"Picture Social Justice and Human Rights"

an art exhibition at gallery1581

Call For Submissions

March 31 - June 30, 2017

Our goal:  To promote and contribute to a collective vision of social justice and human rights expressed in visual art.

In concert with the launch of the Boston Graduate School’s (BGSP) new Master’s Degree in Social Justice and Human Rights, the art exhibition, “Picture Social Justice and Human Rights,” invites you to create art that will engage the viewer, promote healing within ourselves and our world, and inspire action for social justice.  As Freud wrote, “The first requisite of civilization is that of justice.”

Today’s media often depicts imagery of social injustice and human wrongdoing. This permeates our everyday lives, but art has the capacity to play a dual role to empower the artist and to facilitate transformation in the viewer. The concepts expressed in your artistry have the potential to convey a profound sense of inspiration and call to action.

We invite submission of artwork that will expand global consciousness and inspire a humane perspective. This exhibition will serve to awaken our hope and promote constructive action in individuals, groups, and communities.

About: gallery1581 is housed at 1581 Beacon Street, Brookline, in the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, a half block from Washington Square. The gallery was founded in June 2004.



Eligibility requirements
-All ages and emerging and established artists are invited to submit their artwork.

-Work must be framed, wired and ready for hanging.

-No clip frames or work without a hanging wire may be hung.
-Stretched canvas need not be framed but must be wired for hanging.

Instructions for submission

  • Image format: all images should be a high resolution jpg
  • Each jpg should be named as “Artist first name, last name, Title, Medium, Size, #.jpg”. The #/#'s will indicate the order of your submissions. 
    e.g. Mary_Smith_Hope_Watercolor_12_20_1.jpg; Mary_Smith_Social Justice_Watercolor_9_12_2.jpg
  • In the body of the email, include the following:
    -Please indicate ONE of the following that pertains to your current status:  
      Name of your High School (note student or faculty) or College (note student or faculty),
      Business, Organization, Art Center, or if you are a practicing artist (Artist's website/studio), etc.
    -Telephone number

    -Email address
    -List your submission/s, indicating name, media, title, and finished size of artwork for each piece.  

  e.g. Mary_Smith, “Hope”, Watercolor, 12" x 20", 1; Mary_Smith, "Social Justice", Watercolor, 9" x 12", 2

  • Make the subject of your email "Picture Social Justice and Human Rights."
  • Email to gallery1581@bgsp.edu

Legal Information
-We have not had any incidents of damage or theft in our history. There is one entrance to the campus that is locked and monitored by administrative staff via an internal screen. Guest rings a buzzer for entry.
-BGSP will make every effort to protect materials displayed, however, the artist should recognize that BGSP is used by a large number of people.

-BGSP carries insurance, however, if artists feel that they need more coverage they must make their own arrangements for additional insurance.
-BGSP assumes no responsibility for the preservation or protection, and no liability for possible damage or theft, of any item displayed or exhibited.  All items placed in BGSP are there at the owner's risk.

Media accepted
-Drawing, graphic, mixed media, mobiles, oil, painting, pastel, sculpture and watercolor

-Photography will not be accepted for this exhibition.
-Work must be original.

-Maximum of three (3) pieces/person may be submitted. 

As this exhibition is part of a fundraiser for the new Master's Degree program in Social Justice and Human Rights, the commission will be split 50/50 between the artist and gallery1581.

-There are no size limitations.

Submission process and due date
-Artwork will be selected by a 3-panel jury.

-First-round entry via email no later than Friday, February 10, 2017.
-First-round acceptance announcement - February 17th
-Second-round submission of artwork on campus - February 24th 
-Second-round acceptance announcement - week of March 1st

Catalog of Artists
A catalog of artists with be produced using the high resolution image of artwork in the exhibition. Also, included will be the following: 

-Artist’s biography – maximum 1-page 8 ½” x 11” word document emailed to gallery1581@bgsp.edu
-Artist’s statement – maximum 1-page 8 ½” x 11” word document emailed to gallery1581@bgsp.edu

Gallery hours 
-Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm

-Saturday 9am - 1pm

Opening Reception - Friday, March 31st 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30pm

Publicity - information to come

Wendy Forrester
Art Gallery Curator/Manager, gallery1581
Administrative Coordinator
Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis
1581 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA  02446
(T) 617-277-3915