploring race and racism in the Pacific Northwest in the 21st century. The exhibition will open in May of 2013 at The Wing in our Safeco Insurance Foundation Special Exhibition Gallery.


In 2004 The Wing broke new ground with a powerful exhibition: “Beyond Talk: Redrawing Race.” This innovative show reached beyond the Asian Pacific American community to also include artists from African American, Native American, Arab American, Latino American and European American communities. Twenty works by local and regional artists explored the perceptions of race and racism in the United States and the Pacific Northwest. The museum developed related activities that encouraged visitors to engage in deeper conversations with others and take action in their own communities. The responses—from artists, visitors and community members—were raw, real and profound.

Since 2004, the cultural landscape has changed. And while there has been progress—some even talk of a “post-racial America”—it is clear from our present political discourse, our institutional statistics and our everyday lives: race still matters.

In 2013, The Wing will open a new exhibition that revisits race and racism through contemporary art. As with the 2004 show, the exhibition grows out of a series of community discussions that shape its goals and themes.


Goals for this exhibition include to:

  • Explore the changing landscape of race and racism in the 21st century
  • Examine the unique ways race plays out in the Pacific Northwest
  • Engage youth and elders in an ongoing conversation about race that honors the past and builds a vision for the future
  • Move beyond clichés and stock stories to the rich and complicated reality of race in our daily lives.
  • Provide a space for frank, innovative artwork that provokes active responses to difficult questions.
  • Create a “safe” space where people can open their minds and hearts, be vulnerable, sit with discomfort, listen to new perspectives, and speak their own truths.


Potential themes for artwork include but are not limited to:

  • The intersection of race with gender, age, class, sexual orientation, immigration status, and other identities.
  • The rise of multi-racial individuals and families in the U.S.—does this change the meaning of race?
  • Immigrant/refugee perspectives on race in the U.S.
  • How art can express pain, grief, rage—and still inspire healing
  • Historic roots of race and racism—resulting realities today and visions for the future.
  • Different forms of racism: personal prejudice, structural inequity, overt and “hidden” racism
  • Is white still the American “norm”? Is there a new American norm?
  • Talking about race: subversive or patriotic?
  • Cultural appropriation versus cross-cultural exploration/inspiration

Call for Entries

Eligibility. Submissions are open to people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds who live in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska) or who have a connection to the region.

All media will be considered, including visual and sculptural works, installations, and digital and/or multi-media pieces; performances must be in video format. Within reason, there are no size restrictions. Collaborative work by multiracial and/or multigenerational teams of artists is encouraged. Because this show aims, in part, to focus on what has changed (or not) since 2004, please submit recent work, or work that speaks to race and racism today.

In addition to producing or providing an original work or works for the exhibition, selected artists may be asked to: participate in a moderated discussion about their work, contribute material for online discussions, and/or participate in youth workshops.

Submission Guidelines. Please send all materials electronically to Mikala Woodward, Exhibit Developer, at Please submit no more than five separate works (a series of related works may be considered as a whole). Submissions should include:

  • Contact info. Your name, phone number and email address in your email and on each page of materials.€
  • A cover letter.Submit as a PDF and include (2 pages max):
    • Your connection to the Pacific Northwest.
    • How your submission relates to the exhibition themes, including its relevance to current issues of race and race relations.
    • A description of artwork images and/or submitted files.
    • Technical requirements, if any, and estimated shipping and transportation costs.
  • Artist info. Submit an artist statement and biography as a PDF (2 pages max).
  • Work samples. In a separate e-mail, submit images of artwork in .JPG or .PNG formats (2550 x 3300 pixels or less). Submit multimedia artwork (5 minutes max each) via an online link or by mail on a cued DVD. For each image or file, detail in the cover letter its:
    • Title
    • Date
    • Medium/media
    • Size
    • Brief description

Deadline. All submissions must be received via email by 11:59 pm PST on Friday, February 1, 2013. You will notified that your submission has been received by Tuesday, February 5.

Notification. Submitted work will be reviewed by the selection panel in February 2013. Artists will be notified if their work has been selected by Friday, March 8, 2013.

Delivery. Selected artists must deliver their artwork(s) no later than Friday, April 12, 2013.

Support. The Wing has a budget for shipping/transporting artwork that is selected for the exhibition. We unfortunately cannot provide financial support for the creation of art for the exhibition.

Publication. Photographs of selected work may be displayed on the museum’s website, in promotional and educational materials, and on the exhibition blog.

Questions? Comments? Visit The Wing’s website or contact Mikala Woodward, Exhibit Developer, at 206-623-5124, ext. 115, or

Download the call

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