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Call for Proposals: “WHO WRITES HISTORY?” Exhibition Commission

ArtsWestchester invites Hudson Valley Region artists who work in 2D, 3D, digital, performance and new media to submit proposals to create new work that considers the complexities of writing (or rewriting) history. Commissioned works will be included in ArtsWestchester’s exhibition, “Who Writes History?” where three (3) Artists will be selected to realize their project and be awarded $2,500.


RFP DEADLINE:  Proposals must be submitted online via the LINK [CLICK HERE] by October 18, 2021 @11:59PM E.S.T.


RFP INFO SESSION:  Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 5 PM, via Zoom.  To RSVP and receive link:  email Logan Hanley, Gallery Manager, [email protected]

 *Note:  Artists who are not able to attend the session should still RSVP for the session.  A recording will be made available to all those who RSVP. 

Artists may visit the gallery anytime during open hours to view the space, or may book a visit from 10 AM- 5 PM, Monday through Thursday.

Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, “Who Writes History?” is an exhibition of new work that will address the complexities of writing (or rewriting) history. Commissioned artwork created by Hudson Valley artists will be exhibited in context with a diverse roster of artists from beyond the region to explore how images and language (together and independently) shape our collective memory and mainstream narratives related to race, gender, and politics. The exhibition seeks to bring marginalized stories to the fore in an effort to work towards a more inclusive recounting of the past and present.


“Who Writes History?” will open in ArtsWestchester’s gallery in November, 2021, with parallel online components and public programs. Proposed artworks should seek to shed light on the histories of marginalized peoples, groups and localities, have a Hudson Valley regional interest, and be well-researched. ArtsWestchester particularly encourages compelling projects that centers local histories of enslaved Africans and Indigenous peoples. Historic Hudson Valley has offered to provide access to its archives and staff for artists who are committed to work addressing the history of enslaved Africans.


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, or be site-responsive. Proposals should take into account the artwork will be viewed by and accessible to audience of all ages and backgrounds.


ELIGIBILITY: Artists must be at least 18 years of age and reside, work, or maintain a studio in the Hudson Valley Region (Westchester, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, Putnam, and Ulster Counties) and NYC Metro Area of New York State.



Deadline 8/27/2021
Contact Name Logan Hanley
Contact Email [email protected]