Ritz Theatre and Museum presents Through Our Eyes 2014
Jacksonville area African American artists are invited to submit applications for the exhibition.
“Call and Response: Illuminating God’s Trombones”
February 13, 2014 through July 31, 2014
Artists will create original works inspired by James Weldon Johnson’s 1927 volume of poetry, God’s Trombones, Seven Negro Sermons in Verse.
Written by Jacksonville’s “Poet Laureate”, James Weldon Johnson’s God’s Trombones celebrates the eloquence, earthiness and passion of African American preachers. Their unique and often dramatic delivery of inspirational messages to the congregation combined vivid imagery, spiritual references and worldly applications. The theme of this exhibit challenges artists to create work inspired by the writings of one of the world’s great literary figures.
Works can be 2 or 3 dimensional and in any medium, including audio/video. Artists are encouraged to present unique, non-traditional or experimental approaches to interpretation of the theme.
This exhibition will be presented in conjunction with a series of activities and programs, such as gallery talks, art workshops, poetry and musical performances. Artists whose works are presented in the exhibit will agree to develop and/or participate in designated activities to support community engagement with the exhibition.
Application Deadline: November 25, 2013.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent December 2, 2013.
Art work must be delivered ready for installation on February 1, 2014.
Exhibit opening reception, February 13, 2014.
In addition to the gallery exhibition, artists are invited to participate in the development of theatrical backdrops for a stage production of God’s Trombones to be presented in April, 2014. This is an optional activity not contingent upon participation in the gallery exhibition. Indicate interest on application form.
Written in 1927 by Jacksonville’s own “Poet Laureate”, James Weldon Johnson’s God’s Trombones, Seven Negro Sermons in Verse celebrates the eloquence, earthiness and passion of African American preachers. Their unique and often dramatic delivery of inspirational messages to the congregation combined vivid imagery, spiritual references and worldly applications. The theme of this exhibit requires artists to create work inspired by the writings of one of the world’s great literary figures.
Through Our Eyes encourages local African American artists to create and present fresh, innovative, experimental and non-traditional works that may utilize new media or inventive installation techniques. Artists who work in non-visual mediums (i.e. dance, music, or poetry), may submit ideas for work to be included in programs and events during the exhibit. Any special requirements must be coordinated through the exhibit curator.
All artists who exhibit in Through Our Eyes 2014 are required to participate in the museum’s educational and outreach programs during the exhibit period. Please submit ideas for activities with your proposal (i.e. gallery talk, art class, workshop, demonstration, or other innovative art experience).
Artists wishing to be considered for this exhibit should complete an application, agree to the stated terms and conditions and submit a non-refundable $25.00 application fee.